I will be seeing Milo Greene for the second time this week and first time as headliner. Never have I been more excited for a band to return to DC. Their debut, self-titled album has swept me away in a love affair (not to mention Marlana). Live, there is little and less that compares to Milo Greene’s beautiful on-stage harmony and synergy.
Coinciding with their album release and tour, Milo are putting out a series of music videos which sum up to a 36 minute short titled Moddison. The first two videos for Silent Way and 1957 are currently out via The Warner Sound studio. Each video will build on the story and won’t necessarily come out in their logical order; adding to the mystique. So far, this band can do no wrong. The two videos are visually stunning and complement the music perfectly. You will immediately be emotionally hooked into this story. Be sure to keep up each release and hopefully I will be seeing some of y’all at DC9 this Tuesday. Enjoy!
Milo Greene – 1957
Milo Greene – Silent Way
Wow. What a year this has been for live music. I’ve seen so many incredible shows throughout DC, Northern VA and Richmond. It’s not going to be an easy task getting this down to five. Just to give you an idea of how great this year was, Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, among other great shows, didn’t make the cut. There have been a fair share of “damn, can’t believed I didn’t get tickets” and “shit, I missed them?” moments throughout the year. I only wish I could have seen every concert.
I have never rated anything like this before, so I don’t really know what I’m doing here. Just go with it, I guess. I’m such an amateur that I couldn’t narrow this thing down to my top five. So you get a bonus and we start at…
6. The Black Keys @ Merriweather Post / Free Fest
The Black Keys were the sole reason I trekked to the shitty state of Maryland and the techno vomit that was Free Fest. Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of great bands there (Cut Copy, Okkervil River, Two Door Cinema Club) but it seemed like all everybody wanted to see were the “press play-button” artists. I was there for the Keys. And man, did they deliver. It doesn’t matter where you are, the energy oozing from The Black Keys is enough to impregnate all within earshot. Closing with I Got Mine was one of the musical highlights of my life.
5. Foals w/ The Naked And Famous @ 9:30 Club
I’m going to call #5 the upset of the year. I bought the tickets on a whim and went in with zero expectations. The Naked And Famous played the part of primer to perfection. Everyone was juiced, jazzed and ready to go by the time Foals came on. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough because I was very quickly gaping at the spectacle unfolding before me on 9:30 Club’s historic stage. Yannis Philippakis tore the rafters from the ceiling while leading a stage-diving, microphone-coptering, speaker-climbing all out rage. Once I finally got my mouth off the floor, I realized I was right in the middle of one hell of a show.
This marks a first for Rarity in Form; I’m reviewing an opening band. I believe, unequivocally, that Milo Greene will be the next big thing, and very soon. I had originally come to see The Civil Wars (review coming), who was headlining for the night, but after doing my homework, I was just as excited to see Milo Greene.
They were incredible, end of story. I have never seen so many concert goers awed and speechless following a performance. After their set, the intermission lobby was buzzing on Milo. Eager new fans rushed the merch table to meet the band and grab their EP. I am guilty of lingering to catch a glimpse of the multi-talented and breathtaking Marlana Sheetz. It’s not fair that few expected that type of performance but it was all made up for at the end of the set as the audience rose to give the band a standing ovation. Unheard of for an opening band. This was a special moment for the group and the audience could feel it.
Milo Greene’s set showcased the four tracks from this year’s EP, The Hello Sessions. 1957 and Silent Way are perfect examples of the strength and potential of this band. Their sound is so cohesive and addicting. On stage, Milo Greene is a continuous back and forth chess match. Minus the drums, just about every band member gets a crack at their instrument of choice and even lead on the vocals. I’m not 100% on this, but I’m pretty certain that Marlana played three instruments in one song, now that’s some talent.
The surprise of the set came midway when Milo Green busted out an amazing cover of Sufjan’s Chicago. My days will now be spent scouring the internet for a copy of the cover.
Bottom line, you have to see Milo Greene live. I can’t wait for them to come back around as headliners. Check out my previous post to listen to Milo Greene’s EP.
Live song from Lincoln Theater after the jump!!!
If you do one thing tonight/this week/this year, it should be to listen to Milo Greene. Their songs are draped with ever changing, layered harmonies that will leave you lost in the moment of sound. Milo Greene’s debut EP, The Hello Sessions, is made up of four diverse songs that impact a still and deep feeling that lingers long after the songs are over. I am left wondering what I was doing for the past four minutes after each song.
1957 shows off the talents of female vocalist and guitarist, Marlana Sheetz, and is easily one my favorite indie folk songs of this year. Silent Way is laid out beautifully by the drooping banjo plucking and intermittent violin while the chorus repeats, longingly, “When we’re older can I still come over?“.
Milo Greene has the great privilege of touring with the infections Civil Wars this fall in what will be a must-see concert. And aren’t we so lucky that they will be hitting the area twice! I already have my tickets to the DC show so get yours fast because dates are quickly selling out
- Saturday Oct. 22 @ The Jefferson Theater; Charlottesville,VA
- Sunday Oct. 23 @ The Lincoln Theater; Washington D.C.