But thanks to Alan's recommendation, we were lucky enough to get into the sold-out show for Vintage Trouble. The scene was set outside TT the Bears with the custom Vintage Trouble tour bus, sponsored by... Supercuts. (Pictured here -- if I get a photo from Denis with the Supercuts logo I will post it here.) If you see these guys, you will realize how ironic that is.
Opener Leogun got one of the best receptions for an opening band you will ever see in Boston. And they deserved it. A great compliment as an opener on this bill, their mid-tempo combo of rock and pure enthusiasm made their jam-band feel from a three-piece really work. Definitely worth seeing again; I will have to keep an eye on them.
Vintage Trouble's set was an old-time revival meeting celebrating rock and r&b. I've never quite heard the guitar tonality they were producing in that acoustically challenged room at TT's -- it was awesome. Slow songs had energy, quicker songs had fury. A great group of musicians, with a absolute showman of a lead singer who managed to get Cambridge fans to interact with the band. On a TUESDAY. (If you've ever seen a show in Boston, you'll know how rare this is on a weekend.)
Fantastic energy, fantastic playing, great songs that never seemed to end (partially because they would "stop" for applause, then get the audience to sing along to the chorus and go back into the song again), and just a fun show. It would have been great to see the encores... but it was a Tuesday, and we were old.
Merch rating: I bought their CD (and should have bought Leogun's too). I will definitely watch them next time, although by that point they will at least be at the Paradise, perhaps even the House of Blues. I would have bought a t-shirt as well if I didn't leave; next album is bought without waiting to hear how good it is.
P.S. If you want to get a taste of what these guys are like, check out their appearance on David Letterman (below) earlier this year.