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Flock Of Dimes @ Cats Cradle Back Room – November 5th 2016

Flock Of Dimes at Cats Cradle Back Room © Dan Kulpa

Jenn Wasner, best known as the singer and lead guitarist of Baltimore’s Wye Oak, has been stretching her artistic voice. She has been branching out and pursuing multiple side projects including an indie dance-pop duo with John Ehrens called Dungeonesse. They released a self-titled album in 2013. Jenn has also been sporadically releasing singles over the last four years as a solo effort using the name Flock Of Dimes. What began as an outlet for more experimental beat driven music that didn’t quite fit in the Wye Oak aesthetic, Flock of Dimes has continued to evolve with songs becoming more accessible and pop driven. That evolution has culminated in If You See Me, Say Yes, the debut album from Flock of Dimes. The album is indie pop at its most charming, a bright and shiny collection of lush arrangements and personal introspection. With a fresh collection of songs in her pocket, Jenn has taken Flock Of Dimes out on the road. Concert Addicts caught the triumphant sold out hometown show at the Cat’s Cradle Back Room.

Originally set to kick off the festivities for the evening was artist Taryn Miller performing under the moniker Your Friend. Unfortunately, Taryn had fallen ill and had to pull out of the remainder of the tour. Luckily for all concerned, Jenn Wasner has some talented friends and Flock Of Dimes bandmates. Album collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Roche took the stage and performed a solo set of sparse and emotional guitar driven songs. He was joined mid set by Flock Of Dimes bandmate Katie Harkin on guitar and keyboards, and by Wasner herself on a few songs. The second half of the set segued into Harkin stepping up and playing some songs as Roche stepped back to support her.

Having two of her three bandmates open the evening made for a smooth transition as Jenn took the stage for the headlining Flock Of Dimes set. Dressed in a black and white patterned jumpsuit that matched her guitars, she opened the set with “Birthplace,” off the new album If You See Me, Say Yes. From the first notes, the crowd responded with warm affection causing Jenn to smile and acknowledge her hometown friends and fans. Wasner’s strong and inviting vocals were underpinned by backing tracks combined with live guitar, keyboards, and bass. Setlist highlights included, “Everything Is Happening Today,” the melodic “Given/Electric Life,” and a rocking “Ida Glow, before bringing down the house and closing with standout single “Semaphore.” The band left the stage briefly before returning to cover Joni Mitchell’s “Amelia.” The packed house loved every minute of it. The evening really did feel like a welcome home party for an old friend.

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