We’ve seen Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti a few times and there’s a certain excitement in not knowing if the band will make it through an entire set, or if that set will feature songs in formats we’d even recognize. Maybe it was The Fonda, or the new album (aptly titled Mature Themes), or the fact that DāM-FunK channeled First Avenue/Morris Day and the Time (pretty sure we heard him say his bassist was with Mary Jane Girls?!) as a warm up, but APHG gave one of the best shows we’ve witnessed. Despite some technical difficulties, the mostly new-album set had a polished, rich sound that we haven’t heard before at a live show. The only downside was the lack of an encore; we were excited to see what APHG would do with “Round and Round” on a night like that.
Photos and words by Melissa Moore.