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Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts – Live @ 20th Century

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I returned to the scene of what was one of the most surprising and entertaining shows of 2006 last night as Joseph Arthur returned to the 20th Century Theatre for a performance. The crowd was a bit lighter than last time around, but last time was also a weekend affair. Arthur’s backing band was similar to last time around, but now had the official title of “The Lonely Astronauts” and also had added Golden Smog member and multi talented artist Kraig Jarret Johnson.

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The band had already wowed us earlier in the day in the WOXY lounge and the evening performance was no different. Playing mostly songs from the new album, Let’s Just Be, Arthur and his crew rifled through an excellent and entertaining 90 minute set. The band wore smiles all around for the majority of the set and seemed to be genuinely enjoying themselves all night.

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It’s an interesting thing too, related to the new record, which I have found to be very uneven up to this point, at how amazing the material translates live. I’m not sure if that is because, as Joseph said earlier in the day, “It’s a grower.” Or possibly just because the rawness of the recordings, which seem almost like a huge batch of demos through speakers but completely entertaining in a live setting. But that is probably the best way to describe the show last night for me. It was a process of me taking the opinions about the new album and crossing over to the other side of the fence. So while Let’s Just Be is certainly still an overall uneven album throughout its 80 minutes, there are some true gems hidden within it and hearing them live is even more of a treat.

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Here are the remaining dates Arthur is playing on his current tour, also, be sure to pick up a special embossed version of Let’s Just Be from Joseph’s website.

Check out the entire photoset here.

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25-Apr – Chicago – Double Door

26-Apr – Madison – High Noon Saloon

27-Apr – Minneapolis – Varsity Theater

29-Apr – Denver – Larimer Lounge

2-May – Seattle – Neumo’s

3-May – Vancouver – Plaza Club

4-May – Portland – Doug Fir Lounge

6-May – San Francisco – Bottom Of The Hill

8-May – Los Angeles – Roxy Theatre

9-May – Los Angeles – Roxy Theatre

11-May – Dallas – Cambridge Room/HOB

12-May – Austin – The Parish

13-May – Houston – The Engine Room

14-May – New Orleans – One Eyed Jacks

16-May – Birmingham – Zydeco

17-May – Atlanta – Smith’s Olde Bar

18-May – Athens – 40 Watt Club

19-May – Nashville – Exit/In

20-May – Akron – Lime Spider

21-May – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

23-May – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

25-May – Toronto – Mod Club

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