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Ah, the Khyber. I hadn’t been there in awhile. Tonight’s crowd was just the size I like: the audience was large enough to make the bands feel loved, but small enough to allow me to breathe. Tonight’s highlight was Aereogramme (not coincidentally the band I went to see), a melancholy Glasgow rock band with loud/soft dynamics kind of similar to fellow Scots Mogwai, but also with some weird time signature power-riffing ala the sadly defunct Hum. Excellent set from them, followed by Philly band Aim of Conrad, a bit reminiscent of Rye Coalition, replacing the John Belushi singer with a guy who reminded me of my friend Todd. Very rock. Very loud. I really have to get into the habit of more consistently wearing earplugs.

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