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Tuesday, June 14, 2005
WaPo Says Your Mom Is More Exciting Than James Murphy

The Washington Post wrote up a modest review of Sunday night's sweatfest at the 9:30 Club in today's paper.

One used samples and scratching while the other featured live musicians, but the two acts that "co-headlined" Sunday night at the 9:30 club were well matched. Both Sri Lankan-bred, London-based chanter M.I.A. and New York's dance-punk LCD Soundsystem emphasized rhythm over melody, and energetic delivery over vocal range.

Mr. Jenkins went on to say that James Murphy doesn't have much stage presence, and his rough, artless singing merely bludgeoned numbers like the minimalist "Yeah" and the ironic "Losing My Edge.

C'mon now, sure the dude isn't The Arcade Fire wrapped up into one indie lead singer, but at least Mr. Murphy has more energy on stage than all of, say, Interpol combined. Actually, maybe The Killers would better fall under that category since I saw them most recently. Brandon Flowers needs to emphasize more on getting the crowd amped than what shade of eyeliner he's going to wear that night.

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