words + photos by Joe Cortez
When we last left our heroes, Unkown Mortal Orchestra, that funky psych-rock brainchild of frontman Reuban Nielson, had thoroughly eviscerated a sold out Roxy Theater in Los Angeles last year with a show that sent Nielson spilling into the crowd and a packed house dancing senselessly into the night. It was my first encounter with the band and one that made sure I'd have to follow up with them again.
Enter this past Tuesday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Playing to a much larger room this time around, Nielson and company delivered a fiery set featuring tracks off the band's most recent release, "Multi-Love" (available now via Jagjaguwar Records) and more. The band seemed much more at ease with the notion of experimentation this time around as they occasionally veered into extended jam territory before getting back on course with the set proper. It's to the band's credit as musicians that these detours always proved to be fun.
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