Concerts

The Mountain Goats at Fitzgerald's, 6/21/2014

The Mountain Goats Fitzgerald's June 21, 2014

For storied indie-folk group The Mountain Goats' second show in Houston in the past few years, fans got a toned-down version of the full band we saw the last time they were in town. Featuring John Darnielle, the guy behind all the words, and longtime collaborator Peter Hughes on bass and back-up vocal duties, the current incarnation allowed for more flexibility in song choices throughout the evening. That made it much more fun for the die-hard fans in the audience -- and, at this particular performance, it seemed like the entire gathered group were die-hards.

From the moment the lights dimmed Saturday, you could sense a particular heightened energy wavering throughout the room, and as soon as Darnielle opened his voice for the familiar fan favorite "High Hawk Season," so did everyone else.

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