oct 8

The Frames / Josh Ritter

Granada

While the phrase "Big in Ireland" can often be code for "Not good enough for America," The Frames seem to be doing just as well in land that gave birth to Lucky Charms and Michael Flatley. An opening slot for Damien Rice introduced American crowds to the slugglish yet powerful rock band, which weaves dreamy, inspirational melodies around the occasional burst of Pixies-inspired electric guitars. Opener Josh Ritter - by contrast, an American who is rapidly catching on in Ireland - writes nostalgic folk/rock songs that combine the street poet sensibilities of Bruce Springsteen with the mellow, fingerpicked intimacy of Nick Drake.

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