In one of the more unusual settings a concert is likely to unfold at during any time this year, the organizers of thehouse.org set up about two dozen cherry red couches across the floor of the The Depot on Monday.
The organization did so to welcome the atmospheric Rhode Island folk rockers, The Low Anthem opened the show and played a hurried - yet wonderful - set, because they said they had a flight to catch.
Fresh off two afternoon gigs Monday and Tuesday at Sundance, The Low Anthem were their typically tight selves during Tuesday night's free show.
Changing instruments among band members, and incorporating a saw, two cell phones and an alto sax into their normal array of drums, bass, keys, cello and guitars (got all that?), the quartet harmonized effortlessly on new songs "Apothecary Blues" and "Ghost Woman Blues."
The new songs were warmly received by a small, late-arriving crowd of about 100 people, which was the debut event of thehouse.org's , a new organization founded by a self-described group of music lovers devoted to hosting intimate concerts. In addition to the two dozen sofas, free popcorn and cookies were also available - to contribute to a very homey environment.
Well, more power to them. Other highlights of TLA's 36-minute set, were "To The Ghosts Who Write History Books" from 2008's "Oh My God, Charlie Darwin" and the rocking "Hey, All You Hippies!"
They were followed by Raining Jane and Lucy Schwartz.