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My Morning Jacket pour on the sweat at the Kool Haus

Posted by Lucas Samuels / July 13, 2011

My Morning Jacket Live TorontoIt took three long years for My Morning Jacket to return to Toronto and the Kool Haus. And although the band has only released one album since its last show in here, they've come a long way in terms of mainstream exposure.

My Morning Jacket Live TorontoThe Kentucky rockers have become regulars on the festival circuit, they've played pretty much every late night talk show, and are consistently featured in major music publications despite being an independent band. MMJ's popularity, one suspects, lies largely in the fact that they play epic live shows (they once played a 4 hour marathon set at Bonnaroo), and Monday night's performance at the Kool Haus was no exception.

My Morning Jacket Live TorontoThe pairing of "Victory Dance" and "Circuital" off of the band's latest album (also titled Circuital) was a strong opener, catering to fans more familiar with the new material, which it seemed like most members of the audience were.

My Morning Jacket Live TorontoJim James was a spectacle unto himself throughout the performance. Wearing a giant noise making device around his neck à la Flavor Flav, and donning a black cloak and sweat towel on his head, he had all the swagger and charisma of the late James Brown.

My Morning Jacket Live TorontoThe band dug deep into their extensive song catalog and pulled out "The Dark," a hard-hitting rocker off their reverb-steeped album The Tennessee Fire, which was met with immense excitement by those who recognized the old tune. The progressive disco of "Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 2" had everyone busting out embarrassing dance moves, and major headbanging ensued during the rollicking "Mahgeetah."

My Morning Jacket Live TorontoMy Morning Jacket Live TorontoAfter two sweaty hours MMJ left the stage, only to return to play a six song, 30 minute encore which included the ironic "Holding On To Black Metal," the completely absurd funk of "Highly Suspicious" and the ubiquitous set closing "One Big Holiday" (which may very well be one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time). The show may not have been four hours long, but the band played an insanely energetic and sweaty set that will surely be remembered by many as their favourite of the summer.

Photos by Courtney Lee Yip



stanthemanchan / July 13, 2011 at 09:51 am
One of the best concerts this year! You got some good shots, but it would be nice to see some colour photos as well.
Luke / July 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm
Well done, nice images and a great sense of how the night went down.
kate / July 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm
nicely done you too! words and photos tell it exactly as it was. i didn't realize that was a 30 minute encore, all i knew is i waited patiently for highly suspicious and knew wholeheartedly yimmy wouldn't leave with out throwing it my way! kudos!
Gonzo / July 14, 2011 at 02:31 pm
We need a band that moves forwards, not backwards! Upwards not downwards and always twirling, TWIRLING!!!!
alex / August 1, 2011 at 07:17 pm
these are some sikk photos, MMJ kill it every time! I would love to see them tour with Slightly Stoopid! That would be so EPIC!!! Slightly stoopid reggae blended with MMJ psychedelic rock! c'mon, that would be awesome!
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