Raleigh Last Best Brewing & Distilling, Calgary AB, January 28

Raleigh Last Best Brewing & Distilling, Calgary AB, January 28
Photo: Chris Gee
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The final act at Michelangelo's Fireside Stage was orchestral indie rockers, Raleigh. After introducing the beer that had been named after them, the band launched into breezy pop that moved with spectacular fluidity. Raleigh's members played in sync, with intuitive knowledge of where they would take each song next; their performance took on a loose, improvisatory feel guided by cello, bass, and drums.
 
Guitarist Brock Geiger introduced a song about his cat and quipped about his stuffy rabbit fur hat between the band's intricate and danceable songs. They debuted new material that showed a percussive edge, demonstrating that their musical reach transcended light pop buoyed by cello. Raleigh are one of the city's best young groups.