August 12th - August 25th, 2004

by Meijin Bruttomesso

Thursday, July 22, 2004 should go down in the history books as one of the best nights for the LA rock music scene. The Troubadour in Hollywood showcased the eclectic performances of Matt Costa, Run Run Run, and The 88, appealing to diverse musical tastes. As the night progressed, the sounds transformed from folk to psychedelic rock to good old-fashion Indie rock, and the images morphed from casual to idiosyncratic to preppy.

The final attraction, The 88, unified the KCRW sponsored event, as hordes pushed their way towards the stage to fill in the floor of The Troubadour. The other artists, especially Matt Costa, were excited to see the Kinks-inspired group with their upbeat music and lyrics. The skinny tie, suit-wearing quintet's new release, Kind of Light, provided "dancing" and "rocking out" music, "All The Same," "How Good It Can Be," "Sunday Afternoon," and "Melting In The Sun," for an hour plus set. Chants of "Eigh-ty eight! Eigh-ty eight!" and simultaneous stomping, led the band into a frenzied encore. At one point, Keith Slettedahl (vocals/guitar) introduced a piece with , "Here's another great song," a statement that could have easily been said for the entire show.

Despite the contrasting musical styles and personalities, Matt Costa, Run Run Run, and The 88 melded into a satisfying "Evening Becomes Eclectic" show, yet leaving the audience looking forward to future shows and albums by these exceptional musicians.