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Just one day after being tasered and arrested in Houston, Two Gallants took the stage at Emo’s. Seemingly none-the-worse-for-the-wear, the duo still seemed pretty fired up (and their performances are characteristically intense to begin with). Langhorne Slim and his band had a bit harder of a time trying to work out the kinks of a borrowed upright bass, but both groups still put on fantastic shows. Meanwhile, the outside stage was home to CD release shows for the Lord Henry and the Lemurs with Loxly and Clap! Clap! joining in for good measure.
We arrived too late to catch Loxly’s opening set outside but Clap! Clap!’s sheer exuberance more than made up for it. In fact, Clap! Clap! may have well stolen the show from the headliners. The group was forced to work with keyboards borrowed from the Lemurs – theirs having been stolen only a couple days earlier – but it didn’t seem to slow them down a bit. The members bounced around the stage in a flurry of limbs and instruments while banging on anything in sight and, yes, clapping like mad. The only problem with the set was that few in the crowd seemed to moving, which was strange as Clap! Clap! straight-up dance rock was irresistible – the group coming off like a less pretentious and more fun version of the Rapture.