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In a sold-out show Friday night at the U Street Music Hall, Gaslight Anthem‘s audience pogoed, crowd surfed, and screamed along through the band’s blistering 19-song set, one that pulled from all areas of their discography. By the time the band wrapped things up with a downright searing version of “’59 Sound,” the walls were dripping as much as the crowd. “I’m an unholy, unruly man,” said lead singer Brian Fallon at one point. For someone who claims to be unholy, Fallon did a great job in leading the full house to a musical Promised Land.
Dave Hause, frontman of The Loved Ones, was a suitable opener: Hause alternated between acoustic and electric guitar over his 38-minute set, which included three new songs, a bunch from his 2011 solo record Resolutions, and a couple Loved Ones classics. The high point? A version of that band’s “100 K,” one that incorporated all of “Coma Girl” by Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros, as well as the “Saint Joe Strummer” verse from “Constructive Summer” by The Hold Steady.
Go to the gallery to see photos from both sets.