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Avalon Ballroom
San Francisco, California

The show starts off with a moody Other One suite that is so tasty from the first licks of Cryptical onwards. But it is The Other One itself that is truly special, rocketing off and throwing sparks the entire way before hitting a blazing, beautiful jam in the latter portions of the tune that takes it back into Cryptical. And that final Cryptical has a fine jam of its own, less inferno and more soaring divination. After the suite, we get the last of a short line of Clementines, tracing back just over a year. This one is a ragged masterpiece. The tune's dark ways also set up Death Don’t Have No Mercy perfectly. That latter tune takes its sparse and noirish ways to the limit with TC’s organ providing a brilliant frame for...