Photo by Denny Mui
Brooklyn emo rocker Kevin Devine opened the Gobi tent with a rousing set that concentrated on last year’s affecting album Brother’s Blood and 2006’s more streamlined Put Your Ghost to Rest. Here, he was backed by a crack four-piece band as opposed to his frequent solo singer-songwriter gigs. Devine’s tunes ranged from the politically-tinged (“Another Bag of Bones”) to the earnest Dashboard Confessional-esque (“I Could Be with Anyone”), often punctuated with yelping vocals and roars. But the stunner came via closer “Brother’s Blood,” a slow burn rocker that slowly built up to a fiery conclusion a la Neil Young and Crazy Horse.