Rarely does an artist have the ability to make numerous groups of people stop what they're doing and flock to the same location. Enter The Mountain Goats – an acoustic act fronted by John Darnielle, a man once named the best lyricist from a non hip-hop act.
While it might be a tough title to live up to, Houston seems to agree that their stop at Fitzgerald's on Friday, January 20 is a can't-miss show.
After last year's release of All Eternal's Deck, the number of full-length albums released by the act grew to 13, while the list of compilations, singles and other miscellaneous releases rivals a grocery store receipt from a supermarket sweep. If there's one thing Darnielle is, it's prolific.
While he might be the genius behind The Mountain Goats, he's had some help along the way. When the band first started, it was more of an outlet for the poetry-writing, ex-druggie; however, a phone call from 4AD turned the Mountain Goats into studio artists, despite the fact that the first six albums were recorded on cassette tapes.
Even more charming is the fact that his confessions and truthful tunes never quite lost the homemade charm. In fact, Darnielle has become known for being a musician who can't really be pegged down – his live set to a venue full of strangers has the same feel as if you were sitting around listening to their discography on shuffle. You're never really sure what song will play on next; it might be something he slips in upon screaming requests, or maybe he'll treat the crowd to an unreleased song.
If you like sensitive guys with a rough edge, you'd be foolish not to make an appearance at Fitzgerald's this Friday -- the band hasn't made it through town since 2005, when Mary Jane's Fat Cat was still open. That dry spell is coming to an end, however, with Nurses as the opening act. In addition to Darnielle, Jon Wurster and Peter Hughes will be on stage with honest, close-to-home lyrics will make you laugh, cry, and wish your significant other could play an acoustic guitar.