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I WAS THERE . . . Kristoffer Ragnstam at Piano’s 8.27.08

Kristoffer Ragnstam
Piano’s
August 27, 2008

In the packed back room of Piano’s Bar on Ludlow Street an audience of young American hipsters learned why they should support Swedish music- because it rocks. From the very first stroke of the guitar, Kristoffer Ragnstam and his band captured the attention of the crowd with an addicting melody and a diverse, innovative rock sound. The hour-long show highlighted a number of tracks off of Kris’s new album Wrong Side of the Room most notably “Swing That Tambourine” and “May I Admire Her.” The performance was cut with a great raw energy and the songs were tight musically and more than just a little iPod friendly. Kris closed the show with the song “Delicious,” which showed off the band’s great ability to play live as they worked through climatic changes in tempo and a terrific keyboard solo.

Tim Needles

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