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PHOTOS: Manchester Orchestra @ Alabama Theatre

PHOTOS: Manchester Orchestra @ Alabama Theatre

Atlanta rock titans Manchester Orchestra brought their Million Masks of God Tour to the Alabama Theatre last Thursday, punctuating a stunning ascent to the top for one of the best live bands working today. Birmingham has always been somewhat connected to MO, partially due to their location in Atlanta, and I think they’re one of a few bands that have literally played every room in the city. Their set at the Alabama Theatre was a perfect fit for the old-school theatre; with an impressive backlit lighting rig that mimicked the Million Masks of God album art, the band began with MMOG opener “Inaudible”, which moved from a soft beginning to a mighty roar. They didn’t spend a ton of time talking to the audience, instead showing off their might through a sixteen-song set that touched most of the high points of their discography. A beautiful highlight was mid-set when they revisited A Black Mile to the Surface‘s hit “The Gold”, leading the entire room to sing along with the chorus at a volume that shook the building. From there, they dove into the incredible run of “The Alien” into “The Sunshine” off of that same record, deftly… [read moreā€¦]