Twilight Singers serenade Omaha

The Gateway
Angi Sada

Cold air hung in a black Omaha sky as twilight settled across the Sokol Underground. Like a wet blanket Greg Dulli and the Twilight Singers wrapped their music around a waiting audience Monday night.

While opening acts Jeff Klein and The Stars of Track and Field started the evening, no one was surprised by the way the Twilight Singers ended it. Klein was charming and sensitive while the Stars of Track and Field were like every other emaciated college band out there: dull and soporific, and not in the good way.

But, the Twilight Singers were dynamic as they came to the stage. With Klein perched behind the piano, they broke into “Teenage Wristband” from the album Blackberry Belle. They moved seamlessly through songs from all of their releases, including the recent five song EP A Stitch in Time. The first track on the EP “Come Live With Me” featured former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan handling lead vocals. Lanegan was only onstage when he was needed to sing and left in between songs with no ceremony. He was eerily subdued and I am almost certain I am now in love with him. I couldn’t look away from him the entire time he was on stage. I would bet the eighth beer I drank that night that Lanegan has the soul of an old bluesman trapped inside of him.

The Singers’ drummer, Bobby MacIntyre, was on point as always. Articulate and energetic, he solidly held the band together.

But the true star, as always, was Dulli. With his soulful singing of anthemic, angst-ridden songs of love and lust, he captivated the crowd. His turn at Justin Timberlake’s “LoveStoned/I Think She Knows Interlude” was passionate and sexy, just like Dulli.

Dulli was nothing short of glorious and left the audience spent like any good lover would.

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