Next stop was Bad Books at Bowery Ballroom. This was their first public appearance and the guys seemed to have more fun on stage than the fans did! Lots of cracking jokes and fun covers, including Built To Spill ("The Plan"). If you thought the record had a lot of energy, well wait till you see them live! I must admit, it took some getting used to seeing Kevin Devine amongst the Manchester guys, probably about two songs, but after that it was like they've always belonged together. That includes how tight they sounded, too. Nothing sloppy from what I could tell (granted, I don't know the album inside and out...yet).
Make sure you check out their live acoustic performance from earlier on Wednesday if you haven't already.
You can check more photos here.