Just like A Sunny Day in Glasgow, I liked Califone more live than on their records. This isn't always the case for me, in fact I'm pretty frequently dissapointed live by bands whose records I really like, Pinback is a good recent example. But both of these bands were great live.
I thought Califone were going to be these 20-something indie rock dudes, but they were frumpy, 40-something midwestern guys, totally unpretentious, funny bantering with an audience that was clearly very into them. They'd be a decent band if it was just about the songs they write, but they really get into some cool experimental stuff, with different loops building together and they expertly move into and out of songs off of that stuff. Great show. Regrouping tonight and then back to the Bell House tomorrow night for the Walkmen.