Live Review: Beck at The Independent

An intimate outing for Beck: Aidin Vaziri | No one saw it coming, but a week after playing for about 30,000 shivering people on a massive stage in Golden Gate Park, Beck Hansen downsized his show on Sunday for just a couple hundred sweaty fans at the Divisadero Street nightclub the Independent. It wasn’t just the stage that was smaller. Beck and his young four-piece band opened the concert with one of his most familiar songs, “Devil’s Haircut,” in a completely unfamiliar way: stripping it down to a primitive blast of loud garage-rock guitars, crashing drums and frantic vocals. There were no puppets or impromptu break-dancing battles onstage, just a bunch of furrowed brows and nearly two-dozen tunes crammed into 90 exhilarating minutes. Continue reading.

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