For any music fan, a song, a melody, a lyrical line captures a personal moment in time. Generationally, music through the ages is also a time capsule of the human condition, our tragedies and triumphs, the bullshit and the heroism. Instant Empire has captured many woes and wiles, bursting out with 10 storyfied songs on Lamplight Lost; moments in melodies that relate to the state of today, some touching on timeless subjects, but all of which was celebrated at the new-and-improved Marquis Theatre on Thursday, July 2.
I’ve always experienced Cage in a massive setting; at the Definitive Jux showcase at SXSW or a large venue gig for Rock the Bells. Those memories are night and day to his solo performance at the Marquis Theater on Thursday, June 24. And I have to say, I prefer the night.