The Gossip: Best Live Band In America? : All Songs Considered by Bob Boilen Ugh! Tonight at 12:30 in the morning, I'm going to host a live concert with a band whose CD I couldn't even get through. The Gossip is a group from Olympia, Wash., and I've been told that this is one of the best live acts around, a ...
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The Gossip: Best Live Band In America?

Ugh! Tonight at 12:30 in the morning, I'm going to host a live concert with a band whose CD I couldn't even get through. The Gossip is a group from Olympia, Wash., and I've been told that this is one of the best live acts around, a band not to be missed.

Now, I promised Carrie Brownstein in our Fall Music Preview that I'd give them another chance. So tonight, I invited Carrie to co-host our webcast of The Gossip from the 9:30 Club.

by Carrie Brownstein

3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.

I'm currently on the train from New York City to Washington, D.C., wondering how long into The Gossip's set Bob will get before he turns to me and says, "Wow!"

Bob claims that Beth Ditto has plenty of swagger, but that she lacks vocal dynamics. I think her strength lies in the way she practically hurls the words and melodies from her mouth. It's forceful, yes, but I think she knows when to hold back and build suspense.

If Bob and I agree on a single thing tonight, it's going to be that The Gossip is one of the best live bands around.