PICTURE THIS: Kevin Devine + Petal + and Pinegrove @ the Teragram Ballroom, LA 11/12/16
Kevin Devine has been around for a while now, and has always been vocal about politics. The results of Tuesday’s election put things in an even harsher light, and along with his tour mates Petal and Pinegrove, Kevin has promised that his shows will be safe spaces for anyone who may be afraid or uncomfortable. From what I saw, the promise was fulfilled. Everyone was full of joy, the bands addressed the audience as caring friends, and we had a good laugh at Kevin’s stories. Instigator, Kevin’s ninth full-length, is a continuation of the sound he’s cultivated with the Goddamn Band: raw, energetic but thoughtful rock covering both personal and political themes.