I'm certain that Elbow front man Guy Garvey was once that precocious
child who simultaneously enchanted and annoyed the fuck out of
everyone . . . except he never grew out of it . . . and then he
started a band. Elbow has received plenty of endorsements from fellow
musicians and critics alike over the years, all of it well-deserved.
The Manchester-hailing quintet has established themselves as an
intelligent band to reckon with, consistently delivering an evocative
combination of imagery-loaded lyrics and finely layered
instrumentation. But don't let any of that annoy you too much.
Radiohead should have increased your tolerance for precocious
musicians years ago. And compared to Thom Yorke, Garvey is an absolute
doll. With Air Traffic. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave.,
628-3151. 8 p.m. $16.50 adv./$18. ERIKA HOBART
Mon., May 5, 8 p.m., 2008