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THE THURSTON MOORE GROUP + MARISA ANDERSON @ THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM | L.A. RECORD
Photos by Eduardo Luis Words by Ron Garmon L.A. traffic on Saturday night being nicely predictable, I arrived a mere half-hour late to the venue. Just in time to be hailed at the door by the seeming-ubiquitous Insect Dave Arnson of the Insect Surfers (long L.A.'s last great instrumental surf band) before walking into a benign hallucination already in progress, as Marisa Anderson held forth from the stage. Named an "Artist You Need to Know" by Rolling Stone, this Portland guitar guru sat alone under a spotlight in the middle of a no-doubt lengthy yarn involving selling one's soul to the Devil and other career mistakes. She then offloaded spooky high plains drifter lament that nailed my Toms to the floor. The room was under half full of the similarly rapt as this gorgeous coruscation went off, ending with the promise of her last song, an announcement but preamble to another heavily annotated prologue - this time concerning Barcelona and grumpy Brits - before sending the crowd into that