Review & Videos: Bastille, Nightmare and the Cat, Little Daylight @ Great American Music Hall, 9/19/13

For their first show of their previous tour in the U.S., England’s much hyped Bastille arrived in San Francisco with vocalist-band leader Dan Smith suffering with the flu. An in-store performance at Amoeba Records was cancelled so Smith could save his voice for that night’s show at Popscene. It didn’t help. Smith’s voice cracked two songs in, and the apologies began, before and after each song of an abbreviated set. While he didn’t sound bad, he appeared tired and in pain, and his band mates surrounded him, as if protecting him from germs floating around Rickshaw Stop. Or, as Smith [...]

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