Mountain Goats Get Ours

by Heather Browne SOURCE FUEL Friends / Vimeo

If you have the wherewithal after all the heat and the beers at Lolla or any other venue to appreciate one of the absolute best songwriters of our generation, you must experience the depth and power of a Mountain Goats live show.

John Darnielle pens scathingly literate, insightful songs that somehow manage to be depressing and life-affirming all at once (sometimes in the same song). He has also amassed an intensely loyal fanbase (including The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn) — to simply stand in a crowd as they sing along at the top of their lungs to lines like “I am going to make it through this year if it kills me” is an incredible experience. The band has a solid new album out called All Eternal’s Deck (Merge Records), joining the well-loved arsenal of songs on masterpiece albums like The Sunset Tree. Go see John. You just might find your new favorite song, as I do every time I see him.