On Top of Mt. Eerie

Mt. Eerie, Julie Doiron, and Dick Morello swung by the University of Chicago’s Hallowed Grounds coffee shop after inclement weather forced a relocation from their planned performance in Hutchinson Courtyard. It was their first show of the night–they were booked later at the AV-aerie on West Fulton–and the scene was perfect as an intimate audience gathered around for the gentle melodies. Morello played kitschy, child-like songs on a slightly distorted guitar. It felt like an open mic night and the neighborhood minstrel just strolled into the room. Doiron told touching, personal anecdotes about early motherhood, frustration, and travels across Canada. Her songs were sweet and tender, warming up the chilly audience. Finally the two joined former Microphones mastermind Phil Elverum for a team sing-a-long. The three harmonized and teased each other, eager for the songs to end so they could talk amongst themselves some more. The crowd was, for a brief period, allowed to observe them at their goofiest. They gestured wildly, took over each others’ parts, and murmured inaudible inside jokes into the mics. The music was great, but their interactions were better. It was quite a cozy evening for those in Hallowed Grounds. The AV-aerie audience had better be jealous.