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Ovens Auditorium, Aug. 5, 2007

Live Review: Nickel Creek w/ Fiona Apple

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The Deal: Contemporary bluegrass heroes go out in style for "Farewell for Now" Tour.

The Good: Performing a variety of songs from its albums, and throwing in a few covers, the band did nothing but shine for the duration of its three-hour set. Fiona Apple offered guest vocals on nearly half of the songs -- mostly hers -- and showed she didn't need a piano, only her voice, to keep the crowd listening. The encore had all members and Apple around a single microphone in an old-school aural display. From the foot-stomping "When in Rome" and a charged-up, bluegrass version of Apple's "Criminal" to a variety of instrumentals, the band showed it is truly taking a break at the top of its game.

The Bad: Even at three hours, the band left you wanting more. Apple's dancing was a little bit like a bad acid trip, but sometimes emotion overtakes you. No cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic," despite the annoying fan who yelled for it at the end of every song.

The Verdict: A great way to go out and a showcase of instrumental and vocal talents.

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