Concert Review: The McManus Project

Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, August 15

The McManus Project performs at the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan on August 15, 2013. | Photo by Teddy Fujimoto

The McManus Project performs at the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan on August 15, 2013. | Photo by Teddy Fujimoto

If someone were to ask for a one-word description of The McManus Project, unorthodox might be an appropriate fit. The local four-member indie/folk band, two of whom are siblings—Em and Will McManus— have tapped into a sound (think of a raspy Rilo Kiley) that has yet to be thoroughly explored by their fellow indie-rockers. Steering clear of monotonous chords and trite lyrics seems to be a difficult feat for this genre lately (ahem, Mumford & Sons). However, McManus’s vocals and instrumentals displayed originality on “Know Better Now,” and “Any Song.” As the night progressed and the band got more comfortable, new facets of their personality emerged. Movement and energy on stage became less forced, giving band members the courage to make awkward jokes, which they followed with explanations of their social ineptitude. While they may not be completely comfortable in their own skin quite yet, they ended on a lively and fast-paced song.

★★★★☆

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