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Bo Bulawsky Doesn't Want to be Your House

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Bo Bulawsky performing at Off Broadway


On March 8, 2014, around 9:15 PM at Off Broadway, the sound guy finally stopped doing his crossword and dimmed the lights on the small stage. Bo Bulawsky trudged on, casually fiddling with his guitar before he started picking the opening chords to his song, "I'm Not Your House." A sad lament of endearing and clever lyrics, the song's pace paved the way for the rest of the set that sounded somewhat the same.

Around the halfway point, when it started to seem as though something was missing, Bo finished strumming and explained how they had just lost a member of his band, Bo and the Locomotive, to the West Coast. And as he made his way through the rest of the performance playing extremely old and also brand new songs, it was clear that he missed being surrounded by his bandmates.

Although the set was melancholy, it wasn't dull. The songs were pretty, and the use of his loop machine ended the show in a tumble of sounds that built up to be quite the ruckus compared to the ballads heard for the first forty-five minutes. The set left you wanting more and curious as to what his band actually sounded like altogether. And from the sound of their new song "Pistol," it's clear that Bo and his locomotive are rolling in the right direction.