Last night we went to see Matthew Mayfield at Tin Angel in Philly. It was by far one of the best acoustic sets I’ve ever seen—and I saw Nathanson in a backyard and Dave & Tim at Radio City so that’s saying something. Not only did he play every song of his I wanted to hear, but halfway through the set he decided to scrap the set-list, saying “Fuck, you guys are yelling out deep cuts. Last night I played for like…5 people in Worcester. This is amazing. I love Philly. Fuck it. Let’s do it, what do you guys wanna hear?”
He also threw in covers of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” and “Streets of Philadelphia,” Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer,” and Guns N’ Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle.” Oh, and an impromptu “Livin’ On A Prayer” when someone in the front yelled it out for kicks.