Muse - Madison Square Garden - 4/15/13

Categories: Live, Muse

Ashley Mungo
Better Than: The last two times I've seen the band perform live.

With similar amounts of conviction, Muse can weave between whimsical space rockers to heavy metal gods to frenzied, late-'90's alt rockers that dabble in soft doses of dubstep. The transitions are so subtle sometimes that, upon reflection, the idea of all these fighting genres coexisting in such a neatly presented package seems insane. But maybe Muse are kind of insane.

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Categories: Muse

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