I don't write about a lot of shows I go to, not even most of them. There are few that inspire so many comments, thoughts, deconstructions and superlatives. The strange, thrilling, monstrous and glorious crossover tour of Thao and Mirah is certainly in that elite.
Let's get the venue and opener out of the way first. The Bootleg Theatre is a small, intimate place where every spot is close to the stage. Although the place isn't built for acoustic splendor, what with it being a brick wall and plywood, it won't bother you. Another nice thing is that it makes separation between the performer and the audience nearly impossible. One moment you're standing around, waiting for the show to begin and then hey - those people to your right go on stage because they turn out to be the opening band.
The Sweet Hurt, other than being cleverly named, is a completely pleasant band. …