Live Video: Mikal Cronin

photo by Trevor Crump

2013 has been a good year for guitarists. Chelsea Light Moving’s Thurston Moore, Savages’ Gemma Thompson, My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, Marnie Stern, and Mikal Cronin have spent the year reminding listeners why the six-stringed instrument remains rock’s weapon of choice. Playing with the prolific workhorse Ty Segall must have taught Cronin a thing or two about jamming econo, because he and his band spend approximately zero seconds screwing around in this blisteringly fast session. Running through energetic and technically impressive versions of cuts from his latest and second album, the aptly-titled MCII, he and his band show off a tight chemistry while alternating between showing off Cronin’s guitar heroics and his subtly infections pop melodies. Take it all in just under thirteen minutes below.

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