My Morning Jacket: Okonokos: The Concert DVD 

I have seen the future of rock, and it is a force to be reckoned with. It didn't come packaged in a slick parcel forced upon me by the so-called taste-makers suing college kids for illegal downloads. It came from Netflix. It was a flurry of pentatonic notes, Gibson Flying Vs, kinetic hi-hat rhythms and hair--so much hair. My Morning Jacket has taken the baton that was handed to them by Skynryd, Thin Lizzy and what The Stones wished they could still be, and ran a record-breaking show of endurance and conviction. Arena-sized rock for the theatre-sized venue, Okonokos shows My Morning Jacket up close and rocking.

The music is wrapped in reverb and dynamics that would make Frank Black toss and turn in his sleep. A study in live performance sans the band's name in neon lights, Okonokos is at once rejuvenating and pummeling. Opening with the magnum opus trilogy from their record Z, My Morning Jacket knocks you flat, and then keeps upping the ante. Yeah, maybe I am a little late to the game (the DVD was released in September), but man, there was a long wait on Netflix. If you are a fan of My Morning Jacket, no, more so, if you are a fan of rock music that is not convoluted by image and phoniness, you owe it to yourself to check this DVD out. There are a few lulls in the middle, but with the melody, reverb and interplay, you won't notice it a bit. As raw and beautiful as rock should ever be, Lester Bangs would have broken more than a few pens writing about this astonishing release from a band that used to get their vocal sounds in an old grain silo.

--Ryan Peck

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