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Joy Formidable bring monstrous rock show to First Ave

If there was any doubt why Welsh rockers the Joy Formidable called their debut from that year The Big Roar, it was erased at the trio’s First Avenue gig Tuesday night, which was a master class in putting on a monstrous rock show. The Joy Formidable’s third album, the recently released Hitch, marks another move further away from the airtight shoegaze of The Big Roar. It’s a more fully realized version of 2013’s Wolf’s Law — moodier, wiser, and more sprawling than the sound many in the Mainroom fell in love with five years ago, but still packing enough punch to crumble the Severn Bridge. Read our full review here. All photos by Leslie Plesser.