The inimitable Umphrey’s McGee stopped in Columbus, Ohio last night for a night of high-octane rock and roll at EXPRESS Live!. The show featured a number of classic Umphrey’s tunes, a few standout jams, some of the band’s best new material, and a standout cover of the Beatles‘ “Tomorrow Never Knows” to close out the show.Set one kicked off with the piano driven intro track “Jekyll & Hyde” before transitioning Similar Skin‘s progressive bonus track “Room To Breathe”. Newer tune “Speak Up” came next, and the song quickly launched into “Jazz Odyssey” territory, with the band taking an extended improvisational take on the funky track. Eventually, the jam moved into “Get In The Van”, with the beloved older song bringing the vibe back to heavy rock. “No Diablo” is a great, soaring ballad, and Umphrey’s used the track to perfection as a semi-breather. The breather was temporary, however, as the band then started up their electronic rager “Nothing Too Fancy”, which contained a glorious jam before moving into more progressive rock with “Cemetery Walk 1”. “Water” provided another moment of deep improv for the band before winding their way back into “Nothing Too Fancy” to conclude the dancey song and the improv-heavy first set.Set Two kicked off with another new song, the AC/DC-esque “Rocktopus” that has been melting faces all over the country this summer. “Rocktopus” made way for a rare “Spires”, another excellent track from the band’s 2009 progressive rock breakthrough, Mantis. “2nd Self” provided a great moment for the old-school fans to let loose, and the set would focus on older material for the rest of the night. “Prowler” into “Syncopated Strangers” was an excellent pairing, that really pushed the band outside of the box, showing off the band’s jazz-fusion skills as they played the composed sections with perfection.“Much Obliged” always pumps up the crowd, and it was no different last night, as the fan-favorite track brought a thunderous energy. “No Comment” eventually emerged out of “MO”, providing the set’s first down moment after six songs of pure, unadulterated rock and roll. “Cemetery Walk 2” would come next, and would act as one more opportunity to dance before the band finished set two.For the encore, the band kicked things off with a rarity with the acoustic “The Weight Around”, played for the third time this year but only the eleventh time since its debut in 2010. The band then completed the encore with an extremely fun “Bad Friday” that eventually segued into “Tomorrow Never Knows”. John Lennon’s magnum opus was an early cover for the band, but fell out of favor after 2004, as the band has only performed the Revolver track live five times since then. This show marked a gap since October 21st, 2013, and the cover surely acted as a huge surprise for all in the audience.Umphrey’s McGee returns to the stage tonight with a show in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE.Umphrey’s McGee | 9/8/2016 | EXPRESS Live! | Columbus, Ohio Set One: Jekyll & Hyde > Room To Breathe, Speak Up > Get In The Van, No Diablo, Nothing Too Fancy > Cemetery Walk 1, Water > Nothing Too FancySet Two: Rocktopus, Spires, 2nd Self, Prowler > Syncopated Strangers, Much Obliged > No Comment, Cemetery Walk 2E: The Weight Around, Bad Friday > Tomorrow Never Knows
Sophomore guard Marissa Mackins, who led the team with 19 points, said that the Eagles were playing aggressive, but the Owls largely beat themselves. “They were doubling [junior forward] Mia [Davis], who is our go-to on offense,” Mackins said. “But like coach [said], we weren’t doing what we were supposed to be doing on either end of the court. So really it was on us.” “They have guys that can beat you off the dribble, and are capable of knocking in threes,” Cardoza said. “And they’re really quick, just stopping them in transition was really difficult.” Offensively, the Owls struggled to take care of the ball. The Owls finished with 15 turnovers, compared to just four from Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles took the ball away 12 times, while the Owls recorded just one steal. “I thought that we would compete a little bit better than we did today,” Cardoza said. “I thought on both sides of the floor they dominated us and made it difficult to defend them and difficult for us to score.” Redshirt-sophomore guard Ashley Jones dribbles the ball down the court during the Owls’ game against Florida Gulf Coast at McGonigle Hall on Dec. 22 | NICK DAVIS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Cardoza felt that the Owls were giving up too many wide-open threes, a shot that Florida Gulf Coast was capable of hitting. The Eagles’ balanced offense was difficult to defend, Cardoza said. Redshirt-senior guard Davion Wingate gave the Owls trouble, in particular, scoring 31 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field. Wingate is currently shooting 50 percent from three on the season after making six threes out of eight attempts against the Owls. The Owls did not give enough attention to her threat, Cardoza said. The Owls struggled all day to find their shot, while Florida Gulf Coast did not. The Eagles took more than twice as many three-pointers as the Owls did, hitting them at a 40.4 percent rate, compared to the Owls’ 27.3 percent shooting mark from three. Temple University women’s basketball (6-6, 0-1, The American Athletic Conference) fell short to Florida Gulf Coast University (12-2) Sunday afternoon at McGonigle Hall, 93-67. “It’s something that we just haven’t been able to focus on,” Cardoza said. “Knowing where the shots are coming from and knowing where we need to go.” The Owls lacked intensity from the beginning of the game, coach Tonya Cardoza said. Florida Gulf Coast’s ability to grab offensive rebounds killed any type of comeback the Owls could have mounted in the second half. The Eagles took long-distance shots, which yielded longer bounces on rebounds. The Eagles grabbed six offensive boards in the last two quarters. The Owls’ next game is at La Salle (6-6) Dec. 30 at 7:00 p.m.