Phil Elverum and a four-piece backing band played at the Church on Monday in a crowded and as usual overheated space (at least on the stage), performing almost exclusively tracks off their two 2012 releases Clear Moon and Ocean Roar. As an old school Microphones fan, I've long loved Phil's style and music and while I haven't found as much in the Mount Eerie catalog to obsess over as I used to obsess over The Glow Part 2, I'm not sure if that's because he hasn't made quite as many brilliant songs or they are just spaced out over several records rather than jammed together on a single masterpiece. In the end, I really do love a lot of songs on both his 2012 releases and I really enjoyed the concert. He focused on the more mellow tracks like "Through the Trees Part 2" early in the performance but things really elevated with the insanely pulsing nonstop rhythms of brilliant "Pale Lights" -- a must-see live. He closed an unfortunately brief set with the stellar "House Shape" and "Ocean Roar" to the boisterous applause of an all-ages audience who may not have even known his music, but who appreciated the beautiful loud/soft sounds that Elverum does so well.