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Pinegrove, the New Jersey group led by singer and songwriter Evan Stephens Hall, has quietly emerged as one of the best indie bands in the country. That’s a big title to live up to, but listening to last year’s Cardinal, it’s not too farfetched. The album pushes Pinegrove’s best traits to the forefront, the group’s Americana-inflected sound and warm riffs the perfect bed for Hall’s emotionally detailed and earnest lyrics. And it’s that emotion and vulnerability that shines through when you see Pinegrove live.

The group sold out the Echoplex in Los Angeles, and after quiet opening sets from Lomelda and Florist, Pinegrove opened with “Angelina.” Live, Hall ratchets his vocals up a notch, every lyric coming through with an added dose of sentiment and clarity. The most impassioned singing, though, came courtesy of the crowd who screamed every lyric to the point that the show evolved into a cathartic, mass sing-a-long. Check out photos above and check out Pinegrove’s upcoming tour dates here.