For Their Hometown Show, Unknown Mortal Orchestra Came Ready to Celebrate
There’s a hedonistic spirit that pervades UMO’s music, but on albums, that hedonism is colored with a shade of melancholy. Live, the band comes ready to celebrate. The May 9 Roseland show was a particularly auspicious occasion—the birthday of drummer Kody Nielson, who is frontman Ruban Nielson’s brother. During the encore, Kody was presented with a cake and serenaded with “Happy Birthday” by the packed, sweaty audience.