Live Review: For Thrice, Variety Doesn’t Equal Versatility

The Irvine-based quartet Thrice has charted more musical territory since its inception in 1998 than most bands do in their entire careers. From the garage-band punk riffs of 2000’s Identity Crisis to the lofty, groove-based jams of Beggars, its most recent release, this charity-supporting, Thomas-Pynchon-referencing, sonnet-incorporating band has dabbled in elements both abstract and unknown to most mainstream music listeners.

But if there’s anything that Thrice proved last Thursday when it played the inaugural concert of its summer 2010 tour at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, it’s that the diversity of its songs doesn’t exactly satisfy fans — or ensure a smooth concert.

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