I was lucky enough to watch Manchester Orchestra live for the first time ever in 2017 when Stephanie and I drove down to Houston for the performance (and my mom nearly broke my phone with all her calls and texts while we drove back to Waco!) and I almost died of joy right in the House of Blues. At that point, I’d loved Manchester Orchestra for years since I first discovered them in middle school and listening to them play pieces from their newest album– “A Black Mile to the Surface” as well as others from “Mean Everything to Nothing”, “Simple Math”, and “I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child.” It wasn’t until the band played “I Can Feel A Hot One” aka one of my most favorite songs ever did I begin crying not only because I was in an extremely crowded room, but also because I was fortunate enough to watch my favorite musicians play the songs I loved for so long within the confines of the House of Blues. I was sad to leave that concert for fear I wouldn’t see Manchester Orchestra again, but thankfully, I watched them last night at The Republik during their anniversary tour to celebrate 10 years of “Mean Everything to Nothing!” To fully immerse the audience in the complexities and beautiful qualities of the birthday album, Manchester Orchestra led by star front man Andy Hull performed every single song on the album in an absolutely perfect way. The band is so ridiculously perfect at any time and with every song that the only way to make them more flawless is to play for the next 10 hours straight and for Andy to invite me for a duet of “Colly Strings”. I was ecstatic to listen to every part of the album even though I would have loved to see songs from other albums pop up. Basically the gist of this fan-girl piece is to celebrate the musical genius that is Manchester Orchestra and be thankful that we live in such a time as they do.