If ever there was a forum for Belle and Sebastian to show its transformation from a band of timid, effete liberal arts-studying outsiders to self-assured international pop stars, it was their show at the Bank of America Pavilion.
Ardent fans of the band, and they can be downright terrifying in their devotion, know that Belle and Sebastian grew into a muscular concert ensemble at least 10 years ago. But its reputation outside of this inner circle remains that of cardigan-wearing wallflowers. Let those misconceptions remain, because it means more Belle and Sebastian for the rest of us. Would a bunch of dull Scotsmen toss around beach balls during a concert? You can draw your own conclusions. (And for the record, there were no cardigans onstage.)