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They Dialed It to Eleven (and it was perfectly okay that I fogot my earplugs)

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The last time Arcade Fire was in Portland, they played at a fairly small venue, and they weren’t even the headliner. (It was kinda sad because most people left after Arcade Fire played their set. Same thing happened when Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! was at the WOW Hall supporting The National. Damn you concert promoters with shitty popularity radars!)

This time they sold out the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in a day or so. There were a surprising number of older people in the audience. They’ve got wide appeal, bitches!

And the show was fucking amazing.

(Blurry photos coming at ya!)

Electrelane doing their thing.

I serendipitously listened to a few Electrelane songs in the days before the concert. And while they were a little better live, it was still pretty meh. But the world do need more girl bands. And girl race car drivers. And girl engineers. And girl film writers and directors. And …

I think this was during “Haïti”. Or could’ve been “In The Backseat”.

It was kinda weird seeing Régine smiling and dancing during (a rather rocking) “Haïti”, in the same way that it was weird to see The Decemberists cracking jokes during songs about star-crossed lovers, revenge, and war.

“Intervention”. But Win didn’t smash his guitar at the end, like he did on SNL.

They played about an equal number number of songs from their two albums, which is great. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t use the helmets during “Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)” — they were on the stage and all!

The ladies.

If there’s anything hotter than a violinist in a black dress dancing to Arcade Fire, I haven’t seen it.

Closing with “Wake Up”. Let’s thank Joe, who took the picture, for excluding Régine!

In addition to filling up the stage with gear and people, they also had some nice visuals with projections, lights, and whatnot.


Written by Barry

May 28, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Posted in Music

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