I have decided that I went to such a fun and interesting show recently that I wanted to share a bit of my experience with you readers, and maybe do a little dabbling in music review? It seemed like a good idea at the time.
The opener, Far East Movement performing at the House of Blues in Boston this past Tuesday.
Before I start, I have to say I was completely baffled when I learned that Robyn and Kelis (pronounced Keh-leese) were teaming up together on a US tour. I couldn’t help but think, what does Kelis have to do with the good, artistic, inspiring pop/electronic music of Robyn? But somehow, they worked it out, and it turned out to be a pretty amazing show.
First up was a band I had not heard of called Far East Movement. They came onstage wearing glowing space helmets a la Daft Punk, and promptly busted out their first single, “Girls on the Dance Floor”. The DJ did a pretty awesome job of keeping the beats interesting and it was quite danceable, however they did suffer from the all too common rap based lyrics issue, mainly every lyric had the words “girls, party, drinking, or dance floor” which gets a little old after even a few songs. I met the guys after the show and they seemed really genuinely pleased that people came out to see them, and were nice enough to sign autographs around 11:30pm even though they were done by 7:00.
Dan Black performing at the Boston House of Blues on Tuesday, July 27th. He had two guitar players with him and this synth drum and bass machine that was pretty nifty.
Next up was Dan Black, formerly of the british-pop band The Servant. Mr. Black proceeded to completely dominate the stage, totally rocking out, and cementing my eternal love for him. He played several songs from his debut solo album “Un” as well as “Pass that Head Noize” from his mixtape EP “Weird Science.” After his set, Dan signed autographs and was kind enough to chat with fans. When trying not to act like a total goober in front of a musician that I admire greatly, I mentioned that his genius was somewhat lost on Boston, (mostly a crowd of Kelis fans) and he said “It’s okay, the people who matter got it.” heehee.
This guys expression pretty much sums up my feelings of Kelis. She did kind of rock the spandex though, I'll give her that.
What do I say about Kelis? I honestly tried to like her, I really didn’t want to give into any preconceived notions about her talents, so I tried to enjoy the show with an open mind. I couldn’t really get into much of her music, I really just think it wasn’t for me. She openly admitted that she did not rehearse, and hadn’t sung many of her “older” material in quite some time…that much was obvious. However she was nice, fun, and friendly, and seemed to really enjoy being on stage and was quite entertaining to watch. Her single “Acapella” was actually pretty good. I think it’s her newest single, definitely a far cry from “Milkshake.” Her platform shoes and spandex onesie were quite a statement as well.
Robyn and her band performing "The Girl and the Robot" at the House of Blues in Boston.
Finally around 10:30pm Robyn took the stage. She opened with “Fembots” which was outstanding. She played all of her hits, including “Be Mine!” “None of Dem” and “With Every Heartbeat.” She also played a few tracks from her self titled album, as well as the song that made her big in the US, “Show Me Love.” Robyn was a joy to watch onstage, she has great presence, and really gets into her music. She let the backup track take over during the beginning of “Don’t F**kin Tell Me What to Do” while she ate a banana, and then proceeded to totally rock out to the rest of the song once refueled. I think I like Robyn so much because she just seems to be so genuine and sincere and really care about her fans, how many acts do you know that will stay an hour after the show to meet fans and sign autographs? I was very impressed with her all around demeanor, and of course with the quality of her performance.
Oh yeah, and I got to meet and get personalized autographs from Dan Black and Robyn, no big deal.
(read: obviously a VERY big deal)