Icona Pop at Fitzgerald's, 8/21/2013
I'm not going to say that Icona Pop are the future of pop music. What captures the ears and hearts of the populace at large is often perplexing. What I will say is that they've got a good thing going here. I don't know if "All Night" will catch on the way "I Love It" did or if anything they do will. I'm not sure it matters. If they don't make it to arenas, they'll bring the arenas with them. And it'll be awesome.
Personal Bias: Icona Pop is one of those bands that proves there really isn't a Rocks Off hivemind. I'm not saying I'm the only one that's a fan, but I do know a couple of folks 'round these parts have an (irrational, if you ask me) dislike of the group.
The Crowd: One of the more diverse I've seen in a while, with youngsters obsessed with taking selfies, middle-aged couples that just wanted to dance, and a couple of sets of older gentlemen out to take in some live music all packed in together.
Overhead In the Crowd: "I might fuck with some tequila tonight," someone on the tour said outside the venue. I wish I could say things like that and not sound like a dork.
Random Notebook Dump: Preshow music was a collection of dance-music hits. Sad that more people were excited for "Backstreet's Back" than "Smack My Bitch Up," but I can't say I'm surprised.
So How Were The Openers? Sirah made the most of her 20-minute opening slot, showing that when she has a mike in her hand she can control the stage. Her songs have some sick hooks and I look forward to exploring her catalog. That said, 20 minutes? Come on, she has a Grammy. (I wouldn't have minded if she actually did perform "Bangarang," but maybe last night's theme was bucking conventional concert wisdom.)
I wish I had dug K.Flay more. It's not that she was bad; it's just that, live at least, her hooks are weaksauce. Still, she brought an energy to the stage that was hard to resist and if she starts attacking the hooks the way she does her verses she should could be something great.
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