Paramore at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 10/27/2013
Well, How Were the Openers? I'm pretty biased when it comes to Hellogoodbye. I've loved them for many years and I'm surprised they've never completely broken into mainstream popularity. They make cute geek-rock that walks the line between indie and pop and is perfect for people who like fun, catchy, melody-driven music. Their super-short set left me wanting more.
Metric was fine. The music sounded great and the songs were okay, but to me, Metric makes for good background music while doing something else. Singer Emily Haines kind of talk-sings the whole time and made me wish she would open up her voice more (when she did, she sounded quite nice). But the band certainly got the crowd pumped up. By the end of Metric's set, people were on their feet and screaming.
The Crowd: The LOUDEST and most fervently engaged I've seen in Houston by a country mile. All manner of ages, but definitely a large core group of young people. Some people wore Halloween costumes, which I totally dig.
Overheard In the Crowd: I fell in love with this girl in a Pikachu outfit. She had come to see Paramore, but had clearly taken the time to "research" her openers and was prepared to sing along to a few songs. I used to do this all the time when I first started going to shows back in the day. It's awesome to see a budding lifelong music fan.
Random Notebook Dump: If you kick over someone's full beer, you should offer to replace it, even for vanity's sake. I'm far too polite to take you up on it, but pretend you are polite and at least ask. Jussssayin'.
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