Klaxons, 4.21 at the ExPlx
Klaxons' show was last night (4.21 at the ExPlx, AKA the basement of the Echo) and I liked it ... okay. Man did I hate the crowd, but man did I love the band.
Everyone that came was so jaded that they were "over" the concert and band before the even got in the queue for tickets and will-call. Good job, N.M.E. ... your desire to find the "next thing" every 5 seconds does nothing but make the music of today -- good and bad alike -- all the more disposable. Concerts -- Klaxons or otherwise -- aren't supposed to be where you are seen by the Cobra Snake or shake Steve Aoki's hand ... you're supposed to enjoy the authenticity of sound that the band (hopefully) represents.
And Klaxons are genuine and unique. Don't spit on something seminal like this so quickly ... please.
But yeah ... the show was good. The set was well-rounded and the transition from studio to live was nicely done. The group was totally on top of their game ... man did it show. Klaxons can definitely get a crowd going, and they made that super apparent last night, thumping bass right into my gut, setting the beats and rhythms os precisely no one could lose it, not be able to dance along. Any band that's so into their thing -- feeling such a vibe -- needs to be commended. I'm just sorry that the audience had to be so damn lame.
(Check out my photo set).
Klaxons - It's Not Over Yet (Live on MPR)
Klaxons - Golden Skans (Live on MPR)
Klaxons - As Above So Below (Live on MPR)