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[ATTENDED: November 2, 2021] Beabadoobee

Beabadoobee had a couple of hits that I really liked.  Her song “Care” was a perfect 90s reclamation–so fun and catchy.

When she announced a tour I figured it would be fn to see her.  I had no idea how popular she actually was.  The crowd was intense and surprisingly devoted.

She releases music in a way that’s hard for an old like me to comprehend–just random singles whenever she feels like it.  So even though she was touring for her album Fake It Flowers, she had since released an new EP and maybe even another single.

So I can’t keep up with that but everyone else sure did. (more…)

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[ATTENDED: November 2, 2021] Christian Leave

The weird thing about seeing an artist who is new and very young is that her opening bands need to be (relatively) newer and younger.  And so, when seeing an artist like Beabadoobie who has one album out and who was born in you’re going to get openers who are gasp, probably teenagers.

Being an old has never diminished my enjoyment of concerts, even from performers that I’m more than twice as old as.  But the way young people find music these days has really messed with my head.

I had never heard of Christian Leave only to find out that he has like 3,00,000 online listeners.

I gather that Leave is something of a minor celebrity, with people possibly going a little crazy for him.  It was hard to tell from where I was but he seemed a but of a teeny bop star–he certainly had charisma, but not a lot of stage presence (how is that possible?  I don’t know). (more…)

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[ATTENDED: November 2, 2021] BLACKSTARKIDS

The weird thing about seeing an artist who is new and very young is that her opening bands need to be (relatively) newer and younger.  And so, when seeing an artist like Beabadoobie who has one album out and who was born in you’re going to get openers who are gasp, probably teenagers.

I don’t know why it bugs me so much to be late for a show…especially when I don’t know the opening act.  I just like to arrive early, pick the spot I want and get psyched for he show.  For some reason, I was running late for this show and I wound up walking in after BLACKSTARKIDS had started.

There were five members on stage, but the core of the band is TyFaizon and The Babe Gabe–the main songwriters–and Deiondre acting as producer.  They all rap and sing leads (there was also a keyboardist and a drummer).

Their music is genre defying, being equally inspired by indie rock, hip hop and pop culture.  So a song like “PALS” has rapped verses (from all three of them, I think) and then a super catchy chorus with lovely backing ahhs. (more…)

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