Concert Reviews

LCD Soundsystem at the Fillmore, 10/20/10

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The crowd was still slowly filing in midway through Hot Chip's set, moving with a subdued rhythm to songs that seemed to have required more dancing. But the band kept on, operating like its own little five-piece factory working away at each song, heads bobbing and feet tapping as the warm, repetitive tones of "Hold On" and "I Feel Better" built a platform for the grand finale, "Ready for the Floor."

Hot Chip scurried off, replaced by a gathering of stage and production people, scratching their heads and directing pieces of musical equipment that filled the space with a mosaic of drum risers, cords and mike stands. Less than thirty minutes later, "Dance Yrself Clean" introduced mastermind James Murphy to the crowd, the song's slow tapping leading the rest of the band on stage before an explosion of light and percussion brought the performance to life.

Murphy cradled the microphone in his hand, pushing through "Drunk Girls" before introducing his live collaborators, including Hot Chip multi-instrumentalist Al Doyle, who was pulling double duty. Carefully engineering the connection to his audience, Murphy and his band set "Get Innocuous" and "Yr City's a Sucker" in place before barreling into eminent crowd-pleaser "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House."

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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