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Concert Fri Apr 30 2010

Review: Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, and Chandeliers @ Metro, 4/29

Chandeliers might have taken the stage 15 minutes late, but they hardly needed to delay — a pretty significant amount of the sold-out show was already packing the house. They didn't waste any time on banter, and laid into the crowd with no less than four keyboards for three men, and a strong drummer keeping the pace (although the odd fog machine and fan combo to his side made it look like he was drumming through the Ragnarok, so perhaps that added a touch of epic). Aside from that, the boys weren't focused on much else but their instrumental jams, making for a decent, if not terribly invigorating opener.

If Chandeliers were more skill than charm, then Sleigh Bells came out charm-guns blazing. Leading off with new single "Tell 'Em", they laid out monster guitar chords and big vocals for just two people. Lead singer Alexis Krauss got right into audience faces, and the crowd was soon singing along to several songs of stadium-sized rock (even when Derek's guitar went on the fritz and Alexis had to improvise). If they at times borrowed some notes from the Beastie Boys, they're doing a hell of a better job at it than Ke$ha. M.I.A. has been ushering them into her N.E.E.T. label, and the energy shown here promises great things for both their upcoming "Treats" LP and their Pitchfork Music Festival appearance.

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Yeasayer's Anand Wilder (photo by Andy Keil)

Yeasayer finally took the stage, with Chris Keating and Anand Wilder dressed in jumpsuits. Odd Blood opener "The Children" started things off here as well, with the distorted vocals matched by the pulsing colors of their stage screens and podiums. They followed with the livelier "Rome", and the dancing commenced. A crowd singalong for the first notes of "I Remember" caused the man next to me to exclaim "I don't really like this song, but it's the girls favorite." Less than a minute later, he was singing along as well. "Strange Reunions" and "Love Me Girl" continued the Odd Blood-heavy set, but they also snuck in Dark Was The Night single "Tightrope" to much cheering.

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Yeasayer's Chris Keating and Jason Trammell (photo by Andy Keil)

Chris Keating took an interlude to talk about his history in the area — he said he'd lived just around the corner, and had been in the Metro audience plenty of times. I'm not going to tell you who I saw...(crowd cheers "tell us!") ..okay, okay, I'll lie. Public Enemy, The Stooges and Dead Kennedy(s) — Chuck D and Iggy Pop did a duet, it was amazing." The band finished with "O.N.E.", a powerful "Mondegreen", and ended the regular set with, surprise surprise, "Ambling Alp". And just in case the old-timers from way back in the 2007 scene felt left out, their fears were allayed — old chestnut "Sunrise" was broken out to cap off the evening.

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Charlie / May 1, 2010 9:26 AM

Nice review. You did a good job of capturing the feel and excitement of the evening. I will add two details/observations. (1). Us oldtimers did not have to wait until the encore for some 2007 love: 2080 was featured during the main set. (2). As you can see in the photo, Chris was not wearing a jumpsuit.

This was my first visit to the Metro and I really enjoy it all.

Dan M. / May 3, 2010 9:37 AM

Ah, that might have been the point in the evening when I got dance-punched in the head by an 18-year-old trying to get up front. And sometimes, you want a jumpsuit so bad, you see one. Thanks for the sharp eyes and ears.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
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Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
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Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
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Oh My Rockness
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Theft Liable to Prosecution
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Victim Of Time
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