LCD Soundsystem transformed the Orpheum into a sweaty dance hall last night. If the humid conditions outside weren’t enough to remind us that summer isn’t very far in the rear-view mirror, the sauna that awaited inside sure did the trick. And, boy, was the band feeling it as well – evidently the massive fans on-stage proved to be too loud during sound check, so James Murphy (flannel shirt and all) and company pushed on without them.
That couldn’t have been an easy feat as the band careened its way through one of my favorite sets of the year, hitting on many of the stronger nooks of the LCD catalog alongside a strong helping of songs from the band’s latest effort, This is Happening. Murphy spent most of the night behind the mic or sharing Pat Mahoney’s drum kit stage-left, his face almost exclusively hidden in the shadows. An added twist on this tour – Hot Chip’s Al Doyle is sub’ing on bass for Tyler Pope, who’s home with a new baby.
Murphy took the stage to the understated beat of “Dance Yrself Clean,” and once the track’s groove kicked in the band was locked-in, jumping immediately into the brash banger “Drunk Girls.” The crowd was on from the get-go, going nuts for an edgy “Daft Punk is Playing at My House” and the “All My Friends.” Two songs after that marathon track, LCD peaked with “Tribulations,” which led seamlessly into a bruising take on “Movement.” “Yeah” followed, starting out slowly before morphing into a monster electro-percussion jam to close out the main set. The encore ran all too quickly from the swirling “Someone Great” to the defiant rant and heavy rock interlude of “Losing My Edge” to “Home.” And then it was over.
Sleigh Bells opened with a chest-crushing set of catchy songs that had much of the crowd on its feet from the get-go. Scroll down for more photos from the show.
LCD Soundsystem’s setlist:
Dance Yrself Clean / Drunk Girls / Get Innocuous! / Yr City’s a Sucker / Daft Punk is Playing at My House / I Can Change / All My Friends / You Wanted a Hit / Tribulations / Movement / Yeah // Someone Great / Losing My Edge / Home
This was my first time shooting at the Orpheum, which is pretty much the same as I remember it (my last show there? Beck and the Flaming Lips in ’02). The decorative ceiling of the room is gorgeous, but they could really use some new seating. And some AC. Please. Shooting was from the soundboard, which fortunately is only half-way back on the main floor. I’ll definitely bring a longer lens next time…