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Yeasayer

with Awesome New Republic and Washed Out

October 5, 2010
The Fillmore, Miami Beach, FL

The Fillmore in Miami Beach has certainly been stepping up their game with a much-needed dose of hipness. College radio fans were pleased as pie with the announcement of chill-wave superstar Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, returning to Miami with psychedelic cool fiends Yeasayer.

Local duo Awesome New Republic snagged the opening slot to amp up the crowd in preparation for the big guns. Crowded by Washed Out and Yeasayer’s equipment, ANR were dimly lit by a bare minimum wash of light, but they didn’t seem to mind. The duo pogoed through some new songs to a tiny crowd who were barely of age and obviously didn’t get his Jackie Gleason reference judging by their silence and glazed over looks. The crowd still responded well, and hopefully their new album Stay Kidswill finally give them the attention they deserve.

Washed Out brought a full band onstage complete with a guitarist/bassist, keyboardist and drummer, while Greene handled the samples and vocals. Without wasting any time Greene commanded his band, “Let’s do this!” They opened with “Belong,” the first song off his High Times EP.

While the performance was uninspiring, seemingly missing something, it was nice to hear the songs live. In particular, “Feel it All Around,” the song that launched Greene’s career, seemed to strike a chord in the hearts of the audience.

Headliners Yeasayer took the stage in front of a honeycomb backdrop and each band member had a light up pedestal much like Animal Collective on their last tour. They formed a sort of ‘X’ formation onstage with singer Chris Keating in the middle shrouded by darkness.

 

Headliners Yeasayer took the stage in front of a honeycomb backdrop and each band member had a light up pedestal much like Animal Collective on their last tour. They formed a sort of ‘X’ formation onstage with singer Chris Keating in the middle shrouded by darkness.

While much of the light came from their pedestals, they were backlit by moving lights displaying a rainbow of colors that pierced through the fog. Their psychedelic roots showed, especially playing “Strange Reunions,” which has a very Eastern-tinged vibe. Keating seemed to enjoy the Miami crowd and informed us he met his wife here. Apparently aware of the Heat game that same night, Keating told us he has the exact same birthday as Dwyane Wade, January 17, 1982.

“Someone should pass the word along,” he said. “We should plan a birthday together.”

As awkward as that party might be, I’d still attend. Yeasayer closed with “2080,” which had the crowd singing along and dancing like crazy. Even though it was a considerably smaller crowd, upstaged by LCD Soundsystem the next night, it was still a fun, intimate show.

 

Review and Photos by Liana Minassian

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