Concert Reviews

Last Night: Cut Copy, Foals, Holy Ghost! and The Naked & Famous at the Granada Theater

Cut Copy, Foals, Holy Ghost! and The Naked & Famous
Granada Theater
April 20, 2011

Better than:
going to see Foals and Cut Copy headline separate shows. Last night was a serious two-for-the-price-of-one experience.

Blue lights hovered over the stage, as the crowd anxiously awaited Cut Copy's arrival at the Granada Theater last night. An over-sized door was placed center stage.

The band entered though it, eagerly waving to the yelping, sold-out crowd. And they wasted no time once on stage, launching right into "Nobody Lost, Nobody Found."

Frontman Dan Whitford was animated as ever, with his knee popping, hair swishing and arms extended. Fans dangled an Australian flag off the upstairs balcony.

Cut Copy's set was Zonoscope-heavy, but they made sure to play some of their dance anthems from In Ghost Colors, too, transforming the entire Granada Theater into a full-on dance hall. While everybody was busy shaking their butts, the enormously conspicuous door slowly rotated around, displaying a LED screen with a blue sky and clouds.

Then the door spun around. And Cut Copy exited the same way the entered, only now, to a not-as-packed house.

People had been leaving all throughout the end of Cut Copy's set -- the show was pushed back and the band didn't go on much before 11:30. But the show wasn't over. Once more, the band stepped out of the door, playing a two song encore, starting with "Need You Now," and ending the night with "Out There On The Ice."

New Zeland buzzband The Naked & Famous kicked off the night, followed by Holy Ghost!, who played lively show. Oxford indie rock outift, Foals, currently headlining a tour of their own, captivated the crowd with material off their debut album, Antidotes, and most recent release, Total Life Forever.

Critic's Notebook
Personal Bias:
I heart Cut Copy.

By The Way: Only a few minutes into the set, Cut Copy made a shout-out to TV On The Radio's bassist, Gerard Smith who passed away yesterday due to cancer, and dedicated the "ooh"-, "yeah"- and handclap-filled track "Where I'm Going" to his memory.