A mixed bag of musical treats
They also have more than five decades of music roots and influences to choose from as points of inspiration.
Thursday night at the Midland theater, a sold out crowd spent nearly six hours listening to five post millennial bands deliver a mixed bag of sounds and styles, each steeped in familiar music fashions.
The five bands were part of the Buzz Halloweenie Roast, the annual costume party thrown by radio station KRBZ (96.5 FM). Here a look at the final three sets of the night, which lasted about four hours.
The 1975: This quartet of twenty somet michael kors outlet hings hails from Manchester, England, a region with a long history of producing bands that love a sweet melody. Count this one among them. Its 40 minute set showcased its new self titled debut album, which comprises 16 tracks, more than half of which sound like radio ready singles. The style draws heavily from the electro pop sounds of bands who found their ways onto John Hughes soundtracks. Matt Healey, the group lead singer and spokesman, michael kors outlet led his mates through an energetic set of bright pop songs, most bathed in guitars and synths and buttered with nice harmonies. The setlist included the airy ballad plus groovy dance pop tun michael kors outlet es like Down, Out and its single, which prompted the kind of sing along you hear for a song that has been around as long as these chaps have been alive.
Portugal the Man: This troupe from Portland is touring on its latest album, Friends, produced by Danger Mouse, a record filled with a wide mix of styles and influences. The band sound is hard to pin down not only from one track to the next but within a song itself. Tracks like Friends shift from an ethereal electronic ballad to a galloping, groovy guitar rocker with a B 52s feel. And just when you think it safe to align them with folk/rock bands like Arcade Fire, Grouplove or Of Monsters and Men for jaunty gang vocal folk rockers like American, they deliver songs like the soulful and Dogs or the rocker Man, which rides a Sharona groove, or the soulful and slightly psychedelic Yellow Red and Blue. It all got a rousing response from a crowd that treated them like the headliner. They, too, are touring on a new album, Rolling Waves, a title that implies what they sound like: big sky electro pop anthems, girded with hefty guitars, synthesizers and harmonies, courtesy of lead singer Alisa Xayalith and multi instrumentalist Thom Powers.
Their hour long set featured several tracks off the new album, including Waves, Move With a Purpose and Like Ours, plus a few off its predecessors, including the jackhammer anthem of This, the shimmering shoegazer Way and the closer, Blood, which cops a very heavy MGMT vibe.
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