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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cut Copy's magic door at the Masquerade

Music makes the people come together. I forgot who said that (cough), but they must have been talking about the Cut Copy concert last night at the Masquerade. Along with gays, hipsters and flower children, bros (and I mean buh-roes) surrounded on all fronts. But the dudes brought the audiences to a whole new rowdy level. A group of douchey guys from Clemson drove two hours from South Carolina to get to the Atlanta show, and while they were most definitely hopped up on Adderall, I had to admire this swing in pop culture: No longer is it uncool for frat boys to listen to dance music. Is this a good thing, or a bad thing? Definitely undecided on that one.

Cut Copy is the dancey band from Australia who turned down Lady Gaga's offer to open on her latest tour. That takes some balls. The band had just come from Miami, which they declared as very "cheesy." Atlanta was more their speed, they said, and this Masquerade stop was the best date on their statewide tour in years. True or not, everyone ate it up.

Onstage was a giant white door, one you'd find in a big stack at Home Depot. A concert-goer even commented about how cheap it looked. But half-way through the set, the door magically changed to an LED screen with the bluest sky. Later it was a floating nightstand with a lamp and other household objects on it. What does this all mean? Is it some sort of portal to a danceable universe of Lights and Music? Yes, I'd say it is.

While the stage show didn't have the theatrics of Royksopp, lead singer Dan Whitford had a more fire-and-brimstone approach. Each song was accompanied by his commanding hand movements, what I imagine Depeche Mode must have performed like. A few seizuring lights behind the band made them look like superstars. The group didn't dance much, instead just looking awkward on stage. The audience more than made up for it, though, with two crowd surfers appearing toward the end of the show. To me, it doesn't matter whether audiences or the band brings the energy. As long as there are Lights and Music, everyone's in for a fun time.

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