Major Lazer @ First Avenue



Somewhat surprisingly this show sold out just in the time Major Lazer went on at 11:00 Wednesday night and not sooner. When the Major Lazer intro cartoon ended and the screen at First Ave went up, you could feel the anticipation and energy in the crowd.  The group entered to a low key Rhianna - Stay x Major Lazer mashup, but that quickly kicked into another song that shot the energy through the roof, where it stayed almost the entire time.

Fans of Major Lazer may have been disappointed that there were only a smattering of Major Lazer songs, but you couldn't tell by the crowds reaction.  They happily danced, jumped, shook, and stripped whenever the group requested it.  It was more of a DJ set with 3 hype-men and 1 hype-lady/dancer than a Major Lazer "show".

The party continued for over 90 minutes with the band providing entertainment along the way.  There was Diplo in the Flaming Lips inflatable ball.  There was the requisite Mad Decent reppin Harlem Shake audience participation.  There was a Pon de Flor-esqe dance drop onto an audience member   The crowd ate it all up.  The show, however, slowed down a bit once we got to the Express Yourself female participation moment of the evening.  Although humorous at times, and sexy at others, it did bring the show to a halt and deflated the crowd a bit.  I think they had a hard time getting the show back on track and to the previous energy level.

Whether you're a fan or not of Major Lazer you would have had to make a concerted effort to not enjoy yourself at First Ave this night.  Everywhere you looked you could see people dancing and moving to the music.  If you enjoy high energy shows and dancing, I'd advise not missing Major Lazer when he rolls through your town.  


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Django Django @ First Avenue



There was some discussion on Twitter if the $30 ticket price was justified, considering this was Django Django's first time playing in Mpls.  Compared to Alt-J who, winners of the Mercury Prize, have now played twice in Mpls in smaller venues  don't play First Ave until August.  

The fact they sold out this show I think settles the argument.  

I like the album, but the live show takes it to another level.  I made a Spotify playlist of the set and it doesn't do it justice.  The whole set just sounded fuller, and louder and dancier.  

Any reservations I had seeing these guys live were immediately dissolved within the first song.  They even admitted during the set that even though it was St Paddy's day and they were from Ireland, this was the better place to be.

These guys must love their tambourines  because they were in almost every song, and they even had different sizes.  I even joked about it on Twitter and they responded with their tambourine budget.
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