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SXSW Review: Cut Copy, March 17, Lustre Pearl

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Cut Copy, March 17 2018

In my head, I have this dream that one day I’m asked to curate a festival. I know it’s implausible but maybe the multi-billion dollar corporation I work for decides to throw a festival for some reason and I’m asked to pick the bands. Anyways, it’s a fun exercise and I’m always like, what bands would I book? How would you make the ultimate showcase? In my mind, the audience would probably be a mixed bag of normal people and indie kids.

Anyways, Cut Copy would definitely be one of the bands on that imaginary festival, because they are amazing and super fun live.

It’s crazy to think that In Ghost Colours is ten years old now. I still remember discovering that record, putting it on at my friends place and just drunkenly dancing to it. It was so good and probably really pushed good clean electronic dance music to the forefront.

Of course Cut Copy has made a few records since, including last year’s Haiku From Zero, which is slowly growing on me.

Electronic acts are either really good or really bad live. Some acts you feel like, well I could just listen to this at home really really loud and it’s almost the same experience. The great acts leave you tired, exhausted and happy. This is Cut Copy. They play their tracks with energy and enthusiam and Dan Whitford does a good job getting the crowd involved with some well timed antics.

Even with a shitty sound system (Dan was visibly displeased), Cut Copy got a tired crowd dancing their asses off with a hit-filled 45 minute set. Much like their Toronto show, they started off with “Need You Now,” which is my favorite Cut Copy song. I would much prefer it to be the closer, as I think the epic buildup of that song is more suitable for closing, but I won’t complain about it as an opener.

The set consisted a lot of songs you would know but by far the two most popular tracks were the songs from In Ghost Colours. “Hearts on Fire” and “Lights & Music” are just magnificent pop songs, and frankly, when you have those two tracks in your arsenal, you can never go wrong with your show.

Cut Copy are great live. I now await the 10 year anniversary reissue of In Ghost Colours.

2013 Year in Review: Ricky’s Memorable Concerts of the Year

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Here are the shows I found memorable for one reason or another this year.

Cut Copy, Danforth Music Hall

A raging good show that puts an exclamation mark on just how good Cut Copy’s live show is. From synth pop classics such as Heart on Fire to the completely epic sing along that was Need You Now, Cut Copy had the excitable, dancing crowd in the palm of their hands. Toronto has a reputation of a boring crowd. Anyone who was at the Danforth Music Hall on a chilly night in November would suggest otherwise.

Haim, Cedar Courtyard, Filter Party, SXSW

Filter’s annual SXSW party at the Cedar Courtyard is one of those benchmark parties in Austin where at least one or two of the acts that play there become big. This year was no exception. Haim played a pretty nutty set at the party that really proved to people they were more then just a very slick pop music machine. There were plenty of guitar solos, crazy rock faces and just a nice feeling of rawness to the set and it definitely had people talking. According to Paul, Pharrell, who was watching the show from the vip/media area, busted into the bar afterwards and said something like “what the fuck was that!?!” with some manic enthusiasm. All in all, a definite memorable show.

Bjork, Echo Beach

The most visually insane show of the year, it’s hard to categorize Bjork with any other artist. Who else brings a tesla coil on stage?

Foxygen, SXSW

Awful show. Started late (a big no no at SXSW), confronted the crowd, sounded awful and seemed like he was just taking a piss at the whole thing. I really liked Foxygen’s album before their piss poor showing in Austin. I haven’t listened to it since.

TURF, Toronto

TURF was basically how I envisioned all mid-level indie rock music festivals should be operated on. It had a heart, a vision and was operated by industry veterans who put on shows in Toronto all the time. It had a well curated set list and had a nice crowd size to personal space ratio. The absolutely highlight for me was seeing Belle and Sebastian again. Even though this is the third time I’ve seen them in two years, and I had already seen some of the tricks that Stuart Murdoch does during a show, it was still fascinating to see how the crowd reacts to them. The band didn’t close the set with Sleep the Clock Around, but it was still a great way to close off the fest that featured among other things, She & Him vs photographers, crazy weather and the poor beer people having to tell everyone that they ran out of Creemore.. at 2pm.

Tegan and Sara, Austin Music Hall, SXSW

“oooo they are so fun! and cute! and so charming!”. These were the imaginary words I had vision people saying about this duo when I decided to make a really late night jaunt to the Austin Music Hall to catch their set. All those things are completely true and it was a joy to watch the super slick pop production that was Heartthrob manifest itself live.

Pet Shop Boys, Sony Centre

LASSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEERS. EIGHTIES MUSICCCCCCCCCC. GO WEESSSSSSSSSST. Pet Shop Boys are forever awesome, and their show in September merely enforces this fact. There wasn’t a sitting person in the crowd (despite a seated venue) from the moment the duo took the stage. The set closer (pre-encore) of Always On My Mind had one of the best singalongs I have seen.

Bob Dylan, Molson Amphitheatre

Despite warnings, I went. So I guess it was all on me. He’s probably best remembered from albums then his live show.

Sigur Ros, Laneway Music Festival

Under a gorgeous pavilion, on a magically warm night at what was an amazing music festival, Sigur Ros delivered a stunning set that was somehow just perfect for it’s surroundings. I had essentially seen the same show in March at the ACC, but that was in a cavernous soulless arena. Somehow, at an outdoor pavillion, surrounded by peaceful music lovers and located in suburban Detroit, Jonsi’s out of this world voice and the rest of the bands theatrics (and light show) seemed to be the perfect compliment.


Only at SXSW will you get a chance to see one of the biggest all girl K-Pop bands in Korea in a dive bikers bar. Totally different, totally awesome.

Til next year!

Concert Review: Cut Copy, November 15, Danforth Music Hall

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Honestly I was so busy dancing at the Cut Copy show on Friday that I wasn’t entirely sure what they were really doing on stage. I did take the time to take that picture but it pretty much says it all – people were having a blast, there were pulsating lights and the four members of Cut Copy appeared to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. I believe at one point the guitar player was using his guitar to hit the cymbals. FUN!

The Australian group was in town to promote their new album Free Your Mind, their new album which I am slowly absorbing. It doesn’t have the immediate catchiness of the first two albums but appears to follow in the line of Zonoscope which ditches the original formula for a more drawn out payoff. Nevertheless a sold out crowd was more then ready to experience Free Your Mind live as well as the rest of Cut Copy catalog.

And what a back catalog it is. It’s easy to forget how awesome those first two albums were since they are both a bit old (by internet standards) but the second the opening lines of Hearts On Fire hits, you are immediately transported back to that age when you discovered them and it’s magnificent. That Was Just a Dream and Strangers in the Wind soon followed and added to the crowd’s already ecstatic level of energy. For a sold out show, the crowd was exceptionally awesome – people were there to just dance and have fun. Seems like a rarity but should be noted.

The ninety minute show was a non stop dance party that had everyone moving. Even the people in the balcony were up and doing that awkward “dancing in my seating area” dance. For me it all led to their closer, the wonderful Need You Now. It’s essentially a 60’s pop song that has been transported into the world of electronics and given the good standard (but drawn out) buildup/payoff treatment. The slow build of the song coupled with everyone singing along to the lyrics followed by the gentle explosion will definitely be among my favorite concert moments of the year.

Top notch show, Cut Copy are now on my “never miss them live” list. They should be on yours as well.

Song of the Day: Architecture in Helsinki – Desert Island

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Toronto – Australian band Architecture in Helsinki has had quite a spring. First off, the Melbourne five piece released an absolutely amazing cover of Cut Copy’s Need You Now, then they followed that up with releasing a lovely summertime album with Moment Bends. Now they are about to bring their sun kissed indie dance pop tunes over here to North America, where it seems to be perpetually raining (seriously, what is up with that?).

Desert Island is the first track off Moment Bends, the forth album from the group. Featuring synthesizers, pan flutes and a gentle dreamy 80s laid back vibe, it’s a great preview for the overall upbeat feeling that is the album. Definitely check it out.

Desert Island by Architecture In Helsinki

Tour Dates:
06/01 Henry Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA
06/02 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
06/03 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
06/04 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
06/05 Venue – Vancouver, BC
06/06 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA
06/09 Varsity Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
06/10 Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
06/11 The Mod Club – Toronto, ON
06/12 La Tulipe – Montreal, QC
06/13 Paradise – Boston, MA
06/16 Webster Hall – New York, NY
06/17 Black Cat – Washington DC
06/18 World Cafe – Philadelphia, PA