live music show review

May 20, 2016 12:09 pm

There’s no reason for me to feign objectivism right now. This recap is mostly meant to be a piece for all of us at #ATYPICALSOUNDS to brag about the awesome show we just put on. This article will most likely read like Kanye’s ‘can I talk my shit again’ part off “We Major.” So if you were expecting some hard hitting analysis on Idgy Dean’s performance at Splash headquarters, then you’re kinda dumb.

Regardless of all the aforementioned bias, I am being so sincere when I say that Dean melted a bunch of faces, ark of the covenant style. Why would I say anything other than this? I love all of her music. Buy her album, you dunce, it’s good.

She came in charged up, commanding the crowd from start to finish. She went shoeless the entire time. This barefoot assassin put on a great show while also risking a possible staph infection out there. We love Splash, but we don’t know what germs are lingering on those hardwood floors waiting to pounce on an exposed foot.

I’m sure she’s fine. I hope she’s fine. It would be really underwhelming for a rock virtuoso like Dean to die from something as icky as a foot infection. Also, I do not know what type of liability we would have under those circumstances.


Thankfully, Dean’s performance went off without a hitch and she got everyone to rock out while lobbing a bunch of balloons back and forth throughout the crowd. No matter the age, balloons always tend to entertain. People spend millions of dollars producing highbrow television dramas while the same amount of stimulation can be accomplished from a room full of inflated rubbers.

Okay, so you’re reading this recap and so far you’re pretty impressed. You’re thinking, “wow, these guys had live music, an up-and-coming tech company hosting the whole thing, AND a whole mess of balloons??? How could they possibly top this?” I’ll answer that question with one word: booze. Thanks to Dos Equis and Widow Jane Distillery, we had it flowing all night. They helped make the night super fun and left people drunk enough to not notice that the Splash office was eventually overwhelmed by the smell of sauerkraut.

Regardless, no amount of sauerkraut would be able thwart Idgy Dean on this night. The maximalist showmanship put forth in her live performance simply inspires the hell out of us. Whenever she goes on a drumming spree and puts the guitar around her back, she is a knight preparing for combat. We couldn’t have asked for a better performance or a performer to encapsulate the Atypical Beasts aesthetic.

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The Neighbourhood Hypnotizes Philly
October 8, 2015 11:48 am

Indie rock band The Neighbourhood brought down the house this past Tuesday at The Electric Factory in Philly.

Joining them on The Flood Tour was alt-rock group Bad Suns, and Hunny, a fairly new band from Southern California. I had never heard of Hunny before, but I was pleasently surprised and found myself truly enjoying their set. Hunny’s vibe sounds like a combination of The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, and Coconut Records, blended together to create an array of fun, dance-y indie rock jams.


Photo by Kenzie Gasper

Bad Suns took to the stage and immediately had the crowd moving with fan-favorite hits like “Salt” and “We Move Like The Ocean.” I have been a fan of Bad Suns for a while, so I was excited to see them perform live. The band was met with an overwhelming amount of cheers when they played their breakout hit “Cardiac Arrest,” which seemed to be the song everyone wanted to hear them play.

Finally, after much anticipation, The Neighbourhood appeared in a cloud of smoke, opening with “W.D.Y.W.F.M?” (which happens to be my personal jam!) Front man Jesse Rutherford was everything you would expect the lead singer of a rock band to be; charismatic, electrifying, captivating. Being that The Neighbourhood is one of my favorite bands, I was incredibly stoked to be there. Their set lasted a little over an hour and they played just about every song in their catalog, including songs from their upcoming album Wiped Out!

To be honest, I spent most of the show in a trance-like state, and not just because of the laser light show happening on stage. The Neighbourhood’s songs are slow, sultry and dark, and Rutherford does an excellent job at seducing the crowd in a way that only a certain kind of musician could. The band closed with “Sweater Weather,” their most widely-known song. I will definitely be checking out more of The Neighbourhood’s shows in the future and I suggest you do too. I promise, you won’t regret it.