Show Review: Arcade Fire/LCD Soundsystem

9/28/07 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City

What I expected to be the best concert in a long time did not disappoint. The last time Arcade Fire came through town, they played the Jackpot, which has a capacity of around 250, in December of 2004. Since then the band has essentially taken over the indie-rock world. There about as big as a band can get with little to no radio airplay (at least in KC). Although Arcade Fire didn't fill the 8,000 seat Starlight Theatre, they did have a great turnout. From the very opening note of 'Black Mirror' I was mesmerized. They have 10+ people on stage but at no time did the songs sound cluttered at all. They truly showed why many consider them to be THE best live band around right now. Some highlights included the Magnetic Fields' cover 'Born On A Train' and, of course, the two song end to their set which consisted of 'Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)' and 'Rebellion (Lies)'.

The pairing of Arcade Fire's epic rock show with the punk-dance of LCD Soundsystem seemed to be an odd one when the tour was first announced, but ended up working quite nicely together. LCD Soundsystem live show was truly impressive. Their sound worked great in a live band format, maybe even better than it does on disc.

I can't really say too much more about this show. If you were there, you know how great it was. If you didn't make it, you missed one of the best shows in the Kansas City area in a few years.

Arcade Fire Setlist: Black Mirror, Keep the Car Running, Laika, No Cars Go, Haiti, In the Backseat, Born on a Train, Intervention, Antichrist Television Blues, The Well and the Lighthouse, Tunnels, Power Out, Rebellion
Encore: Crown of Love, Wake Up

LCD Soundsystem Setlist: Us vs. Them, Daft Punk Is Playing At My House, Time To Get Away, North American Scum, All My Friends, Someone Great, Tribulations, Yeah, New York, I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down.

Arcade Fire Myspace
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