Saturday, September 19, 2015

alt-J @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater (9/18/2015)


This was a 105.7 The Point summer series concert, so there were actually 5 bands on the bill and the show started at 5 PM.  We didn't arrive until after 7, though, so we only saw some of Matt and Kim, Walk the Moon, and alt-J.


As expected, they played a good mixture of old and new, and included pretty much all my faves.  They ended their 5-song encore with "Taro" and "Breezeblocks", two of Kailie's favorites (so she was over the moon about that).


They've apparently stepped up their light show since I saw them the first time at The Pageant nine months ago.  They've also been nominated for a Grammy award since then, so it makes sense that they're playing bigger venues.


I'm still not a huge fan of the live rendition of "Hunger of the Pine", but that's just me being picky about one of my favorite songs of theirs.  One brief but noteworthy highlight was the "Interlude I (Ripe & Ruin)" lead-in to "Tessellate" - it's a short a capella harmony by the two vocalists, but they absolutely nailed it.

I'm really glad I ended up going to this show after months of indecision, and my thanks go to Kailie for accompanying me.

Rating: 4.5/5

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