Yeah Yeah Yeahs strut and shock at First Avenue
Everything I had ever heard and read about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' live show and Karen O's presence as a frontwoman was absolutely, amazingly true. From the first chord to the final bow Karen O and Co. exerted the kind of bombastic energy rarely seen at rock and roll shows these days; the kind that keeps the kids bouncing and the drinks flowing and makes even the most overstimulated concert attendee stand and stare with their mouth hanging open for at least a minute or two.
There has been a lot of negativity surrounding the Yeah Yeah Yeah's latest album, and most complaints seem to center around the fact that the band -- shockingly! -- attempted to move in a new direction by cutting down on the guitar work and adding more synthesizer. Regardless of your opinion on whether the YYYs should be scolded for straying from their punk rock roots, the new songs sounded fantastic live. Karen O led the dance party by bouncing up and down with her fist in the air, and the main floor of First Ave followed suit by bouncing up and down in unison and singing along with every word.
Photos by Amber Schadewald, click here for the slideshow.