KDWB's Jingle Ball at Xcel Energy Center, 12/4/12

Categories: Last Night

Minnesota's Owl City may have disappeared into non-existence were it not for his latest hit "Good Time" with Carly Rae Jepsen. Adam Young stepped onstage looking dapper and almost like a choir boy with a sweater over a dress shirt. Nevertheless, his non-threatening good looks and awkward dance moves drew cheers from his key market through songs like "Fireflies," his new single "Shooting Star," and, of course, "Good Time."

Photos by Tony Nelson
One Republic brought the biggest personality to the evening with their indie-rock vibe, or as "indie" as a KDWB concert can be. Opening with a mini-orchestra on "Secrets," they ran through a quick five-song set that included their hits that you forgot they sang until they performed them like "Good Life" and "Apologize." Lead singer Ryan Tedder held the attention of the crowd with his rock star sex appeal by running around onstage -- even into the audience for their last song -- and approaching different instruments for each song. 
The band has been around long enough and written enough hits to prove that they weren't a flash-in-the-pan group. The best way to put it is: they are a talented version of Foster the People.

Ed Sheeran's appeal is a head-scratcher. The self-proclaimed ginger rose to fame quickly with his hit "A Team," a song about a prostitute hooked on drugs. Perhaps when sung to an acoustic guitar, this is pretty hardcore. Regardless, Sheeran drew the biggest ear-piercing shrieks from the audience for his three-song set, which went like this: "New Single," "15 minute beat boxing/instrument looping song that included 50 Cent's 'In Da Club,'" and "Radio Hit." Sorry girls, is this guy's fifteen minutes up yet?

Photos by Tony Nelson
Although just here over the summer for Cities 97's Basilica Block Party, Train, while a little confusing to the demographic for the evening proved entertaining. The band even made time to give the audience something more by inviting "mermaids" onstage for their new single "Mermaids." While the girls -- and one boy -- were invited to dance onstage, most took the opportunity to take pictures with their camera phones and capture the moment. Even if the sound of Pat Monahan's voice makes you cringe, you know every word to every Train song, be it from hearing it while shopping at a department store or on a light-rock radio station. The commercial appeal of the band is inescapable, especially with their cover of Fun.'s "We Are Young" at the end of "Soul Sister."

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