Toro Y Moi at Fine Line Music Cafe, 02/20/13

Categories: Concert Review
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen

Toro Y Moi
With Dog Bite, Sinkane
Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The ample crowd at Fine Line Music Café got a satisfying display of Toro Y Moi's sexy stylings last night. Some weren't afraid to outright demand it -- hence the reasonable request of one loud fan, "Make my nipples hard."

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It's not always the case that opening bands sufficiently supplement the main act, the act that sold out the venue on a frigid night in Minnesota. But Dog Bite entertained the quickly swelling masses with their shoegaze/Nirvana inspired sound, which then transitioned to the funky, reggae-driven Sinkane, whose feel-good, Aaron Neville sounding stoner jams were the perfect foreplay to precede Toro Y Moi.

Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen

By the time South Carolina native Chazwick Bradley Bundick hit the stage with his band, fans had successfully ambushed the stage. The aroma of marijuana was only slightly smothered by the over-zealous fog machines overhead. Toro Y Moi looked studious with his tucked-in button-up and red-framed spectacles. The stage was backed by four hanging mini blinds -- a crafty backdrop to play up the colorful lighting. No expense was spared for this show, with an underappreciated disco ball, only slightly larger than a basketball, incessantly rotating high above the rowdy fans continuously throughout the show.

The band's set consisted of new songs off the well-received recent release Anything In Return, a few tracks from the 2011 album Underneath the Pine and a couple from the EP released later that year, Freaking Out, and their debut album Causers of This. To kick off the show, "Rose Quartz" set the tone and adequately pumped everyone up with its initial buildup into the chillwave sound Toro Y Moi has claimed. The dancey, keys and percussion-driven vibe was present with the next song, "Talamak," leaving only what had to be the rhythmless viewers standing still.

Toro Y Moi takes his records to a new level when they play live. The integrity of the songs remains, but a harder, more vigorous aspect of the instrumentals made the show particularly vibrant. With the "Thriller"-sounding intro to "Never Matter" to the more psychedelic funk within "Studies," the band maintained a high-energy performance that kept everyone alert.

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