The xx performed at the perfect intersection of an eye-catching stage set-up, a mastery of music and a varied setlist. Switching up pace, lighting and era, the xx’s atmospheric indie pop never went stale.
What’s so impressive about No Shape isn’t just the breadth of sonic territory it covers, but its ability to do so while also capturing, in many ways, the essence of camp in all its effeminate and kitschy glory.
The whole Mac DeMarco shtick has a ticking expiration date before he goes from cute to suffocating. We can only handle so many of his stunts — like shoving drumsticks up his butt or telling fans his home address, something he admits was a bit ill-advised — before he becomes nothing more than a royal pain in the ass rather than Indie Rock royalty.
This year was the 40th anniversary of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a two night series that brings in performers from all over the country. Hill Auditorium was nearly full for the first night on Friday.
Chicago music duo Louis the Child's performance at Royal Oak Music Theatre was phenomenal. In 2015, the pair performed at the same venue as an opener for the EDM artist Madeon. Now, their rise to fame has allowed them to perform their own headlining shows.