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Neon Indian @ the First Avenue Mainroom

Posted on 5/10/2012

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Neon Indian @ First Avenue Mainroom
May 4th, 2012 

It’s a muggy, Minneapolis night at First Avenue and before Neon Indian takes the stage, Austin, TX duo Silent Diane opens with an electrocuting, space-age sound that blanketed the crowd with a heavy layer of synth. Up next: Lemonade, a band too sweet for my taste. Lemonade is comprised of three guys with poppy drums, bubbly synth chords, and bright vocals whining out lyrics such as “Put your cool hands on me,” which made me reminisce about my middle school days when kids listened to bands like Simple Plan.  Alas, the opener storm passed and Neon Indian graced the stage with an astronomical presence highlighted by fog machines and psychedelic colored visuals projected in the main room.  Everyone in the audience danced along with frontman, Alan Palomo as he performed electronically charged songs such as, “Fallout,” “Polish Girl,” and “Deadbeat Summer.”  The audience became pretty rowdy as people crowd surfed towards the stage.  My friend and I had the misfortune of getting hit in the head by these surfers multiple times.  But the throbbing headaches were worth Alan asking us if we were all right and giving us a nod saying, “These last few songs are for you.”

Written by Abbie Gobeli, Radio K volunteer

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