12.02.09 | Phoenix + more | Hammerstein Ballroom

Or, what I like to call, MY DREAM LINE-UP: Manchester Orchestra, Passion Pit, and Phoenix. Oh and Jack's Mannequin was thrown in the mix too.

I arrived in the middle of Manchester Orchestra's set. As you may recall, I saw them about three months ago at the Kia Soul event. They were just as good this time, and this time I knew all the songs! I really like them because they are a lot heavier than a lot of the other new indie bands on the circuit.

Next up was Jack's Mannequin, aka the Andrew McMahon show. They were a bit out of place on this bill, but enjoyable nonetheless. I was not really familiar with Jack's Mannequin before the show, but I recognized a few songs from TV shows or something. OF course, I was a big fan of Something Corporate back in the day. McMahon has a very distinctive voice, and he fully commands the stage and the bands he plays with. Like with Something Corporate, Jack's Mannequin is really just a vehicle for McMahon to shine. He is a true performer, leaping around the stage, jumping on the piano, etc. They brought me back to my pop punk youth and I enjoyed the nostalgia.

Back to the indie hipster goodness: the much acclaimed Passion Pit took the stage. Though not as glossy sounding live as their albums, they still brought the dance party. It was great to join in and sing along with the entire audience on songs like "Sleepyhead" and "Smile Upon You". I am looking forward to seeing them again in January at Terminal 5.

Full set list:

  1. Make Light
  2. I've Got Your Number
  3. Let Your Love Grow Tall
  4. Little Secrets
  5. To Kingdom Come
  6. Moths Wings
  7. Sleepy Head
  8. Smile Upon You
  9. The Reeling

I was especially excited to see Phoenix, a band from my new favorite foreign city (Paris). Earlier that night they were nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. They were absolutely amazing live, and the set list was a perfect mix of jovial 80s synth-pop and sexy cigarette-filled lounge music. Full set list:

  1. Lisztomania
  2. Long Distance Call
  3. Lasso
  4. Fences
  5. If I Ever Feel Better
  6. Girlfriend
  7. Love Like a Sunset
  8. Armistice
  9. Too Young
  10. Consolation Prizes
  11. Rome
  12. 1901

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December 4, 2009 at 1:12 PM ×

Sounds like a great show!

December 5, 2009 at 6:21 PM ×

I finally watched the video and the entire time all I could think was, "Poor Duckie." Haha.