Last week, the Highline Ballroom hosted a sold-out show filled with more teen angst than a vampire movie. Say Anything was headlining, which was clearly who the crowd was there for, as teenage girls ran rampant, trying to scam drinks at the bar and waiting impatiently for the opening acts to finish their sets. I was interested in seeing Miniature Tigers beforehand, so I made sure I got to the Ballroom in time to catch them at 7. The Tigers have a great sound, and they were fun and energetic on stage, although they certainly could’ve been tighter.
The other night The Dodos performed the first of two shows in New York. Though it wasn’t sold out, the music hall of Williamsburg was packed to the rafters with hipsters, thirty-somethings, and teenagers who crawled over the bridge from NYU and the Metro North. The crowd was pretty rowdy for New York City and the boys certainly made it worth the 17 bucks to get in. It was my first time seeing The Dodos live, and I was expecting a fairly calm show considering their last album Visitor is on the more mellow side. I couldn’t have been more surprised as the first few songs flew through the walls at the music hall thumping and shaking the place to the core.