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Owl City on tour

May 12th, 2010
Author: Schwaz

The State Theater was almost completely stocked full of fans last weekend when the touring threesome, Lynhurst, Canadian-born Lights, and the headlining band, Owl City took stage. The screaming, enthusiastic teenage fans made both the photographer and myself feel a tad out of place, but the feelings of general age-related angst quickly subsided once the lights dimmed and the action began.

lynhurst Owl City on tour

First up was the talented local sibling trio, Lynhurst. Previously The Abdomen, this band has enjoyed numerous successes over the years, landing gigs at such prestigious events such as South By Southwest and the NACA Mid-Atlantic and Northern Plains conferences, and is currently on tour with the electro-pop princess Lights and Owl City, who is headlining the tour. Mari Abdo, the younger sister in the trio, is an impressive drummer and singer, and brings a wonderful feminine energy to the performance, while brothers Matt and Jake provide a melodious yet an unmistakable “rock ‘n roll” sound. A highlight of the evening was presented with a quirky version of The Cardigans “Love Fool” This band knows how to stir listeners up out of their seats and seem to genuinely play their music out of a pure love for it.

lights Owl City on tour  Next up was Lights, also known as Valerie Anne Poxleitner. This lithe, petite musician is a Juno award-winning performer and has at a young age released several EP’s and multiple singles heard nationwide. Her music style is an electronic sound not far from being reminiscent of prior female electronic acts such as Scottish performer Ladyhawke with flair of Ladytron included. Her voice with its vulnerable and airy feel, bring to mind vocal qualities of Stina Nordenstam and Heather Nova, especially in one of her hit singles, “Ice.” A definite addition to any electro-pop fan’s iTunes library.
owlcity Owl City on tour  Last, but definitely not least, was headliner band Owl City. A local Minnesotan, it is rumored that chronic insomnia essentially led to the beginning of this talented writer and performers work. Whether that is true or not, this young musician has experienced tremendous success in the short time span he has been active. With the enormous popularity of his single “Fireflies”, and Young recently signing with the Universal Republic production label, this artist’s popularity continues to rise. Categorized as belonging to synthpop, Young’s musical range and attire seem appropriate within the European Mod category as well, with vocals in a similar vein to Peter, Björn and John as well as The Postal Service. His performance at the State Theater was no exception, amplified with all his band members wearing British style Mod outfits. Young played multiple instruments throughout the show, and demonstrated an introspectively theatrical dance style. Everything Young expresses seems to come from a deeply personal and complex place, and is thereby performed in such a way. An intimate performance beset on a foundation of massive popularity. If Owl City doesn’t appear on the next Twilight Saga film soundtrack, than I don’t know what will.

Owl City Tour Dates

May 9 2010 8:00 Bush Empire London, GB
May 11 2010 8:00 Elysee Montmarte Paris, FR
May 12 2010 8:00 E-Werk Cologne, DE
Aug 18 2010 7:00 Cricket Pavilion Phoenix, AZ U.S.A.
Aug 20 2010 7:30 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA U.S.A.
Aug 21 2010 7:30 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Wheatland, CA U.S.A
Aug 22 2010 6:30 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA U.S.A.
Aug 24 2010 7:00 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Irvine, CA U.S.A.
Aug 25 2010 7:00 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre Chula Vista, U.S.A.
Aug 31 2010 7:00 USANA Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT, U.S.A.
Sep 1 2010 7:30 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO U.S.A.
Sep 4 2010 7:30 Superpages.com Center Dallas, TX U.S.A.
Sep 5 2010 7:00 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston, TX U.S.A.
Sep 6 2010 7:00 Amphitheatre at The Wharf Orange Beach, AL U.S.A.
Sep 8 2010 7:00 Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood Atlanta, GA U.S.A.
Sep 10 2010 7:00 Ford Amphitheatre Tampa, FL U.S.A.
Sep 11 2010 7:00 Cruzan Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL U.S.A.
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  1. Just a Guy
    May 12th, 2010 at 11:51 | #1

    Well, we know Muse is on the next Twilight soundtrack…again…

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