Last night [lastfm]Twin Cinema Club[/lastfm], [lastfm]Tokyo Police Club[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin[/lastfm] brought the house down at New York’s Terminal 5 for the US portion of the worldwide Last.fm Festival. The Last.fm Festival was designed to re-create the online music discovery experience in a live setting by bringing together some of the top scrobbled artists of the past year.
Openers [lastfm]Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin[/lastfm] kicked things off with a set of lively indie rock. The [lastfm]Weezer[/lastfm] inspired nerd rock was well received by the kids who had gotten to the show early to get the best spots in the pit in front of the stage. Songs from their new album Let It Sway like new single “Sink/ Let It Sway” got the crowd energized as Terminal 5 began to fill up. The band seemed thrilled to be on the stage at such a huge venue, and even exclaimed partway though their set, “This has got to be one of the biggest shows we’ve played!”
[lastfm]Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin[/lastfm] rocked hard and flexed their musical talent by exchanging instruments halfway through their set!
See the new video for “Sink/ Let It Sway”:
Next up were Street Date Summer Sessions veterans [lastfm]Two Door Cinema Club[/lastfm]. This past year the Ireland natives absolutely took the UK and US by storm with their catchy style of dance rock. Their songs are well suited to a live setting and by stretching some of them out into guitar solo jams they really got the crowd dancing.
As soon as they began playing you could tell [lastfm]Two Door Cinema Club[/lastfm] was on top of its game. Guitarist Sam Halliday’s wailing melodies and effects pedal work balanced well with lead singer Alex Trimble’s terse vocals. Combined with the stage light show, the performance had an exhilarating ambiance.
In between songs the Irish lads chatted with the crowd and charmed with their brogue accents. Towards the end of their set they told the now packed-in crowd that this was just their second concert in New York, but that they had decided it was their favorite city to play in. “We will surely do everything we can to return as soon as possible!” Trimble promised, as much to himself as to those in the crowd.
Be sure to check out the video of their Summer Sessions to see a rare acoustic performance!
Canadian co-headliners [lastfm]Tokyo Police Club[/lastfm] topped things off with a fast paced set of synth-y garage rock. As the oldest of the three bands on the bill, they had a substantial catalog to draw from, and it showed as they ran through song after song that had the entire Terminal 5 pit jumping, fist pumping, and singing along. From the vantage point of the upper balconies, it was amazing to see how enthusiastic the crowd was. Things got especially wild when guitarist Ian Hultquist of labelmates [lastfm]Passion Pit[/lastfm] made a surprise appearance with them onstage for a couple songs.
And the night was a special occasion for the band, too, as it was singer and bassist Dave Monk’s 24th birthday. The rest of the band brought out a birthday cake and, along with the 3,000 people in the audience, sang what had to be the biggest rendition of “Happy Birthday” he’s ever received.
To see [lastfm]Tokyo Police Club[/lastfm] perform live for yourself, check out their full Street Date Summer Sessions performance here or watch to the interview and performance below:
All in all, it was an exciting first installment in what will hopefully be the first of many Last.fm-sponsored concerts in the United States. As the video displays of Last.fm user data on TV monitors throughout the venue reinforced, Last.fm is an incredible resource for bringing music to people. Whether online or in a live setting, it’s exciting to see like-minded musicians and fans brought together to share their love of music.