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Concert Reviews:
LCD Soundsystem closes tour on special note at the Fillmore

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010

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DETROIT -- LCD Soundsystem shows are special enough in their own right -- after all, the Grammy Award-winning New York-based dance-rock collective doesn't come around all that often. But on Wednesday night (Oct. 27) at the Fillmore Detroit, frontman James Murphy and company closed their latest North American tour with some extra-special touches.

The 15-song, close to two-hour show was a long one, incorporating an extra tune in "Throw," an i-Tunes bonus track from LCD's latest album, "This is Happening," as well as an unplanned encore of "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down" which came in response to a crowd that refused to leave.

Murphy was also beaming about becoming "a little part" of Detroit's rich electronic music legacy since the group recently released a cover of Carl Craig's "Paperclip People" on Craig's Detroit-based Planet E label.

All of that put an extra sheen on a performance that crackled with a vibrant hybrid of rave and rock concert energy. Following a hot hour-long opening set by Britian's Hot Chip, in its first-ever Detroit appearance, the seven LCD members (including Hot Chip's Al Doyle) took the stage to the slow-building strains of "Dance Yourself Clean," as Nancy Whang shot footage of the crowd with her flip cam. The song's pounding resolution brought the sonic levels up to where they'd remain most of the night, as LCD romped through clubby swirls such as "Get Innocuous," the four-on-the-floor "Yeah" and "Someone Great," funky workouts like "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" and the garage rockers "Drunk Girl" and the breakneck "Movement."

The show was visually effective, too, with extensive back-lighting and tasteful effects -- a large mirror ball and lasers during "Year" -- the never eclipsed the music.

Murphy made noise about putting LCD in drydock when "This is Happening" came out, but he and some of the troupe's regulars have backed off that position since then. But whatever happens, this stop left an indelible and lasting impact.

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