Over the Weekend: Cut Copy at the Bluebird Theater
|photo of Cut Copy by Tom Murphy|
Cut Copy, with DJ Knightlife and Matt & Kim
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Better Than: Most shows I've seen in the last 12 months.
The lights lowered in the house as Matt & Kim took stage and then came back up as the pair launched into what sounded like a weird cover of an old hip-hop song I couldn't name. But after a short foray into that territory, they stopped and profusely thanked the crowd for being there and told us that this tour with Cut Copy has been one dance party after another. Then the duo set about proving it with every song. I'd never seen Matt & Kim before, so I was pleasantly surprised at how cheerful and upbeat they were without it seemingly even remotely fake or calculated. They performed "Yeah Yeah," "Cut Down" and "Daylight" with such passion it would take a truly withered and jaded soul to not like their set.
|photo of Matt & Kim by Tom Murphy (click to enlarge)|
|photo of Cut Copy by Tom Murphy (click to enlarge)|
During the set, Cut Copy performed "We Fight for Diamonds," "Far Away" and "Feel the Love" with complete conviction and a sense of playfulness. After twelve songs, including a number of tracks from the first record, the band left the stage and came back for a three-song encore, closing with an especially exuberant version of "Lights and Music." All in all, it would hard for me to name a better show I've yet seen.
Personal Bias: I miss the days when pop music wasn't completely devoid of meaningful musical and lyrical content. Both Cut Copy and Matt & Kim are living proof that those days never really left.
Random Detail: My friend Annie Murphy (no relation) came with me to the show.
By the Way: Tim Hoey really does play a Fender Jazzmaster near the end of "Hearts on Fire."