Last Night: Paramore, Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory at Red Rocks - 09.13.10
Tegan and Sara • New Found Glory • Kadawatha
09.13.10 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison
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While this year's installment of the Honda Civic Tour felt more like an obscene barrage of advertisements (complete with a pamphlet about credit-building that targeted a very young audience), the bands were chosen wisely, mixing newcomers Kadawatha with veterans New Found Glory and Tegan and Sara, and cake-takers Paramore. Filing in as New Found Glory was finishing, a glimpse at the stage not surprisingly revealed the band pogoing in front of giant, obnoxious pictures of their own faces.
Half an hour later, elders Tegan and Sarah -- who turn the ripe old age of thirty next week -- wandered on to the dim stage as the tribal beat of Animal Collective's "My Girls" came through the speakers. The usually charming duo seemed subdued, but their self-aware humor still came through as they cracked jokes about being Justin Beiber look-alikes and bad dancers between songs like "19," "I Bet It Stung," "Walking With a Ghost" and "Alligator."
The pair reminisced understatedly that their last visit to Red Rocks was over a decade ago, opening for Neil Young, making it painfully clear Tegan and Sara just may have been too established for the bill. Regardless, they humbly played with heart and force, the sisters' gorgeous harmonies taking advantage of the natural acoustics.