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Get Happy With The Naked and Famous & FOALS & Freelance Whales @ Le National

Posted by Greg / May 1, 2011

Anyone who listened to our podcast this week heard us launch off with the epic, soaring "Young Blood" by The Naked and Famous. If you didn't return to that song at least a couple times shortly thereafter, then our brains must work in very different ways, because I was straight up addicted to that piece of immaculate pop for a solid week. We're talking repeated plays over the course of a ten minute walk. As someone who values musical variety, I would never do such a thing intentionally, which is just an expression of now naturally this song took over my mind with its greatness.

I dare anyone to listen without loving (and the viral music video isn't too shabby either):

This song tore up the charts in the band's home country of New Zealand, becoming the first song to debut at #1 on the New Zealand Singles Chart in over three years and charting highly in several other countries. And just in case my description is making them sound like a one trick pony, they also did exceedingly well with this sparkling gem: To spoil the ending, virtually everything else on their debut album Passive Me, Aggressive You reaches a similar level of transcendent bliss and instant catchiness. How could they be anything less than spectacular in concert? Well I am very lucky (along with you, Montreal) because they are descending upon Le National on May 1st.

But here's where it gets better. Even though The Naked and Famous are the main draw for me, they aren't the only good act on the bill, or even the opening act. The latter title goes to British Mercury Prize nominees FOALS, who really are the main attraction for anyone who doesn't have a bizarre obsession with Cindy Lauper-esque electro chick-pop like I do. Based on what I've heard, FOALS produce some of the most interesting and original Brit-pop to come across the Atlantic in a while, but judging by their hordes of fans I don't really need to remind anyone of that. Kicking off the show are Brooklyn multi-insturmentalists Freelance Whales, who have been making huge waves in the indie sphere well before the release of their first album. (Insert joke here about whales making giant waves.)

So go to this show. And walk there, because it's sunny and warm outside. In fact, I'm gonna finish cleaning my house now so I can go play in the park.

The Naked and Famous, FOALS and Freelance Whales play May 1 at Le National
photo of The Naked and Famous taken from KK+'s flickr stream

Discussion

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brent / May 2, 2011 at 12:25 am
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Something quite wrong with the music industry when a video by a band that was heavily supported by New Zealand public arts funding has a video on YouTube that when I try to play in from within New Zealand returns a message saying "The uploader has not made this video available in your country."
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