Finally, after years of trying, I got into a Yeah Yeah Yeahs show (thank you, Mike). Webster Hall was packed with fans, family and friends of the triumphant trio from Brooklyn, here to celebrate the release of their new album Mosquito. A consummate show woman, Karen O. emerged in canary yellow shorts, zebra cape, Sia-esque blonde razor bob and a corded mic she shimmied about before tearing into the new title track and then “Gold Lion.”
They played a number of new songs I didn’t know including “Under The Earth,” “Despair” and the first time performances of “Slave” and “Wedding Song.” I cannot wait to bite into Mosquito when it drops. Their only released new track “Sacrilege” was great live, but it would have been even better with a live choir on hand. I’m so demanding and I ask too much, I know. It was their old stuff that really turned me out including “Cheated Hearts” and my favorite “Turn Into.” Love the acoustic guitar on that song. It’s Blitz! favorites “Soft Shock,” “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll” made me sing and dance, and their classic “Maps” left me fully satisfied. Buzz at the show was that they YYYs won’t do a proper tour to support the new album, so I felt lucky to have seen them. They will play this summer’s festival circuit including Coachella next weekend. You know I’ll be there. Missing them would be sacrilege.