Those who arrived early got a special surprise with The Stepkids. Hailing from Connecticut and with an album on the way from L.A. label Stones Throw, The Stepkids are the band you absolutely must see as soon as possible. The trio took the stage dressed in all white, and the house lights dimmed to near complete darkness. Swirling, brightly colored images projected off their outfits and the screen behind the group as they moved from one blissfully psychedelic tune to the next. Their harmonies are tight and their rhythms even more so. As the projections moved into shades of blue and green, it felt like the audience had dove headfirst into some funky, underwater paradise. As the set progressed, so did the intensity of the rhythm, until they concluded with "Cup Half Full," a tune so rousing that the crowd seemed almost unprepared for it.
During their set, The Stepkids announced that they're headlining The Echo on October 29. Go! In the meantime, you can check out a mix they made for this tour on Stones Throw's site.
Personal Bias: "The Chokes," featuring The Horrors as a band called The Black Tubes, is one of my favorite episodes of The Mighty Boosh. It's almost as good as "Jungle," but nothing beats Mod Wolves.
The Crowd: A lot of people with really great haircuts.
Random Notebook Dump: Pre-show music included Black Sabbath. It fit well with the show.
The Horrors' set list is below.
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