On the opening night of Northerly Island’s annual concert series at the Huntington Bank Pavilion outdoor amphitheater, Florence and the Machine brought the High as Hope tour to a city finally broken from a merciless winter.
Fans crowdsurfed, moshed, and blew out their vocal cords as the ground shook from all the jumping and perspiration dripped from the Black Cat’s ceiling.
There are occasions when a borderline assaholic and cock-sure front man is so ably backed by the rest of the band and the crowd at large that all the planets align and you know you’re going to witness a bare-knuckled brawl of a show. We here in the Nation's capital were treated to just such an alignment at the 9:30 Club last Tuesday as Sweden's hardest working band, The Hives, blew up all over the stage in a sea of trademark black and white for the opening night of the American leg of their Lex Hives tour.
It takes a confident man to pull off a top hat, white tie and tails, but five confident men are obviously a better show. The best dressed garage band to ever appear on a D.C. stage broke the seal on the night in front of a maniacally grinning backdrop, chanting “COME ON, COME ON, COME ON,” etc. The first track on the new album is nothing but these two words relentlessly screamed over and over again for 70 seconds, and while it’s a bit much in your cramped apartment, it’s brilliant as a show opener. That bled straight into “Try it Again,” from the ever-popular Black & White album, and what followed was a night-long onslaught of LOUDNESS, RAWK and, more to the point, FUN.