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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Concert Review: OK Go at the Beachland Ballroom

Posted By on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 9:02 AM

OK Go: You might not recognize them without their treadmills
  • OK Go: You might not recognize them without their treadmills

Last night at the Beachland Ballroom, OK Go backed up their catalog of hits with a tactile and visual experience that set their performance apart from many others you've seen this year.

With a blast of lights, confetti, and sound, OK Go opened with “Do What You Want.” Decked in primary-color suits, the four band members were simultaneously broadcast on a wall-size screen from cameras mounted on mic stands.

The giant screen helped OK Go give a nod to at least one of the viral videos responsible for their popularity. As they played “A Million Ways,” a shot of singer Damian Kulash’s empty backyard (where the choreographed dance for the song was shot) hung behind the group.

But they weren’t the only ones being recorded. Kulash announced that last night’s performance would be available on the band’s website. Fans got their chance to get a good shot of Kulash when he did an acoustic version of “Last Leaf” from the center of the audience.

Stripped of the flourishes and showing their musical talent, the band dropped their traditional instruments and picked up hand bells for a quiet, reworked version of “What To Do.” Complete with vocal harmonies, it was complex and impressive.

It was a stark contrast to the encore, which featured the foursome performing “WTF?” in lighted vests that scrolled the band’s name while they played guitars with lasers shooting from the necks.

OK Go’s inventive and charismatic show was as a testament to their creativity and ingenuity. While the Internet videos are memorable, an OK Go show is an extraordinary blend of music and performance. —Adam Burroughs

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