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There were no treadmills in sight on Thursday evening at the Uline Warehouse. No big Rube Goldberg machine or miles-long track of homemade instruments to drive a robot-armed Chevy through. And if there was a synchronized puppy dance, I somehow missed it.
In fact, other than some busy confetti cannons – and I mean very busy – OK Go’s 90-minute set pushed aside any sign of the viral video prop-heavy gimmickry the band is most famous for and instead relied on its power pop rock music and some charming banter to click with the Summerfest crowd. And, as it turns out, that was more than enough to deliver an awesome and entertaining evening.
Popping out on stage with little to no fanfare, the Los Angeles band (by way of Chicago) opening up the show with "Upside Down & Inside Out" and one of the night’s seemingly 114 confetti cannon showers (honestly, by the end of the gig, the audience had likely breathed in just as many tiny paper strips as oxygen molecules). It was a rocking start, but unfortunately lead singer and guitarist Damian Kulash’s instrument was a little overbearingly buzzy.
Luckily, the audio mix would clean itself up very quickly as the set went along – as fast as the next bunch of crazily infectious hooky pop rock tunes, including "You’re So Damn Hot," "The Writing’s On the Wall" and the funky groove jam "I Want You So Bad I Can’t Breathe."
OK Go has always mostly been known for its crazily inventive music videos, so much so that sometimes it seems the public forgets that those clips have some pretty awesome music playing underneath them. As a result, Thursday night’s comparatively simple show served as a nice affirmation that, as musicians, they’re really just as…Read more...