Posted in dance | music | pictures on June 12, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

La Roux @ MHOW 6/11/2014
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Although Jackson is proud of her debut album's success, she finds it impossible to listen to it. "It sounds tinny, anaemic." For Trouble in Paradise she wanted a record that sounded less cheap and gnarly, and tackled subjects beyond heartbreak. She came up with a loose theme - "the feeling of emptiness in a place where there was once joy" - and began writing stories around it. The standout track "Sexoteque" is about a man ignoring his girlfriend for seedier pleasures. But it would be wrong to assume the record isn't personal at all. "Cruel Sexuality", for instance, is about "10 different subjects linked together" but with its lyric, "You make me happy in my everyday life/Why do you keep me in a prison at night?", it's fairly obvious how some people will read it.

"Of course, because people see the word 'sexuality' and think: 'Oh my God you're gay!' But sexuality just means you are a sexual person, and that song's not about me being: 'Oh no, I'm a lesbian!' or anything like that." - [The Guardian]

In the five years since La Roux made her acclaimed debut, Elly Jackson split from her songwriting partner, lost her voice -- both creatively and literally -- and spent the time since getting it back. Those issues, hinted at with the title of her forthcoming Trouble in Paradise, seem to have been worked out as new singles "Uptight Downtown" and "Tropical Chancer" have a bouyant quality to them that recalls the charming pop of Bananarama. Following her appearance at last weekend's Governors Ball, La Roux stuck around NYC for a cozier show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (6/11), part of a short run of North American dates. She play seven of Trouble in Paradise's nine tracks, plus favorites from her debut, saving "Bulletproof" for the encore. Setlist and video of her performing new song "Silent Partner" at MHOW are in this post.

Warming up the MHOW crowd was Brooklyn's Midnight Magic who recreate the disco days of 1977 (and features a few DFA session players in the band). Pics from their set and more of La Roux's, below...

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La Roux - Silent Partner (live @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg 06/11/14)

SETLIST: La Roux @ MHOW 6/11/2014
Let Me Down Gently
Fascination
Kiss and Not Tell
Quicksand
Growing Pains
Cruel Sexuality
Sexotheque
I'm Not Your Toy
Tropical Chancer
Uptight Downtown
In For The Kill
Colourless Colour
Silent Partner
Tigerlily

Encore:
Bulletproof

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Comments (12)

Midnight Magic any good?

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2014 10:15 AM

I agree that the first record sounds "tinny and anaemic." The new one is shaping up to be much better.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2014 10:50 AM

The La Roux remixes were always better than the album versions

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2014 11:01 AM

Midnight Magic was A LOT of fun. Horn section really added some serious layers. Bassist was on-point.

La Roux has expanded her band; now has a guitarist and a keyboardist/bassist. Even the drummer who used to just have pads, also uses a full kit. Definitely added serious wallop to the old songs. She did 7 of the 9 songs on the new album and 8 from the first. Cant complain. Her sets from four years ago would be like 11-12 songs max (then again, it was only one album).

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2014 11:05 AM

that is a great setlist
hope she tours properly soon

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2014 11:35 AM

lol@ this one hit wonder. 2009 is that way ->

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2014 12:00 PM

Why is 2009 forward? What year are YOU in?

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2014 3:01 PM

^ "Time" is an illusion. There is no "forwards" or "backwards". Please don't mistake your frail perceptions with reality.

That being said; a five year old one hit wonder is old news even by your flawed standards.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2014 3:17 PM

She was bored as fuck and terrible at Gov Ball.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2014 3:33 PM

Midnight Magic was poised to be fucking amazing. I walked in a few songs into their set and it was a funky good time, but then most songs kind of fell flat. The vocal was just ok and got annoying after a while, bass/keys/drums were what made it...killed it. The horn section was a really nice touch but they were barely playing at all.

La Roux was good...not great, not bad, nothing too exciting or disappointing. Cool band with a really full sound and they jammed out a bit on a few songs towards the end, which was pretty awesome. Mixed crowd, but everyone was dancing and really chill, which is pretty rare. Good show. Balloons everywhere.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2014 8:44 PM

looks like a bad david bowie impersonator.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 7:36 PM

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