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photos by Chris Hershman, words by Claire O'Connor
Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon walked on stage last Tuesday night (11/22) at Lincoln Hall flanked by two dimly lit lamps perched atop a couple of bar stools. The sold out show was simple. With just his keyboards and synthesizers, Powers opened the set with dreamy piano pop song "July", triggering all of his beats with a foot peddle. Longtime pal Logan Hyde on guitar helped fill in Youth Lagoon's massive wall-o-dream sound and made it sound like there were a lot more than two people on the stage. "Cannons" inspired a heartfelt sing-along while songs like "Montana" and "Seventeen" brought the crowd into Trevor's head. Trevor thanked us between songs and gave back a bit of the love that the large audience was giving him.
Houses opened up the night with songs off of their 2010 release All Night. Young Magic (Carpark Records) followed with a visually stimulating set. Adorned with "Planet Earth-like" visuals on a giant backdrop screen and a two-person backing band, Isaac Emmanuel and co. delivered a great show. "You With Air" off of the EP You With Air contained haunting harmonies, while songs like "Sparkly" and "Slip Time" created an almost R&B vibe to Young Magic's otherwise worldly afro-beat, synthed out, Yeasayer-like sounds.
More pictures from the Lincoln Hall show (though none of Houses), below..