Young the Giant/Vance Joy | 03.21.14

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Although heading it off with a slightly more rock-and-roll vibe, Young the Giant clearly knew how to satisfy its fans, intermingling newer sounds with their older classics and keeping all on their toes, begging for more after each and every song. 

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Opening for Young the Giant last Friday night was none other than Vance Joy, supplying a mood-setting plethora of songs for the energetic crowd, most notably their hit single “Riptide” as a closing statement to the fans.

With every snap of the tambourine, the crowd’s enthusiasm grew, evidenced by the increasing clapping and swaying of almost every person in The Pageant’s deepened pit. Even the outside ring, filled with every age—ranging from teenage lovers to 60-year-old coworkers—was in sync with Vance Joy’s hypnotic light show, splaying varied hues of blue and pink in an array across the fans. With the culmination of their show, the atmosphere was intoxicating, a palpable air of excitement filling the darkened room.

With little more than a silent, walk-on entrance, Young the Giant appeared onstage, opening with heart-pounding single “It’s About Time,” leading the crowd into an enchanting, rolling clap that stretched on throughout the entire show. Although heading it off with a slightly more rock ’n’ roll vibe, Young the Giant clearly knew how to satisfy its fans, intermingling newer sounds with their older classics and keeping all on their toes, begging for more after each and every song.

The lighting and stage effects were dazzling, maintaining a pleasantly mellow tone of yellows and reds during their heartfelt, emotion-jabbing singles, and suddenly jarring into a black-and-white, adrenaline-pumped atmosphere that was contagious to all in the crowd in merely seconds. | Madeline Quoss

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