By all accounts, I should have been too grumpy to enjoy any of Bloc Party’s set. I’ll admit that my main goal for the evening was to finally see Deerhoof. In fact, up until last night I didn’t even know Bloc Party was playing; I thought it was a Deerhoof headlining gig. So after one skipped class, three wrong turns and a show running earlier than expected, I was too late to catch the white whale of my concert attending life.
Luckily for me, Bloc Party were more than enough to ease my pain.
Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke is one of the best rock frontmen I’ve seen in a while. I don’t want to say that he carried the band, but looking back on it, I can’t really remember if anyone else had a microphone. He was engaging and really into the band’s performance.
Two encores and one on-stage marriage proposal (really!) later, I realized I’d managed to forget about the terrible few hours preceding Bloc Party and the fact that I missed Deerhoof again and just enjoy myself. And hey, lesson learned: leave early. Skip two classes if necessary. I won’t always luck out and have a cushion like Bloc Party to fall back on.
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