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Tour Review: Santigold

posted June 21, 2012, 8:15 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Charli XCX, Santigold

Review by special guest correspondent Angeleeta Sosnowski

There have been a few shows that I’ve really looked forward to this year. Bjork, Young the Giant, Sleigh Bells, and this one: Santigold.

After a nice set by up and comer Charli XCX, Santigold took the stage complete with back up dancers so full of swagger, they almost stole the show.  She opened with the first song off of Master of My Make Believe-Go! – that set the stage for a fun a raucous show.  Everyone around me began to dance and kept it up for the majority of her set.  The dance party continued through her most recognizable song, L.E.S. Artists and into the first big sing along by the crowd Say Aha.

Santi isn’t afraid of pulling from her wide array of album guest spots for this tour.  Or interesting stage props for that matter, combining the two brilliantly on Major Lazer’s Hold the Line, complete with stagehands wearing a large pink horse costume.  It was quickly followed by Disparate Youth, one of the strongest songs off of her new album. The crowd ate it up, causing more and more people to press towards the front to take pictures and dance.

Just when you thought the show couldn’t get any crazier; Santigold started pulling people onto the stage a few songs later for a huge dance party on Creator. The 40 or so fans followed her request of no pictures, but she did comment that Dallas people were crazy and that was the most insane dance party she’s had yet on tour.  It was appropriate that Freak Like Me was the next song after some of the dance moves displayed by my fellow Dallasites.

Another sing along high light was her cover of Brooklyn by Jay-Z. She displayed as much swagger as he does on stage (I’ve seen him live, so I know) and had the entire crowd jumping and dancing along. The energy continued to build from there, with another fantastic display by her backup dancers during Look at These Hoes and a huge crowd response during her closer Big Mouth.

After a brief break, Santigold returned for a two song encore.  First up was You’ll Find a Way which was an interesting contrast in sound given the hip hop influenced vibe through the second half of the show. The second song was probably the best pick of cover/collaboration of the night, Bootay that still killed it even without Spank Rock.

Santigold was a great experience and an excellent kick off to my summer concert season.  There isn’t another artist out there that blends dance, hip hop and Caribbean sounds so well.



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