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Concert Reviews:
LCD Soundsystem celebrates return with joyous Masonic show
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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DETROIT -- Absence, as the saying goes, certainly made LCD Soundsystem fans’ hearts grow fonder during the group’s nearly five-year hiatus earlier in the decade.

And the local love affair with the Brooklyn-based dance rock band was rekindled in fine fashion on Friday night, Nov. 3, during the first of two shows at the Masonic Temple.

Supporting its chart-topping new album “American Dream,” LCD picked up largely where it left off the last time it hit the road, delivering a joyous and generous 17-song, two-hour-plus exposition of its various forms of dance-rock that had the sold-out Masonic crowd on its feet from the start of the moody “Oh Baby” through the anthemic catharsis of “All My Friends.” In between majordomo James Murphy and his eight-piece edition of LCD neatly surveyed the group’s career, bathed in a rich light show that featured judicious use of a large mirror ball hanging above the band.

LCD’s range was the real star of the show; “American Dream” only brought another layer of variety to the mix, and the collective roared through nods to vintage New Wave (“I Can Change”), punk (“Daft Punk Is Playing At My House,” “Emotional Haircut”), electro pomp rock (“Dance Yrself Clean”) and the thumping, rave-ready techno of “You Wanted A Hit, “Tribulations” and “Movement.” The gregarious Murphy -- who gets points for knowing that he was playing in the largest Masonic temple in the country -- torqued things up further mid-show, when he explained how the rest of the night would be going (songs followed by a bathroom break for the band, then the encore) before leading LCD into a breathless run that included funky, and occasionally trancey, favorites such as “Change Yr Mind,” “Yr City’s A Sucker,” “Tonight,” and ebullient “Home” and a cover of Chic’s “I Want Your Love” sung by keyboardist Nancy Whang.

Murphy’s own vocal showcase, the blues-flavored “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down,” was an emotive highlight that closed the main set and sent him off to a well-earned bathroom break.

LCD performs again on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Masonic Temple, 500 Temple Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26.25-$61.75. Call 313-638-2724 or visit themasonic.com.

Web Site: www.themasonic.com

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