Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Marquee Theatre, Tempe - 8/21/2013
Zinner, as always, is the master of his domain. He is a unique combination of noisy and obvious mixed with a subtlety that makes you realize just how aware you are of his riffs and thoughtful sounds, even when you think your focus might be elsewhere.
This was really evident on "Runaway" from It's Blitz! Minimal and stripped down, the song's entire foundation would crumble without his chills-inducing guitar.
The band kept it lively, going from that haunting number into "Gold Lion," which Karen started off by drawing the audience into a hands-over-head group clap and chant of Queen's "We Will Rock You."
The band wrapped up with "Cheated Hearts," another good one from Show Your Bones, before exiting a room full of people who were definitely wanting more action.
The encore was a trio of hits, "Zero," "Maps," and "Date with the Night." The latter a nice way to exit vigorously after the luscious "Maps," which was an obviously popular choice, as pretty much every fan in the house decided to sing along at full volume.
During "Date," the band stopped the show with a collective frozen pose that went on for what seemed like several minutes, building up a bit of good tension and excitement before barreling back into the rocker. Though the band didn't do a lot of new songs, it didn't feel like a Yeah Yeah Yeahs night of hits; just a selection of good choices for a damn good time.
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