In 1998, British synthpop trio Saint Etienne released Good Humor, their fourth album, to massive acclaim. Songs like “Sylvie” remain the most popular in the band’s catalog. And so to mark the 20th anniversary of the album, Saint Etienne will undertake a US tour in its honor, including a stop at Union Stage on Friday, Sept. 7.
Loi Loi headlined a birthday show in honor of frontwoman Kristie Di Lascio at Rock and Roll Hotel Saturday. An enthusiastic crowd turned up for Loi Loi, Mundy, Nihiloceros, and Time Is Fire! We arrived in time to surf some new wave melodies with Loi Loi and Mundy, both buoyed by high spirits and awash in cool tunes.
Synthpop outfit Loi Loi perform at Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday, April 28, and the band is bringing along a lot of friends to celebrate the birthday of frontwoman Kristie Di Lascio on a bill that includes Mundy, Nihiloceros, and Time Is Fire.
How she’s able to jump and dance in those high heels is anyone’s guess, but then again, how can anyone resist jumping, dancing, or even just tapping one’s toes to Kristie Di Lascio of Loi Loi’s energetic, tuneful synthpop beats.
In the encore of the show by Phoenix at The Anthem on Monday, frontman Thomas Mars praised Prince, telling the audience how struck he was by seeing the iconic artist in a concert in Paris when Thomas was only 8 years old.
So it’s no surprise that the latest effort by Phoenix — the sunny album Ti Amo — was in some ways inspired by Prince as much as it was by Italian dance and romance.
Waiting for the DJ to arrive, the crowd at 9:30 Club pressed up against the security barrier on Friday, chanting his name.
“Giorgio! Giorgio! Giorgio!”
When the 77-year-old man of the hour arrived, the very full house erupted into cheers for their headliner — producer and tastemaker Giorgio Moroder, the legendary collaborator who brought synthesizers to Donna Summer and thereafter kept his finger on the pulse of global pop music.