This had been a show I was excited for for some time. After seeing Passion Pit at Lollapalooza this past summer, I just knew I had to hit them up any time they came to Wisconsin. They could have had Nickelback and Creed as the two opening bands, and I still would have waited in line in the freezing cold for this.
Anyways, this was my first time at The Orpheum, which I guess had just recently re-opened. Let me tell you, this is an OUTSTANDING music venue. The lighting was phenomenal and the sound was absolutely perfect. It was a bit smaller than I thought it would be, but it’s great for bands of this size.
Icona Pop was the first artist to take the stage. They consist of two girls making some awesome electro-pop music. Their set was fun and fast paced, with little filler since they only had around 25 minutes. They closed with “I Love It”, which is their big single and also happens to be the theme song for MTV’s “Snooki and JWOWW” show. Overall they were solid, with the crowd way more into them than I thought they’d be.
After a quick set change, Matt & Kim came out and the crowd went absolutely bonkers. Previously in the week, Kim had come down with the flu bug, so they had to cancel their performance on one date… thank the Lord she was good to go this night because they were incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a band show so much love for what they do onstage than these guys, as they both grinned ear to ear for their full 30 minute set. I’m not too familiar with their material before their newest album, but I was glad they played some of my favorite cuts from that one such as “It’s Alright”, “Now”, and “Let’s Go”. The highlight of the set came when Kim walked on the crowd… literally. I’m still baffled how they didn’t drop her. If you ever have the chance to see Matt & Kim, do it, you will not be disappointed. The ultimate good mood band.
Lastly was the moment everyone was waiting for, Passion Pit. I’m not sure their set was better than what they did at Lollapalooza, but it was close. They opened with the frantic “I’ll Be Alright” which launched the crowd into a frenzy for the next hour and 15 minutes. I don’t think they could have put on a better show, every single fan favorite was played and then some. They closed with “Sleepyhead” and had an encore of “Little Secrets”, which was easily the best 10 minute segment of the night. Just looking around and seeing the massive crowd bouncing as one was a sight to behold. All in all, the show was fantastic in every aspect… awesome bands that complimented each other in an awesome venue.