Live Review: Cashmere Cat

The Norwegian DJ/producer Cashmere Cat, otherwise known as Magnus August Høiberg, came to The Westcott Theater this Thursday. Cat has quickly become one of the most sought-after producers in the industry. Working with big names like Ariana Grande, Diplo, Major Lazer, and more.

Starting off the show with what sounded like an action movie soundtrack, Cat made fans wait quite a while to see him on stage. Once he did arrive, he jumped right into his track “Night Night” featuring Kehlani. The crowd got krunk to water droplet drops while the purple-hued lights set the tone for the night.

The 30-year-old played fan favorites like, “Adore,” “Mirror Maru,” “9 (After Coachella)”, and “Trust Nobody”. Adding an extreme remix onto every track left the crowd pulsing, especially when he spun out an EDM version of “Bartier Cardi”. He also played crowdpleasers like “God’s Plan,” “Do You,” and a sweet cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.”

After watching him play, I now understand where his name comes from. Magnus paws at the records like a house cat with a string toy. Later in the night, he perches on the DJ table, waves at the crowd, and continues to nonchalantly bop his head to every song. Cat puts on an EDM show unlike any other, featuring video game melodies, suspended beats, and altered vocals.

 


 

Live Review: The Maine

Nos·tal·gia: a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.


“What do you need? Anything? You guys feelin good?” lead singer John O’Callaghan says sweetly to the boisterous crowd in front of him and the other four members of The Maine. A pop punk band from Arizona on their latest tour titled Modern Nostalgia. The band consciously decided that this tour would be different than previous tours; both of their latest albums Lovely Little Lonely and American Candy will be played back to back in full. Both show off the musicality still left in this band, from stretched out guitar synths to their classic pop/punk sound, and even a couple acoustic gems. Nostalgia seems to fit this bill. Nostalgic for love and everything that surrounds it seems to be the message.

A stage lined with a striped curtain reminiscent of a candy wrapper set the mood for the night; playful, sweet, and beautiful. Plush red rugs sat on the floor of the stage as the men (all in crisp white suits – which later turned to powder blue signifying a shift in the set) rocked out to some of their greatest music (in my opinion).

Songs like, “Lost In Nostalgia,” “American Candy,” and “How Do You Feel” felt even more electric live than they do when listened to through headphones. Zipped and tied up in suits didn’t stop these guys from head banging and shredding guitar for close to two hours. O’Callaghan makes sure every fan feels welcomed and happy. He high fives the one brave soul who crowd surfed, and wished the girl in the front row a happy birthday while performing. The flirty singer walks around to each band member, slapping their butts, rubbing their hair and leaning on shoulders. It’s clear the group has formed quite the brotherhood over the past 10 years and John is the ringleader elevating every moment as much as possible.

Not only do they manage to make you sing along, but they put a smile on your face, and a little sanity in your head. Like O’Callaghan preaches near the end of the show; it’s okay to not be okay, look to the people next to you, everyone’s going through something, but tonight everyone is enjoying music.

 

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