with Allan Kingdom and DJ WIllie Shu
Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
Monday, March 24, 2014
Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians brought their spacey, experimental material to a full Triple Rock last night. They incorporated a grab-bag of elements from neo-soul to Tyler, the Creator's more Badu-inspired moments for an excellent night of avant-garde R&B. It was met with big cheers from an appreciative audience.
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The all-ages audience was treated to an early night of music from local DJ Willie Shu and rising St. Paul rapper Allan Kingdom. I was at the #StateofHipHop discussion at Intermedia Arts concerning local media and hip-hop during their sets, but having seen the way they rile up rooms it made perfect sense that they were chosen as openers. The tight and early set times made the pared down-bill well executed in terms of time and curation, as Allan Kingdom's off-kilter approach to hip-hop is akin to that of the Internet''s handle of earthy R&B. The crowd was clearly floating on the excess upbeat vibes from his set coming into the Internet's more subdued sound.
The Odd Future soul and R&B outfit arrived to the intimate Triple Rock stage with a three-piece band behind them, and the audience was prepared to cheer at the dramatic close of every song. Syd tha Kyd played the role of frontwoman well alongside the fluid playing of Matt Martians, and the big sounds from Patrick Paige's live bass especially brought home her unique presence within it. It was the Internet's first time in Minneapolis, Syd claimed. She also said it was her favorite night of the tour.
Songs like "She Dgaf" played appropriately emphatic instead of the album's spacey leanings, but still some moments relied on dubbed-in choruses or audience karaoke. Some of the songs were covers, but they were well chosen and fit into the overall feel of the set.
In comparison to, for example, their Wolf Gang counterpart Earl Sweatshirt, who recently brought an uproarious packed house to the front of the Fine Line to mosh, the Internet's set brought a downtempo energy to the excited crowd.
Syd was able to vibe with the crowd easily being so close, and the moments where she interacted with fans stood out. Multiple moments of offstage meandering and a sincere birthday wish for someone in the front row brought a fun looseness to the atmosphere.
The live setting highlighted the intricate patterning in songs, as well as Syd's strengths as a lead singer. Her voice doesn't hold some songs on records Purple Naked Ladies and Feel Good but it carried the whole set live, and her stage presence and energy is pretty unique to a lot of singers.
Syd promised she'd be back and said she was happy about the response the group got. It was a joyous and diverse crowd that felt and maintained the vibe of the sound by dancing, singing along, and just being truly present.
Personal Bias: I came in without as much knowledge of the work as the fans seemed to, as many sang along with provocation.
The Crowd: A variety of young people.
Overheard In The Crowd: Cheers for an encore that never came.
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