Review: Parachute, The Cab at Deluxe 

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Parachute and The Cab with Katelyn Tarver
Deluxe at Old National Centre
Saturday, August 11

The three artists that I saw at Deluxe at Old National Centre on August 11 seem like sort of an odd mix of musicians to be touring together, but judging by the crowd's endless energy, that just meant that there was something for everyone in the audience to enjoy.

Katelyn Tarver was, in all honesty, a stereotypical pop star, and her high, blonde ponytail only served to reinforce the bubblegum-cheerleader image she projected as she bounced all over the stage -- not to mention her sister is her backup singer. The music she played, which was mostly from EP A Little More Free, also reflected a period of bubbly innocence. Even her cover of B.o.B's "So Good" was, as Tarver herself said, really just an excuse to dance to a hip-hop song. The last song of her set, "It's Good," had a little bit more of a country feel, which made me think of her as a bit of a baby Taylor Swift.

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It took me a few songs to really get into Parachute's set, but once I was in, I was in for good. I think part of the reason that it took me a little while to be fully immersed was that, while all good, the first five songs of the set started to sound very similar because they were all upbeat pop-rock. After they slowed things down with "Kiss Me Slowly," a cover of Ryan Adams' "When the Stars Go Blue" as a duet with Tarver and "She Is Love," it was easier to get back into the quicker swing of things, which started with an oldies cover mashup comprised of "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." By the time the band reached the last song of their set, "Something to Believe In," I had become a believer in Parachute's live shows. Lead singer Will Anderson remarked that the band's very first tour was with Indiana native Jon McLaughlin (who'll be at Conner Prairie in a few weeks), who convinced the band to fall in love with Indy, which is why they'll be back at the Old National Centre (though this time in the Egyptian Room) on October 16 with Boys Like Girls and The All-American Rejects.

The Cab certainly plays a more alternative punk style than Tarver and Parachute, but they'll likely enter the more mainstream pop consciousness in the near future as they support Maroon 5 on their upcoming world tour, an event that lead singer Alexander DeLeon said was a dream come true. I found the pacing of The Cab's set was smarter than Parachute's; either that or the songs just sounded more diverse. They opened with the darkly anguished "Temporary Bliss," segued into the earnest "Take My Hand" and followed that with the reckless "Bad" and "Animal," which were written with Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls and Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael of Maroon 5 respectively. The band slowed things down with love songs like "Vegas Skies" and "I'll Run," followed by a cover of Ed Sheeran's "Lego House." The last songs of the set amped up again; they included the passionate "Angel with a Shotgun" and "Endlessly" (the latter of which was written with Bruno Mars), the live-life-to-the-fullest anthem "Living Louder" and the suggestive "La La" that concluded the night. For me, the concert certainly got better as it went along, and The Cab's enthusiastic set was the perfect way to end my last summer concert.

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