Panic! at the Disco
Murat Eygptian Room
Wednesday, July 19
Over 2,000 people packed into a sold-out show at the Murat Egyptian Room last Wednesday night to witness the on-stage circus/cabaret antics of three great indie bands.
Straying away from the Fueled by Ramen scene’s typical sound, The Hush took on a more indie-pop-folk-rock with no bullshit approach. Layering the vocals of guitarist Bob Morris, keyboardist Greta Salpeter, and bassist Chris Faller, the band uses catchy melodies in songs that are perfect for nap-time or dancing at a sold-out concert.
Playing second, Dresden Dolls kept the attention of a crowd hungry for the headliner. Consisting of just two members, Amanda Palmer on piano and vocals, and Brian Viglione on drums, Dresden Dolls came out on stage dressed in the night’s ever-so-present cabaret/freak outfits and kept all eyes on the stage and the crowd in constant motion.
By the time the Dolls left the stage, the air was hot, water was scarce, and everyone was covered in everyone else’s sweat. Shouts of “Panic! Panic! Panic!” rang out time and time again, until finally a ringmaster appeared on stage to introduce the headliners. Panic! at the Disco roared into their first song and kept the crowd in high gear for nearly an hour before taking a short break. Entertainment during the intermission was provided by members of Lucent Dossier, a freak-show of vaudevillian strippers telling “secrets” about the band, including the fact that 19-year-old frontman Brendan Urie is a virgin, which evoked an awkward-ish scream from hundreds of 14-year-old girls. After throwing out Polaroid pictures probably not intended to cause the riots they did, the band returned refreshed and ready to continue.