On a night where TV on the Radio and stellastarr* headlined two separate shows in the same venue, what was a Cornerstone Player lovin' indie kid going to do? The Black Cat maxed out its cool quotient hosting TV on the Radio on their backstage and more rock from the borough of Brooklyn upstairs in the main room with stellastarr*, supported by Ambulance and The Killers.
The Killers set the tone for the night playing a punked up brand of new-new wave (I think I just coined that phrase) a la Interpol without the black suits. The dressed-down boys from Vegas maintained a high energy level throughout the set playing songs full of moody love and angst from their upcoming full length release. The band then walked away with the "won the most new fans of the night" award.
Fast forwarding to the main attraction, stellastarr* showed the chops of a band that's been on the road for as long as they have, moving seamlessly in and out of ?tracks from their self titled debut. The art school quartet looked the part of '80s chic and had me wishing I wore that Members Only jacket I never owned back in the 8th grade. Frontman?Shawn Christensen refrained from much of any on-stage banter, but the crowd managed to stay entranced on him and the band for the duration of the show. The highlight of the set came seven songs in when they unleashed "My Coco", a should be hit, sounding better than practically any song currently on the radio. Other stellar moments included "Jenny" and the encore/show ender "Pulp Song." The tour with The Killers continues through the month of April leading up to stellastarr*'s Coachella debut.