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Atlas Genius :: Crystal Ballroom :: 11.10.13

There are sold out shows, and then there are SOLD OUT shows. This Saturday's triple-header with Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Family of the Year, and Atlas Genius was definitely one of the latter, as the Crystal Ballroom quickly filled to capacity with hundreds of screaming fans of the three bands.

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr kicked off the evenings festivities with a short, spirited set. The Detroit band's sound has changed substantially since their debut in 2011 - the eerie, synth-heavy sounds of "Morning Thought" have given way to a gentler, catchier form of electro-pop, with songs like "If You Didn't See Me (The You Weren't on the Dancefloor)" and "Don't Tell Me" that gave the crowd a steady beat to dance to.

Second opening act Family of the Year kept the party going with songs like St. Croix (a song that bears a passing resemblance to Madonna's "Holiday") and the fast-becoming-ubiquitous "Hero", which drew a huge response from the crowd. If "dance folk" ever becomes a genre, Family of the Year will definitely be at the forefront of the movement.

Although the concert had been going for about two hours, the crowd's enthusiasm showed no signs of waning as headliners Atlas Genius finally took the stage a little after 11 PM. While both of the openers had been enthusiastic about playing in Portland, Atlas Genius upped the ante on the evening's PDX love-fest, repeatedly noting how much they enjoyed playing here, even going so far as to admit "We love Portland almost more than (their native) Australia." The crowd ate it up, and responded with equal enthusiasm to the band's set, which moved from crowd-favorite to crowd-favorite (with one album and one EP to their name, pretty much every song was a favorite), including their recent single "If So" and capping the evening with their breakout hit, "Trojans." While these boys from down under may continue to circumnavigate the globe, Portlanders are always grateful when Atlas Genius's finger lands on this part of the map.

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11/13/2013 8:58PM
Atlas Genius :: Crystal Ballroom :: 11.10.13
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