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The Presidents of the United States of America :: Crystal Ballroom : 02.14.14

Quick! What's the first band you think of when I say "Valentine's Day concert"? If you said, "Presidents of the United States of America," you're probably lying. While Presidents may not be everyone's go-to when it comes to romance, they were a pretty apt choice to kick of Presidents Day Weekend, and their show at The Crystal Ballroom on Friday night proved to be a pretty entertaining (and at times surprising) evening.

Openers You Scream I Scream and Old Light kicked things off with long sets by two very different but complimentary bands. Connecticut-based You Scream I Scream paired gravelly vocals with a guitar-heavy 90's rock sound, while the prolific (they've released six different recordings in the past year) Portland band Old Light rocked out with their own particular brand of psych-metal. It wasn't until almost two hours into the evening that PUSA finally took stage.

Now, there are two types of people in this world: those who like Presidents of the United States and those who don't. PUSA's nonsensical lyrics and jokey demeanor aren't necessarily everyone's cup of tea. But weren't wasn't a non-believer in the house on Friday night, and Presidents proved why they can still pack in the crowds after all these years. On the eve of the release of their new album, Kudos To You, the band played a high-energy, marathon set that lasted almost two hours, and included their two most famous hits ("Lump" and "Peaches") and a host of crowd favorites, along with over a half-dozen new songs. There was even a hint of love in the air when the band invited a local fan on-stage to propose to his girlfriend - who he met at a Portland PUSA show six years prior.


Presidents may not be all things to all people, but their show on Friday definitely proved that they can still rock out with the best of them. 

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02/18/2014 1:22PM
The Presidents of the United States of America :: Crystal Ballroom : 02.14.14
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