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Young the Giant :: Crystal Ballroom :: 12.06.13

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom could keep The Colourist and Young the Giant from their duly appointed rounds on Friday night. Ok, so maybe it wasn't quite that bad, but it was definitely pretty darn cold. Young the Giant hasn't greatest luck with weather - for their last show in Portland, fans of the Californian rockers huddled in the pouring rain at Pioneer Square; for December To Remember, concertgoers had to brave record-low temperatures for their show at the Crystal Ballroom.

The members of The Colourist had to drive 14 hours straight in order to open for Young the Giant, but their performance was in no way diminished by their arduous trek. The California natives played a short, enthusiastic set that was heavy on catchy hooks and pop-melodies. While the band has yet to craft another song with as much energy as their single (and crowd favorite), "Little Games," songs like "Yes Yes" and "Young Hearts" definitely showcased the band's potential.

Although Young the Giant did a pretty good job of rocking out at Pioneer Square in September, they really shine in a slightly more intimate setting like the The Crystal. For their show on Friday, they started off their set strong with songs like "Get Out Your Guns" (their live rendition of this track is always stellar) and "Cough Syrup." Crowd response was a little more muted when the band played tracks off their forthcoming album (due to drop next month) - while their new material is solid, none of their newer songs have quite as much anthemic intensity as we saw on some of their earlier singles. The band quickly ramped back up with songs like "Strings" and "12 Fingers," before closing out with a raucous rendition of "My Body" and a shout-out to 94/7, who was the first major station to introduce them to American listeners. Rain or shine, Young the Giant definitely proved that they can rock out, no matter what the weather.

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12/13/2013 3:40PM
Young the Giant :: Crystal Ballroom :: 12.06.13
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