2007 Wrap-Up: Showstopper Edition

Early on in 2007, I was worried that many of my favorite acts would skip Detroit for other cities. While I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted (Arctic Monkeys, Ben Harper, Rilo Kiley, Spoon & Band Of Horses) and some of them still haven’t made it (Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Amy Winehouse, The New Pornographers), I was more than happy with the shows I was able to attend.

#5 Copeland w/ As Tall As Lions @ Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI – 5/7/07

My first show of the year and first ever in Ann Arbor. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Copeland didn’t disappoint. The audience was enthralled with lead singer Aaron Marsh’s emotion and his piano skills weren’t too shabby either. “You Have My Attention” and “Control Freak” were definite highlights.

#4 Tegan and Sara w/ Northern State @ St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI – 11/28/07

Canada’s most talented set of twins showed their vast musical talent and patience at this recent show. The crowd helped Tegan and Sara sing most of the numbers from the band’s large catalog and gave a few too many suggestions as well. Short anecdotes from Tegan made for memorable moments/rants were perfect for the intamate venue. Recent hits from The Con kept almost everyone happy, but “Living Room” shined as an energetic performance. Northern State aptly opened the show with their fun and earnest female rap session. You couldn’t help but smile as they ran through “Better Already” and “Sucka Mofo” while striking poses and jumping along the way.

#3 The Format w/ Limbeck, Steel Train, & Piebald @ St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI – 8/31/07

Energy was abound at this show with members of each band helping out for each other’s sets. The Format seamlessly and electrically played past hits and most of their latest, Dog Problems. Limbeck brought West Coast flavor, Steel Train gave a dramatic Jersey showcase and Piebald gave a rowdy effort on their last ever stop in Detroit.

#2 Feist w/ Rogue Wave @ Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI – 9/15/07

Definitely the quietest concert I’ve ever attended, but amazing in its own way. Feist highlighted hits from The Reminder and Let It Die with a cool backdrop that set Michigan Theater aglow. “My Moon My Man”, “Mushaboom” and the encore featuring “Sea Lion Woman” were highlights. The finale even featured Feist as choir director leading the crowd in helpful edition of her biggest hit so far, “1,2,3,4”. Rogue Wave had a solid opening slot and featured a rousing rendition of “Lake Michigan”.

#1 Girl Talk @ Eagle Theater, Pontiac, MI – 11/10/07

Though it doesn’t really qualify as an concert, the Girl Talk show was certainly the best event I attended this year. This fringe riot is probably the only time I’ll ever see that many people sweating and bumping into each other like they’ll never dance again. Insanity.