Stars Is One of the Best Live Bands in the World

Last night I had the IMMENSE privilege of seeing Stars play at the Avalon here in Hollywood.I actually bought my tickets on Monday after finding out they released a new EP on September 1st, which subsequently led to me realizing that they were playing last night. I’ve been a pretty big fan of Stars for a few years now, my first encounter with them was hearing What the Snowman Learned About Love and then buying every record they’ve had before and since then. Basically, I couldn’t be more excited to see these guys play live.

I can say beyond a doubt that Stars puts on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. First off I’d say there was Amy Milan, who probably has some of the best stage presence ever. She’s also an amazing guitar player, something I didn’t know. She was totally captivating and made the whole thing even more exciting. Torquil, the male singer in Stars, was amazing in his own right, always sounding really in tune and busting out a trumpet on several songs, which was really incredible.

Overall they played everything I pretty much wanted to hear, though I’d have to say that the crowd favorite was Ageless Beatuy. Everyone was dancing and singing along, the lights were bright and pulsed along with the music, and you couldn’t help but smile the entire time. I can’t say anything bad about the show, it was simply epic.

Definitely check out the Sad Robots website to download the new EP, and if Stars roll into your town I can’t recommend seeing them any more highly, your mind (and eyes and ears) will be blown.


14 Comments Stars Is One of the Best Live Bands in the World

  1. Luke October 2, 2008 at 9:07 AM

    They tour Canada semi-frequently so I’ve had the opportunity to see them several times. (Here in Winnipeg.)

    I agree that they put on a great show. Once they played What the Snowman Learned About Love as the final encore at my request. It was a magic moment.


  2. Dave October 2, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Stars are indeed awesome and from north of the boarder too (go Canada!) – sorry couldn’t resist.
    Although their latest album “In Our Bedroom After the War” was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, I still think “Set Yourself On Fire” was better.

  3. Milo October 2, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Yeah, Stars last night was amazing as usual! I was also extremely impressed with Think About Life.

  4. Bobby October 2, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Milo: Think About Life was sooooo much fun! I danced a lot to them, not gonna lie, haha…

    My friend Max bought they’re CD, and well, it wasn’t as good as the live performance sadly. They kind of sound like The Unicorns on CD, which they definitely didn’t when they played live.

  5. ryan October 2, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Stars are great, but I think if push comes to shove, I’d sooner take the girl/boy dynamics of the Delgados… too bad they’re no longer together.

  6. Jon October 2, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Hey Luke! Another Winnipeger! I’ve seen Stars twice, and each time I’m amazed. Calendar Girl may be my fav.

  7. Yreka October 5, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    They’re in SF tomorrow and I can’t go. School is a pain sometimes.

  8. ben October 5, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    oh man, i saw them last year and they were prrretty good. did they throw out roses? i don’t think they sound like the unicorns at all on cd. anyway, i got to make a poster for their show in iowa city, check it out:

  9. ben October 5, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    oops…i meant lawrence, kc.

  10. Annie October 7, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    they’re playing in my town friday but it’s 20$ and I have a date too. Damn.

  11. Bobby October 7, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Annie: Stars sounds like an awesome date to me!

  12. HAIQAL October 13, 2008 at 1:28 AM

    I cant wait for them. They are coming to town(Singapore) in Jan 09!

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