Welsh songstress Marina Diamandis—mastermind of Marina and the Diamonds— capped an evening of glittery synth-pop perfection at Terminal 5 last Thursday. The party kicked off promptly at 8pm with Swedish electro duo Icona Pop, as singer-beatmakers Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo appeared in chic, black, feathery getups and gave a warm welcome to the packed crowd. Stationed behind opposing mixers, the two faced off at center stage and delivered a brief yet energetic 30-minute set, beginning with a menacing dubstep remix of their track “Manners” and powering through the entirety of their debut EP, Iconic—aptly concluding with pumped-up, girl-power single “I Love It.”
After a break, the stage faded to black and a giant neon heart glowed pink, priming the crowd for the emergence of the sleek, enigmatic Diamandis. The stage set simulated a 1940s dressing room, decked out with all the usual glamour-girl accoutrements: martini glasses, a faux-fur throw, a pageant-queen sash, a plush lounge chair and even a mechanical puppy to amuse the crowd.
Diamandis, armored in a black cheerleader-like suit, plunged right into a cheeky version of “Homewrecker,” from her sophomore record, Electra Heart. The pop starlet proceeded to tear through the majority of the LP—from power ballads like “Valley of the Dolls” to playful pop anthems such as “Radioactive”—adding in a few goodies from her first record, The Family Jewels (“Mowgli’s Road,” “Obsessions”). Then, just when it seemed like the set couldn't get any more electrifying, Diamandis topped off a much-anticipated encore with the eerie “Teen Idle” as well as the sassy single “How to Be a Heartbreaker,” dazzling the audience into bubblegum-sweet oblivion.
The hyped Scottish-Canadian dance duo brings its bass-heavy party tunes to Williamsburg. (Kanye showed up!) If you’re into the sort of bass tectonics that rearrange your inner organs, there was no hotter ticket in town last Friday than TNGHT at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The duo—Montreal’s Lunice and Glasgow’s Hudson Mohawke—extracts all the best bits of dubstep, hip-hop and electro to create super-glossy, bass-amped tunes that the crowd was so desperate to cut loose to, they were jumping way before the beat dropped. While HudMo remained reserved behind the decks, Lunice was the ultimate hype man, dancing down the front, slapping hands and inciting general dance-floor lunacy. By the second song, one overheated fan had ripped off his T-shirt, windmilling it above his head.Given that the pair has released just one five-track, 16-minute EP, TNGHT managed to seamlessly stretch out its set with reworkings of tunes by Waka Flocka Flame, UGK and Kanye West, among others. And incidentally, the latter rapper just happened to be in the building. Much to the crazed delight of all assembled, West emerged halfway through “Theraflu” to rap on his own song, without a mike, while wildly gesticulating for all of 20 seconds. (Check out the footage here.) But it was TNGHT’s own songs—the ominous clip and stomp of “Higher Ground” and the pinging minimalism of “Goooo”—delivered at a thrillingly immersive volume, that made this live set such fun. Make it your mission to catch them next time they