Tuesday night, Fishtown was alive with the rock beats of the James Murphy-fronted LCD Soundsystem. Playing the first of three sold-out shows at the Fillmore Philadelphia, the Brooklyn-based outfit that came out of a brief retirement in 2016 sounded as fresh and soulful as ever, making for an excellent night of live music Philadelphia won’t soon forget. Below, check out photos and highlights from the night.
1. James Murphy’s mystique remains intact
From the wave crest in his hair to his stained white T-shirt, Murphy has a look all his own. His flat microphone and voice that has a David Byrne air complete the look of a common man with style.
2. People danced their faces off
The crowd was alive with movement throughout the night. Hands were in the air and people were grooving every which way during the entire set, which included older favorites like “All My Friends” and newer works like “Tonite.” It didn’t matter where you were in the crowd. Spectators on the sidelines, with a lesser view of the main action, were dancing just as hard as the folks in the center.
3. The light show was amazing
LCD Soundsystem’s trademark mirror ball hung front and center on stage, reflecting beams of white and red lights that illuminated the dancing crowd. It was a true feast for the eyes.
4. Philadelphia proved itself as a world-class concert destination
Bands with the fanbase and music caché of LCD Soundsystem rarely play more than one show in Philly—even if it’s a sell-out affair. So to get not one, not two but three sold-out nights from this group proves that our fair city can pack a venue and host the best of world-class acts. Take note, music world.