Last Wednesday, my boyfriend and I ventured over to the Nile Theatre in Mesa to see Lights perform alongside opener Jeremy Fisher. Originally the show was planned to be in the basement of the Nile (aka Mesa Underground) but due to ticket sales they decided to move it into the upstairs room at the last minute. Now I have previously reviewed the Underground when I saw the Ataris there back in August and that was my first experience back at the Nile since it closed in 2002. Well this was my first experience in the “big” room and I have to say, it’s a lot smaller than I remember. Either they knocked out some walls to “enhance” the backstage experience or my memory is escaping me. It’s obviously a lot nicer than it used to be. They’ve redone the old place so it doesn’t feel as “ghetto” per say.
The majority of the crowd was comprised of guys. Probably because Lights is an attractive female. We often compare her to a female Adam Young (minus the complete social anxiety and weirdness) they both make similar music and they’re both dorks in their own rights. Adam likes Lite Brites, Lights prefers to play WOW.
I had never seen her perform live before because I missed her on the Owl City tour when it came through town in April because my boyfriend and I went to NYC for our one year anniversary. I had seen some acoustic videos on Youtube and I was blown away by her voice and the fact that she is more than just a pretty face…the girl can sing!
We arrived at the Nile towards the end of Jeremy Fisher’s set and had to wait about 20 mins for Lights to start. One thing I noticed immediately was the price of her merchandise. She was charging $25 for t-shirts and $40 for hoodies when tickets only cost $12. I understand inflation and cost and the need to make a profit but t-shirts should NEVER cost more than the price of a ticket. I don’t care how much money you’re trying to make. That’s highway robbery. American Apparel shirts ordered in bulk should cost no more than $6 a pop. That’s more than a 400% markup and they’re profiting over $20 a shirt. Is that to pay for her bus or her LED lights or both?
Aside from her merchandise bothering me severely, she played a very good set. She played songs off her cd “The Listening” as well as her acoustic EP along with a stunning cover of “Bed Intruder”. The energy was high throughout her entire set and she proved that girls can rock too.
More photos available on Flickr.
Bedroom Intruder (Antoine Dodson cover)
Fall Back Down (Rancid cover)
The Last Thing on Your Mind
Drive My Soul
Close to Me (The Cure cover)
Cactus in the Valley