Marina and the Diamonds Lonely Hearts Club Tour NYC

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Last night I went with my best friend to see Marina and the Diamonds’ last stop on the Lonely Hearts Club tour.

It was fantastic!

The concert was held at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, NYC. The doors didn’t open until 6pm, but by 5pm the line had already stretched halfway along 5th Ave.

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Almost every girl I saw had Marina’s signature heart painted on their cheek. I even saw a few guys with it as well!

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At around 7:30pm, Charli XCX opened the show. Charli XCX (born Charlotte Aitchison) is a 20 year old indie electro synth pop artist from Hertfordshire, England. Some of you may recognize her name from the Icona Pop song she’s featured on, “I Love It,” which was the opening theme song for Snookie & JWoww. Her album True Romance was released in April 2013.

 

She sang “I Love It” along with “Stay Away”, “Nuclear Seasons”, and a few others.

I’m not really a fan of Charli XCX, so I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy her performance that much. If you ever decide to go see her in concert, prepare yourself for a lot of hair flipping and hip twirling. That’s pretty much all she’ll do on stage. Her voice didn’t really carry well in the park, so at times it sounded like she was mumbling. I love her British accent though!

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After Charli XCX left the stage, the crew began setting up for Marina. I got really excited when they brought out a male mannequin wearing a light blue suit. I kept telling my friend how anxious I was to find out what Marina was going to do with that mannequin!

Marina came out around 8:30pm, the lights on the stage flashing wildly as the electro pop beat began to pick up. She strolled onto the stage wearing a pink dress and a white wedding veil. In her hand she held a bouquet of flowers.

She grabbed the microphone and began to sing “Homewrecker.”

Quite the entrance I’d say.

I’m assuming the mannequin was her “groom” as she spun him around on stage as she sang.

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I absolutely loved it when she would stop to talk to the audience. After “Homewrecker” she told us about her beauty queen fetish. “Loser that I am,” she said, “I’ve made a sash or two.” She then walks over to the clothing rack on stage and puts on a hot pink sash. “This one says ‘Miss Shellfish Beach’.”

Priceless.

She got really emotional about the fact that the Lonely Hearts Club was coming to an end.

After singing one of my favorites, “Power and Control”, she said, “You know the tour is over because my top is breaking.”

While she went to change, the crowd began shouting “TAKE IT OFF! TAKE IT OFF!”

No, guys. This is a PG-13 concert. Not NC-17.

She actually started to cry before sitting down at the piano to sing “Teen Idle.”

She’s really going to miss this tour.

Oddly, as if on cue, as she sang “Feeling super, super, super, suicidal” from “Teen Idle”, the ambulance showed up.

I hope it wasn’t anything serious.

Marina ended the concert with “How to Be a Heartbreaker,” and she brought her mannequin back onto the stage once again, this time in a speedo.

Marina’s opera-like voice came through very well. Coupled with her amazing band, there was never a dull moment with Marina Diamandis.

She also did a great job of owning the personality of Electra Heart, her alter ego.

Since this was the last stop on the Lonely Hearts Club tour, she pretty much gave away all of her stage props, including the bouquet, the veil, and the giant teddy bear.

I’m sure the lucky fan that managed to catch that teddy bear received some dirty looks.

Oh well.

Marina, you Greek-Welsh beauty queen, you can come back to NYC anytime!

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Album Review: Tegan and Sara’s ‘Heartthrob’

I first heard Tegan and Sara sing one day while shopping at a shoe store in Kings Plaza Mall. “Feel it in My Bones” came on, and I immediately dug my phone out of my purse to Shazam it. The girls teamed up with Tiesto for the Dance number. I feel in love with the song instantly.

However, I didn’t bother to do any research on the girls since the song was under Tiesto’s name. Come Friday night I find out that they’ve just released a new album on January 29th, and they’ve released seven other albums since 2004. Excuse me for a moment, but I have some music I’ve got to catch up on!

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Tegan and Sara are 30 year old twins from Vancouver, Canada. They began playing the piano at age eight, exposing them to a world of music. They’ve collaborated with various artists, including Tiesto and Margaret Cho. Spotify labels them as a folk-rock duo, but their new album Heartthrob has an 80s feel to it. What I like about these girls is that they don’t beat around the bush with their lyrics—they sing it like it is, and that gives them spunk. Here’s a bit about the track listing:

1. “Closer”: Track number one is the album’s first single. The song is very dance-pop sounding, and the way they sing the word “closer” is sure to turn you on. The song is about turning an innocent love into something physical. The video for “Closer” features the twins at a house party with friends having a blast. Be prepared to see some serious makeout sessions and indoor camping scenes!

2. “Goodbye”: Track two is my absolute favorite off of the album. The lyrics of this song are so profound. The chorus goes,

You never really knew me, never ever
Never ever saw me, saw me like they did
You never really loved me, never really
Never really loved me, loved me like they did

Talk about a serious breakup! The girls sing this song with perfect harmony, adding to the melancholy of the lyrics.

3. “I Was a Fool”: This song is more of a ballad. It talks about being a fool for love. Who hasn’t? Many of us can relate to the feelings that this song brings, the sitting by the phone, staring at his Facebook profile page, waiting for him to call or message you. That feeling of hoping that it’ll last when deep down inside you know its over.

4. “I’m Not Your Hero”: On this track the girls sing about men who have had high expectations of them in a relationship. They leave the constant reminder that they aren’t heroines, but they’re definitely strong, brave women that cannot be taken advantage.

5. “Drove Me Wild”: The title says it all! Who doesn’t love a song about how a significant other makes them feel? No one? Thought so! The first few lines of the song are so sweet,

When I think of you I think of your skin, golden brown from the sun
Your arms outstretched, your hair cut shorter than it’d been
But still blowing in the wind

Whoever this song is about, he must be very special. Tegan and Sara paint the picture of a person so intriguing that it seems as though just watching them walk is the best thing since sliced bread!

6. “How Come You Don’t Want Me”: This song mulls over the painful realizations of a significant other losing interest. Tegan and Sara ask the million dollar question: “How come you don’t want me now?” Sometimes, the saddest part is that they don’t even have an answer.

7. “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend”: You know that one person that you see as more than a friend, but they don’t see you the same? Sometimes its kind of difficult to stay friends with that person afterwards. That’s exactly what this song is about. Even if you try again, you just can’t be friends.

8. “Love They Say”: This is my second favorite off the album. It oozes sappy romance, and I love it! The twins sing about how love is said to fix everything. The line “there’s nothing love can’t do” resonates with the listener long after the song is over.

9. “Now I’m All Messed Up”: Messed up indeed! This song touches on the subjects of one-night-stands, leading someone on, and mixed signals. Definitely one of those songs you would see in a movie scene where the girl is curled up on the couch crying while eating all the chocolate she could find at the corner store.

10. “Shock to Your System”: Last but not least, this track is about realizing one’s solitude. It’s like a shock to the system that “knocks your heart right out of sync”. Pretty deep, I’d say.

I hope these song descriptions made you curious about Heartthrob. Tegan and Sara do a great job of sticking to the theme of “heartthrob”. Some of these songs should definitely be added to your break up song playlist. So head over to iTunes and download the album!
What’s your favorite track off Heartthrob?