Sunday, July 21, 2013
Concert review: CSS gave fierce show Friday in Dallas, complete with cartwheels
Singer LoveFoxxx defined a new type of diva.
DALLAS Wading through three opening acts might have been a test of patience at Friday night’s show at House of Blues, but it was all worth it. Headliner CSS didn’t just hit the stage after 11 p.m., they nuked it.
Touring for their fourth album, Planta, Brazilian party pop-rockers Cansei de Ser Sexy (CSS, get it?) exploded the venue with a raucous set thanks mostly to the whirling dervish of singer LoveFoxxx. She defined a new type of diva that was equal parts fierce and fabulous. In polka-dotted pants and flowy black top, CSS opened with “Art Bitch,” and LoveFoxxx took over the stage with nonstop dancing, cartwheels, and ultra-cool grandstanding that egged on the audience of bespectacled hipsters, gay bears, and converted boyfriends accompanying their dates. LoveFoxxx isn’t conventionally sexy, but she emanates a confident sex appeal alongside her goofy hair-flipping and silly posturing for prime photo opps.
Fellow CSS-ers Luiza Sa, Ana Rezende, and Caroline Parra gave way to LoveFoxxx’s antics but hardly shrunk away. They were diligent on keyboards and guitars and worked the audience in their own way, garnering screams of “I love you, Luiza!” just as much as LoveFoxxx earned hers. The band offered a cohesive onslaught of tracks -- ones that killed, like “City Grrrl” and “I Love You” -- and ones that flirted, like newer tracks “Hangover” and encore starter “Frankie Goes to North Hollywood.”
Despite some mic complications, MNDR pushed through a vibrant performance that set the tone high for CSS to follow through with. MNDR danced on her own and fiddling with her electronic sound station, which might've offered more vocals than she did. MNDR's show was really more like performance art, set to electronica beats.
Another opener, Feathers, carried a sullen demeanor that bordered on boring. They had fine sound, but for their “first time in Dallas” performance, it was a snooze. And the only male performer (minus a couple of drummers), was DJ/guitarist D.V.S., who started the night with a beautifully chilled set that featured some of his remix and electronica work.
This was CSS’ night, and as they had the floor jumping in unison during the final “I’ve Seen You Drunk Gurl,” it was easy to see simply just how cool it is to be in a poppy rock ‘n’ roll band.
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