Owl CityOwl City brings the party to Hollywood
By Naughty Mickie  notymickie@gmail.com
Photos by Dean Lee

It was a surprising audience that turned out for the Owl City concert at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood on a Monday night. It boasted a wide cross-section of ages, genres and ethnicities, but most noticible was the younger set in attendance- not just teens and tweens, but elementary school-aged children, on a school night no less!

New York singer/songwriter Matthew Koma opened the show. His musical style was a fair match to the main event, but his lyrics and between-song banter focused on sex and drugs, as well as a few swear words- all too adult for the crowd. Also unfortunate, Koma's songs fell under the "it's all been done before" category, which added to the wan response. His tunes are getting radio airplay, so perhaps he's a better fit elsewhere.

Owl City (Adam Young) offered up an amazing hour and a half packed with a blend of hits and lesser-known songs spanning his repertoire. He performed nearly every tune off of his latest effort, "The Midsummer Station," in entirety, while the rest of the show was a mixture of pieces of songs to full works and a couple of instrumentals. It may sound choppy, but the result was a smooth, satisfying taste of his catalogue.

Fans sang along and even parents were nodding their heads to songs like "Deer in the Headlinghts," "Fireflies," "Speed of Love, "Shooting Star" and "The Real World."

Owl City typically plays all the instruments on his albums and, up until the newest, wrote and produced everything as well. So it's not surprising his touring band, vocalist/keyboardist Breanne Duren, guitarists Daniel Jorgensen and Jasper Nephew and drummer Steve Goold, is top-notch, as it would be hard to hand your heart to someone less talented. The timing, tone and attitude was perfect from beginning to end, every note and nuance intact. The audience's only gripe is it ended far too soon.

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