the Greek Theatre
Seattle-born Mike Hadreas, known as Perfume Genius, is making waves with his art-pop/electronica singles, "Queen" and "I'm a Mother." After battling drug addiction and surviving rehab, his first two albums were cast off YouTube for "mature sexual content," which, of course, was the beginning of his faithful following. Now, with his new critically acclaimed album, “Too Bright,” Hadreas has salvaged his risqué reputation by toning down his sexual-identity angst.
The bigness of Arcade Fire’s music is made to fill a venue like the Greek. But the bigness of their fan base could have easily filled five. Last night’s show was so packed that security actually started begging fans to stop pushing their way onto the floor. “We’re gonna have to bulldoze our way through here,” one fan said, eying the sea of wall-to-wall bodies ahead, as a security guy next to him tried to steer people away. “No more room!” he shouted. “There’s no more room down here!”
Although they're not really on my radar, it's actually become difficult to escape any mention of Phish's three-day takeover of Berkeley's Greek Theatre this weekend. And because the shows sold out months ago in approximately five minutes, many "phans" too spaced out to click a few buttons (and others who tried and failed because of an overwhelmed Ticketmaster server) missed another chance to see Phish---otherwise known as the second coming of the Grateful Dead.