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Fun at Koolhaus
Fun
Miniature Tigers
Koolhaus in Toronto, ON
April 25, 2012

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

In 2010 when I saw Fun at The Mod Club, their performance (and the whole experience) was so excellent that I placed that concert my Top 10 of that year. When I saw they were returning to The Mod Club this year, there was no hesitation to purchase tickets for the show.

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What I didn't realize is that the song "We Are Young" had been featured on the television show Glee, and when tickets to The Mod Club sold out quickly, the concert was moved to the Koolhaus, a venue approximately 6 times the size. Tickets kept selling and by the time the show rolled around, the Koolhaus had sold-out. Amazing.

Nate Ruess (vocals) hit the stage at the full speed, dashing around, jumping and singing with passion. The second song of the set was "Walking The Dog" from 2009's Aim And Ignite, which brought out an army of arms to be raised in the air. From where I was I could hear the fans singing along just as loud as I could hear Ruess. With an all-ages crowd filling the venue, the age of the attendees increased the further from stage. The three young women I spoke to that were positioned front-and-centre had arrived at the venue at 11:30am that morning, spending all day there to secure that spot. Amazing.

As expected, Ruess and the rest of the band, Jack Antonoff (guitar), Andrew Dost (keyboards, everything else), Nate Harold (bass), Will Noon (drums), and the beautiful Emily Moore (guitar, vocals, keyboard), played a number of songs from 2012 album Some Nights; however, there was surprising number of older songs interspersed. Ruess used "Barlights" to engage the crowd and received excellent participation. It was clear as they started into "We Are Young" that we were nearing the end of the set, but it wasn't the last song... a cover of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" served as the last song before the encore. The band returned for a two song encore that included the title track of Some Nights and an incredible live version of "Take Your Time (Coming Home)".

Amazing.

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Miniature Tigers

Opening the night was Miniature Tigers from Brooklyn. Perhaps somewhat influenced by Vampire Weekend, their music was generally easy to take, and sometimes quite excellent.

About half-way through the set, Charlie Brand (vocals, guitar) managed to trip himself up and fall over on stage. It appeared to cause him some embarrassment, but it gave the audience a good laugh and a reason to pay further attention. If anything, that mistake ended up creating a connection between himself and the crowd.

Despite a fair amount of between-song pandering, Brand was very well received and the music was a great start to the night. The set closed with Brand asking if any members of the audience had a CAA membership that could be used to help the band get their keys out of the locked tour van. I didn't hear anything, but with a sold out crowd at the Koolhaus, I have to believe someone stepped up to help them.

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