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Arts and Entertainment

Ferdinand asks: "What's Wrong With A Little Destruction?"

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A crisp, October evening didn't stop fans from attending Saturday's Franz Ferdinand concert. However, the dipping mercury did bolster sales of jackets and blankets at the venue. The Greek is notoriously cool at night, and it was doubly so last night. Thankfully electronica, gospel and punk-infused rock helped keep everyone alive and kicking.

The Australian band Cut Copy opened the evening with an energetic set. We were treated to a clever sample of Daft Punk's "Around the World," which gave way to "Future," a track off Cut Copy's latest CD Bright Like Neon Love. Over the next hour, the tempo (and volume) picked up considerably. Per their moniker, "Cut Copy" borrows from peers, past and present. But, Cut Copy has a core sound that's reminiscent of the 1980s, with a modern twist. You won't find overly-philosophical music here, but the music is incredibly danceable and deceptively addictive. For an opening act, Cut Copy surpassed our expectations.

Hailing from Brooklyn, TV On The Radio graced the stage next. Their mix of blues, jazz and gospel was impressive. Where "Cut Copy" challenged people to dance, TV On The Radio is driven by thought-provoking lyrics and solid songs.

By the time Franz Ferdinand started their set, the cold, night air was heavy with humidity and anticipation for the headliner. Amidst purple haze the Scottish band took the stage, donning formal business attire.

They plucked favorites from their freshman and sophomore efforts, including "Jacqueline," "Do You Want To" and "The Fallen." The creative blend of punk, pop and rock was easy to embrace.

What's the secret to Franz Ferdinand's success? Their choppy lyrical hooks and charismatic showmanship evoke a sound which is immediately familiar and, at the same time, unquestionably unique. You'll find yourself singing the chorus hours after hearing a song. Finally, the band excels at performing live. If you weren't a fan before the concert, you'll likely be a believer afterwards.

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