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The Rapture @ The Mayan 07/26/07

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The Rapture blew everyone away with stage presence that rivals the Rolling Stones. It was all high fives, fist pumps... even crowd surfing and a mosh pit. The Mayan is a cool venue too, with trap doors, secret passages, and tribal decor. It's like watching a concert in the middle of "Indiana Jones and the Temples of Doom".

The Rapture's saxophone/cow bell/synth guy had this infectious two-step dance thing he did, while the drummer exploded, and the guitarist and bassist swapped turns singing the jams. 20 feet out from the stage things were packed into a sweaty mass of flesh and waving arms, and bobbed side to side like the swells of the ocean. The very back of the crowd was bouncing like the floor was made of a trampoline. The Crowd was extremely mixed too, including hardcore punks, party girl heiresses and everything in between.

And the Rapture even proved they care about their audience, when they returned the shoe that had got thrown on stage to its rightful owner.

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Pictures by Geoff Barbanell, more pics after the jump.