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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Live in Hollywood

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Palladium, Hollywood
October 1, 2006.

I was lucky enough to catch the Yeah Yeah Yeahs last night as they headlined the first show of their two-night stopover in Los Angeles, which once again earned its reputation as an early-to-bed-early-to-rise town. Both opening acts -- Amad Wasif and The Blood Brothers -- had already completed their sets when I arrived around 9pm. I know it’s a Sunday, but come on!

Shortly thereafter the Yeahs took the stage to a huge round of applause, and over the course of the next hour or so proceeded to blitz through a set that focused on their latest album, Show Your Bones, while leaving plenty of room for material from their earlier (and in my opinion far superior) album, Fever to Tell, as well as their brilliant self-titled EP.

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Karen O, the woman who's single-handedly responsible for launching the one-handed, black, fingerless motorcycle glove mini-trend of 2005, arrived on stage wearing a Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat-style hooded cape that dramatically obscured her face. She soon shed the cape to reveal a matching leotard, the whole outfit fringed with streamers and tattered ribbons that made her look like a Fellini-esque punk siren as she danced around the stage.