Venue: The Wiltern
Drinks: Two Stella Artois.
Song I Most Wanted to Hear: "Gimme Sympathy" and "Sick Muse" which were played back-to-back a few songs deep in the set.
Musical Disappointments: This crowd seemed particularly bad at clapping in rhythm with the music. If not prompted by the band, the clapping was a sad spectacle and embarrassing failure.
Superficial/General Impression on Singer's Appearance: Emily Haines is one of the most beautiful women in the world of indie rock or, um, just the world in general. In publicity photos she looks like a blonde Keira Knightley, with strong cheek bones and the eyes of an ice queen. From her lyrics I expected an intense and introverted beauty, uncomfortable in her own perfect skin. This couldn't have been more untrue of Haines and her stage persona, which is all sexy strutting and dancing meant to accentuate her naked legs displayed by the shiny, short skirt.
Merch Table: They had the typical shirts and albums but they also had some weird items like a Metric Sports bottle (for $15) and Emily's father Paul Haines' book of poetry "Secret Carnival Workers." I was tempted to buy something but I didn't want to carry it around and the line was too long after the performance.
Run-in's With the Bands: None. This is the problem with bigger venues like The Wiltern.
Best Onstage Moment, Non-Musical: I think this was mostly covered in "Superficial/General Impression on Singer's Appearance" and I would only add that Emily Haines is so hot and she swayed her legs forward and posed in very provocative ways.
Best Onstage Chatter: Emily talked about how happy she was to kick off this tour on the West Coast and how much she loved Los Angeles. She apologized for the album taking so long to come out but said she was happy it was released in April because ideally it would be a good album to listen to during the summer. She also rattled off some stuff near the end of the performance that I couldn't understand.
Did the Bass Player Look Bored?: Actually, he was the most energetic performer on the stage that wasn't named Emily Haines. He did several leaps and he cued audience participation. He also did a lot of harmonizing.
Overall Scientific Rating of Show (out of ten): 6.6