Austin Music Mama: The Naked and Famous

What was your first big arena concert experience? Do you remember? My friend and I were talking about this last night at the Imagine Dragons concert at the Frank Erwin Center as we noticed so many excited kids there with their parents.  My first huge concert was Whitney Houston when I was 11, and I was in “How Will I Know” heaven. (Let’s not talk about my age here, ok?) My friend said hers was Def Leppard. Another friend noted that hers was INXS. But none of us could really recall the opening acts at these milestone moments of our childhood. We remember the experience of it all, and the excitement, and the details of who we were with, and the sheer awe of seeing such an enormous crowd in stadiums or amphitheater settings. But sometimes those opening acts there to warm up the crowd go unremembered. But in last night’s concert event, that is certainly not the case. The Naked and Famous took the stage before Imagine Dragons last night with a great performance.

The Naked and Famous originally hail from Auckland, New Zealand (and now calls L.A. home). Formed in 2008, they took their name from a line in a song from ’90s British trip-hop artist, Tricky. (In “Tricky Kid” he sings “everybody wants to be naked and famous” about the notion of celebrity.)

Fronted by Alisa Xayalith (vocals/keyboards) and Thom Powers (guitar/vocals), the band has had global sales of over 500,000 with their debut album “Passive Me, Aggressive You”. You’ve surely heard their popular, fun single ‘Young Blood’ whether on the radio or on a soundtrack of one or another. (Their songs have been featured on Gossip Girl, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, etc.) Their sound is so catchy on ‘Young Blood’, that even my 4 year old joins the chorus of “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,” whenever he hears it.

Now on tour with songs from their second album, “In Rolling Waves”, The Naked and Famous are delivering exhilarating electro-rock songs to massive crowds at these sold-out arena shows, such as last night’s experience.
Alisa Xayalith, with her pixie-cut hair and cool kimono, really engaged the audience with her smooth voice. And the songs had such a beautiful tone when paired with Thom Powers vocal harmonies. Many of the songs of their more recent album sounded more mature and moodier than songs from “Passive Me, Aggressive You” but all had such amazingly lush soundscapes with powerful moments paired so well with soft ones.

Their unique synth-pop sound is so fresh and memorable, that even if the kids (and parents) went to the show last night for headliner, Imagine Dragons, they might be walking away with another new favorite band.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Freelance web producer and contributing writer on Free Fun In Austin, Heidi Okla is mom to three boys (ages 4, 6, and 8), and can’t pass up any opportunity for fun family adventures. Browse her literacy-focused kids activities on her blog, Read ‘Em and Leap ([/author_info] [/author]


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