"People and Things" and Pianos01.31.2012So, maybe I have a problem. Or maybe IÂm just a dedicated fan. After this post you can decide for yourself, I suppose. I saw JackÂs Mannequin in Indy on Saturday as part of their ÂPeople and ThingsÂ tour. I was tempted to do a two-night extravaganza in Cinci on Friday and then Indy on Saturday, but after the City & Colour car-towing fiasco of November, it was safer to just hit the Circle City. So thatÂs what Megan and I did, and I must say that I was still impressed despite the fact that IÂve seen them three times since August. YeahÂ
thatÂs where the problem might exist. But, if IÂm being honest and itÂs an addiction, I donÂt want help. Enough about meÂ
letÂs talk about the show. Allen Stone opened the night with a funky-soulful set that was just as lively as when I saw him on my university campus a few years ago. However, this venue was a little more conducive to performance and accommodated a lot more people. So, congrats on your upgrade, Allen. I dug your groove, even though I didnÂt know any of the lyrics. Opener number two was Jukebox the Ghost. They were poppy yet indie, fun yet subdued. To be a little clearer, I think if The Killers and Hot Hot Heat had a musical lovechild it would sound something like Jukebox the Ghost. ÂHold It InÂ is an absolutely adorable song and you should watch the official video. To quote, ÂÂ
Oh my God, if I tell him heÂll tell her and sheÂll know I like herÂ
.Â Thank you for finally expressing plainly how everyone really feels about relationships. And that falsetto makes me melt. Finally, JackÂs Mannequin led by front man Andrew McMahon took the stage and we were all ÂswimmingÂ (please excuse the pun) in pretty piano melodies and witty lyrics. From the upbeat ÂThe Mixed TapeÂ to ÂHey Hey Hey (WeÂre All Gonna Die)Â and the ever-present encore ÂLa La LieÂ the show was an explosion of energy, emotions, and ecstatic fans who screamed almost every word. Plus, there was a disco ball and confetti and McMahon executed his signature jump from the piano with grace and skill, not just once, but two or three times. I mean, really, it canÂt get much better than that.