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The Spotlight Shines Brightly on Marina and the Diamonds

December 7th, 2012

Marina and the Diamonds – Terminal 5 – December 6, 2012


It was the end of the night at Terminal 5, and Marina Diamandis, who goes by the stage name Marina and the Diamonds, sat alone at a keyboard with a single bright spotlight focused directly on her. Wearing a flowing white gown and a beauty-contest sash that read TEEN IDOL—her fourth or fifth epic costume change of the night—she was surrounded by a 16-year-old girl’s fantasy bedroom, complete with stuffed animals, a lace gown and heart pillow, while 3,000 screaming teens (and a few adoring adults) expertly sang along to the encore, which simultaneously bemoaned the difficulty of adolescence while expressing optimism for the future. “Yeah, I wish I’d been a, wish I’d been a teen, teen idle,” Diamandis crooned. The song made crystal clear the full night’s worth of shrieking, crazy, rampaging young fans with fake IDs and heaps of bottled-up feelings. Diamandis is their idol, their guiding light, providing a modicum of hope that one day, they too can leave behind this awkward phase of life and like the song states: “Come alive.”

On the surface, Diamandis seems like any other generic pop star, but this isn’t just a disingenuous ploy to sell concert tickets, records and merch—she comes off as quite genuine. Like any pop diva these days, Diamandis touts a perfectly manicured image, a highly choreographed show, and songwriting and production help from some of the most respected names in the business, including Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Diplo. But her blood-and-guts (and chocolate-cake) lyrics bare her soul completely: This has been her dream for years. As a teen herself, Diamandis yearned for stardom, even going as far as disguising herself in drag during a record label’s tryouts for a boy band.

For obvious reasons, that gig didn’t work out, but she received a callback a week later, and now she finally has the spotlight shining brightly on her. She burns through her set as the young audience attempts (and fails) to mimic her booming, commanding voice. After the playing all of her hits, including “Primadonna,” “Bubblegum Bitch” and a particularly rousing version of “How to Be a Heartbreaker,” Diamandis addressed her fans directly, expressing her sincere gratitude for their support in making her dreams come true. And somewhere in the audience, a teen girl plotted her own path to stardom. —Alex Kapelman

Photos courtesy of Chris Becker | www.artistsweetsbecker.us

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Come Aboard, We’re Expecting You

January 4th, 2012


The holiday season—from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day—is quite possibly the best time of the year, filled with friends, family, presents and parties. And then one day you wake up and it’s just winter. And it’s freezing. And you think how long will this last? What you need is to get out of town and go where the weather is hot and the music is cool. That’s right, starting on Friday Holy Ship!, a three-day cruise sets sail from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas and a private island (with a beach party and music by Fatboy Slim, above) filled with some of the world’s hottest electronic-music makers, like Diplo, A-Trak, Skrillex and plenty more. The ship has five venues and music around the clock. Plus there’s a casino, spa, yoga, all-you-can-eat dining and a special burlesque performance by Dita Von Teese. What are you waiting for?

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Downtown Records Throws a Party at Terminal 5

March 7th, 2011

Downtown Records Anniversary – Terminal 5 – March 5, 2011

Major Lazer - Terminal 5 - March 5, 2011
Continuing the celebration they started with Friday night’s blockbuster lineup at Webster Hall, Downtown Records finished their half-decade anniversary weekend on Saturday with even more heavy hitters at Terminal 5. Before Major Lazer took to the stage, emcee Aasif Mandvi (of The Daily Show) asked the crowd perhaps the most appropriate question: “Who likes weird stuff?” While the set was tamer than the past parties DJ-producer Diplo and hype man Skerrit Bwoy have thrown at Terminal 5, the weird stuff was still there.

As Skerrit Bwoy danced and jumped, two “samurais” flanked the sides of the stage and a mime popped and locked in the spotlight. All the while, the tireless frontman expanded the traditional role with his sweaty, shirtless hugs for people in the audience and the now obligatory (and all but infamous) ladder gag—during “Pon De Floor”—as Diplo stood atop an eight-foot version of the Downtown Records logo, spinning the aural part of Major Lazer that kept the crowd dancing.

Making her second appearance with the group at Terminal 5, Santigold came out near the end of the set for a brief verse or two. Rounding out the heavy lineup (DJ Ed Banger and DJ Mehdi opened the night), Miike Snow put on an energetic dance-inducing set bathed in heavy smoke and white strobe lights. The masked group slow-burned through the first two songs, relying on their wavy vocals and heavy Genesis-style drums. By the third song, “Black & Blue,” they had added a nearly full-size piano, drums and guitars, guided by their electronica backbone. Coming off a relentless tour schedule, this was the band’s last show before they “go and finish [their] record,” but there was no fatigue in their performance. Miike Snow back-loaded the set with their hit, “Animal,” and an encore-capping cover of Vampire Weekend’s “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance,” the perfect cooldown to an elevated-heart-rate night. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Diana Wong | DianaWongPhoto.com