Stars and Geographer Charm a Sold-Out Bowery Ballroom

October 6th, 2015

Stars/Geographer – The Bowery Ballroom – October 5, 2015

Two of the most charming acts around these days played to a crowd full of beaming faces last night at The Bowery Ballroom. Stars and Geographer are touring North America together this fall as one big dose of feverish pop goodness. Geographer began the night with some crowd favorites, including “Life of Crime,” “I’m Ready,” “Kites” and a vibrant rendition of Arthur Russell’s “This Is How We Walk on the Moon.” By throwing in live saxophone here and there, Mike Deni and his band amped up their free-spirited music, and the accents of an electric cello made the set more whimsical.

The disco ball lowered for Stars’ set, and bright neon lights filled the stage as they launched into one of their earliest hits, “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead.” The Canadian band has eight full-length albums and a decade of making music together, and their charming-yet-fatalistic lyrics are etched in the collective consciousness of their steadfast fan base. Throughout their performance, Stars relied on the audience to sing the choruses, visibly feeding off the crowd’s energy, and lead singers Amy Millan and Torq Campbell repeatedly reached out to touch fans in the front row.

Campbell went so far as to jump into the arms of an extra-zealous fan. The band doled out some early favorites from their discography, including campfire versions of “Elevator Love Letter” and “Today Will Be Better, I Swear.” Campbell waxed poetic between songs about vulnerability, love and the inevitability of death, and he beckoned the audience to “put your hands up because everybody dies.” After their set was over, Stars came back onstage for a short encore and finished the night with the supremely melancholic ballad “Dead Hearts.” Last night’s sold-out house proved that Stars haven’t lost their sparkle. To the contrary, their fans are as devoted as ever. —Schuyler Rooth | @SchuylerSpeak

(Stars and Geographer play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.)