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Monday, December 14, 2015

Reporter's Notebook: Notes From Live 105's Not So Silent Night

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Silversun Pickups at Not So Silent Night. - CREDIT: ERIC PRATT
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  • Silversun Pickups at Not So Silent Night.

After a long week including the El Nino hail storm of the century that every person in San Francisco can’t stop talking about, it was time for LIVE 105’s annual Not So Silent Night. Switching from two nights to one night this year, Oracle Arena was packed with eight back to back sets. Writer, X X, ventured out to the event on Friday night and provided All Shook Down with notes from the event:

- New York-based alt-rock band, X Ambassador, who released their debut album, VHS, this summer, kicked off the night with a decent happy hour crowd on the floor. Lead singer, Sam Harris, got noticeably emotional while playing the song "Unsteady," and the crowd started to fill in the floor just in time for their hit, "Renegades."
- The U.K.’s Foals played new songs and had the crowd clapping along to "My Number." Throughout their set, ladies in sparkly jumpsuits and other such attire trickled onto the floor, and they might have been the reason why lead man, Yannis Phillippakis, jumped into the crowd for their last song.

-Scottish band, CHVRCHES came through with a synthy electronic set. "Recover" got the ladies dancing and "Mother We Share" got the dudes singing out loud. It didn’t seem to make much sense that they only got a thirty minute set.

-The crowd roared as the 21-year-old singer, Halsey, came out sporting a freshly-shaved head. She praised LIVE 105 for helping her debut studio album, Badlands, reach Number 2 on the charts and seemed genuinely happy to play for such a large crowd. Every female under the age of 30 knew her songs and everyone else seemed enthralled with her stage presence.

-Los Angeles alt-rock band, Silversun Pickups, brought the not-so-silent part of the night to the arena. They even got the J. Crew guys to jump around and there was many an air guitar pose happening. "Panic Switch" was a crowd favorite, and the selfie game was in full effect during "Lazy Eye."

-The English indie-pop band, Bastille, who played NSSN in 2013, kicked the level up and people started dancing. In between their songs, girls shouted out with glee and many a Snapchat was taken. They played their new song, “Hangin’,” and had everyone chanting in unison to “Pompeii.” That song lingered in the air for quite some time and got a roaring applause.

- Death Cab for Cutie showed up with high energy. I swear Ben Gibbard chugged a Redbull before coming out. They kept the momentum going with “Ghost of Beverly Drive” off their new album Kintsugi. Their set was filled with hit after hit after hit (think “Cath…,” “Soul Meets Body,” and “Bixby Canyon Bridge”). It was as if Gibbard had taken my 2008 mixtape and said, ”Yep- this is for you.” By the end of their set, practically everyone was standing.

-The lights dimmed and there was a feeling that something special was about to happen. And it did. Weezer exploded with “My Name is Jonas,” transporting me back to my days of bleached blonde tips. They sounded just as good as I remembered, and, as they jumped from The Blue Album to The Green Album to Everything Will Be Alright in the End, it was clear that Weezer was why everyone was there. They got the crowd screaming for “Undone – The Sweater Song,” and everyone was out of their chairs for “Island In The Sun.” They also played their newest releases, “Do You Wanna Get High?” and “Thank God for Girls,” proving that they have not lost their touch in creating catchy sing-along tunes. As encores, they played “Beverly Hills” and “Buddy Holly,” and I dare say that nobody left before the end of their set.

THE GOOD: X Ambassadors, beer, Warriors win, Halsey, Weezer encores.

THE BAD: CHVRCHES’ short set, one night of NSSN this year, lines for beer.

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