Photo credits: @TimGSimpson
Ok, I’m going to make the public statement that Carly Rae Jepson is WAY too underrated and everyone needs to listen to her newest album ASAP.
First things first though- (before I go in depth about my crush on CRJ), let’s talk about the show last night. Pop due Cardiknox opened the night and killed it with their hugely dance-y tunes. If you’re looking for some new music that will make you want to go out and dance with your friends forever- look ‘em up. Fun fact: instrumentalist (and one half of the duo) Thomas Dutton used to be in the band Forgive Durden. If you were like me and listened to ~exclusively~ Fueled By Ramen bands in high school, you’ll be familiar with them- and you’ll also remember feeling super angsty while listening to them as well as bands like This Providence, The Academy Is…, and Cute Is What We Aim for. Ah, the glory days, am I right?
ANYWAYS. Carly Rae Jepson was next and in short- she absolutely slayed it. Her vocals are amazing and her look last night was like if Joan Jett were actually a fairy in the 80’s. Let me tell you- my friends and I all had a little bit of style envy because of her outfit and hair. She started off her set with the song “Run Away With Me” and sang quite a few off of her newest album “Emotion” and like I mentioned at the beginning- if you haven’t listened to it yet, PLEASE do. Everyone knows Carly Rae Jepson for her massive hit “Call Me Maybe” but I firmly believe that she’s so much more than that song. While it’s true that we couldn’t get that song out of our heads or our radios for the entirety of 2012- I don’t feel like she gets enough credit for her vocal talent and her music outside her songs that have hit the radio. Her show last night was the perfect representation of her newest album; energetic, well spoken, and all-inclusive of people’s life experiences. Her songs resonate with feelings that we have all had at some point in our life and we’re lucky enough that even her songs about things like heartbreak make us want to dance our troubles away.
TL;DR: Carly BAE Jepson.