Pop in the 21st Century: Neon Trees in Detroit

Neon Trees recently brought its Pop Psychology Tour to The Fillmore in Detroit, putting on a show as colorful and unique as its name. The Utah band - known for hit songs "Animal," "Everybody Talks," "Sleeping with a Friend," and "Text Me in the Morning" (a "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" for the 21st century) - are a truly underrated group of artists. Led by singer Tyler Glenn and his undeniable charisma, Neon Trees is one of the best live bands out there right now. Fans discover them through their killer hooks (like the brilliant, "It started with a whisper," from Everybody Talks) and stay for their relatable lyrics (such as "Four chords and a beat keep me alive," from Living in Another World).

Two opening acts I had previously never heard of performed in support of Neon Trees, Nightmare & the Cat and Small Pools. In a case of "that's the point," I fell in love with the former and their brand new debut album, "Simple," which just came out last week. Lead singer, Django Stewart, has his own unique distinctive style that evokes a touch of (Jeff) Buckley and maybe even a little bit of (Rufus) Wainwright while still bringing something new. The band also includes Stewart's brother, Sam on lead guitar, etc.; Claire Acey on guitar, background vocals, etc.; Scott Henson on bass; and Spike Phillips on drums, etc. While Django and Sam come from famous parents Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama), they're forging their own path (lyrics in their album's title track include "Mother, tell me is this what you wanted/I have tried my best to keep away from the privilege in my father's name"), and I'm really looking forward to what this group will do over the next few years.

To heir is human
Check out all my photos of Neon Trees, Nightmare & the Cat and Small Pools here.

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