beabadoobee at the Majestic Theater in Detroit, MI
Indie-pop artist Beabadoobee wows fans in love with a set of familiar hits and new songs with support from Christian Leave and BLACKSTARKIDS.
Kansas City Group BLACK STARKIDS ignites the crowd early on with a high-energy hip-hop and indie rock set. The core of the group is The Babe Gabe, TyFaizon and Deiondre. They have been working together for several years with four album releases. They open with the songs “Sounds Like Fun” and “JIMMY NEUTRON” which find the trio running and bouncing wildly on the stage and performing up to the audience at every opportunity. How Deiondre can play guitar and sing while bouncing like a wild man is amazing. They are a lot of fun and the crowd is fully engaged.
They follow with “Frankie Muniz” from It doesn’t matter man which has TyFaizon working the crowd in the front. It’s a song that got them a lot of attention on social media. Tonight’s set is heavily inspired by their recent 2021 release. Puppies forever including songs “JIMMY NEUTRON”, “PALS”, “PISS DRUNK KIDS”, “FIGHT CLUB”, “REVOLT SYNDROME” and “TIME FIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN”. “Love, Stargirl” from their 2020 release Surf is also doing the setlist tonight. They are accompanied by Jerry on synths and a great drummer, Jack Dolan, who propels many songs with hellish beats. Having recently also done an opening tour for Glass Animals, they are widely exposed to an expanded fan base and are sure to gain new fans with every show judging by the reactions.
Keep the energy high, indie-pop artist christian leave takes the stage in front of a legion of screaming girls and young women. Having found his audience through social media apps like Vine and YouTube, he went from releasing his own EP in 2016 and a full album. Tearing Room in 2018, to be sponsored by a major label. His tonight set, however, consists of songs from his two 2021 EPs – The violent blows make my head hurt and Days like lost dogs. The opening song, “Your Life Your Time” has an upbeat tempo that gets fans singing. Christian, who also plays guitar, actively works the stage from side to side with an infectious smile that makes girls and women in the audience scream for him.
Many of the songs are short like “I Tried What You Practice”, “10 Steps” and “Bedache”, and these are the ones that get the audience moving with faster beats and guitar. Some of these songs are reminiscent of the sound of artists such as The Strokes and Cage The Elephant. Christian and his guitarist sometimes clash with jams, races and jumps. The bassist is on a journey with long blonde hair, long legs, dark glasses and a belt buckle with his name “Bill” on it. Other songs like âDays Like Lost Dogsâ and âMaybeâ are slower and the lyrics feel a lot more personal about questioning and the ability to open up.
He ends his set with “Beside You”, probably the longest song of the set and the slowest. There is a more atmospheric atmosphere and the Christian song is softer. The crowd still love him and show their appreciation with loud cheers as he steps off the stage.
Finally, the time has come for the headliner beabadoobe to wow fans. She quickly went from posting songs on YouTube to signing a record label within a year. After several EPs, she released her first full album Pretend flowers in 2020 which received rave reviews and she also won the NME Radar Award in 2020. Her sixteen song set tonight draws heavily from her last two releases – Pretend flowers and Our extended game, with a few songs by Loveworm and Space Cadet. âSun More Oftenâ kicks off and fans immediately sing along as they do for each song. She’s a breath of fresh air on the music scene and lets her music do the talking with a streamlined stage setup with no props apart from the occasional bit of smoke. “Care” picks up the pace a bit and gets the fans moving. It is “Ensemble” of Pretend flowers it turns the fans on fire and at the end of it many shout “I love you” and beabadoobee returns the favor.
Most songs find beabadoobee planted firmly behind the mic in the center of the stage as she sings and plays the guitar. She is accompanied by another guitarist, bassist and drummer. âShe Plays Bassâ is another fan favorite that gets fans dancing and rocking on stage. The next song, “Yoshimi, Forest, Magdalene”, finds the band joining a great jam towards the end. For “He Gets Me So High”, she leaves her guitar behind and begins working on stage as fans respond with waving, bouncing, dancing hands, loud cheers and more cries of “I love you”. With just an acoustic guitar, she slows things down with “Tired”, then speeds things up with “Back to Mars”. This song has a raw, twisted guitar and fast drums and has beabadoobee actively pacing the entire stage while rocking the mic every now and then. He gets some of the loudest cheers of the evening.
She puts an end to things with “Worth It” then “Last Day On Earth” which makes the crowd dance and sing loudly to the chorus of “Shoop-doo-doo, shoop-doo, badoobadoo, Shoop-doo, shoop-doo- badoo, oh yeah, Shoop-doo, shoop-doo, badoobadoo, Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. She smiles, nods, then leaves the stage. The crowd starts a song for an encore and she gets him back on stage alone with just an acoustic guitar and plays her first hit “Coffee” which makes the whole crowd sing every word and many turn up their cell phones and do wave. She even mentions “I love Detroit” and it elicits deafening applause. With the rest of the group joining her on stage, she ends with “Cologne” which finds her swinging the guitar in front of the stage as the crowd screams in response. She really has a great connection with her fans who still can’t seem to get enough. Make sure to catch this rising star on this tour so you can see it up close. The next time she comes back, she could very well perform in much bigger venues.