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Spring Fling Tour featuring Foals, Bear Hands, Silversun Pickups and Cage The Elephant. Date of show: March 25, 2016 Location: Peterson Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA Photos and Review by: Nina Martin/StellarPhoto Typically the expectations of indie-rock these days is hit or miss. Either the music is spot on with wonderfully original material or the complete other side of the spectrum with highly imitative melodies. The Spring Fling Tour provided 4 all-star bands proving to the indie genre that there is certainly more than meets the eye, offering a prime example of what indie is made of. In the heart of Pittsburgh's college town of Oakland, the Peterson Events Center was a packed house for this lineup. Brooklyn based band Bear Hands set the pace for the night, performing recognizable hits like "2am" and the catchy punk-vibin' "Giants". I was quite impressed with UK natives FOALS. These guys contributed the perfect ingredients for a live, epic rock show with their hard jams and funk-rock tunes. The quintet also knows how to work the higher capacity venues, delivering a dynamic and powerful performance. There was a moment during "What Went Down" where I was completely blown away and in awe in the song's live performance. Being an alternative fan at heart, I enjoyed Silversun Pickup's set from start to finish. I've always enjoyed their melodic-rock meets 90's grunge alternative style of music, and to see it in such a raw live form was a treat not just to me, but the entire crowd. There wasn't a soul in the crowd that was not singing along to every song. "Lazy Eye" highlighted their set. Don't let the stunning sparkly dress fool you either, Nikki Monninger's bass lines are as equally groovy as they are hard hitting. It was Cage the Elephant who truly ruled the night. On numerous occasions frontman Matt Shultz has been compared to Mick Jagger, and I have to say, it is more than evident with the captivating way he works the stage with nonstop whirling around and strutting. The energy Shultz delivers is absolutely infectious as well. There was no foul play or butting heads what-so-ever, in fact it was quite the opposite. Everyone in the crowd was dancing, happily jumping, and singing to every lyric of their killer archive of hits. "Take It Or Leave It" was my personal favorite of the night. Because the fans were having a blast, the only real downside was that the time flew by. Cage is touring in support of their highly anticipated fourth studio album, "Tell Me I'm Pretty", which released this past December. You can catch the band on tour all summer long, and take it from me... this is a show you cannot miss the opportunity to see. Cage The Elephant Setlist: Cry Baby In One Ear Spiderhead Take It or Leave It Aberdeen Too Late to Say Goodbye Cold Cold Cold Trouble Ain't No Rest for the Wicked Mess Around Punchin' Bag Telescope Back Against the Wall It's Just Forever Come a Little Closer Encore: Cigarette Daydreams Shake Me Down Teeth

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