VA Tech Scouting Report and 3 Reasons Why It All Comes Down to This

Photo By (Rafael Suanes/GMU).

Photo By (Rafael Suanes/GMU).

After witnessing history on Friday, Mason will have to step their game up if they want to win their next game.


By: Domenic Allegra

FAIRFAX, VA – After witnessing history on Friday, Mason will have to step their game up if they want to win their next game. George Mason (24-9) will face Virginia Tech (19-13) in Round Two of the WNIT on Sunday, March 18th at 2pm in Blacksburg, VA.

Stats (also found on GoMason and Hokie Sports)

George Mason (Averages):

Points Per Game: 69.2

Points Allowed Per Game: 60.5

Field Goal Percentage: 40.7%

Three-Pointers Per Game: 5.8

Rebounds Per Game: 45.0

Virginia Tech (Averages):

Points Per Game: 72.5

Points Allowed Per Game: 64.7

Field Goal Percentage: 41.2%

Three-Pointers Per Game: 8.0

Rebounds Per Game: 40.0

Breakdown

The season is on the line here and we have to take this team very seriously. Their record may say one thing, but their stats definitely say something else, all you have to do is read between the lines. The Hokies are in the ACC, the Atlantic Coast Conference, a heavy-hitting conference. While VT might have 13 losses, all but 3 come from the ACC and, like Mason, VT has not lost this season to a non-conference team at home, which is worrisome. Mason on the other hand is 1-3 in non-conference away games. While VT’s stats are similar to Mason’s, the strength of the conference in which VT plays kind of skews the numbers to look a lot nicer than they actually are. If Mason wants to win on Sunday, they’ll have to bring their A-game as their record-breaking season could come to a close.

Scouting Report

From what I can see, in order for Mason to win on Sunday, they’ll have to score in the paint, while at the same time scoring off of every turnover that VT gives them. VT also shoots a lot of threes, they attempt almost 25 per game, and if Mason wants to win, they need a strong perimeter presence, much better than what they had against Stephen F. Austin on Friday. A 2-3 zone or tight man-to-man coverage is something that would best fit VT. Furthermore, if Mason can out-rebound VT and score off of those defensive rebounds, and do well from the charity stripe, they’ll have a good chance of winning in Blacksburg.

One last thing that Mason will have to bring to the game on Sunday, discipline. This is key. VT makes about 14 free throws on average with a percentage on the season of almost 73%. I guarantee that 14 points will make or break this entire game. If Mason can limit the number of personal fouls they receive and keep VT away from the foul line, I think they’ll be able to pull this off. Additionally, VT sometimes goes overboard on the personal fouls and Mason will have to capitalize on those opportunities to stay ahead.

Now let’s get to the good part.

3 Reasons Why It All Comes Down to This

  1. VT Is a Great Team. From what I can tell, VT is a great team and to not give them that credit would be doing us a disservice. Mason cannot be overconfident in this one and also let them get in our heads. In order to win, Mason needs to stay focused and work together to keep their season alive.
  2. VT Does Not Let Up When They Are Losing. VT was losing on Friday to Navy at halftime by a score of 37-24. After VT came out of their locker-rooms, they did not allow Navy to score double digits in either of the next two quarters, out-scoring Navy 32-18; talk about a comeback. Mason has to establish their presence in the paint early and not let up on the gas throughout the entire game. Once Mason lets up on that pedal, the score will be going in the opposite direction.
  3. THIS IS ONE AND DONE. Even though these are uncharted waters to us, this tournament is still one and done, and as I discussed in my previous article, the last thing Mason wants is to let this run go to waste. A regular WNIT banner in Eagle Bank is nice, but I personally prefer a WNIT championship one instead.

Let’s go win this game. Best of luck to you all. See you Sunday.

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Mason Wins First Post-Season Game and Butler Rewrites the Record Books

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Photo By (GoMason.com/GMU).

Three words. What. A. Game.


By: Domenic Allegra

FAIRFAX, VA – This team continues to rewrite the record books, Mason Women’s Basketball (24-9) has just done something they have not done since their program started back in 1973. They pulled off their first win in the post-season Friday night against Stephen F. Austin (25-7) by a score of 82-75 in Round One of the WNIT. Three words. What. A. Game.

Let’s break this down.

The starting five had a substitution as Marika Korpinen made her first career start as a Mason Patriot. However, Jacy Bolton was mysteriously not dressed for the game despite being on the bench. Hopefully, she’ll be ready to go on Sunday.

Natalie Butler finished the game with 20 points and 22 rebounds; and with that total, she continues her streak with now 32 consecutive double-doubles. This streak is now second all-time in NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball History and she’s not done. With her 22 rebounds, she now holds the all-time record for most rebounds in a single season in NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball History with 543. Wow.

Nicole Cardaño-Hillary had a game-high of 28 points and 6 assists. Additionally, she was also perfect from the charity stripe going 12-12. Cardaño-Hillary came in clutch with some key three-pointers in the second half and lead the team despite taking a hard fall in the game. Tayler Dodson helped out with 14 points and 6 assists of her own. Mason went 50% (27-54) on overall field goals and 35% (6-17) from beyond the arch. Additionally, Mason out-rebounded SFA recording 45 rebounds to SFA’s 30.

For the Lady Jacks, Chanell Hayes led Stephen F. Austin with 24 points including 6 three-pointers and Imani Johnson finished with 14 points. SFA made 17 3-pointers which, if I’m not mistaken, is the most that has ever been scored by an opponent at Eagle Bank Arena. SFA went 36% (26-71) on overall field goals and 37% (17-46) on 3-pointers.

Mason played a great man-to-man defense by not allowing SFA to shoot in the paint and forced them to shoot threes. Natalie Butler held her ground, and Nicole Cardaño-Hillary did really well on defense keeping SFA on their toes. However, if we want to win this Sunday, we cannot have 24 turnovers as SFA took advantage, and scored 24 points off of those.

The win tonight marks 11-straight home wins against non-conference teams for Mason.

George Mason will face Virginia Tech on Sunday at 2pm in Blacksburg, VA.

Stay tuned for Sunday’s Preview vs. Virginia Tech on WGMU.

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WNIT Preview and 5 Reasons Why Mason WBB Must Capitalize On This Run

Photo By (Rafael Suanes/George Mason University).

Photo By (Rafael Suanes/GMU).

While most of us were on spring break, Monday night of this week, the Mason Women’s Basketball Team accepted a bid from the Women’s NIT tournament.


By: Domenic Allegra

FAIRFAX, VA – While most of us were on spring break, Monday night of this week, the Mason Women’s Basketball Team accepted a bid from the Women’s NIT tournament. This marks the third time and in program history that we have qualified for the WNIT (2001, 2004, 2018). George Mason (23-9) will face Stephen F. Austin (25-6) out of the Southland Conference on Friday, March 16th at Eagle Bank Arena at 7pm. Let’s breakdown this match up and then talk about why this is monumental.

Stats

This season, George Mason has averaged 69.2 point per game while only giving up 60.5 points per game. They have scored an average of 24 field goals per game in addition to 5.8 three-pointers per game. George Mason averages almost 45 rebounds per game, but one should not automatically overlook SFA’s stats. SFA averaged 72.6 points per game while only allowing 57.2. SFA made roughly 7 threes on average in addition to 37 rebounds per game.

Breakdown

Now hold on one second, before you make any commentary on how they outscore us in multiple categories, let me say one thing. Based on what I can tell, the strength of the Southern conference is weak. There only seem to be 2 conference teams that were actually capable of beating SFA and this year in almost every game SFA won, they won by double digits, some by even margins of 70 points. One could say that Dayton only lost one game in conference play this year, and you do not see people calling the A10 a “weak” conference. However, Dayton is going to the NCAA tournament and SFA on the other hand…. was not even initially picked to be in the WNIT. It was not until Rutgers, who declined their bid, that SFA was invited to join the tournament field of the WNIT. That should tell how the WNIT’s committee looks at the strength of all the wins that SFA had in their conference.

Let me just make one thing clear, we should not be worried about this team, for a couple reasons. One, the majority of SFA’s points are made in the paint, and with a 6’5” Natalie Butler, a strong defensive Nicole Cardaño-Hillary, and a good man-to-man defensive strategy, we should be able to keep SFA out of the paint and force them to shoot the outside shots. Second, from what I have seen, in the majority of games that SFA has lost, they have also been out-rebounded. If GMU can grab rebounds and Butler is herself and grabs 20 or so rebounds of her own, I have no doubt that we can beat SFA. Thirdly, SFA is 9-4 in non-conference play, and 8-4 in away games. GMU on the other hand, is a perfect 10-0 in non-conference home games, this should definitely go in our favor as we have the home court-advantage, and the greatest pep band in the country, the GMU Green Machine.

5 Reasons Why Mason Women’s Basketball must Capitalize on This Tournament Run

  1. As stated above, this is only our third post-season tournament appearance, not something that happens very often. To put this in perspective, I was in pre-school at the time the Women’s team in 2004 made their run. Cherish this opportunity and have fun while doing so.
  2. We do not know if we’ll be back next year. With players such as Natalie Butler and Tayler Dodson leaving after this season, who knows if we’ll be back in post-season action next year. This should definitely move you to make a push for a deep run into the WNIT.
  3. We currently have good team chemistry. Every single one of these players play a key role in this team and it allows them to work almost like perfect clockwork. This team is something special and I think Coach Milleson would agree with me. I do not know why it is that this team just sort of “clicked” this season; it could be because of Jacy Bolton, Sarah Kaminski, some of the freshmen such as Nicole Cardaño-Hillary or Marika Korpinen, or it could reason number 4….
  4. NATALIE BUTLER. If the other three reasons are not enough for you, this one should. Just this season, she currently has 521 rebounds, 30-consecutive double-doubles, and has scored over 600 points. We do not want to let this tournament run to end empty handed. Next.
  5. N A T A L I E B U T L E R… I feel as if this one needs more emphasis. You won’t probably see another player like her at Mason for a long long time, if ever. From UCONN royalty, Natalie Butler has more than proved her worth with this squad. Please, please, let’s win this thing while she’s here, what a story that would be.

Now let’s go win this game. Best of luck to you all. See you Friday.

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Davidson Wildcats Take Down No. 1 Rhode Island in a Close Finish

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Photo By (Domenic Allegra/WGMU).

Davidson Wildcats Take Down No. 1 Rhode Island in a Close Finish.


By: Domenic Allegra

WASHINGTON D.C. – On Sunday afternoon at Capital One Arena, No. 3 Davidson and No.1 Rhode Island took the stage for the A10 Tournament Finals. This setting was familiar to Rhode as they had won the Tournament last year, however, Davidson was the outsider, this was there first time ever being in the A10 finals and they did not waste their opportunity. Davidson squeaked one out and won by a score of 58-57. Let’s break it down.

Two minutes into the game Davidson lead 6-2, but as they progressed it was neck and neck throughout. However, Davidson, did gain as much as an 8-point lead at multiple times during the game. Going into the half, URI lead 33-32; I knew this was going to be a lot closer than what I had initially thought.

Out the locker rooms, the both teams went back and forth with lead changes, but no one was pulling ahead. Davidson however went on a 12 minute and 50 second scoring drought and Rhode Island gladly took advantage scoring 11 consecutive points, while at the same time gaining their biggest lead with a score of 56-52 with just under four minutes left. With 2 minutes left to go, Kelley Grady made it 57-56 with two shots from the charity stripe. And when clutch time called, Grady answered with a game-winning floater on the next possession. Davidson had to be alert with Rhode Island’s Jeff Dowtin going for a shot, and they were as they forced him to take a deep three that came up short. With 0.6 left in the game Davidson inbounded to half-court and sealed the championship game. No. 3 Davidson takes down No. 1 Rhode Island in a grand fashion.

News and Highlights

Having received an automatic bid tonight, Davidson will travel to Boise, ID to take on Kentucky in their 14th NCAA Tournament. That will be a game to watch.

Davidson went 19-50 (38%) on field goals, 6-18 (33.3%) on three pointers, and 14-16 (88%) from the foul line.

Kelley Grady lead the Wildcats with 17 points and 3 rebounds in this one, while Peyton Aldridge grabbed 7 rebounds and 2 assists in addition to his 13 points.

KiShawn Pritchett and Jon Axel Gudmundsson each finished with 9 points and went 75% (3-4) from the foul line.

Rhode Island went 20-52 (38.5%) on field goals, 8-23 (34.8%) on three pointers, and struggled from the charity stripe with a 52.9% (9-17).

Rhode Island’s points where spread thin among their players, with only E.C. Matthews making it to double digits (20). Rhode Island received an At-Large Bid tonight and will play Oklahoma in Pittsburgh.

In other A10 news, St. Bonaventure also received an At-Large Bid tonight and will face UCLA in Dayton, OH.

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A10 Tournament Session Six Recap

Photo By (Domenic Allegra/WGMU).

Photo By (Domenic Allegra/WGMU).

A10 Tournament Session Six Recap: Rhode Island Knocks Off SJU and Davidson Snaps the Bonnies’ Streak. The Championship Awaits.


By: Domenic Allegra

WASHINGTON D.C. — As A10 Tournament action continues, No. 1 University of Rhode Island (URI) faced off and won by a score of 90-87 today against No. 4 St. Joseph’s University (SJU) for a chance to play in the championship game on Sunday at 1:00pm at Capital One Arena.  It was a rematch of the game from February 27, 2018 where SJU pummeled URI by a score of 78-48.

Rhode Island (25-6) advanced to here by beating VCU, 76-67 on Friday in the quarterfinal matchup. The Rams won the regular season title this season and are looking to back that up by finishing what they started and winning three straight in D.C.

The only thing standing in their way now is No. 3 Davidson and their shooting machines Peyton Aldridge (24) and Kelley Grady (23), who scored 47 of the 82 points in tonight’s win over St. Bonaventure. The defending national champion, Rhode Island, will have to find a way to contain Davidson’s three-point shooters in order to secure a win in the A10 Finals tomorrow. However, with a win tomorrow, Rhode Island will secure their 91st win, the most ever in a four-year span for their program.

Highlights of URI vs SJU

During the first 10:00 minutes of the first half, SJU held a strong 8-point lead over URI. For the next couple minutes, URI was struggling to make open shots and was unable to come up with any offensive rebounds. With 43 seconds left in the half, URI cut the lead to only 4 points after free throw from Nicola Akele. SJU took a 47-40 lead to the locker room after the first half.

Coming out of the break, SJU’s lead was up to 11 points over URI. However, with less than 10 minutes to go, URI cut the lead to 3 and the comeback was on.  With just over 6 minutes to go URI gains the lead with a score of 72-71. URI is now back in their rhythm and are making 3’s and grabbing offensive rebounds. SJU inbounded the ball with a score of 87-90 with 3.2 seconds left and made it to half court before traveling and turning the ball over. URI sealed the game by running out the clock.

Stats from Davidson vs. St. Bonaventure

Davidson (20-11). will play in its first ever championship game in the A10 on Sunday. However, tonight they snapped the Bonnies’ 13-game win streak, shot 55% on three pointers, and 56% in overall field goals. If they want to win on Sunday, they will have to continue this pressure against Rhode Island. Davidson recorded 25 total rebounds, 23 assists and only 5 turnovers.

On the other hand, No. 2 St. Bonaventure, now eliminated, recorded 23% on three pointers and went under 50% for overall field goals (45%). The Bonnies’ struggled from the charity stripe with a free throw percentage of 53. St. Bonaventure finished the game with 34 total rebounds, 16 assists, and only 6 turnovers. We’ll have to see if they receive a bid for the NCAA tournament.

Players to watch for Sunday’s Game

For Davidson

Keep an eye out for Peyton Aldridge and Kelley Grady, but also for Rusty Reigel as he had 10 points, went 75% for field goals, 2-3 on three’s, and a perfect 2-2 on free throws. He also had 4 rebounds, 8 assists, with only 1 personal foul.

For Rhode Island

Andre Berry, their center, finished the night with 18 points and 9 rebounds, definitely someone to watch next game. However, let’s not forget about Jeff Dowtin, E.C. Matthews, Jared Terrell, or Fatts Russell, as they all had 10+ points, together collected 19 rebounds, 14 assists, while only combining for only 3 turnovers.

Prediction for tomorrow game

Based on Rhode Island’s poor start today and how Davidson was relentless on dropping three-point baskets, I predict a first-time championship win for the Davidson Wildcats with a score of 71-64.

Album Review: THENBHD’s The Neighbourhood (2018)

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Though The Neighbourhood lacks a full makeover of a sound, the redundancy in their current melodies are used to their benefit.

Top Tracks: Flowers, Scary Love, Reflections

Rating: 7.5/10


By: Jackie Reed

After years of quietly releasing live session tracks and solo projects, The Neighbourhood returns to the boyband arena.

Their self-titled album The Neighbourhood (2018) released on Friday, March 8. It’s a conglomeration of new wave singles and songs pulled from previous EPs – particularly their Hard – EP (2017) and To Imagine – EP (2018). Likewise, they pulled from Hard to Imagine – EP (2018) as well, though this EP is literally Hard and To Imagine meshed into one, branded-new EP. A little overboard, but it lets their name be known.

Songs like “Scary Love”, “Sadderdaze”, and “You Get Me So High” are dark anthems synthesized with reverbed vocals, pop clicks, crisp drumbeats, and echoing instrumentals. These act as the foundation for the album – they are key tracks that define what the group is best remembered for. Other tracks like “Nervous” and “Void” came out days before the album release. Such tracks offer similar tones and vernacular heard throughout the album.

Let’s not forget that there were new singles released solely out of this album. Take “Flowers”, the first single. It’s a cinematic introduction to the album, which reconciles the band’s beach sound and sophisticated image. “Blue” is another one new to the ear. It’s a testament to Jesse Rutherford’s solo project & (2017), an album embraced by his tenor vocals and synthy hip-hop music beds.

Though The Neighbourhood lacks a full makeover of a sound, the redundancy in their current melodies are used to their benefit. Typical distant guitar and static vocals are techniques they manage to get away with. Much of their interludes and existential sounds are drawn from characteristics found in previous albums – say Wiped Out! (2015) and #000000 & #FFFFFF (2014).

The album as a whole is no showstopper. However, it does reclaim the band’s territory in today’s independent artist game, ultimately gratifying long-time fans and impressing new ones.

Feature Photo By (The Neighbourhood/Facebook). 

Lit&Live with Luke James Shaffer

By: Kate Klajbor and Jackie Reed

American singer-songwriter Luke James Shaffer stopped by WGMU’s on-air studio to reflect on his experiences making covers and original songs, tour life, living in New York and DC, current projects, and future plans. He will be performing at Volition’s Open Mic on March 8.

Follow Luke James Shaffer on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and their official website for updates.

To stream/buy Luke James Shaffer’s music, tune in to his iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, and YouTube pages.

Feature Photo By (Luke James Shaffer/Official Website).


Volition Open Mic – Music Industry Night

Featuring Mannywellz, Luke James Shaffer, & Sydney Franklin

FREE FOOD & SWAG

Thurs, Mar 8

7:00pm-10:00pm

GMU’s JC Bistro // Fairfax, VA

Tyler, The Creator at The Anthem

Photo By (Sasha Toophanie/WGMU).

Photo By (Sasha Toophanie/WGMU).

On February 25, all hell broke loose.


By: Jackie Reed

On February 25, all hell broke loose.

The Anthem hosted an epic, mind-numbing show with Taco (of Odd Future), Vince Staples, and Tyler, The Creator.

Taco shared a DJ set of hip-hop tracks that embody radio charts today – think Drake’s “God’s Plan”, Kendrick Lamar’s “Backstreet Freestyle”, and Goldlink’s “Crew”. What a fantastic start.

About 20 minutes after Taco’s set, a red microwave countdown pierced the stage. When the countdown reached the end, Vince Staples came through. The Compton rapper dropped tunes off his most recent album, Big Fish Theory (2017). In-between songs, news gathering footage mingled on the screen. Video static filled the auditorium inevitably, like white noise. Lyrics and chants from “745”, “Yeah Right” (feat. Flume, Kendrick Lamar, Kučka, and SOPHIE), and “BagBak” echoed in the crowd, along with older tracks like “Prima Donna” (feat. A$AP Rocky) and “Norf Norf”. To conclude, Staples’ live set was atypical, offbeat, and immeasurable in style.

By that time it was 9:30p.m. Upon Vince Staples’ opening, stage crew adjusted the set, prepping for Tyler. Though the stage was small, its colors and natural elements truly brought it to life, even from afar. Green turf wrapped along the floor and realistic trees were placed kindly at each direction.

At around 10:05p.m., all was dim. The cinematic interlude of “Where This Flower Blooms” (feat. Frank Ocean) started to loop. And then there he was. Tyler, The Creator. That is when all hell broke loose. Time gone stagnant. There was nothing but joy, but anxiety, but love for his appearance. Thousands of music lovers sang along in unison, to “Where This Flower Blooms” and to those following. Though he only dropped a couple verses from “Pothole” (feat. Jaden Smith) and “Boredom” (feat. Rex Orange County and Anna Of The North), the flow was still there. At points, he continued his rap flow without musical accompaniment – just the sound of thousands of voices following along. Along with his expected Flower Boy tunes, fans got a listening glimpse from the archives, with icons like “SMUCKERS” (feat. Lil Wayne and Kanye West), “Tamale”, and “IFHY” (feat. Pharrell Williams).

During breaks, he addressed his mood to the crowd – he was sick yet continued to thrive. Likewise, his character came through when acknowledging everyone in the crowd – those in the pit, in the stands, and in transit (those in attempt of meeting him by pushing through the already crammed space).

Without an encore, his send-off was “See You Again” (feat. Kali Uchis). A fitting departure.

Overall, Tyler, The Creator is an unconventional character that’s made a name for himself in the hip-hop industry over the years. He is best known for his connections to Odd Future (aka OFWGKTA), his GOLF fashion line, his silly YouTube videos, his artist collaborations, and recently, his Grammy-nominated rap album Flower Boy (2017). Last night at The Anthem was one for the books. It was a collection of everything that Tyler is made of, and so much more.

 

 

Album Review: MGMT’s Little Dark Age (2018)

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MGMT show they aren’t done writing beautifully trippy pop songs.

Top Tracks: Little Dark Age, Me and Michael, TSLAMP, Hand it Over

Rating 9.1/10


By: Mikey Bamarni

MGMT did something a little different when they released their first single “Little Dark Age”, the title track, to the world back in October. They went 80’s goth. The decade is clearly making a huge comeback, but the band went about it a little darker, with eerie lyrics and musical tones and a music video inspired by The Cure. It is their most pop friendly single since they released the now-classic Oracular Spectacular (2007) singles 10 years prior.

Two months later, they released the much trippier song “When You Die”, reminiscent of Congratulations (2010) – another “pop” song that has enough originality and MGMT weirdness to make it stand out. The next pre-album single is the beautiful and Beach Boys influenced “Hand it Over.” It’s the slow jam off the album and perhaps the best track of the bunch.

Other fantastic songs from the record are “Me and Michael,” which feels like it was George Michael inspired, due to its vocal production, delivery, and the name George Michael. It’s destined to be a hit. The hilariously-meta music video even predicts that it will be popular. There is also the groovy and psychedelic “TSLAMP” or “Time Spent Looking At My Phone.” This is a definite jam with lyrics that may hit some a little too close to home.

With all that said, the album isn’t perfect. “Days That Got Away” leaves something to be desired, and at times the album can sound a bit monotonous.

Overall Little Dark Age shines immensely. It’s a great introductory to the band for new listeners, as well as those who enjoyed the pop appeal of Oracular Spectacular and the experimentation of Congratulations.

Feature Photo By (MGMT/Facebook). 

STRFKR at 9:30 Club

Photo By (Jesse Benitez/WGMU Radio).

Photo By (Jesse Benitez/WGMU Radio).

In a matter of minutes, however, the numbing dreamscape synths spliced into electrifying energy, along with beautifully synchronized patterns and projections blazing among the crowd.


By: Jesse Benitez

Indie electro pop band, STRFKR, made waves through D.C. during their sold out show at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, February 17. They began their performance with “Hungry Ghost” off their third-studio album, Reptilians (2012). Commencing in utter darkness, with merely a captivating display of their iconic Jupiter (2009 & 2012) logo as a backdrop, it was evident that this show would eventually take a drastic angle. A fourth of the way through their set, the level of simplicity and sophistication was easily recognizable in “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second,” from their first and self-titled album, Starfucker (2008). In a matter of minutes, however, the numbing dreamscape synths spliced into electrifying energy, along with beautifully synchronized patterns and projections blazing among the crowd.

Accompanied by their touring band, the Reptaliens, the audience rejoiced to the bouncy beats of “Millions” while the Reptaliens froliced across the stage, dancing provocatively with one another, all while wearing eccentric astronaut suits. It was interestingly bizarre, but quite an indulging sight to witness, particularly when they blasted confetti onto the mass of concert-goers. The lively bunch went on to retrieve props, one of which happened to be an inflatable raft shaped like a swan. One by one, they crowd surfed through a pumped crowd while “Girls Just Want to Have Fun (2009)” reverberated off the walls of the venue.

STRFKR ended their set with the title track from their fifth studio album, Being No One, Going Nowhere (2016). Initially, a delicately nostalgic and melancholic tune such as this one seemed almost inappropriate to end the night with. But upon further reflection, they proved themselves to be truly unforgettable and it was undoubtedly a clever move from their part. This ignited the crowd to demand an encore, to satisfy their crave for one more galvanizing gimmick and fuel them with one last drop of exhilaration. And surely, it worked.

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