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February 7, 2003
Irving Plaza - New York City, NY

For more information on OK GO click here Michelle Lawlor
Contributing Writer
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Playing to a crowd of around 1,100 at New York City's Irving Plaza, Chicago's OK Go drew a diverse mix of people. Made up of teenagers, pre-teens, punk rockers, emo kids, straight up geeks, parents, and middle aged adults, the crowd seemed to move as one during the power-charged set.

Glancing around, one couldn't help but notice the sheer joy of the older adults in attendance as they momentarily reclaimed their youthful concert-going days. Usually older adults at a show would be ridiculed and hassled by the teenagers and music snobs. But at this show, it wasn't the case. OK Go isn't about being categorized. This is pretty obvious once one looks at the band members themselves. A person might ask how in the hell could four such different looking guys come together and agree enough on one type of sound to make it coherent and more importantly, good? Such was the question many people pondered as they looked around at their surroundings during the show.

One of the great things about OK GO is that their blend of music seems to say that it's quite alright to have happy music without having to sacrifice artistic integrity. In other words, it doesn't necessarily have to be complicated to be good. The songs are an interesting mix of rock and pop, lending itself easily to becoming the type of music that sells out arenas later on. It seems these guys know that blending a little bit of bitter emotion with a beat that people can shake their asses to can prove to be an effective formula.

Overall an extremely lively and entertaining act, OK Go demonstrated a strong stage presence, putting some love back into an often heartless industry. The band's personalities exude this sort of happy/hyper vibe, with their main focus lying in one philosophy: Get the whole place to Rock. And rock they did.

OK Go is currently touring supporting The Donnas, and if you can catch 'em, one won't be disappointed. They're worth every penny.


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