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Killers, Envy Corps enterain thousands of adoring fans

2,500 people, mostly complete strangers, all crammed into one large, sweaty room with approximately zero airflow. The person behind you is jumping and screaming and the person beside you just pulled out a cigarette and is now attempting to blow the smoke above the crowd. You’re all just waiting. What could be worth this wait? The answer is the Envy Corps-Killers concert. Sold out, this show surpassed expectations. Opening act, the Envy Corps (whose local roots shone through), got the crowd ready at 8 p.m. this past Monday. Opening with a high-energy, percussion-heavy song that will most likely be on their next album, the Envy Corps quickly caught the attention of their audience. Following this, they played a song off their latest album, “Sylvia (The Beekeeper),” a song that builds up on top of an insanely catchy guitar riff and explodes into very abrupt and powerful vocals. They continued their set with fan favorites like “Rhinemaidens” and “Keys to Good Living,” as well as the audience-involving “Story Problem.” Another unreleased song was played, and the slower-paced “Babyteeth.” The set was finished off with a more energetic song, “Party Dress,” that would get the crowd ready for the act to come. Soon the stage was made into a whole new place. Flowers were wrapped around microphone stands, drumsets, and across amps. A wooden piano and keyboard were placed near the front. A red, bejeweled keyboard stemmed from what appeared to be a stone claw. Opening with music, lights, and a performerless stage, The Killers eventually made their way to their instruments for a show proving that everything worth listening to is better live. They quickly brought the crowd to life, filling the air with metallic confetti and the sounds of enthralled fans. Next up was the song “Bones,” which showed off Brandon Flower’s ability to work the crowd on stage. Flowers was not the only member who could jump onto a platform and capture the crowd, though. Lead guitarist and Iowa native David Keuning made it hard not to watch with his grandiose solos upon the platform, made all the more beautiful with his metallic silver jacket and large, curly 70’s-esque ‘do. A good mix of old and new material was played, with about a third of their set being from their previous album. A break was taken for heat reasons, and the end of their set consisted of the song “All These Things that I’ve Done,” with an encore performance of “Exitlude,” which had a very final, sing-songy feel when Flowers sat down at the piano and Keuning picked up an acoustic guitar. A second, energy-raising encore of “When You Were Young” capped off the show.

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