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Before starting his almost hour-long set, Will Wiesenfield, also known as Baths
, did a rather strange thing: he did some calisthenics. This is the type of guy that Baths is—just a dude really excited to be playing a gig—showing off his every idiosyncrasy while he played some bumping electro. The crowd slowly warmed to his pleas for dancing, and by the end of his set there was almost some honest-to-goodness movement by the 60 or so people.
Baths did his part to get everyone feeling good, constantly engaging the crowd in banter and continuously turning the music up. “It’s cyclical: you dance more, I want to play more dance tracks,” he said midway through his set. There was a bit of a hiccup when he decided to play a new, slow song after hyping up the crowd, but he even played that off with his unique charm. “I’m a dick. I just got you all hyped up, and now I’m going to play the slowest song I have. My bad.” It’s for reasons like this, combined with his precocious dance moves, that Baths draws such a supportive fan base despite being a one-man act playing mostly minimal dance music.
opened up the night with a strong and (unfortunately) short set of only six songs. Kicking off with the intense and shout-y “Glass Deers” may have scared some members of the packed venue’s audience, but it was smooth sailing from there as the Canadian foursome played tracks off its recently released record (“I think it’s called Native Speaker
? I’m not entirely sure…” joked singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston). For those who had seen Braids’ show on Saturday, there was a marked difference in the energy onstage, as the members had just gotten over some kind of sickness. This allowed the members of Braids to do what they do best: play dream pop that sounds as good live as it does on record.