PDA at shows is generally annoying and awful—I was permanently scarred when I saw people attempting to grind to Ben Kweller one time—but anyone smooching at the House of Vans last night gets a free pass, just this once. With the swoon-worthy line-up of Lemonade, Chairlift, and Washed Out, the Greenpoint skatepark got more romantic than usual, at least for those who were fortunate enough to be accompanied by a boyfriend/girlfriend/special buddy/very friendly stranger.
Lemonade kicked the night off with "Sister" from their recently-released album Diver. The San Francisco-formed trio seems very enthusiastic about making sultry dance-pop, and probably about life in general. Given that they have songs as good as "Ice Water" and "Softkiss," there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be.
Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek simultaneously embraces and surpasses her fragile appearance onstage, which fits her and bandmate Patrick Wimberly’s dark/dreamy blend. Their set featured an abbreviated version of their past hit "Bruises" flowing into "I Belong In Your Arms" from this year’s sophomore release Something, which may very well have been the highlight of the entire night
Washed Out, aka Ernest Greene, headlined the show with his sun-bleached synths for a lo-fi dance party. In 2012, it’s kind of hard to tell whether or not chillwave, the microgenre that Greene was king of in 2010, ever really existed. But his music is still perfectly pleasant, and there’s no reason to worry about it.