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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Live review: Girl Talk

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Girl Talk w/ Penguin Prison

The Fillmore Charlotte

Jan. 25, 2011

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The Deal: Mix-master Girl Talk brings the live party to Charlotte's Fillmore for dance-fueled night.

The Good: The night began with a short set by Penguin Prison. The band plays an electronic pop-rock that got the crowd warmed up. Kind of reminded me of Maroon 5 with more of a '70s and '80s backdrop.

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Much like his latest album, All Day, Girl Talk kicked off his set with "Oh No," leading off with Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" combined with Ludacris. From there it was a long sea of mashups and mixes highlighting a little bit of everything. No surprise that the biggest sing-alongs came with Journey and Kelly Clarkson.

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Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, was bouncing around non-stop and dancing with the 30-40 people that were on stage with him. He rarely slowed down, quickly stripping off a sweatshirt and then t-shirt. Gillis noted at one point that The Fillmore was easily the hottest and steamiest venue he's performed in so far this tour.

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Confetti was sprayed on to the crowd, long plastic sleeves filled with balloons were passed into the crowd (the balloons quickly rose to the ceiling — not from helium, but from the hot air over the crowd) and blowers rigged with rolls of toilet paper were spraying the crowd on a regular basis.

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The show ended with "Imagine" as the new album does, but Gillis returned for a brief five-minute encore before calling it quits. Those in attendance left tired, sweaty and thoroughly satisfied.

The Bad: It's a lot like being in a club with a DJ, only with a stronger setlist.

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The Verdict: The crowd was moving for the duration of his hour-and-15-minute set with no time for a break. Plain and simple, it's a party. A hot, steamy party. Steam was literally pouring out of the doors at the end of the show.

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