Canadian, Montreal based, indie darling Stars played one heck of a show last Friday at Wilshire Boulevard's iconic art deco gem, The Wiltern. The band, a prodigious split fused out of rock innovators, Broken Social Scene, and presented that evening by none other than Los Angeles' famed indie music station KCRW, is fronted by adroit lead vocalists Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan, whose heated banter through song results in an unique and flavorful duet.
The group played a near two-hour set well into midnight, as Star's loyal and dedicated LA's fans cheered them forward for more.
Starting the evening off with their much loved classic near-ballad, Elevator Love Letter, the Quebec based band ventured across nearly their entire musical repertoire, pleasing fan old and new alike. Songbird Millan was an obvious audience favorite, her stripped down acoustic version of the hit, Ageless Beauty, was simple and elegant, and floated effortlessly to the ornamented ceiling of the opulent auditorium. The dance inducing We Don't Want your Body as well as the near perfect melodic tale of angst-ridden lovers, Your Ex-Lover is Dead (check out the band's video of the song at left), were the unequivocal musical triumphs of the evening.
Despite an at times sloppy grouping of inebriated fans, the evening proved to be a delightful revue performed by the talented and well-honed indie wonderment machine that is Stars.