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LIVE REVIEW: Crystal Castles Break Ankle, Eardrums in San Diego

Crystal Castles in House of Blues, San Diego
Crystal Castles in House of Blues, San Diego

3/2/2011: on stage, Alice Glass, vocalist of Crystal Castles, didn't appear menacing until the music began. Casio beats in tow, she lurched forward, dragging her ankle (locked inside an cast, broken on tour in Japan a month earlier) across the stage as she blistered through the Crystal Castles setlist. Not all fans will like the group live, where the environment can border on rave, and the Canadian duo didn't hold any BPMs back tonight. Set included tracks from both their 2008 self titled debut (released on Last Gang Records) and the 2010 follow-up (off of Fiction Records,a subsidiary of UMG), also self-titled. The opener, Suuns, did moderately well with the crowd, and both groups complimented each other for this sold-out show, which is on the rare side, considering the musical style of the headliner. It's incredible to see the difference between the last few times they've been in the region (Fuck Yeah Fest, Coachella 2009) both in terms of their performance, and the type of crowd they're attracting. Overheard at the show were people paying between $50-80 a ticket off of Craigslist and online ticket scalpers. The San Diego show was in the middle of their tour stretch, and Crystal Castles will wrap up their tour in April with an appearance at Coachella as the final leg.