Nov 6, 2019

You’ve never seen a green Crayola crayon play music like this before.


by Mus


Clairo by Albert Pham

Twenty-year-old pop artist Clairo arrived in Atlanta on Halloween, complete in costume. She was dressed in a green Crayola crayon get-up. It was endearing and also meaningful. She colored the city green. One of her band members was a hot dog. Clairo is touring this fall in support of her debut album Immunity.

She brought the music to the venue Variety Playhouse. Since 1940, the building at 1099 Euclid Ave in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta has been one of the premier entertainment locations in the city. Although it has worn many hats over the years, from movie house to performance space to community gathering location, since the 80’s it has maintained a sharp focus on live music events. Variety Playhouse has earned its reputation as one of the best spots in town to catch a show, meet up with friends, and see your favorite band. A full venue renovation in 2016 improved the venue experience for patrons and bands alike, while maintaining the charm and acoustical integrity that concert-goers have enjoyed for decades.

Clairo by Albert Pham

The screen behind Clairo and her band invoked the calming side of father nature. There were a lot of waves crashing onto many shores. A lot of sunsets. A lot of red and blue, a lot of warm cozy nature-centric visuals. Clairo started the night off with “Alewife”. She ended her set with a brand new song she wrote on tour that moved her to tears to perform. Fans cried too. Somewhere in between those songs, she gave a shout out to Dunwoody, Georgia, a suburban city north of Atlanta.

Her songs fit the live format well. However traditionally and objectively well her songs from Immunity translate to the live experience, the rousing 4-song set that was her encore just hit different. “RACECAR”, off Deaton Chris Anthony‘s forthcoming album, was first. The song features both Clairo and surprise guest of the evening, Atlanta pop duo Coco & Clair Clair. “Pretty Girl”, “4EVER”, and “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again” closed out the night. Two of those songs, “Pretty Girl” and “4EVER”, to this day embody the beguiled innocence that makes Clairo‘s music so likable.

See images in the gallery below. Every image was shot by Albert Pham.

The tour began September 28th at the Metro in Chicago. Clairo committed to playing 31 dates across the U.S. and Canada, wrapping November 20th at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club. Clairo will also play a show at Plaza Condesa in Mexico City on March 19th, 2020. Supporting acts include Beabadoobee, Hello Yello.

Recently, Clairo announced she will be opening for Tame Impala on a few select dates.

September 28 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
October 1 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
October 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
October 5 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
October 6 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
October 8 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
October 9 – Vancouver, BC @ Harbour Events Centre
October 10 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
October 13 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
October 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
October 18 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
October 19 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
October 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
October 22 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
October 23 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
October 24 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
October 26 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
October 28 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
October 29 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
October 31 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
November 1 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
November 3 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
November 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
November 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
November 8 – Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater
November 12 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
November 14 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
November 16 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
November 18 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theater
November 20 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
March 19 – Mexico City, MX @ Plaza Condesa

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