MØ and Cashmere Cat Took Over the Vic Theater [Review]
What happens when a Danish pop star and a Norwegian turntablist go on tour? Things get weird. An unlikely duo, but friends for a handful of years, MØ and Cashmere Cat are currently on a North American tour for pop and electronic fans alike. The two hit Chicago’s Vic Theater last week and everyone had a blast.
Cashmere Cat kicked off his set with the collaboration he did with MØ called “9 (After Coachella)” feat. SOPHIE. The track brought the crowd to life with its experimental nature and jarring drops. Cashmere Cat kept that ball rolling through his entire set. He wore his usual oversized puffer jacket and hoodie with a flat-brimmed hat. A wall of stage lights stood right behind him illuminating the stage. He bounced around on stage as he played his plethora of radio-played pop songs with the likes of Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez. His entire persona on stage reminds one of an unpredictable feline. When petting a cat such as this, his demeanor is soft and calm, only to bite you and bunny kick unexpectedly. Cashmere Cat’s set played much like this. Following a smooth pop track, he’d break into experimental sound design on a dime, utilizing his turntable skills. He looked very aloof on stage. He sat on the DJ table, looking at his phone, and at one point simply facing away from the crowd as he reached over to manipulate the decks. Overall, the push and pull of his music kept everyone captivated. His unique nature on stage is likely due to his shy demeanor. We loved it anyway.
During the changeover to MØ’s set, the wall of stage lights was split in two to make room for her band. A drummer, bassist, and DJ/keyboardist made for the perfect band. Once MØ entered the stage, all of the Vic came alive. She donned a long sleeve crop top and loose high waisted pants. The perfect outfit for her carefree dance moves on stage. Her energy was high from the start of the show until the encore. MØ took care of her audience, the best way to describe her stage presence. She spent most of the concert at the front of the stage, often close enough to the front row for her fans to touch. After jumping off the stage several times, she even went as far as the first and second-floor balconies to sing her songs. The Vic’s lighting and security personnel struggled to keep track of the energetic singer as she crowd surfed, sang, and danced in the middle of the theater. When actually on stage, MØ engaged in a lot of headbanging and dancing around. It’s very clear she loves performing. Nearing the end of her set, she and her band played an acoustic and stripped down version of her collaboration with Justin Bieber and Major Lazer “Cold Water.” The whole crowd knew every word. Before she finished, she made sure to play “Lean On.”
While the majority of the popular tracks from both MØ and Cashmere Cat are primarily pop tunes, the concert played differently than a Justin Bieber concert. If MØ was an American pop star, there would have been much more fanfare and spectacle. We loved the entire event just as it was. This tour is about the music. Check out this unlikely pair at any of the tour dates listed below.
MØ 2018 Tour Dates:
02/06 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre *
02/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot *
02/09 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory *
02/10 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo *
02/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre *
02/13 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater *
02/14 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater *
02/16 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades *
02/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre *
02/18 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst *
03/26 – Dublin, IE @ The Academy
03/27 – Belfast, IE @ Mandela Hall
03/28 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
03/30 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute
03/31 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC Glasgow
04/04 – Brixton, UK @ O2 Brixton Academy
04/05 – Norwich, UK @ UEA
04/07 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy