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Dragonette brings Bodyparts to the Danforth Music Hall

Posted by Melody Brown / May 12, 2013

DragonetteThe Danforth Music Hall was nowhere near full on Friday night when Toronto's own pop 'n roll band Dragonette hit the stage. Luckily, those few who chose to brave the rain and miss the last period of Game 5 were ready to party. Although Dragonette's final Bodyparts tour is co-headlined by The Presets, I came to see the former, so if you're looking for a review of The Presets, you've come to the wrong place.

DragonetteLead singer Martina Sorbara mentioned that the prospect of "playing shows in Toronto is always a bit scary 'til I get on stage and then I'm happy." I'll admit I was a little disappointed during the first few tracks. Poor acoustics were to blame: the sound equipment, and the venue itself, were working against Sorbara and her beautiful voice was overpowered by instrumentals.

The acoustics didn't, however, dampen the spirit of the dancers — and in particular one dude who, whipping his jacket around, inadvertently smacked a security guard in the eye. Luckily, the pseudo authority figure was forgiving and he received an apologetic kiss on the cheek from Sasha Fierce himself.

DragonetteI expected the whole dance floor to be moving just as frantically, but the crowd seemed just as tame as Sorbara and I were and stuck to swaying back and forth, adding in the occasional hand clap.

Everything changed when the band played their latest hit "Run Run Run" and Sorbara's voice became clear and confident. The crowd's energy began to pick up and more arms were spotted flailing in the air. Without hesitation, as soon as "Run Run Run" wrapped up, the band's smash hit "Hello" burst through the speakers and the crowd went wild.

DragonetteBy this time, Sorbara's bubbly enthusiasm replaced any fear she may have felt earlier in the show. She displayed easygoing dance moves and fantastic vocals while the band played perfect dance pop beats and melodies.

The show was well rounded and the band kept fans satisfied with classic hits like "I Get Around" and "Easy" and new tracks like "Let It Go" and "My Work Is Done." Sorbara calls Bodyparts a fun, sunny little record, saying she wanted to "put some more sunshine and daytime into electro-dance music" and stray from the darkness and night-time and lasers found in Top 40s dance music. Dragonette managed to come out of the darkness that was the first half of Friday night's show and with their catchy dance tunes, prompted the crowd to have fun.

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RS / May 12, 2013 at 07:21 pm
Too bad you skipped out on The Presets. They were FANTASTIC.
mar / May 12, 2013 at 07:58 pm
she is such a fox. that said, presets purloined the show.
AUS / May 13, 2013 at 08:47 am
Wtf? You skipped The Presets?
RS replying to a comment from AUS / May 13, 2013 at 09:39 am
IKR? The reviewers loss. Who skips out on the co-headliner?!
Dave / May 13, 2013 at 11:31 am
I miss the Martina of old - the Cure For Bad Deeds days. Successful as Dragonette but could have been the next Sarah McLaughlan.
Brian / May 14, 2013 at 02:50 pm
Did you all come here to read about Dragonette or bitch about The Presets? Womp womp.
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