A moody Sunday evening was more than fitting for rising bedroom-pop sensation Clairo to perform her lo-fi tunes. The Metro floor filled up quickly with eager fans for the second night of Clairo’s stop in Chicago that started her Immunity tour. It’s no surprise that Chicago got two dates for her tour, as fans in the Windy City tend to be both passionate and dedicated for their favorite artists, as evidenced by her turn out at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival. Fans were in for a great night thanks to Clairo and the strong lineup of openers set to perform including Oakland alternative rock band Hello Yello and Filipino-British singer Beabadoobee.
Hello Yello commenced the night with some heavy hitting and intense rock sounds that seemed to have taken the crowd by surprise, as they vastly contrast Clairo’s more relaxed vibe. Regardless of this, Hello Yello was successful with captivating fans. I could tell how passionate they were on stage because these guys really put their heart into their short opening set; delivering bangers that converted me into a fan of theirs almost immediately.
After only a short intermission, the beloved Beabadoobee made her debut in Chicago after not being able to perform the night before. I have recently become a huge fan of her music and seeing her walk onto the stage merely inches away from the photo pit really overwhelmed me with joy. The fans in the front row felt the same as I did; screaming out of pure happiness to see her finally playing shows in America after recently being signed to indie label: Dirty Hit. Her sound is similar to that of Clairo’s bedroom-pop aura, playing hit songs such as “She Plays Bass” and “If You Want To.” She is definitely someone to keep on the radar as she is just starting out in America and already making it big.
After two strong opening acts, Clairo came out to bless the audience. Opening with her debut album’s first song “Alewife” her soft vocals immediately charmed the entire venue. Her projector backdrop and vintage visuals paired beautifully with her sound. Of course she also performed her classic hits “Flaming Hot Cheetos” and “Pretty Girl” which were given a more updated live sound, coming off fuller and grander as opposed to the lo-fi sound that everyone is used to when streaming them on music platforms. Clairo delivered an exquisite and graceful performance thanks to her soothing and catchy numbers that have brought her to where she is today. Being only 21 years old, she has definitely earned her enormous popularity not only in the alternative/indie scene but the mainstream realm as well.
All photos by Andrew Lagunas