Live Review: MisterWives at The Fonda Theatre

"LA, I'll tell you we were a little nervous about tonight because the crowds here can be a little stiff, but you all are bringing it!" MisterWives' frontwoman Mandy Lee confessed to a thunderous applause. The six-piece, Brooklyn-based band brought its Connect the Dots Tour to Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre Tuesday night, filling the air with optimism and realness. Throughout the night Lee had mini heart-to-hearts with statements like "we are not alone and that is the beauty of music," resonating with the crowd, filled with fans of all ages and backgrounds. 
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MisterWives – By Anna Lee
MisterWives – By Anna Lee
Since setting out with openers Vinyl Theatre and smallpools in September, MisterWives pack a powerful setlist that keeps everyone dancing.
MisterWives – By Anna Lee
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MisterWives – By Anna Lee
MisterWives – By Anna Lee
The night's first song, "Machine," set the triumphant tone as the band launched into one of their most intense tracks, spreading a message to be yourself and not follow the norm. The track also kicked off Lee's boundless onstage energy, jumping, running and dancing with original moves she could easily copyright. It's impossible to just stand still and watch someone like her give it her all.
MisterWives – By Anna Lee
Each song had a highlight/special something throughout the night. "Chasing This" closed with a power pose that put Charlie's Angels to shame. Lee ran over and blew a kiss to Etienne Bowler (the band's drummer and Lee's fiancé) while kicking off "Drummer Boy," which Lee wrote about her love for Bowler. "Only Human," brought the entire band to the front of the stage for a unique stomp and clap routine you can only hear live.
"Only Human," brought the entire band to the front of the stage for a unique stomp and clap routine you can only hear live.
MisterWives have a growing list of o notable covers throughout its career including Vance Joy's "Riptide" and Chance the Rapper's "Same Drugs." Last night included a mashup cover of twenty one pilots' "Ride" and "Heavydirtysoul," paying homage to their former tourmates. 
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While the crowd kept singing and dancing through the whole set, the eleventh song of the night was particularly memorable. As the popular guitar riff for "Reflections" filled the room, everyone went straight into sing-along/give-it-all-you-got mode. At the song's conclusion, Lee was shocked and overwhelmed by the energy and applause which rang out in multiple waves, pausing the show entirely and bringing the band to fits of laughter.
But that wasn't the end of the set. Instead "Our Own House" concluded the night, where each member got a solo to show off individual styles. While each member brings his or her own style to the group, collectively they make for a must-see band while on tour.
MisterWives – By Anna Lee

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Last updated: 17 Dec 2018, 11:39 Etc/UTC