Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed in New York City last night, and Spin spotted a sign at the entrance that is either a refreshing call for a return to “being there” and presentness that is sorely lacking in the contemporary show-going (and anything-going) experience, or else a condescending schoolmarmish provocation, depending on which kind of shithead you ended up being. You can wade through a sea of both in response to Spin‘s tweet about the sign last night here.
I’m a bit torn on which side I fall on myself. On the one hand, it is a bit frustrating straining to see over a sea of upraised phones pointed at a stage to capture grainy, pointless photos whose only subtext is “look at me, doing things in the world”, and every single person ever is awful and boorish, but on the other hand, there’s no harm in taking a few snaps, then settling in for the rest of the show.
One suggestion I might make for bands, however, is to, you know, be better at your job of entertaining a crowd if you want people to fall under your spell. I know it’s not easy to compete with the entire history of information in every single audience member’s pocket, but maybe if it turns out we’d all rather spend the entire time liking show #selfies on Instagram instead of staring at you push buttons and manipulate stringed instruments then it’s not us who’re doing anything wrong, it’s you.