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OK Go

Gus Powell

When: Fri., Aug. 15, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: sold out
You can’t talk about Los Angeles-via-Chicago rock goofballs OK Go without mentioning their videos. The group broke out largely thanks to the charming, playful homemade clip for their feel-good 2006 single “Here It Goes Again”—the four of them were shot in a single take doing a complicated dance routine across six treadmills. OK Go released it at the perfect time, tapping into the zeitgeist just as YouTube and DIY viral videos were on the rise. In the video for “Needing/Getting,” which doubled as a Chevy ad during the 2012 Super Bowl (edited down, of course), they drove a car bristling with makeshift mallets and beaters down a track lined with pianos, guitars, plastic barrels, percussion, and more—it’s sort of an elaborate automotive version of the guy with sticks on his Rollerblades skating past a row of bottles to play a song. The band’s long string of clever, memorable videos has had an unfortunate side effect, though: OK Go’s music often ends up playing second fiddle to the visuals. That’s a shame, because these guys still write fun, catchy pop-rock songs. On “The Writing’s on the Wall,” the lead single from their newish EP Upside Out (Paracadute), they set a story about one last moment of joy in a failing relationship to a wistful tune that positively sparkles during its sweet, wordless chorus. Unsurprisingly, its video is a hoot: OK Go gallivant around in a huge warehouse, screwing with visual perspective, fooling your eyes with unexpected camera angles, and posing in cunning 3-D depth-of-field sculptures that (when seen from just the right angle) match the patterns on their quick-change outfits. —Leor Galil
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