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Concert review: girl in red excites in passionate, vibrant performance at Greek Theatre

Wearing an oversized dress shirt and a tie, girl in red reaches out toward a concertgoer standing against the barricade. The artist performed songs such as “we fell in love in october” during her May 30 concert. (Zimo Li/Daily Bruin)

“Doing it Again Tour”

girl in red

Greek Theatre

May 30

By Ana Camila Burquez

May 31, 2024 10:04 p.m.

girl in red is truly doing it again, redefining live shows.

The Norwegian singer-songwriter performed her second LA show Thursday night at the Greek Theatre on her “Doing it Again Tour.” The indie pop artist performed a variety of songs that included fan-favorite classics as well as music from her sophomore album “I’M DOING IT AGAIN BABY!” released last month. With meticulous visuals and a stage set that built up the vibrancy of the tour, girl in red provided a show that effortlessly blended theatricality and spontaneity to showcase her personal lyrics.

Just before 9 p.m., eerie instrumental music, smoke, and blue lights built suspense for girl in red’s entrance before cutting to dark silence. In a calm manner, girl in red arrived on stage alongside her band, briefly looking at the audience and then turning sideways as the screen shifted to a red-orange ombré that displayed her silhouette.

A spotlight shined on the artist as she started singing the opening number “DOING IT AGAIN BABY.” Wearing dress pants, a dress shirt, a tie and a striped oversized blazer, girl in red confidently walked down the stairs to the lower level of the stage, dancing and jumping along with the audience. The song was accompanied by red lights and smoke, all while geometric visuals of red rectangles moved on screen to the music’s energetic rhythm. After this song, the crowd grew louder when girl in red transitioned to her emblematic 2019 song “bad idea!” Still dancing, the singer seemed to lose herself in the music, frolicking around the stage and interacting with the audience by pointing the microphone towards them during the chorus.

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After the two opening songs, girl in red began the first of several breaks in the set to talk to the audience. She thanked the crowd for being there and mentioned the technical difficulties she had at the previous night’s show while assuring listeners that the concert would be a perfect one. The singer ended this break by introducing the next song, a fan-favorite “girls,” where she showed her skills as a musician on the electric guitar. With another abstract background, this time resembling carbon drawings, the performer again invited the audience to sing along, even leaving a section of the last chorus with no other sound but her voice to encourage the crowd to sing as loud as they could. After “girls,” the musician spoke about her failure to find Kristen Stewart at what was supposed to be the actor’s favorite bar the previous night. This anecdote, which became a running joke throughout the night, served as the transition to the next song, “New Love.”

Concertgoers stand against the barricade and wave LGBTQ+ pride flags at girl in red&squot;s Greek Theatre concert Thursday night. The Norwegian singer-songwriter is promoting her sophomore album "I&squot;M DOING IT AGAIN BABY!" on the "Doing it Again Tour." (Zimo Li/Daily Bruin)
Concertgoers stand against the barricade and wave LGBTQ+ pride flags at girl in red's Greek Theatre concert Thursday night. The Norwegian singer-songwriter is promoting her sophomore album "I'M DOING IT AGAIN BABY!" on the "Doing it Again Tour." (Zimo Li/Daily Bruin)

The stage consisted of a two-level set with stairs leading to the center screen. The drums stand and the edge of the screen were yellow, the stairs and the second level were blue, and what seemed to be a decorative piece – later revealed as a hidden piano – on the right side of the stage was red. girl in red said the set’s use of primary colors and shapes was inspired by Italian lamps, and this design choice complemented her stage presence.

The artist then switched to a more produced sound characteristic of her first album “if i could make it go quiet” with the song “Body And Mind,” which was accompanied by blue lighting. The singer proceeded to sing “I’m Back,” switching the mood of the show to a more relaxed tempo with vulnerable lyrics and softer visuals of brush strokes. The song started with the singer briefly playing the intro on piano before stopping and turning to the audience. Since her keyboardist continued playing, it seemed as if girl in red’s piano was being played by itself, feeding into the theatrical element of the concert.

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The show continued with a melancholy tone with the softer-sounding “Pick Me” but picked up a faster rhythm with the bass-driven song “Ugly Side.” As she altered the song’s outro to make another joke about Kristen Stewart, the red lights turned blue and the singer theatrically said, “I feel like the vibes are changing. Might be the season too.” This served as a transition to the slower songs “October Passed Me By” and girl in red’s biggest hit “we fell in love in october.” There was an atmosphere of appreciation in which the majority of the crowd seemed to be carefully listening to the singer’s emotionally raw lyrics.

The rest of the show continued with a series of songs that escalated in energy. Starting with “midnight love” and the illusion of 3D stairs onscreen connecting to the steps on stage, the audience exuberantly followed girl in red’s directions to jump along to “Rue” and sing Sabrina Carpenter’s verse on “You Need Me Now?” During the closing number “i wanna be your girlfriend,” girl in red ran around the entire venue doing a fist bump, which she called a “bro fist,” with as many people as she could, bringing the levels of excitement and engagement with the crowd to a whole new level.

With her wit and undeniable talent, girl in red created a funny and passionate atmosphere that was a testament to the singer’s power as a performer.

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