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Viva Phoenix: Return of the Uffie

You guys, Viva Phoenix this year. Let's talk about it.

There was honestly too much for me to do to hone in on the several bands I wanted to see (Bogan Via, Pure Bathing Culture, Temples among other). So I concentrated on the crown jewels for me - GIRL TALK and UFFIE. If you have been reading the UC for many years, you will know I was obsessed with Uffie in 2010 - 2011. You will realize the circle has then become full. 

I saw the Mowglis and Mystikal, too. I've seen the former before, and they are fun, but the audio quality was terrible. So terrible I ended up wandering out halfway through. Weirdly enough as well, I saw The Maine? Not my cup of tea, but they played a good show. I will give them an A for keeping their audience engaged. 

GIRL TALK was on another level. I don't know where he has been for the past several years, but he hasn't changed at all. Even now that the DJ has become a mainstream staple of pop music; Greg Gillis was everything I've heard and read about it last night. He tore his sweater off his body halfway through the show, which an acquaintance of mine apparently fought someone for. Lots of balloons and confetti. Greg threw his water on me at one point, which I didn't mind, because it was very hot and stuffy at Comerica last night.

But. But. But. UFFIE.

You guys, Uffie is back. 2017 is bringing us new Uffie music, and from what I heard last night - it's good! (Hear her below on the new Charli XCX song, "Babygirl.") 


She played a few new tracks, scattered with some old favorites ("The Party," "Difficult.") I have to tell you, I was immediately captivated by her stage presence. And not because I'm such a huge fan that pretty much forced herself to the foot of the stage (I know I am not 21 anymore, but I had to be front and center for this. Fate, destiny, kismet, etc.) She sweetly chatted with the audience, and announced that this was her first live show in five years. Right in Phoenix at Crescent Ballroom. I couldn't be more honored.

Oh, and she covered "Pussy" by the Brazilian Girls. Which was a riot, to put it lightly.

At the end of her set, as 1 AM approached, Uffie brought all the dancing fans on to the stage - mimicking Girl Talk - to join her for "Pop the Glock." I was too shy and nervous, so I stayed on the floor. But at one point, at least Uffie was very near me. It was crazy surreal. It's like, "Oh, I've written about you for years, and now you've materialized."

All in all, a great night. Be on the lookout for new Uffie material in the next few months. 

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