Concerts

OneRepublic - Ak-Chin Pavilion - 6/1/2014

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The new album -- and partnership with Malibu rum -- brought the band to Phoenix, where they played nearly every track on Native, including "Love Runs Out" -- a single released in April and with 2014 re-printings of Native.

The set list, though it spanned seven years of music, didn't feel disjointed or nostalgic when hitting biggies such as "Apologize." From stacking an encore with new material to dropping their biggest hits near the middle of the show, the band didn't really follow the "save the best for last" mold most groups with canon-overshadowing hits fall into. The arrangements were seamless. The sound was big enough to fill the pavilion on verbose sing-a-longs and dialed back for the gospel-infused performance of "Preacher."

The show was simply fun. The crowd was in a good mood. Tedder proclaimed that while he watched The Script perform, he could feel it'd be a good crowd in his bones. The concert really was the right amount of sincere, engaging and interactive. It was professional without being formulaic.

OneRepublic's set led with "Light It Up," then back-to-back Waking Up favorites "Secrets" and "All the Right Moves." The first song to get that overwhelming swell of audience emotion, though, was "Stop and Stare" off the band's debut. Though one of the oldest and oft-played, it felt pretty alive. The band jammed a little; Tedder finally lost his leather jacket.

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Amanda Ventura