Ditching the prom for more esoteric delights.
Cameron Bird, Architecture in Helsinki's main vocalist, announced mid-concert that there was a contingent of high school seniors who had foregone their senior prom to come to the show. He then invited a couple on stage to dance together while the group played their first encore, the gorgeous and appropriate "Maybe You Can Owe Me". He promised that John Hughes would make a movie about their night. OK, so the group's performance isn't quite right for the big screen, but it's pretty excellent nonetheless. Architecture in Helsinki -- an eight-piece Australian chamber-pop group whose multi-instrumentalist members hop hyperactively between trombones, recorders, drums, keyboards and French horns -- makes music for the ADD generation. If you're looking for a band that focuses on thematic development, AiH is not for you. But, if you're happy to hear fragments of melodies laid out like jewels, the group is endlessly fascinating.