The Rave party with pop-powerhouses Charli XCX & Bleachers

Well known for singles “Boom Clap” and “Break the Rules” and early-career features on Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”, Charli XCX headlined The Rave with pop-punk-like glee. The “Charli and Jack Do America” tour also features Bleachers, spearheaded by Jack Antonoff of Fun.

Charli XCX’s high energy music shined through well, receiving some good reception from fans especially on her well-known hits. While she has hard-hitting singles of her own, even after only two albums, Charli XCX ventured to the chart toppers that brought her to her current status. A “cover” of “I Love It” and “Fancy” made the setlist with “Boom Clap” topping the night off, though the setlist was well versed at other club and outdoor shows this summer.

The setlist was drastically shortened due to Charli having vocal issues which were very apparent by song two. There’s not much length to her songs to begin with, so dropping down from 16 to 10 songs for the Milwaukee show left a little to be desired, but we’re not holding it against her.

Bleachers is a change up for Jack Antonoff. Experiencing staggering success with Fun., Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers toys with a different take of the indie pop that Fun. made popular. While not a departure from Fun., Antonoff’s Bleachers mark a deviation from his rise to fame. The performance though well done got a bit over the top at times and was musically too repetitive.

The tour was a small one especially after the sea of attendees at Lollapalooza, Charli XCX coming from there only days before. On its own this was a good performance, however I’d have to disagree with the pairing of Bleachers and Charli XCX – they could’ve toured with better match ups that may have pushed Charli XCX into the larger Eagles Ballroom.

If more hits and features roll out like “Boom Clap” and “Fancy” we’re certain she’ll make it there on the next go round.

Bleachers Setlist:Like a River Runs – Shadow – Wild Heart – Wake Me – Reckless Love – Dreams – Rollercoaster – Shadow of the City – You’re Still a Mystery – Only One – I Wanna Get Better

Charli XCX Setlist: Sucker – I Love It – Famous – SuperLove – Doing It – Need Ur Luv – Body of My Own – London Queen – Break the Rules – Fancy – Boom Clap

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