last night's gig

The Go! Team Bring Jazzercise Back

“Can I get … an extra measure of terrycloth!”Photo: Elizabeth Cline


If kitschy Brighton group the Go! Team ever had a hard time translating their sample-happy sound live, it was hard to imagine at Friday night’s sold-out Bowery Ballroom show. Front woman Ninja Jazzercised across the stage in pink terrycloth and rainbow leg warmers, rallying the crowd with old-school admonishments like “let me hear all my laaaadies,” while the rest of the band constantly switched instruments, bounding through a set list that neglected not one of the anthems from last month’s pastiche-pop album Proof of Youth. The pep-rally vibe came not a moment too soon. Seven-piece opening act Effi Briest evinced a different kind of high-school hallmark: the ill-practiced marching band. “You’re ruining music,” someone standing near the bar mumbled. If they were, the Go! Team brought it back from the brink. —Elizabeth Cline

The Go! Team Bring Jazzercise Back