Yesterday’s Marian Hill show at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul tallies my second time seeing the duo. Anne and I caught them the first time in October of 2016 at First Avenue. That night had also introduced us to underground pop trio SHAED, who have since become a low-key favorite of ours. Their carbonated brand of synth-pop backed by lead singer Chelsea’s very competent vocals seemed to please the masses. No small feat being the second opening band.
I adopted the phrase “question everything” as a mantra of sorts in my late teens. I never really went through the standard-issue “teenage rebellion” phase, so I focused my angst into a spiteful, cynical wad of doubt. Jaded and sarcastic, I felt that “questioning everything” somehow left me on a sort of moral or intellectual high ground; I was smarter than everyone—especially most adults.