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During a recent stint across the US, Columbus’ rock/hip-hop purveyors Twenty One Pilots stopped by Atlanta’s Center Stage with electronic experimentalist Robert DeLong and sassy young mouthpiece, Sirah. Collectively, the three acts put on an impressive performance, but it was the powerhouse duo that stole the show. Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun set the tone early on by amping up the crowd with their lively beats and infectious rap hooks. From the minute they hit the stage to the minute they left, everyone was in an absolute tizzy. Their lack of man power didn’t seem to affect their performance, either; their brash and understandably boastful demeanour meant they had incredible stage presence.

Overall, it was an extremely electrifying show. Their setlist was packed full of uplifting rock jams and party-starting hip-hop anthems—both of which were well received by the crowd. There was non-stop action as Joseph jumped on-and-off his piano through the first two songs. By the halfway point, he was also very much apart of the audience as he splayed himself over the hands of some very enthusiastic fans. For a band that is known for writing bodacious and self-empowering rap-rock, it was nice to see the duo highlight the dynamics of their music in a live setting. If I’m to be honest, though, it would have to be the band’s unwavering swagger that made this one of the most exciting live shows Atlanta has seen in a while.

Christian Turner

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