Poppy, what happened to her?

Is she worth seeing?

Unfortunately moving forward would be very difficult without explaining poppy and her many renditions. The direct collaboration with Titanic Sinclair crafting her start in the scene with “that poppy” to current stage name, “poppy”. To titanic previous project Mars Argo and the heavy influence, it has had on current poppy. Titanic started off as a youtuber and musician with his girlfriend at the time, Brittany sheets aka mars argo. Original channel gave birth to the computer show, where mars and titanic made music for the theme song. Reoccurring themes were making fun of internet culture and our society, which later would be heavily featured in poppy’s content. Due to a messy break up, titanic and mars split ways and he started working with who we now know as poppy, her YouTube style, sound, and imagery was all Titanic’s original project and YouTube persona. Adapted and changed by poppy being the main subject and no longer titanic, this would start the rise and eventual fall of their relationship. While making and creating music, with Titanic’s departure being a huge aspect of older poppy and a new style and sound being the solo creation from Moriah “poppy herself”.

Poppy.Computer tour

Named after her first full length album and continuing the trend of internet culture. This was poppy’s first tour leaving behind her previous name “that poppy” and record company. Keeping two songs from her first rendition from the bubble bath ep, “lowlife and Money”, and touring hosting a vip package consisting of poppy talking via tv screen. For this debut tour the opening act, Charlotte her mannequin friend who was featured on the poppy movie, song, various YouTube videos. A slight nod and joke on our society, and dj’s not really being active participates in playing music. Charlotte started her set by just being existent in the panel, titanic walked out pressed play and the show began. Later came poppy and her set, which started off with titanic bringing Kool aide on stage simulating the last meeting of the people temple movement. Poppy telling audience members, I am not in a cult and encouraging everyone to drink, while a poison logo in the back was present and asking if everyone trusted her. On stage was two pink body suit men dawning wigs and tool skirts with face masks, just as background dancers. While poppy sang in a sequins pink 80’s dream dress, walking across the stage robotically posing and having little interaction with the audience. Only talking to the crowd once having them join in and yell for charlotte to go away after she finished singing “my style featuring charlotte. The experience was heavily influenced by computer interactions, present but not so much to be close to.

Am I a Girl? Tour

The original tour date was postponed so the opening acts, Kailee morgue and Jaria burns, were not present during all dates. Kailee stayed on the tour till Halloween, Jaria was out for the league of legends 2018 opening ceremony and recording of k/da first song. (I met Kailee and asked her about poppy, she never got to meet or talk to her, the whole tour they had no interaction and she only ever talked to titanic about business details). The Denver show had local artist yaSi, a performer who is always present at the underground music showcase. A rare distinction between shows was poppy’s actions, more of herself, dancing and higher energy and even talking to the audience. Her outfit was less encumbered, a corset and miniskirt showing off her tiny frame, around her was a guitar because unlike last show she was playing during this set. Two collaboration singles were played, “time is up ft diplo and play destroy ft grimes”. Importance of the collaboration is poppy was still on diplo’s record label, later she left due to issues with the way business was conducted. Grimes and poppy had a falling out over the song, issuing statements of nda, and bully tactics. All while titanic and poppy had rumors circulating of them ending their relationship, which was straining on her career and style. This accounts for poppy being able to smile and show more human characteristic compared to the robot persona present in the past. 

I disagree Tour

I disagree tour, was a complete 180 from all other poppy shows. After the falling out with titanic, claims of emotional abuse and a lawsuit by Brittany sheets for copy rights. All unfolded in poppy’s new sound and record label, lyrics, I disagree was a metal album under Sumerian records. X and scary mask were a glimpse into what she was transforming into, with many interviews being more organic and crediting bands like nine-inch nails as inspiration. Titanic being out of the picture all the old aspects of poppy were no longer around and it is a huge factor in poppy as we know now.  Appearance wise poppy went back to her natural hair color, ditching the old bleach blonde aesthetic and persona. On stage dressed in a sunflower blue tunic with shorts, while back up band was in face masks playing their instruments. Like previous sets poppy was acting differently, jumping around, and spinning showing high energy, most passionate she has ever been. Now metal, only playing one song from her previous album “am I a girl” but still having  ,x, play destroy singles in the setlist. New addition and only played at a couple venues was the cover of tatus “all the things she said”. For the opening act, vowws who suited the new style that poppy is but didn’t seem to be so memorable.   

Never find my place Tour

Flux being the newest album released, it was time for a new tour and to grace the stage we got the gem Mz Neon. Imagine a mix of industrial, rap with some abrasive sexual transgender vibe and you have the opener. Just like new starting off acts some parts were not as polished, but lots of potential and with age will only improve. Going forward they would be an artist to keep tabs on, a name that we could use for comparison, Brooke Candy. Onward to our main act, like previous shows it was only one opener and then poppy made her appearance. Still rocking natural hair and wearing a vest/shirt combo and shorts underneath like the last tours outfit. Performance was still and a little uncomfortable, walking around on stage and marching in place, with some talking to the crowd. Encouragement of mosh pits with little success but still having a handful of people participating. just like am I a girl tour, poppy did help play a couple songs but retreating to walking around and marching/ skipping in one spot. Adding screams to her songs unfortunately very lack luster compared to other female artist in and out of the scene. Screech would be a better term used to describe the noise, unique and different. Did not add much positive effects to the song but great to see uncharted territory. Whole vibe of the show was optimistic from the fans but personally to me it just seems substandard.       

Is Poppy worth it?

For this last tour, in my opinion, no, poppy is not worth it. Being the expert and following her career from the beginning and knowing all renditions. The poppy we all fell in love with no longer exist and that is fine she is in a better place, but she is lost. Going from a trail blazer of her scene to just a copy of the trends, style, looks, persona. It was like watching a babymetal fan who put on a show, not very polished. Personally poppy needs to find who she is as an artist before I would say she is worth seeing again. Until that day, time and resources are better spent elsewhere but who knows what the next rendition will be. It could be the better version of poppy that will warrant praise for her originality but until then that $33 is best spent on another act. 

Mz Neon, go give follow and listen

Is Dua Lipa worth it?

Here is the question, is she worth the ticket price? In the end will do a couple sentences wrap up, so skip ahead if you want

Caroline Polachek

Who is Caroline? How did she end up as the opener for dua Lipa? How does she really connect these artists? According to Spotify, slayyyter, Magdalena Bay, Shygirl, Liz, Dorian Electra are all similar artists. No correlation and yet somehow, she ends up on a shuffle ruining the dance ascetic. There is a time and place for most things, but a pop diva fantasy is not one. An indie or alternative environment is more accurate and knowing her first band clears the confusion on how the decision was made. One of the founding members of chairlifts, with most well-known song being “bruises” and adding her writing talent for artist like Charlie xcx, Beyonce, Travis Scott. Theoretically it should work, on paper it translates well, big names, high received sales on songs, in real life the attention and focus were lacking from the audience. With only half of the venue filled and people still waiting in line for merch, it was an easy act to skip or pass over, time better spent getting ready for the names ahead. One major point that should be stressed and still frustrates me, do not add indie pop to a dance pop playlist the tempo alone drives down the whole feeling. She is talented can sing and write but her general bpm is slower driving down the whole energy, out of element. Out ranked and out match, but still some remediable qualities were the outfit and visuals. A red skintight body suit with a corset over and a couple pieces of fabric attached at the sleeve, embroidered with beads and glitter. Looks were there and did match the type of energy the show wanted, best part of her performance was the visual light gate behind her. Very Victorian era style an evil queen vibe, down fall is it never followed the beat, very distracting and hard to focus with it being sporadic. To be the opener for two of the biggest names in the industries must be a daunting task, one hand you are exposed to all their fans, but you get the harshest criticism.

Megan Thee Stallion

By no means is Megan thee stallion and artist I would generally listen to or someone I like. Don’t let that statement diminish the fact that she put on a show. Is it something I would pay for, no, on name alone she would never be someone I would spend money on. Can I see the appeal, yes totally, and the respect will be given because it was fully earned. Megan sold it, without compromising her brand and style she did her thing and the audience loved it. They were receptive of it, and if i was a fan I would also be living for it and that is the best thing, she knew who her demographic was and how to reach them. Out of all the acts she was the most interactive, signing a fans chest mid set. Taking the phone from a fan and recording a video of herself. Just a woman who is a performer and did just that, best energy any artist can do which is connect with the people who help put her there. main concern was just the content of her show with kids being present, parents should be more active in the kid’s life. Including content that their children are filtering or what they deem acceptable and age appropriate. This is not a dig at any of them, most pop music is not made for children it is made by adults for that purpose, to relate common themes with a good beat. Perfect example of marketability, all ages but shouldn’t be, that is left up to the guardian and what they want to expose the younger generation to. Rapping and singing are two different skills and one point is Megan only rapped about ¾ of her own music, chalk that up to maybe altitude or the fact she was trying to jump around the whole show. A decent amount of time the background track was overheard more than her talking into the microphone, record and live she is very different almost not the same voice. Despite the vocals, visually her pink bondage strap number holding everything in place was stunning, everything else was basic but the level of hype she brought made up for the rest of the shortcomings.  

Dua Lipa

Let’s just say she is the queen of soft choreography; we have all seen the meme of her dancing. You know the one? When she is doing the corkscrew hip movement. Here is the deal, I am totally fine with that because she delivered. Soon into her set it became very apparent that she is not the best at dancing, but what she lacks in coordination she makes up in talent. A huge element I really want to highlight is the fact that she had a whole dance crew, including openly gay/ trans members and before the set even started, all of them were introduced on the jumbotron. The whole time she was very aware of her dancers and wanted everyone to know who they are. For a queen is no one without her people, and dua displayed that all too well. 

Back to the fact that she may not be the best at dancing, easy choreographed skills, some hand points, and walking. A couple dips and help from back up dancers grabbing her and turning her around. A fair trade off for hitting all those notes, little energy spend dancing around means having full lung capacity to sing. She accomplished that, having a background track but rarely relying on it, for every sound you heard during the set was directly from her singing ability. Sometimes pop stars forget how to put on a show or make it all about big lights and expensive costumes. The thing about this show was a minimalist approach, focus was on the dancers, back drops and dua herself. Small breaks for the three outfit changes, yellow skintight lace, silver underwater dream, and black and nude vixen. She did it all, and even had a moment with the audience, but how much did they spend on umbrellas or was it just in Denver when she took one from a dancer. Used it as a prop for a while and then threw it out into a sea of fans? 

Final question, is dua lipa worth the money? Let’s break it down if you want to have a nosebleed seat for her set it would be $100 that is top level at ball arena. Not the worst, an aerial view of the whole show, maybe splurge for a little closer about level 1 or Ga. Finding a ticket at a reasonable price for that location is hard but not impossible. I have never been a huge dua gay but after seeing that performance I know why she has such a loyal fan base, and she did win me over. I would pay for her show but no more than $200 to see her, it was a show in all aspect, visual, singing, interactive.

One sentence summary

Caroline, would have been better suited opening for someone else

Megan, not my scene but hyped up and cares for her fans

Dua Gay icon for a reason and I now know why