by Tiana Feng
First Rate People @ Annex Live 3/21/2013
After the previous day’s door fiasco, I didn’t feel like lining up to bigger shows so I skipped Stars with Said the Whale like I had originally planned. Instead my first stop was the Annex Live for First Rate People and Highs.
First Rate People @ Annex Live 3/21/2013
First Rate People dazzled with their large group including saxophonist Jacob Scott. They performed with the same enthusiastic energy as found in their songs but the Annex Live has crappy sound so it didn’t do them justice. That didn’t matter though as the former cancelled out the latter and people joined in with their hand-clappable tunes.

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Highs @ Annex Live 3/21/2013
Next up was tropical posters HIGHS. So far, they have very little released material but they still played a full set that included “Nomads”, “Summer Dress” and “Year of the Dragon” which are available on Bandcamp.   They draw on bass drum heavy afro-beat rhythms.

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