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    Indie rockers Peter Bjorn and John don’t disappoint

    I picked the most opportune moment to walk into the Rialto Theatre safe from the not-quite-coat-wearing weather Tuesday evening. Peter Bjorn and John, Sweden’s indie claim to fame, was just starting to heat up the venue.

    Opening with “”Amsterdam,”” a hit off their 2006 album Writer’s Block, instantly riled up the seemingly-small audience. Nevertheless, the lack of attendance didn’t deter the trio as they rocked out in front of their Living Thing-esque backdrop (cleverly clad with the word “”backdrop”” scribbled a few hundred times). The cold also failed to stop them; bassist Björn Yttling exclaimed that the band loved the desert, mostly because they are used to forests.

    Peter Bjorn and John made sure to cover a wide array of their musical career together, performing songs from all five of their albums. Even tunes from their latest album Living Thing received a lot of praise from the crowd, despite the negativity it earned earlier this year. It just goes to show that a semi-decent album can translate into a far better live show.

    The band also busted out its most popular single to date, 2006’s “”Young Folks.”” The second the infamous whistling came through the microphone, the audience knew what to expect. “”Young Folks,”” the song that taught young adults across America how to whistle, was accompanied by opening act El Perro Del Mar, also known as Sarah Assbring. The sassy duet made the audience swoon as they swayed to the beat. But in true Peter Bjorn and John fashion, the cute factor turned into a wild party as guitarist Peter Morén used his instrument as a gun and shot it across the stage.

    After the letdown of Living Thing, I was a bit skeptical about Tuesday’s performance. But like the sandwich that is their namesake, PB&J didn’t disappoint. The band’s rowdy attitude and rocking demeanor — not to mention their Swedish matching outfits — resurrected my love for Peter Bjorn and John.

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