Article and photography submitted courtesy of Luke Slisz.

A raging thunderstorm couldn’t stop a nearly sold-out crowd from heading out to the Triple Rock to see Japanese Breakfast (Brooklyn, NY) on Monday. Openers The Spirit of the Beehive (Philadelphia, PA) and Mannequin Pussy (Philadelphia, PA) did a bang-up job of drowning out the thunder outside with their ferocious, feedback-laden songs.

While their intense performances would have stolen the show from a lesser headliner, Japanese Breakfast’s emotional set was the highlight of the night. Earnest ballads like “Till Death” were greeted with the same rapturous applause as more immediate tracks like “Everybody Wants to Love You,” and singer/songwriter Michelle Zauner earnestly performed each song as if the events that inspired them had only happened hours prior.

The crowd clearly adored Zauner, and when she thanked everyone for coming to the band’s first headlining tour, it was clear that the audience was just as grateful to have her there. Zauner ended the show by dancing through the crowd as she sang set-closer “Machinist.” There was no encore, but none was needed. The show may have ended before the storm outside did, but it was definitely worth the trip through the rain to see.

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