Wednesday night at the Turf Club, Poliça opened a three-night series of shows celebrating the Friday release of their third album, United Crushers. Their set consisted almost exclusively of songs from the new album, making full use of the venue’s relatively new sound system. (Standing near the side of the stage, with his friend Har Mar Superstar, was none other than Macaulay Culkin.) For an encore, they covered Drake’s “Madonna” before playing their hit “Lay Your Cards Out.”
Both openers also impressed. Fraea’s slow spacey pop transfixed the crowd, who could hardly believe it was only their second show. A soulful set from Sarah White built to a dance party, pausing for a powerful moment in which White read names of African-Americans who have recently been killed by police. White’s set concluded with “Siren,” featuring a massive drum solo that left the crowd more than primed for the headliners.
Poliça will be at the 7th Street Entry tonight and at First Avenue’s Mainroom on Friday. Both shows are sold out.