Instead of horns, they had synths. And rather than swing, they grooved.
But in terms of the service they were providing their audience, James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem weren’t so different Friday evening at the Hollywood Palladium from the old big bands that performed there in the 1940s.
Kicking off a five-night stand set to run through Tuesday, the New York dance-rock group pumped out a steady stream of live rhythms that kept the capacity crowd moving for nearly two hours.
“Thanks for coming to watch us with your eyeballs,” Murphy said not long into the concert. Then he asked if everybody had gotten their fill of shooting “little movies” with their smartphones — one...