Dodie and Lizzy McAlpine Deliver a Snowstorm Showstopper at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre

Arriving at Dodie’s once-Friday-now-Saturday show, one could expect that a change in dates might throw enough schedules off as to dissuade her crowd.

The opposite is true.

It took half an hour to get through the front doors, as the line into the building stretched down two blocks and around a corner. Fans were bursting to get through the gates.

Dodie’s opener, Lizzy McAlpine, an indie-folk breakout as of 2020, was playing a stripped-down acoustic set with a bassist and a drummer. She warmed the air with a mix of songs off of her debut album, Give Me a Minute, as well as a newer, indie-pop flavor through her recently released singles.

Photo Credit: Connor Lewis
Photo Credit: Connor Lewis
Photo Credit: Connor Lewis

About 50% of the audience filed in as she got through her set of top songs such as, “erase me,” “all my ghosts,” and “Pancakes for Dinner.” It sounded as if most of the audience were already huge fans of Lizzy. They’d seen her on Dodie’s social channels or heard her viral TikTok, “You ruined the 1975.”

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After a short wait and some seat shuffling, Dodie burst onto the stage in the puffiest yellow dress you’ve ever seen. She sang “Cool Girl” following an instrumental intro and the audience roared in approval.

“We’re going to be singing about feelings today,” she said with a mischievous smile. “Prepare yourself.”

Photo Credit: Connor Lewis
Photo Credit: Connor Lewis

Flanked by two multi-instrumentalists, a cellist, violinist, and drummer, Dodie delivered quite the dose of healthy feelings. Joy, sadness, anger, nervousness, everything. Each arc of the show was complemented by its accompanying light show eye candy. The choreography of it all even spawned a twin-sized bed from backstage (which Dodie promptly jumped on).

One of the more unexpected things from Dodie’s show is how seamless the transitions between songs were. There was hardly any silence the whole show. One or two instruments kept the music flowing into itself as if the feelings Dodie was presenting is just how life is. No breaks. One long string of emotion.

Photo Credit: Connor Lewis
Photo Credit: Connor Lewis

Fans can expect to hear Dodie’s thoughts about her songs after some performances. “I don’t…. Actually wish I was a teenager again. I’m quite glad that part of my life is over.”

They can also expect to hear how she truly feels about Boston. “We’ll never forgive you for dumping that tea. Kidding!”

Photo Credit: Connor Lewis
Photo Credit: Connor Lewis

The show ended with the band goofing out with one another. The cellist even got up and started wielding her notes at the main guitarist’s head. The guitarist loved it. The energy and chemistry were overwhelmingly infectious. 

Expect to discover a huge smile on your face after walking away from a Dodie concert. Tickets here.

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