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How to Show Enthusiasm at an Indie Rock Show
1. Uncross your arms. Maybe even move your body around in a dance-like motion, as if you’re buzzed but not drunk.
2. Relax your face so that it can absorb whatever emotion you’re actually feeling during the show. Stoicism is not a good look for potential date prospects or the band onstage pouring its heart out—the band whom, remember, you paid actual money to see.
3. Shouting the words to songs can look as if you’re trying to prove your validity as a fan, but remaining tight-lipped suggests you’re no fun. Mumble along, happily?
4. Update the status of some phone-accessible social media no less than twice but no more than four times during the course of the show. This will help keep you from engaging in leisurely conversation during a band’s set—which is something we, as a generation, need to work on.
5. Occasional grand gestures may be called for. Yelling. Clapping. Raising a beer. These are all permitted. Even crowd surfing, as long as the music’s pace and energy call for hoisting your body into the air and being passed around by strangers. But if you’re at a Real Estate show, for instance, crowd surfing can appear as trying too hard to forge a moment from Can’t Hardly Wait. And no, we’re still not at the point where it’s ok wear a t-shirt of the band you’re here to see.