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Japanese Breakfast is the brainchild of a human tour de force, the Philly-based Michelle Zauner. This year alone, Zauner has released a successful record, a bestselling nonfiction book, and a video game soundtrack. This past Monday, Japanese Breakfast closed their third night of near sold-out shows at Seattle's Neptune.JM
The night was cool and crisp—a night where you needed a rain jacket outside but regretted bringing it inside because it was too hot. Arriving at The Neptune felt like coming home. It was a packed house, and everyone was good about wearing masks. JM
Luna Li opened the night, a perfect complement to Japanese Breakfast, with similar dreamy tones. During her set, Li talked about how seeing Zauner onstage at a Toronto festival was awe-inspiring and incredible to see someone like herself leading a rock band. They're both half-Korean. JM
Here's Zauner taking the stage. JM
Japanese Breakfast started with "Paprika," the bombastic opener to their new record, Jubilee, seen here on Jimmy Kimmel Live. While singing, she slammed a mallet against a gong every few beats. It was thrilling.JM
Their set consisted of new and old songs and included the big single off their video game soundtrack, Glider. Even after three straight nights, the band was electric.JM
Zauner would throw out an explanatory quip before each song. "This is a song about billionaires," she said about the track Savage Good Boy.JM
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