By ELIZABETH PFEFFER
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Squarepusher, James Murphy + Pat Mahoney + Nancy Whang DJ set, The Antlers, Zola Jesus, Shabazz Palaces, Teen Daze, HEALTH, New Pants + Feng Mengbo's Bruce Lee VJ Project, The Hundred in the Hands
March 17, 2012
Fort Mason Center
Better than: Spending St. Patrick's Day in the Marina without Karen O.
You know a band has been out of the spotlight for too long when its live show feels like a reunion concert and it never broke up. That's the worst thing there is to say about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performance at the Fort Mason Center Saturday, the band's first appearance in the Bay Area since 2009. The steamy post-punk-pre-cum trio of Karen O, Nick Zinner, and Brian Chase has been off pursuing individual projects, but they reunited onstage to play some old hits for the Creators Project, a free-of-charge traveling high-tech carnival of artists and musicians curated by Vice and underwritten by Intel. Judging by the reaction Ms. O's first distorted moan drew from the crowd when she slinked onstage in a sequined zebra cape and cracked-out doll makeup, “nostalgic” doesn't always mean negative.