Having witnessed Mikaela Strauss (aka King Princess) first headline tour sell out at First Avenue in 2019, only to reappear 3 months later in 2020, playing the Palace; then hearing a large section of the audience cheer for her opening for Kacey Musgraves, it’s obvious she has a dedicated fan base here that has followed her upward trajectory.
The benefit of seeing King Princess throughout this streak gives a comparable measurement of development and artistic growth. Last night at the Palace in St. Paul, KP regained her allure from the moment she walked onstage.
“Little Bother” and “Cursed” came first, two tracks off her newest album Hold on Baby. Quickly engaging the front row of fans by sitting on the edge, leaning down, and serenading lustful eyes, she spent a majority of the show shrinking the distance from the stage to the fans.
A set that included almost all of her new album, but still loaded with her biggest hits, King Princess brought a heavier, edgier, and more dynamic corral of songs this time around. After disclosing “she’s a filthy bottom,” the song “Hit the Back” roused the audience up for the first surge of the night.
“Do You Wanna See Me Crying” felt larger this time around, with “Prophet” leading into it. A clever connection and set list pairing that felt really good back to back. This led to another surge of energy, with “Pussy is God” coming next. The balance of rock song and sex-positive anthem ignited King Princess in dance across the stage.
Dedicating “Talia” to a fan in the front row, the party continued through “Cheap Queen.” This trio of songs was a sustained high for the crowd and King Princess. It also showcased her ‘boys’ and how they’ve skillfully expanded their presence. With heavier guitars, more movement on stage, and plenty of engagement, the boys complement King Princess nicely.
In preparation for “Winter is Hopeful,” a song about her girlfriend Quinn, the orneriness of King Princess, came out. In a quieter and more sentimental evening moment, she didn’t feel like the triggered backing track felt right.
Chirping at the drummer,
“Let’s just play this without the tracks. This isn’t a fucking Apple store.”
It’s that attitude and smirk that has connected her fans to her music. The honesty of feelings, the blatant pioneer with an authentic pact to her fans, King Princess is a unique artist in today’s digital landscape.
Another dedication came with the encore. Referencing Foo Fighter drummer Taylor Hawkins and encouraging the crowd to bring it, “Let us Die” brought the night to a close. In a moment of sincerity, King Princess shared that Minnesota will always be on her stops for shows since her girlfriend is from here.
Mikaela paused before leaving the stage, smiling and signaling to her fans gratitude. We’ve witnessed the beginning of a blossoming madonna in our music industry over the past 3 years in Minnesota. Grateful to have covered each and every appearance to witness the 69% angel find her wings.