They are a pestilence upon seasoned concertgoers, the scourge of fans trying to watch an actual performance, and a soul-withering symptom of today's technology-mad world.
They are the People Who Spend Entire Concerts Watching the Band Through Smartphone Screens, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have had enough of them.
According to Spin, at the art-punk trio's recent headlining show at New York City's Webster Hall, the band put any potential amateur Errol Morrises on notice with a large sign reading -- in slightly bawdier language -- "PLEASE DO NOT WATCH THE SHOW THROUGH A SCREEN ON YOUR SMART DEVICE/CAMERA. PUT THAT ... AWAY as a courtesy to the person behind you and to Nick, Karen and Brian. MUCH LOVE AND MANY THANKS! YEAH YEAH YEAHS."
Apparently, singer Karen O also took a lesson from comedian Aziz Ansari, who famously gives the first minutes of his performances over to fans taking pictures of him, then shuts that down for the remainder. She let the shutterbugs scratch their itch for a take of "Gold Lion," then insisted fans pocket their gadgetry for the night.