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the wamu stage ha
Too bad there wasn't an AIG stage, that irony would be even better.
while the lineup is unquestionably ridiculous, hour long sets? instead of doing one thing well, it seems like ACL does every genre mediocre...running from one stage to the next to see 45 minutes of a band?
Not one pict. of Gillian, David and Alison?!! wtf Why are the reviewers and photogs always covering different things in these reviews?!!
sarah - you're quickly becoming one of my favorite writers here at the 'base. compared to many of the festival write-ups this summer, I found yours the most captivating in presentation, and also in your artist choices. good work!
Acl cemented it's self as the best festival in the country. Sure the lineup (overall) was at times questionable and Saturday night's horrific clusterfuck of bands made it a bit frustrating; it still didnt take away from the ass kicking time that the tens of thousands in a attendance had.
My schedule---Friday: Jamie Lidell, Jenny Lewis, Mars Volta. Missed: Frankenreiter. Saturday: Langhorne Slim, Jose Gonzalez, Drive By Truckers, Erykah Badu, Mason Jennings, Yonder Mountain, and Beck. Missed: Black Keys, Roky Erickson, Iron & Wine. Sunday: Xavier Rudd amd Gnarls Barkley. Missed: Raconteurs. Friday and Sunday were light days. If I had my way I would scrunch Friday and Sunday's bands into one day. Making a really good 3 day fest into a magnificent 2 day affair. Camping fests are fun but nothing beats leaving a festival and stopping at Wendy's or Taco Cabana before getting home for a nice hot shower and a nice bed. See y'all next year!!
so yonder fucking threw down some amazing bluegrass on saturday. best act by far..
dead, you missed black keys and raconteurs? i've seen em a couple times each at least and they rock house. as for the short set times, this is run by the lollapalooza people, and they don't know shit about making a schedule.
cool. but phish is back
^^ if only phish could touch the epic Volta jams! sorry ive got the fever as well.... nice writing, this looked fun as hell with a killer lineup.
Check out backstage interviews with tons of the ACL performers: http://www.roxwel.com/show/acl.html.
Spiritualized blew me away. Beck was solid. MGMT sounded better live than usual if you could get near them. Racontuers certainly rocked. Missed a lot as it tends to go but I hear Stars rocked.
recently saw a sick viewing on Palladia (HD TV Concerts) of ACL w/ the Raconteurs rocking out. (last year, i presume)
also, thanks for the Joe Bonamassa mention. A Utica, NY product w/ some of the best hands in the world of guitar today.
Lastly, how good are the Fleet Foxes?
Sarah-your write-up is a bit of a downer...sounds like you were too lazy to get around and check out the bands...or reposition yourself so you got away from the "stage bleeding"? What about Plant & Kraus, Backdoor Slam,Old 97's,MGMT,Fogerty,Conor Oberst,Sharon Jones,Raconteurs,Neko Case,and White Denim...to name a few? And the Foo's...they freakin' rocked!! They were way psyched to be the closing band of ACL. That mellow version of "My Hero", (into "Monkey Wrench") with the crowded singing along was incredible. Taylor Hawkins is far from a "poser". And the aftershows? The Parish Room with James McMurtry and Band of Horses saturday night was phenomenol! You were probably asleep at your place "ten minutes away".
Mars Volta was a journey through the mind of a schizo. I liked it!... also I don't see Backdoor slam mentioned. They opened with a cream cover and were really good live. My back hurts like hell but it was all worth it! see ya in 09
Saw Daivid Byrne the first night of his tour...his dancers are supposed to be that way..the man is wicked smart...sorry if you didnt get it...and he plays one hell of a show...great to see him back on tour and playing old talking heads material...
wow, these two dumbasses managed to miss the three best shows of the weekend: MGMT, gogol bordello and the raconteurs. congrats.
^^big hungry joe!! I stopped reading this review at the horrible assessment on page 1 of Hot Chip. They freakin' pwned Dallas last Thursday. The gloves are off!
ACL has given up on the Jamband genre for whatever reason. Sure they had Yonder but that was about it. Bring on Panic or forget it guys.
lol, i'm sure they're scrambling to get panic (who isn't even touring next year) or p groove so they can hit on the "2channelguy" demographic.
whatup, blaze? what's the haps?
Cool review, but i wouldn't say Joe Bonnamassa has a Voice like Warren. but he's a great talent none the less.