~Z.T.~ It was a hell of a festival. Andy’s calling it his favorite of the summer. I put it a close third behind Rothbury and Lollapalooza, but I’m not questioning it’s awesomeness. We saw a ton of good music, I fell in love with the city and we’re stil coughing dust out of our lungs.
It’s like the damn dust bowl at that festival. :::Struggling to make a Grapes of Wrath reference, because they don’t have a jokes for day-to-day life section in sparknotes::: Smart people had face masks. I didn’t even bring shorts. Chafe city.
More stories coming as we remember them, but here’s my top 10 shows of the fest. Pre-festival ranking is in brackets. Click on band name for full review.
1. Foo Fighters (1) No one headlined a festival this summer like Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters. An hour forty five of perfectly paced rock with a full band that even included a triangle solo. If you couldn’t tell from his legendary music videos, Grohl is one funny mother fucker and the best front man I’ve ever seen.
2. David Byrne (2)
3. Beck (4)
4. The Raconteurs (3)
5. The Fratellis (NR) At this point in the festival Jon Fratelli was the best shredder I’d seen. Andy describes them as the Arctic Monkey’s but with good songs. Agreed.
6. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (7)
7. Vampire Weekend (5)
8. Jamie Lidell (9)
9. “Black Dog” (NA) I didn’t stay for the whole set, but the slowed down sexual, almost hypnotic “Black Dog” was a breath of fresh air.
10. The Black Keys (NR) I got mine. Oh, baby. I got mine.
Biggest Disappointment MGMT- They need some courses in how to work a crowd. See: Grohl, Dave