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Andy’s Top 10 Shows at ACL

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Posted by admin On October - 2 - 2008

1. Foo Fighters – I left this show saying it was the best of the summer. Dave Grohl is the rock star of our generation, and he works a crowd as good if not better than the best front men around. I felt the need to reiterate just how good the Foo Figthers were, instead of taking you back to 1996 with a simple DUH!!!

2. The Fratellis – It was hot as balls during their set, but I was way too busy getting my socks rocked off to care. The brothers Fratelli put on a mean show, and have fun songs to get down to. I was excited to see them going in, but they far exceeding my expectations.

3. John Fogerty – Zack’s hating couldn’t even bring by good time at Fogerty down. I’m a sucker for concerts where I can sing along to all the songs, and I did just that for his set. Hearing songs like “Fortunate Son” and “Down on the Corner” live from a rock legend was a treat.

4. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – I’m sorry we didn’t see them until now. They’re funky, have soul and Sharon Jones is a bundle of energy on stage. She’s engaging and has a set of pipes on her.

5. Gnarls Barkley – Despite not having his voice at full force, Cee Lo Green was a trooper. With top notch banter and a voice that is above average, even when not at full strength, he managed to put on a great show. Danger Mouse and the rest of the band provide a great vehicle for Cee Lo to make those songs dance.

6. David Byrne – This show would certainly be higher if I had caught more of it. N.E.R.D. started late, thus making my arrival at Byrne’s stage slightly tardy. I still heard “Once in a Lifetime” and “Life During Wartime.” Loved the choreographed dances to every song.

7. Beck – I heard practically everything I wanted to, and Beck puts on a great show. I was really tired during this, so my enjoyment level may not have been where it should. I’m definitely glad that I saw him though.

8. Jamie Lidell – Despite his sax player not wearing the Raiden hat, their soul filled set was terrific. The more I listen to Lidell, the more impressed I am. I like his voice, his songs and he has a great stage persona too. Looking forward to seeing him again next week at the Metro.

9. Vampire Weekend – I like their music, and enjoyed seeing them at both ACL and Bonnaroo. The thing is, it’s not very different than the album. I prefer some embellishment live. The addition of a string section for a couple of songs was a nice way of mixing it up, and Ezra Koenig provides some decent banter.

10. N.E.R.D. – I’d have these guys ahead of Vampire Weekend and maybe even higher if I stayed for the whole show. I know this. I loved what I saw, and it cemented my opinion that Pharrell is one of the most fun people to watch on stage on the planet.

1 Response

  1. Teibs Said,

    I just watched that foo fighters video and it gave me chills, y’all.

    Posted on October 3rd, 2008 at 11:58 am

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