@AndyShore There is a special energy that goes with the final show of a tour. Not only do you know the band is going to leave it all on the stage, but they’re also boosted by the knowledge that life in a tour bus away from family and friends is about to end. Add to that a sold out Fox Theather, far enough removed from a typical LA crowd in Pomona, and you’ve got the mix for a special evening. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for February, 2011
@ZackTeibloom Robyn was an infectious party from the minute she danced her way out onto the immaculate new Moody ACL Studio stage to the perfectly appropriate “Time Machine.” It kind of felt like the Swedish Gay Time Machine** of concerts. Tell people you’re seeing Robyn, and they’ll ask if it’s that “Show Me Love” Robyn from the 90s. Yeah, same girl. And better than ever. After missing a few Midwest dates due to illness, Robyn was a healthy burst of energy, even if she had to eat half a banana and chug some water to get through her set with two unforgettable encores.
Coming out in the jacket pictured, Robyn was flanked by two male synth/keyboardists and two male drummers, all in white jumpsuits. It was an assault from the word go. She sang over a backing track that mostly served to echo her call and response. Her voice sounded spectacular in a room with dynamite acoustics, and the girl can flat out dance. As my girl Meg said, “As much as I loved dancing to Robyn, I’d watch her dance and think no one else could do it as well.” Robyn oozed stage presence. It was hard to take your eyes off her. I didn’t even notice when one of her dancers unzipped his jumpsuit down to his waist for the second half of the show.
The show was a steady stream of Body Talk hits, with “Fembot” following “Time Machine,” and led to her taking off her jacket and yelping ‘How you doing, Austeeen?” and straddling the drum kit before launching into “Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do.” I found it a bit odd that she blew her single load of “Dancing on my Own” so early in the show, but she had more than enough to keep us locked in for the next hour after it. She danced around with determination, dominating the stage and doing that back to the audience, “I’m-gonna-make-it-look-like-someone-is-groping-me-self-hug” thing to smiles and hoots from the crowd. Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom Are Andy and I turning into grumpy old men or are this year’s festival line-ups just not up to snuff? Maybe a little bit of both. Stick around until Andy realizes our impending doom… in 14 years. We discuss Bonnaroo,New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Lollapalooza headliners and Hangout Festival.
@ZackTeibloom This is just speculation. From what I can tell it’s a mix of live versions and demos tracks from Radiohead’s The King of Limbs album. It’s being advertised as a “guide of songs that could be on Radiohead’s upcoming album.” Enjoy it for what it is.
@AndyShore Hangout Festival sounds like a great time. After all, hanging out at the campsite before and after a great day of music is one of my favorite parts of a festival. You get to do some great people watching, meet the neighbors and eat more PB&J sandwiches (and other sandwiches) than you have since grade school. I will not, however, be attending Hangout Festival for the hangouts. I would go for the music, though. What a line up! Heavier on the jam scene than a typical Coachella line-up, but I’d much rather go to Hangout Festival. Check out this great roster of our favorite bands: Read the rest of this entry »