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The Flaming Lips @ IU Auditorium Little 500 4/22/10

Posted by shore On April - 23 - 2010

Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips at Pitchfork 2009

@JordanLipshutz Little 500 2010 kicked off Thursday night with the Flaming Lips playing to a sold out crowd at IU Auditorium. Despite being confined to a small auditorium, the Lips brought all of their toys out to play. The band took the stage one by one, emerging from a giant strobe-lit vagina. Then lead singer, Wayne Coyne, appeared in his infamous transparent “space bubble” despite being advised not to by IU Auditorium staff. Wayne only walked to the edge of the stage in the space bubble, because the auditorium staff feared the crowd would not be able to support him. The crowd was less than thrilled at this, but still swelling with energy as the Lips launched into “Worm Mountain,” a song they recorded with MGMT on their latest album. Read the rest of this entry »

A love affair with RX Bandits

Posted by teibs On April - 7 - 2010

rxWe’d like to welcome a guest post from Rosa (@rosiita) a longtime Twitter friend of Festival Crashers who we hope to meet up with at Coachella next weekend:

I’d heard about RX Bandits for several years.  But when I heard of them, it was the local Long Beach, OC ska-band with horns and things. Meh, not interested … but then came boyfriend after boyfriend after boyfriend trying to get me into them. CD’s at Christmas, tickets to shows, are you joking? Let me be!

It became a joke with the first two and finally with the third I had to fold. One show won’t kill me, right? Might as well just go, have a beer or two and check it out… Read the rest of this entry »

Phish through Noobz eyes 12/29/09

Posted by teibs On December - 31 - 2009

phishlogo@ZackTeibloom Guest post by Sam, a freshman at IU with dreams of the Festival Crasher lifestyle and Gonzo Journalism. We welcome him and hope he finds Lipshutz, takes a ton of Gass and Hollinden classes and keeps the spirit alive in Bloomington. This is his first Phish show. Remember- we were all Noobz once and most of us couldn’t write half this well.

@Sam Last night, I went to see Phish for the first time and I can say with near certainty that it changed me forever.  My first big festival-type concert. It felt like home. Throngs of Phish heads flooded Miami, growing more and more as we passed one phan after another until we finally reached the venue, American Airlines Arena. Read the rest of this entry »

Concert virginity taken by Neon Indian at Stubbs

Posted by teibs On November - 28 - 2009

neonFestival Crashers welcomes @DoctorCollins steps back for his second guest post to cover three shows at Stubbs Friday night. @ZackTeibloom considered a crash and made it as far as the door, but wasn’t feeling it and @chrisinaustin had another adventure in mind. Thanks to @doctorcollins for letting us know we missed a lot. They even took @supercooleric’s 16-year-old brother’s concert V-card*.

@DoctorCollins Take a moment to think about the first concert you ever went to**. Mine was Jimmy Buffet at Fiddler’s Green in Denver. One friend’s first was Sugar Ray, featuring a before-their-prime Smash Mouth as the opening act. Other answers to that question included New Kids on the Block, Weird Al, and a Swedish death metal band (I didn’t even know that was possible). So the fact that a @supercooleric’s little brother got to experience a smattering of up-and-coming local bands as his first concert ever, I’d say he is off to a pretty good start. Sure he tripped over some stairs and poured half of his Coke on a guy’s crotch but he was also instinctually moving closer to the stage every time he saw an opening in the crowd. It was fun to glance over and witness him taking everything in for the first time – made me appreciate all the shows I’ve been spoiled rotten with by living in Austin. Read the rest of this entry »

01ludalittle5001@JordanLipshutz Last night was a spectacle to be seen. Yes, Ludacris played a frat party. After a day of horrible tests and constant running around, I could NOT think of a better way to start my first “World’s Greatest College Weekend.”

My boys and I showed up at the ATΩ/ACACIA parking lot really early about 45 minutes after the gates opened at 6. The crowd was already starting to gather and I got my first festival conditioning of the year by staking out our spot 50 feet from the stage. When I got a chance to look around I noticed “EJ,” Eric Gordon himself, just hangin’ out shootin’ J’s.

Next, my brother, DJ Zeke took the stage with a rapper that I think called himself Fresh Soul so we’re just gonna go with that. He kinda had the whole Pharrel/Lupe look going on and he was way better than the first guys. He also had live drums on stage, which added a great extra punch.

Fresh Soul played about 3 songs and then we waited and danced a good while until Nappyville came on.  Straight out of Indy, these guys were pretty good too. They were way more southern sounding and played about 5 songs. OK now on to the real deal.

We waited maybe an hour after Nappyville and around 9:00 Luda’s boys took the stage. “Southern Fried Intro” started playing and Rap’s MVP finally hopped up on stage. Working the crowd right off the bat, Ludacris got everyone’s hands in the air as he blasted into “Number One Spot.” I think I should mention at this point that the buzz around campus was that he would play three songs. Within two songs, Luda proved he was here for the crowd all night. Hit after hit, the show continued until the 10:30 noise curfew.

Some songs he played a few verses of, others he played straight through. Pretty much you name it he played it. Highlights for me included “Pimpin’ All Over The World,” a remix of Jim Jones’ “Pop Champagne,” and of course “Move Bitch.” The best by far though was when Luda invited everyone to put their lighters in the air and light up and then dropped into “Blueberry Yum Yum.”

02ludalittle500I should also mention Shawnna came out with him toward the end of the set to do a great version of “What’s Your Fantasy.” After, Shawnna got a few songs to herself and was absolutely killing it. I really don’t know if they were written rhymes or she was free styling, but her flow was unbelievable and she was spitting incredibly fast. Around this point we left to start the after-party, but I’m just gonna take a wild guess and say he closed with “Rollout.”

I don’t make it out to many rap shows, but Ludacris is one of those humble rappers that totally cares about his audience and putting on a great show. I doubt you’ll get the chance to see him play a frat party again, but anywhere you can catch him, go for it.

Photo credits: Top photo by Sarah Achler, bottom photo and thumbnail to Meredith Alexander.

Van Morrison is kind of a schmuck

Posted by admin On March - 13 - 2008
I was looking forward to seeing Van Morrison even before I knew he was going to be at SXSW. My boss, Anthony, and I waited outside for almost two hours. We got in and we were literally in the second standing row. We thought we would be in for a great show.
I wanted him to play at least one of six songs during his performance:
1. “Into the Mystic”
2. “Moondance”
3. “Wild Night”
4. “Domino”
5. “Brown Eyed Girl”
6. “Sweet Thing”

However, I was excited to hear all of his new stuff off of his newest album, Keep It Simple.
Now, I have heard of Morrison’s temper reputation. I have heard that he doesn’t buy into the whole image thing. But I always thought that he is like this because he cares so much about his craft. I can’t say that he does.

He really did not address the audience. He did not smile or seem to enjoy his music. Most of the concert was spent watching Morrison’s back with him either drinking water or directing his band. However, when he sang “There Stands The Glass”, I will say, that when he sang those songs with that signature Van sound, it was the most intimate experience I’ve had with hundreds of people in a long time.

Morrison rarely addressed the audience. He did not thank them for coming out or give any sort of anecdote about the song he was about to sing. He was blatantly frustrated with his band and his anger towards the members was so apparent that he would have stern facial expressions and finger pointings in between songs. Approaching the mic after one of these nonverbal communication outbursts, he yelled “Fuck off” which was probably only the second thing he said into the mic all evening.

Now, it might have been towards a band member or it could have been to an audience member who yelled a request. Either way, Van is no gentleman. But, regardless, after these tantrums, he would start a sweet melodic blues all while seeming to be untainted by his blatant frustration.

About halfway through his concert, and another talk with his band, Morrison’s third comment to the audience was “I’m glad we’re getting somewhere because I have other things to do tonight.” There was no joking in his voice because that might be mistaken for him liking the audience. Van was completely serious in his statement.

Now, I LOVE watching passionate musicians perform. It’s great to see someone do what they love. Van Morrison is not one of these artists.

I’m glad I saw the concert. I’m glad I did not pass up the opportunity to see him in such a personal setting. I’m glad I can tell friends that I saw Van Morrison in concert. But next time I feel like listening to Van Morrison, it would be a more satisfying experience to pop in a greatest hits and light some candles and just call it a day.

And maybe then I can hear at least one of the songs that I had my heart set on.

Jennie crashes SXSW

Posted by admin On March - 12 - 2008

Unfortunately, we can’t go to every festival, but lucky for us, the incredibly talented Jennie Ellman will be rocking SXSW and offered to post for us. Andy and I will filter her e-mails for PR propaganda and feed you the rock like we be Steve Nash. I’ll make my comments in bold.-z.t.

So it’s 3:15 in the morning. I’m showered and packed. I have all of my promotional materials, schedules and contact information. I’m ready to go…to sleep. Unfortunately, I have to be up at 5.

Rule #57: Festival crashers don’t sleep. We can’t. We’re too busy having our faces melted.

Do I get the 1.75 hours or do I stay up and catch up on DVR before the inbox gets too full? Inbox too full? That’s what she said. I’d like to sleep on the plane tomorrow (I suggest the tray table) to pass the time, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to with this “nap” that I could be taking now.

So this festival is going to be completely different for me than any other festival I’ve been to before. To start, I’m going to the Music Industry’s Spring Spreak: South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. I’m a publicity intern for an independent record label and I am going as their acting publicist. So, not only will I be seeing as many awesome shows as possible, but I’ll be trying to get journalists to talk to our bands, making sure our bands are at the right place at the right time (our showcase and a Lou Reed Tribute to name a couple) and to basically meet as many people in the business as humanly possible. Oh yeah, I got business cards. We really need business cards, Andy. I don’t think anyone bought the “we left them at home” line.
I’m planning on hitting the ground running. I’m looking forward to seeing REM. I’ve always been a fan but I’ve definitely been even more excited to see them since reading everything that Zack and Andy posted. I’m also going to try and see Van Morrison too. That’d be a dream come true. TRY to see Van Morrison?! You don’t try. You do it.
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