Archive: August 10, 2008 - August 16, 2008

Virgin Mobile Festival: The Head Count

Total, two-day attendance this year: 60,289, according to a festival rep. And only half of them were in Lil Wayne's entourage! (Oh, I keed, I keed.) "This number met our expectations and we're thrilled with the amazing response we've gotten to the festival, the memorable performances, and the entire experience,"...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 15, 2008; 4:55 PM ET | Comments (3)

I Turn My Camera On: The Hold Steady, Thao Nguyen and more

There were at least half a dozen worthwhile shows in and around D.C. last night. I made it to a pair and our intrepid photographer, Kyle Gustafson, managed make it to four. He snapped away so you can see what you missed, or maybe relive what you saw. The Hold...

By David Malitz | August 15, 2008; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (4)

R.I.P. Jerry Wexler

Respect! Jerry Wexler with the Queen of Soul. The revered producer and Atlantic Records co-pilot - a music-biz legend who coined the term "rhythm and blues," then worked with some of the genre's greatest artists on some of their greatest recordings (and also worked with more than a few...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 15, 2008; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (6)

Live Last Night: Vivian Girls + Crystal Stilts

Vivian Girls: Just gimme shambolic indie pop!. There's nothing wrong with some "genre rock" and and, in fact, Wednesday night's show at DC9 was a case of there being a lot right with "genre rock." A couple of upstart bands from Brooklyn, Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts, came to...

By David Malitz | August 15, 2008; 3:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

'S.O.S.' (Jonas/Nissan Remix)

"I need a miracle!" The Jonas Brothers are coming to Nissan Pavilion on Monday, but don't bother trying to buy tickets via the venue or Ticketmaster. They're completely sold out. Thus, the JoBro ticket bazaar has moved online - to StubHub, where you can buy $31 lawn seats for...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 14, 2008; 4:20 AM ET | Comments (5)

Show Going Quandary: To Sing Along or Not?

After spending nearly 24 hours on the grounds of Pimlico Race Course over the weekend I decided that the best way to spend Monday night would be to put myself in danger of being swept up in a violent circle pit at Rancid's sold-out 9:30 club show. I stayed out...

By David Malitz | August 12, 2008; 5:26 PM ET | Comments (13)

Virgin Mobile Festival: The Morning-After Roundup

"Crushcrushcrush!!!" (Sarah L. Voisin/TWP) Malitz and I went to Baltimore last weekend, and all you got was this lousy story. (Well that and all these blog posts.) Some more critical reportage from the front lines... The Baltimore Sun's Rashod D. Ollison and Sam Sessa (correctly) call it for Kanye after...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 11, 2008; 7:59 AM ET | Comments (7)

Nothing Compares to Kanye

Ask Kanye West who the biggest music legend performing at VMoFest is and he'll probably tell you: Kanye West, of course. It's that supreme (over)confidence that makes West such a compelling figure and also one of the most exciting performers around. By proclaiming his greatness at every chance possible he...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 10:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Trent Reznor's Black Magic

The skies over Pimlico began to darken just as Trent Reznor took the stage. How perfect. Reznor - the heart and (tortured) soul of Nine Inch Nails - is this festival's dark knight, singing bleak, raging anthems about alienation, anger and pain, or a lack thereof. "I don't feel anything/At...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 9:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

How Does It Feel? Pretty Good

Here's my Dylan analogy: Dylan is like the Pope. (This worked better when John Paul II was still alive, so stick with me.) He may be way up there in years and he's all hunched over whenever you see him. He mumbles incoherently to the point where it's near impossible...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 8:08 PM ET | Comments (3)

Virgin Mobile Festival Random Fact

Did you know ... 63% of the text messages displayed on the side stage video screens between acts contain the word "awesome." --DAVID MALITZ...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 6:45 PM ET | Comments (4)

Gettin' Iggy With It

Iggy Pop doesn't wait until a couple songs into the set to rip off his shirt. He comes out shirtless and then acts like an insane person for an hour, contorting his body, leaping onto amps, going into the audience and howling like a madman. Just watching him would make...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 5:58 PM ET | Comments (2)

Weezy .... Eventually

We didn't really expect Lil Wayne to show up on time, did we? (No. No we did not.) The reigning king of hip-hop marches to the beat of his own drum machine and sticks to nobody's schedule but his own: His new bestseller, "Tha Carter III," was the most anticipated...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 5:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Taking Back Sunday on a Sunday

Emo-rockers Taking Back Sunday definitely win the following awards: Best Microphone Twirling Singer Antonio Longo Adam Lazzara (Note from David: I'm a moron who can't read my own Wiki notes) can spin the mic, that's for sure. It's also likely the only thing he has in common with Guided By...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

No-See Weezy

Lil Wayne, scheduled to hit the stage 37 minutes ago, still hasn't surfaced for his schedule one-hour set. --J. FREEDOM DU LAC...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 4:29 PM ET | Comments (2)

She & Him, Takin' It Breezy

Zooey Deschanel, the She of She & Him, looks resplendent in a bright blue dress, with a matching blue flower in her long black hair. Along with guitarist M. Ward, and occasionally a backing band, she plays perfectly breezy folk-pop. (If only there was more actual breeze; it's pretty humid.)...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 3:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

Paramore's Sunny Delight

One of the most magnetic performers at this year's festival happens to be the 19-year-old singer from a somewhat generic mall-punk band. Go figure. Paramore is like countless other bands playing in the emo-pop-punk space, save for two things: the Tennesse band with the buzzing power-chord crunch has a knack...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 3:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shudder to Think, Back to Befuddle

As usual, Shudder to Think seems to be befuddling most people in the audience. Especially the groups of teenagers who are showing up to stake out a prime spot for the upcoming Paramore/Taking Back Sunday back-to-back on the North Stage. Craig Wedren's crooning goes into falsetto range fairly regularly, a...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 1:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Andrew Bird's Pocket Symphony

Andrew Bird opened his set by playing a violin. Not the first time the instrument has been used at this year's festival, as the Foo Fighters incorporated one during last night's performance. But this was different: violin featured front and center by a former child prodigy-turned-rock frontman. Bird played dynamic,...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 1:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Go! Team's Twinbill

If you closed your eyes during the Go! Team's set, you might have thought you were hearing two different bands. The British group played with a two-drummer, two-guitarist, one-bassist lineup that churned out swelling noise-rock filled with trebley guitar distortion. Then, after ending a long, loud instrumental suite with a...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 1:14 PM ET | Comments (2)

It's a Little Early for Fancy Footwork

It's the beginning of a very long day, so some mindless dance music isn't a bad way to kick things off. There are a couple options in that department right now with The Go! Team playing its hyperactive, sample-heavy party music on the South Stage and Chromeo delivering vocoder-drenched electro-funk...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 1:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

BRMC's Satanic Majesties Request

Guy next to me as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club kicks off its set of swirling psychedelic blues-rock: "Man, if I had any LSD, I'd be [expletive] right now." BRMC specializes in dirty, druggy music that recalls T. Rex, the Jesus and Mary Chain and psych-era Stones - all woozy, effects-laden...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hollywood Undead: Even Worse Than Expected

Book the Band winner Hollywood Undead makes Limp Bizkit sound like a cross between Dylan, the Beatles and the Stones. I'd quote some of their juvenile, sexist, derogatory lyrics, but my editors would have a fit. Let's just say that they went there in finding a rhyme for Bob Saget....

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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