Now, For Something Competely Different

Not that there's a clear stylistic thread tying the artists together
(not with the festival's guiding philosophy basically being Bands That
Promoter Seth Hurwitz Likes); but there's nobody else on the bill even
remotely like Rodrigo y Gabriela.

The Mexican duo is shredding through a set of flamenco songs played on acoustic guitars with the breakneck pace and ferocious energy of heavy metal.

Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero are trading leads, their fingers
fluttering at incomprehensible speeds. The playing is at once highly
technical and deeply soulful, a potent combination.

Sanchez is using some effects pedals to add tonal textures, and both
musicians are using their palms and fingers to pound out amplified
rhythms. It's hypnotic, hesher-worthy stuff.

"We're going to play some crazy music for you, so you're welcome to go [expletive] crazy," Quintero says, and the guys next to me respond
with devil-horn salutes. One of the guys, by the way, has "Kill 'Em
All" tattooed on his forearm.

Welcome to the Neoclassical Headbanger's Ball, the best party V-Fest
has to offer.


By David Malitz |  August 9, 2008; 5:16 PM ET Virgin Festival
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To quote the band "Really you can call our music whatever you want, except flamenco!"

Posted by: mike | August 9, 2008 6:09 PM

They're really impressive. I never realized about the drumming they do on the guitar.

Posted by: RoseG | August 10, 2008 11:42 AM

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