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 going retro-crazy on Day 1.

Sessa also ponders the festival's booking philosophy - and argues that there should be a small stage for Baltimore bands. (Producer Fritz wondered yesterday why there wasn't a K-Swift memorial.)

USA Today offers a charticle that names Jack Johnson as one of the musical highlights. Huh.

Melissa Ruggieri of the Richmond Times-Dispatch wasn't down with Lil Wayne's "sophomoric ramblings" - but she just lurved the Silver Beats and Sharon Jones.

Sonny Bunch of the Washington Times says Bloc Party "killed."

And finally, one of the photo editors at Eparsa is drooling over Duffy's red dress.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  August 11, 2008; 7:59 AM ET Virgin Festival
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Umm, the "Sunday lineup featuring Jack Johnson, the Offsipring, The Foo Fighters, etc.."

Oops. Sorry, had to catch it.

I suppsoe it's a matter of tastes, but I liked NIN a little more than Kanye. Kanye does put on a heck of a show though.

Posted by: EricS | August 11, 2008 10:38 AM

NIN is awesome! I can't wait to see them in Trent's home town in October. They always tear it up in New Orleans check out these videos from past voodoo experiences at . Not to mention Lil Wayne will be in his home town too! Not to mention they also have STP, Lupe, Sharon Jones, and Shudder to Think plus you get to be in New Orleans instead of Baltimore

Posted by: Andrew | August 11, 2008 10:57 AM

have to admit I enjoyed the blog on Saturday, checking it on the BB throughout the day. Disagreed with the Wilco call at the time, but then thought about it. Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings were Aces. And I learned all about dance music from Freedom's great postings. You guys ROCK!

Posted by: peter | August 11, 2008 11:10 AM

After listening to Cat Power I was disappointed in her performance. Duffy, who I wasn't so impressed with just listening to her, had a much better stage presence.

I also was disappointed in Lupe Fiasco. He's got such clever lyrics -- that were impossible to hear.

Listening to Gogol Bordello I hadn't been too impressed. But on stage they were very entertaining!

We took the OnTap bus, thanks to WaPo, and thought that was well worth it! Thanks for the tip.

Posted by: RoseG | August 11, 2008 12:23 PM

Too much drinking...a perfectly excellent two day event was marred by too many alcholics.

Posted by: Chuck | August 11, 2008 1:49 PM

I just read your review in today's paper. You refer to Gabriella & Rodrigo's music as "classical guitar songs" and "heavy metal flamenco", and the caption to their photos calls their music "flamenco rock". Neither plays a classical or flamenco guitar. Neither uses classical or flamenco technique. And the music they produce bears no relation to either classical or flamenco music and shows no influence from either type of music. They started their careers playing in a Mexican thrash metal band and have since shifted to nylon string guitars. Rodrigo Sanchez's biggest influence seems to be metal, with lesser influences from Brazilian and Mexican music. Gabriela Quintero has developed a unique playing style derived from the rhythmic role of the drums and rhythm guitar in a metal band, and is otherwise most strongly influenced by her own genius and creativity.

Posted by: Ren Galskap | August 11, 2008 2:14 PM

STP was a big highlight as was Rodrigo and Gabriela and Sharon Jones (a star is born!).

Loved how R&G did a cover of Metallica's "Orion" and how Gabriela's fingers became octopus tentacles on speed. Incredible!

Posted by: around | August 11, 2008 11:12 PM

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