All Points West Gets Soaked; Newport Gets Folked; Paul McCartney Thrills, FedEx Doesn't Deliver
Headlines: It was a muddy one up in New York this weekend for the All Points West Festival. Rain wreaked some havoc, mostly on Sunday when the show was delayed a few hours and the first batch of acts was canceled. The theme for the festival? Covers. Friday's headliner was Jay-Z, pinch hitting for the on-the-DL Beastie Boys. He opened with "No Sleep Till Brooklyn," as fitting a tribute as there is. Friday also featured a reunion from '90s underground hip-hop faves Organized Konfusion and sets from Vampire Weekend and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Saturday "belonged to Tool" according to the Village Voice. St. Vincent covered "Dig a Pony" by the Beatles -- maybe we'll get the same treatment at FreeFest. My Bloody Valentine did its usual thing. Some loved it, some didn't. (Quite possibly those were impatient Tool fans.) Arctic Monkeys played lots of new material. Coldplay closed out the festival with a set that included a Chris Martin solo take on "Fight For Your Right To Party." Hmm. They also did "Billie Jean." Echo and the Bunnymen served up the hits while MGMT served up a new song.
NPR's coverage for Folk at Newport is basically all you need. They've archived many of the performances, with set lists and some extra features as well. Here are a few to check out: Langhorne Slim, Mavis Staples, Fleet Foxes, Josh Ritter, Neko Case. That should keep you busy for a while. Pete Seeger always seems to steal the show. The festival concluded with sets from original folkies Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie.
The big show in D.C. -- well, Landover -- this weekend was Paul McCartney. That's my review and, well, that's about as excited as I get. I mean, it's not exactly a news flash that one of the greatest songwriters ever trotted out tons of his best and most beloved songs, played them with passion and -- what do you know? -- it was great. Bob Dylan will forever be my favorite, but it's striking to note the differences between a current-day McCartney and Dylan show. McCartney is generous in doling out his hits; Dylan hands out a few, and they are barely recognizable versions. McCartney bounces around from instrument to instrument; Dylan mostly stands at an electric keyboard. McCartney interacts with the audience like he's old pals with each and everyone of them; Dylan might not stand sideways if he's in a good mood. Granted, these differences help define both legends -- if McCartney wasn't the rock star that lived to give and Dylan wasn't the inscrutable weirdo, we'd ask ourselves what was wrong with them. Just some observations. Meanwhile, plenty of people seemed to have very negative observations of FedEx Field as a concert venue, which is about as surprising as McCartney delivering a great show. I was lucky -- minimal traffic getting there, got out in literally 90 seconds, and experienced no problems with lines, bathrooms, etc. But there's a reason I avoid stadium shows at all costs. Well, there are many reasons and most of them can be found here.
By David Malitz |
August 3, 2009; 10:25 AM ET
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