The highlight of the festival. Played as duo (the only other time I saw them they were augmented by another dude) - and they were even better. Amazing how 2 guys can produce such a perfect combination of speed/tunefulness/wall of sound. Did not catch whole set but heard most the songs I wanted to hear. Big ups to No Age on this day.
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Judging by the medium-sized crowd during a prime spot, GBV were not a major draw, though the people there to see them were certainly into it. They stepped up to the challenge with confidence, swagger, and more volume than I'd ever heard from them.
Is Pollard drinking ...milk? There appears to be a milk carton onstage. And no beer cooler. A focused 50min set. I'm sure that Mr. Pollard revels in the ritual of drawing up a setlist. This one wasn't perfect - although it was mostly Bee 1000/Alien Lanes, they pulled out some of the really obscure tracks and ignored a few classics like My Valuable Hunting Knife as well as EP-ish faves from that era (like Do The Earth). Slight setlist concerns regardless, they sounded bigger than I had ever seen them. I even pogoed a bit.
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As always, BSS killed it live. Wish they had played more than 40 mins, but it was a very strong 40 mins and different enough from the 2 other times I've seen them in the last year (Coachella, Wiltern) to keep me riveted. I think I heard a new song or two - and a nice surprise of a Modest Mouse cover (was it The World at Large?). As the years go on, singer Kevin Drew looks more and more like Jeff Lynne . . .
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Really dug them, with the only negative being a weak live mix. The 2/3 of their set that I saw was loaded w personal faves including We Used to Vacation, Audience, and the first few off their latest.
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The new album disappoints. But they are about as strong as ever live. I catch about 30mins before pooping out - really glad I stuck around.
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#288 on The Greatest American Rock Bandssee more on Explosions in the Sky
Saw the first 20 mins - was solid and as the set progressed he was getting deeper into a groove - as was the decent-sized crowd.
Overheard: "Wow, he's like the only electronica performer i've ever seen using (chuckle) - a Sony vaio"
Pretty good old school old guys LA punk set.
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