Post by kikosanchez on Jun 14, 2010 19:45:00 GMT -5
Flaming Lips, Jay-z, Neon Indian, and The Entrance Band were definitely my favorite sets. Never seen JBT before and they were very good. Found Ok Go and Thievery Corporation a bit disappointing and Kid Cudi flat out sucked.
Post by Mean Mr. Mustard on Jun 15, 2010 10:29:34 GMT -5
Overall it was a wonderful weekend and I can't break it down to just five favorite sets.
Thursday was amazing: The Postelles - I had never heard them before, but I had fun at the show. Nothing ground breaking just good fun. Baroness - Absolutely blew my mind. They were incredible. Local Natives - They had to follow Baroness, so they had no chance. That said it was really fun and I would see them again. Neon Indian - Fun set, great crowd, Lots of energy. Favorite moment was when the naked dancing chicks got on stage and the lead singer turns to the one of the other band members and you could see him say "This is quacking crazy" Blitzen Trapper - We stayed for the first 15 minutes. Enjoyed it. Mayer Hawthorne and the County - An absolute blast. Go see him if you get the chance. Overall the best thursday ive had at bonnaroo.
Friday: Gaslight Anthem - I was little dissapointed with the show. Didnt seem to have much energy. Wasn't terrible, Wasn't great, glad I went. Pretty much what I call the Which Stage Curse Punch Brothers(Sonic Stage) - Sound problems. Only stayed for three songs. Would have been great if the sound was good. Damien Marley & Nas - In the pit for this show. Awesome. My wife was sick from the heat so we went back to the RV for a while. Les Claypool - Blew my mind. First time seeing him. 2nd best show of the day. Kings of Leon - planned on leaving after the first 30 minutes to go to the Bakerton Group, but I couldnt bring myself to leave. They put on a great show. Also, the crowd for them was huge. I had thought that the overall festival attendence was way down (Like 55000) until this show. I guess everyone was staying out of the heat until the sun went down. For the record, I do think it was less than usual, but not drastically less. Daryl Hall & Chromeo - Wow this show was insane. Great crowd, so much enthusiasm from the band. Easily the best show of Friday. Flaming Lips - Caught the DSOTM set. Very cool light show. I enjoy their cover of the record ao I had fun.
Saturday - Thought about going to Conan, but after hearing about what happened on friday I decided not to. Went in for the USA - England game. Watched the first half. Norah Jones - Nice chilled out show. Watched the first 45 minutes. Isis - Good show, nothing mind blowing. Mumford & Sons - Watched most of the show. Really good. Dead Weather - Really enjoyed the show, but I will admit that everytime the Jack White got up and played guitar/sang I enjoyed it way more. He is just too good of a front man to be stuck behind the drums. Stevie Wonder - Amazing. In the pit for this. He is just unbelievable. I wish he wasn't a few minutes late though. Im pretty sure that we didnt get 2 or 3 songs because of that and Jay-z coming on at 11:30. Still unbelievable best show of the day easily. Jay-Z - Ill admit that im not a huge fan and had to be talked into staying at all. Im glad I did. The stage setup was incredible. He is a great showman. I left after 45 minutes to get over to Clutch, but what i saw was great. Clutch - Tore the roof off the tent. Went to see the first few minutes of Deadmau5, but he was at leat 15-20 minutes late so left and went to Gwar - Watched the first 45 minutes. So much fun. At this point I was out of my mind and some dude in the Donny Darko Evil rabbit outfit was trying to talk to me and he was freaking me out.
Disco Biscuits - Got there about 3:15 and stayed til 4:45. It was amazing, but I had to leave I couldnt stand up anymore.
Sunday: Japandroids - Good nothing mindblowing. John Butler trio - In the pit for this. Amazing. John Fogerty - Pit. Great show, best of sunday. Ween - Last 45 minutes. It was good, but for some reason I find all non late night shows at the Which stage less enjoyable than the tents and What stage. I dont know what it is. it seems every show i have seen on that stage during the day since ive been coming to Bonnaroo has been lackluster. Zach Brown Band - Not a huge fan, but I have to say they are good live. Im glad I went to watch them. At this point I was spent so it was nice to sit back in a chair relax and watch. Dave Matthews - Im not a huge fan, but I really enjoyed the show. My cousin who has seen them 15 times claimed it was 6th best Dave show he had been to.
Top Shows: 1. Stevie Wonder 1a. Daryl Hall and Chromeo The rest in no particular order Baroness, Mayer Hawthorne, Damien Marley & Nas, Les Claypool, Kings of Leon, Jay - Z, Clutch, Gwar, Disco Biscuits, John Butler Trio, John Fogerty.
Overall thoughts about the weekend: As always it was an absolute blast. I think the attendence was down somewhat, but I may have been at the unpopular shows. For example there was never any trouble getting into the pit for anyone, except KOL, Jay-Z and Dave maybe, i didnt check for those three. Also, I never felt crowded or uncomfortable at any show the entire weekend which was nice. I did hear that the Weezer crowd was super packed. The heat was a nuisance, but i didnt mind it that much. In the past there always seemed to be a shower or two that would cool it down at least for a day. We had no such luck this year. Security was also very lax this year. Last year the RV was searched up and down upon entrance to the grounds. they even went through our bags and clothes. This year they asked if we had contraband and we answered no, and we got waved on. Also, I was never searched once going into centeroo. They never once actually looked into my backpack. Also, this allowed us to bring in normal sized chairs as opposed to the lowsitting ones when we wanted to chill out and watch a show. Only complaints for the weekend the which stage shows in daytime (i have this complaint every year) they need to add screens or something, but i seem to never have as much fun at shows on the which stage. also, how the conan shows were handled was dissapointing, but I at least got to see him a couple of times MCing which was fun. Great weekend hope to see everyone back next year. Novel over.
Diane Birch (missed the first half) Local Natives Dodos (only the first song) Mayer Hawthorne Lotus (from the back, didn't really try to get into it)
Punch Brothers (missed the first couple of songs) Carolina Chocolate Drops Umphrey's McGee The Bridge Moondoggies (left about halfway through) Les Claypool Daryl Hall & Chromeo Galactic (left about 3:30)
Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights (last couple of songs) Imelda May (last four songs) Big Sam's Funky Nation Dave Rawlings Machine (first five songs) Jimmy Cliff Los Amigos Invisibles (most of it) The Melvins (last three songs) Jeff Beck (up until I Want to Take You Higher) Stevie Wonder Jay-Z
Tinariwen (last two songs) Orgone (Sonic Stage) Calexico (last three songs) Medeski, Martin & Wood (Sonic Stage) Martin Sexton (Sonic Stage) John Butler Trio (Sonic Stage) Space Capone (first song) Medeski, Martin & Wood Orgone Dave Matthews Band
As far as rankings, probably something like this: Top 5: Stevie Wonder, Orgone, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jeff Beck, Carolina Chocolate Drops Next 5: Galactic, Daryl Hall & Chromeo, Jimmy Cliff, Les Claypool, Dave Matthews Band
The Entrance Band - While the sound was not the best it could of been, they played a real good show. Very enjoyable.
Baroness - What else can there be said? They absolutely blew my mind and were 100X better when I saw them last year. The Isak>The Birthing transition was so farking sick.
Local Natives - Again like the Entrance Band, the sound could have been a little better but definetly a great show.
The Dodos - Very good show, even though I dozed off for a bit from exhaustion from the day, but I would say I was awake for 50 minutes of their show. Was really surprised about how psychedelic they could get.
Blitzen Trapper - A great show to just sit in the back of the tent and just chill and relax. A very nice way to cap off a fantastic Thursday at Bonnaroo.
Punch Brothers - So, so, so good. They did a 20 minute soundcheck before the show and it was a real treat. Closing the set with Radiohead's Morning Bell was perfect.
Jay Electronica - Yeah, him cutting off his songs could have rubbed people the wrong way, but I thought he was very engaging with the crowd and was having a real fun time, as was I.
Gaslight Anthem - Saw the last part of their show since Jay's ended after 40 minutes, but what I saw wasn't good nor was it bad, just very passable background music while waiting for Umphrey's to come on.
Umphrey's McGee - As we all know they bring it every show and they did not fail Friday. What a show put on by these guys.
The National - One of the best shows all weekend. Matt came into the crowd three times and the second time right in front of me, so it was awesome to be engaged in the show.
Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers - It was so surreal to see Steve Martin in person, but also to see him play some real nice bluegrass was just even better. Steve's wit and humor is still there and that was an added bonus to the show.
The Black Keys - They have come along better as a live band since I last saw them at Bonnaroo 07 and they were so good back then. The stuff as a two piece was amazing and the stuff as a four piece was even better. Again one of the best shows all weekend.
Galactic - One of the best light shows I have ever seen....ever. I had never seen the Other Tent light up like that ever at Bonnaroo. Plus the music was even better than the lights. My first Galactic show and I know to never skip them over any other band at a festival ever again.
LCD Soundsystem - After Galactic, I laid down in the grass and let their music engulf me. My mind was in another world at the time. So much fun.
Circa Survive - Anthony Green was on some pretty heavy druqks because his antics and what he was saying was tripping me out and it was just odd to see someone so effed up so early in the day. Also he has an odd way of controlling the emotions of his fans especially his female ones. He asked the crowd to throw their clothes on stage and about a couple of hundred people obliged without further provocation, just "let me have your clothes." Also a very high energy show.
Isis - At one part of the show I was thinking, " Could this be any heavier?" and I thought, "No, none heavier than this." Great show.
The Melvins - What can I say, its the Melvins. As heavy as Isis and a whole lot noiser. Their drones and high pitched feedback were like angels singing to me. Another great show.
John Prine - One of mine and dad's favourite artists. His voice is shot from prior surgeries, but he still put on a fantastic show. Him playing stuff from his debut album was fantastic and such a treat.
Stevie Wonder - What else can there be said about this man? Its Stevie Farking Wonder and I about lost my mind when he went into Heard It Through the Grapevine.
Dan Deacon Ensemble - It was like I was trapped in an evil and demonic NES game and Dan Deacon was the ringleader of it all along with his ensemble. To say I had a psychological and sensory overload at his show is an understatement.
Orgone - Only saw their Sonic Stage set, but they almost lit it on fire for the 30 minutes they had. What a show that hardly anyone was at.
Harper Simon - Didn't know what to expect from them at the Sonic Stage, and all I knew was that he is Paul Simon's son. Though he put on a great set of some good ol' country rock.
MMW - Their Sonic Stage set was just them warming up for their unbelievable closing set for the Other Tent. Still was a great show to see up front.
John Fogerty - Like every living legend at Bonnaroo, they put on a fantastic show and Fogerty was no different. Played every single CCR song I wanted to hear and it was just a great set by a great American.
MMW - Their closing set at the Other Stage was one of the best all weekend and one of the best I have ever seen. There were no audio recording or video recording equipment there, just the fans, the band, the sound board guy and Beatle Bob dancing and grooving on stage. It was one of those shows that you can only know how it was and how it felt if you were there. No words can describe the beauty of it all.
Thursday: VIP Comedian - I don't know who he was, but he was hilariour Lotus - Great performance, first time seeing them live.
Friday: Tokyo Police Club - Pretty good, not really a big fan of the genre. Mighty Clouds of Joy - I never liked the gospel style music until now. They were fun Umphrey's - Enjoyed them, I'll check them out in August when they come around. Only stayed for a few songs Nas & Damien Marley - Showed up a few songs into the set, but this set rocked. Enjoyed it more than Jay Z. Glad to hear some old Nas shit. Tenacious D - Awesome as always Kings of Leon - watched from my truck. Sounded good, great set to sit in the truck bed w/a few beers. The Black Keys - Amazing. Left after Next Girl to see... The Flaming Lips - Crazy stage, but they aren't up my alley. Left during the break before DSOTM for... Bassnectar - This was the craziest shit ever. I had an absolute blast. The crowd was going nuts and that's good because I like to do the same The Crystal Method - Fun set.
Saturday World Cup - Great to see so many supporters. Isis - So glad I got to see them before they disband. Good set. Melvins - I love the Melvins. I love sludge metal fans. Weezer - I just couldn't get into Weezer. I love their music, but I wasn't feeling their set. Stevie Wonder - Sounded great Jay Z - Loved his video screen setup. Gwar - Only saw the first little bit. Deadmau5 - Pretty fun.
Sunday John Butler Trio - I am officially a fan for life. My favorite Ween - Pretty interesting stuff, I enjoyed. Only saw first half since I split with.... Dropkick Murphy's - Crazy crowd, great show. Rise Against - AMAZING. DO WANT TO SEE AGAIN DMB - Enjoyable. Nice to see in my truck and chill out for them.
Les Claypool, Baroness f uckin killed it, The Entrance Band, Nas and Damian, MMW, Jay Electronica spittin fire, Bassnectar was really insane. I just wish the sun hadn't drained my ass of so much energy cause i would've seen alot more
Post by dirtmcgirt on Jun 16, 2010 20:21:33 GMT -5
Thurs Fanfarlo - decent show to kick off broo Here We Go Magic - not bad Miike Snow - loved it Neon Indian - great show but was getting pretty worn down
Fri Carolina Choc Drops -Not my favorite music but great nonetheless Umphrey Mcgee - Awesome was in the pit Nas and Damien Marley - entertaining but only saw half the set King of Leon - Awesome live show, totally not expecting that great of a performance Black Keyes - nuff said Bassnectar - by far the biggest party I saw this year LCD - only saw half the set but was unimpressed Kid Cudi - Like his studio stuff better
Sat Cross Canadian Ragweed - great band, tent was packed out Martin Sexton - Dude has an amazing voice Blues Traveler - unimpressed but liked the Radiohead cover Tenacious D - Jack Black is silly Avett Bros - really good chilled out show, best ive seen them Dead Weather - great set, wish there was more Jack White Stevie - hes an entertainer and he did exactly that Jay Z - high energy performance, best hip hop performance by far Deadmau5 - crazy light show, rly loud, danced my ass off at camp
Sun Ween - the freaks came out for this show Phoenix - didnt expect a lot but they put on a fantastic show Dave - fell asleep
Prolly mixed up quite a few days. They seemed to run together. Overall I was very impressed with the shows I saw. Some people may complain about the line up, but the diversity of music and the quality and energy the artist performed with more than made up for it.
I didn't bother arriving until Friday morning, so nothing Thursday. The heat took a toll on the other three days. With that said...
Conan O'Brien: caught this for about 30-35 minutes or so before I switched out. Was funny, was thinking it would be more standup and less like his show.
Gaslight Anthem (full set): Was alright. I liked the first two albums, not entirely sold on the new one yet. Didn't seem terribly inspiring, compared to the first time I saw them. Then again that was in a much smaller venue.
The National (full set): I only got into these guys about a month ago. Most who saw this might agree this was one of the better shows the entire weekend.
Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers (full set): I'm not a hardcore bluegrass fan, but I do like The Crow album. This was a must see heading into the weekend. Certainly didn't disappoint. Nice bonus with the comedy bits added in there.
Kings of Leon: Caught part of it. I know many here rip on KoL, but I thought they weren't bad at all. By this point in the night, I was just needing to move around a lot. Heard a few songs which I did like. Contemplating seeing them in Hartford in August.
Bakerton Group: Didn't catch enough of, running back and forth between this, KoL, and the Cinema Tent. No complaints, just didn't stay long enough to make comment.
Daryl Hall and Chromeo: Good times. It really could have helped if the Lunar Stage speakers weren't bleeding over to the left/back side of The Other Tent. Looking to get a copy of this show on CD or download or something.
Briefly wandered over to Bassnectar, which looked absolutely thumping. Too bad for the insane conflict Friday night.
Flips (full DSOTM set only): Nothing unexpected here, since I already had the album version. Good light show though.
USA vs. England: I'm perfectly fine with my World Cup addiction, thanks for asking.
The Melvins (*seen 6-21 in Boston*): Went in blind, not knowing really anything about. Nothing bad. Nothing which jumped out at me as awesome either.
Isis (*seen 6-21 in Boston*): Solid show. I wish I had known about these guys earlier, but luckily got to see them right before the breakup. (And in my case, in a more appropriate setting.) Nice and heavy.
The Dead Weather: I caught them for about a half hour before switching out. Wish I could have heard more. Started getting into them recently as well.
Jeff Beck (full set): You can never go wrong with Jeff Beck. Top five for the weekend.
Ozomatli: I caught the last 15 minutes of this or so, right after Jeff Beck. Pleasantly surprised. The entire band coming down and playing in the crowd was really cool too.
Stevie Wonder: I might be alone in here on this, but this wasn't as epic as I was hoping. It wasn't awful, but it wouldn't be in my top five either. Maybe I need to hear this again, or maybe I shouldn't have been closer to the arch than the stage.
Jay-Z: #1 set for the weekend IMO. Very high energy, played quite a few older favorites as well. But well, I left early for...
Thievery Corporation: I got there about 12:40, stayed till about 1:20. Quite interesting stuff they got. Was sitting on a park bench just regrouping a little bit, so was not paying attention the whole time. Something I will likely look into more in the future.
Clutch: Only caught the last half hour. Certainly wasn't disappointing, wish I could have seen more though.
Kaskade: I needed some techno in here that weekend. This certainly fit the bill.
GWAR (full set): I wish I could have gotten a better spot for this, really couldn't see much. Certainly rocked hard, and were quite funny. One of the highlights of the weekend.
Japandroids: I caught them the last 10 minutes of their set. Intriguing, wish I could have seen more to get a better review here.
John Butler Trio (full set): How come nobody told me about these guys sooner? Certainly a big surprise on the weekend, just too bad the heat drained me after this one.
Dropkick Murphys: I had seen them twice before ... in Boston ... on St. Patty's Day weekend. I was thinking those shows might be better. Nope. This held up with the others. Very energetic, crowd pumped up. Quite a large New England contingent here, which was nice to see. Got to talk to a bunch of people afterwards.
MMW: Didn't really draw many people, but left a nice impression. I knew nothing about them before, other than I knew they were jazz players. Good sound they have. Ended up leaving a little early to watch part of the Celtics game.
DMB (full set): Was quite disappointed by this. The setlist was pretty lousy, wasn't terribly impressed by the jams either. Worst of the three times I've seen them, easily.