Post by iamthehorn on Mar 13, 2012 10:50:27 GMT -5
A lot of these reviews aren't date specific, which I think is important since this board is supposed to prepare people for Bonnaroo. A lot of the bands I have seen I haven't seen in many years, but here's what I can add:
Phish: I haven't seen Phish play since they broke up in 04, and I'm not sure if 10 year old reviews will be very informative. But the consensus from most of my friends is that they came back pretty flat in 09, but by last summer they clean and sober lineup was playing similar to the 99-00 era Phish, not terribly experimental but playing high energy well constructed shows.
Major Lazer: I've seen them a few times and LOVED it. 08 and twice in '10 i think. I've read elsewhere on the board that they changed MCs for their last tour and a lot of criticism of the hype man is of the new one, not the original hype man who will be with them at Bonnaroo. That's only hearsay though. I will say that I have a very low tolerance for hype men and I've enjoyed their shows. Listen to a few of ML's mixtapes on soundcloud, if you like them, you'll like the set, if you don't, you won't.
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr: I find their songs a little too light for my taste, but they put on a very clean sounding engaging show. If you're interested in checking them out their show won't disappoint.
War On Drugs: I love their album, but I was a little disappointed when I saw them live. They just flat and unengaging. They were an opening band so that could have had a lot to do with it. I'll probably give them another chance.
Post by monkybunney on Mar 13, 2012 11:59:38 GMT -5
This thread is awesome!
Aziz - Caught him last year in Atlanta, incredibly funny comedian. He put on one of the funniest sets I'd ever seen...Next to Louis C.K. IMO.
Avett Brothers - I've seen these guys a bunch of times, last time was last year. I describe them as very accessable Pop Bluegrass. Even if you don't like blue grass their music is still palatable. Every show I've ever seen has been FULL ON raging fun! These guys mean it! My (ex)GF's dad described their live show as "wreckless". I saw them at The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta years ago and Scott actually dove into the audience from the stage. Consider that for a moment STAGE DIVING AT A BLUE GRASS SHOW!! And with the energy at that show it was totally appropriate.
It's worth noting that, if your only exposure is Roo in '10, I consider that my least favorite of the times I have seen them.
Same here. Man the heat was just so oppressive during that show. I think it was sucking some of their energy as well. Brutal!
Punch Brothers - OK These guys are bit more hardcore blue grass, but gawd damn due they weave into it some really trippy sounding poop! I think of them as Psychedelic Blue Grass. There show is more for your ears than for your eyes. Super talented musicianship and songwriting.
Mariachi El Bronx - These guys flat out knocked me out when I saw them open for the Flaming Lips last year.
Hey! I was there too! And wow! Really super entertaining mariachi music. But there so much more than a mariachi band...I just...the words elude me. I'm really looking forward to seeing these guys again.
Post by theshining on Mar 13, 2012 18:54:46 GMT -5
I feel like I should only do a band or two a post. Here goes...
Radiohead. To echo the thoughts of many on here, Radiohead are just phenomenal live. If you are even halfway into them you will not be disappointed. I have seen them 4 times dating back to Amnesiac in 2001 (which was my favorite set of theirs, the first time hearing How To Disappear Completely live I was in heaven) but the shows following that have at least been 8/10 shows. I remember during Hail to the Thief, some fan was passed out being crushed halfway through Sit Down, Stand Up and Thom stopped the show. After they got the fan out safely they jumped right back into the song at it's peak like it was nothing, unbelievable! Don't miss this show, it should be one of the best of the weekend.
Post by macmusicjunkie on Mar 28, 2012 10:44:53 GMT -5
SBTRKT - Just saw them last night and I'm happy to inform everyone that it was an awesome show. I say them because SBTRKT had Sampha with him. If you don't know, he sings on half the tracks on his LP. Sampha played keys, synths, a few snares, the cowbell, and sang. SBTRKT controlled everything on his computer, played a bunch of different synths and pads, used a theremin (which was pretty damn cool), and played a full drum kit. His crazy cut up version of Wildfire was absolutely nuts. By the way, Aaron Jerome was rocking his blue mask with the yellow boarder that only covers the top half of his face. Overall, I was an awesome show....But, heed my warning everyone. If you really want to see them at Bonnaroo, get there early. Why??? It's because it was one of the darkest shows I've ever been to. They only use dark blue lights and strobes that sit on the floor. If you're not super close, you're not going to be able to see jack squat on stage. They threw in a few red lights, but that was sparingly.
Post by macmusicjunkie on Apr 26, 2012 10:51:05 GMT -5
Honey Island Swamp Band - I saw these guys a few years back at Wanee Music fest. They were the 1st act to play one morning and it was a great wake up call. It's jam with a hint of southern rock, blues, and country wrapped together in some brass. It's a solid show
Rollin' In The Hay - I saw these guys at a bizarre tiny music festival (no one was there, but they had great acts). Rollin' In The Hay is the show to see for you guys that are upset about the lack of Yonder Mountain String or bluegrass/rock in general. They even have a electric washboard player so North Mississippi Allstar fans will love that. Highly Recommended