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photos: St. Vincent | Live in Dallas

photos: St. Vincent | Live in Dallas

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photos: Grizzly Bear + Here We Go Magic | Live in Dallas

photos: Grizzly Bear + Here We Go Magic | Live in Dallas


grizzly bear in dallas (click for larger image)

Not sure I've ever seen a larger, more adoring audience at Dallas' Granada Theater than the one that showed up for last night's Grizzly Bear + Here We Go Magic show. Luke Temple & co. opened with a swirling set that culminated in awesome hypnotic versions of "Fangela" and "Tunnelvision," which I'm now convinced are two of the best songs of the year. Grizzly Bear's amazing otherworldly harmonies and perfect setlist resulted in a rousing and fully engaging performance that had all 1200+ attendees mesmerized throughout, leading me to believe that this guy is kind of clueless. Here are some photos from the evening:

Photos by David + Chris, but mostly David. More shots of Grizzly Bear + Here We Go Magic after the jump...

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photos: lykke li | live at dallas’ granada theater

photos: lykke li | live at dallas' granada theater

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Austin City Limits Festival 2008

Austin City Limits Festival 2008

As usual, this year's Austin City Limits Festival was a laid back affair, made even more pleasant than normal by the relatively balmy weather -- we were blessed with a nice steady breeze, and even a few occasional clouds this year -- but I spent most of the fest running around trying to see as much as possible. Here are some highlights:


david byrne

In addition to being the nicest dudes, Fleet Foxes' harmonies were every bit as heavenly as advertised, and their "bailout humor" banter was great. Spiritualized sounded amazing from afar, with "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space" acting as an absolutely perfect score for the setting sun. David Byrne was one of my (and everyone else's) most anticipated sets of the fest, and he didn't let us down. The Talking Heads stuff was brilliant, as expected, and despite me being embarrassingly unfamiliar with the majority of his solo material and his new collaboration with Eno, Byrne's set was one of the most thoroughly engaging things I saw all weekend.


erykah badu

The best set of the fest: Erykah Badu. Dallas' own Ms. Badu finally rolled onstage fashionably late, almost 15 minutes after her scheduled set time, to the sounds of Weezy's "A Milli" (specifically the line, "Where is Erykah Badu at?," obvs). She broke out most of her old classics, gave her new friends in MMJ a shout out, and delivered an unbelievably soulful, chillingly powerful version of "The Healer," cementing the song as one of my favorites of the year. Sidenote: also saw Beck and some of the cast from Friday Night Lights -- Lyla Garrity, holler -- checking out Badu's set from backstage.


david byrne

Some other assorted observations: Beck opened his set with "Loser," Jenny Lewis sounded good but was unfortunately relegated to a tent, Jamie Lidell should be more famous than he is, teenage girls really love Vampire Weekend, Hot Chip probably could/should have headlined on Friday, and the amazing Sharon Jones is now 3-for-3 at fests I've attended this summer. Lowlights: I ran out of film before Sunday, and I regrettably never ran into Bill Murray. That's about it. Here are some photos; make sure to check our friend Chad Wadsworth's still-expanding ACL set for more.


jenny lewis


jamie lidell


j. tillman + robin pecknold // fleet foxes


badu


some girls


lovefoxxx // css

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photos: Monolith Festival ’08

photos: Monolith Festival '08

Although the stunning venue and perfect weather might've played a small part, the 2008 Monolith Festival was one of the most enjoyable festival-going experiences I've had in a long time. Not sure if it topped day one, but here are some highlights from day two: All 4'11" of Sharon Jones absolutely killed James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," Band of Horses played a couple of great new songs and a rad Them Two cover, Tilly and the Wall's new stuff sounded surprisingly great, and Lovefoxxx of CSS brought the party in the most ridiculous getup I've ever seen. Also, as I alluded to earlier, TVOTR almost didn't even make it to the venue, then showed up with minutes to spare (looking sort of frazzled, I might add) and proceeded to play the defining set of the whole fest. Finally, Justice had the place bumping for the entirety of their set -- which was cut short due to technical difficulties -- to close out the party. I'll definitely be back next year. Here are some photos:


justice


lovefoxx :: css


sharon jones + the dap kings


ezra :: vampire weekend


tilly and the wall


del the funkee homosapien


del


the muslims


james :: white denim


slug :: atmosphere


steve :: white denim

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GZA performs Liquid Swords :: live in dallas

GZA performs Liquid Swords :: live in dallas


the GZA

Photos by David. More shots of GZA performing Liquid Swords :: Live in Dallas after the jump...

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