South Stage Dance Party With LCD Soundsystem
I feel bad for all the people who started leaving the south stage halfway through LCD Soundsystem's dynamite set of dance rock. It's not like they were going to score a good spot to see the Beastie Boys, who started 15 minutes before LCD finished. There's no way to catch every act here, but it will tough for any band to match what LCD did with its last four songs.
After a very solid start that included rocked up versions of cheeky singles "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" and "North American Scum," the sextet let loose in the second half of the set. First came "All My Friends," a slowly building epic built around a hypnotic piano loop and a very New Order-inspired guitar riff. By the time frontman James Murphy reached the "Where are your friends tonight?" climax most people were jumping. (Insert token "despite the heat" reference here.)
A trio of songs from LCD's first album closed things out -- the pulsing, bouncy "Tribulations," punk stomper "Movement" and percussive jam "Yeah." Drummer Pat Mahoney was more than capable throughout the set, but when half the band was pounding on a kit it was impossible to stand still.
-- David Malitz
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