Archive: Sunday's Festival

Pumpkins Close It Out

"If you're on mushrooms this song will sound really good." Oh gee, now you tell me, Billy Corgan. He said that before "Starla" and even without the aid of psychedelic substances, the 15-year-old Smashing Pumpkins chestnut sounded pretty good, if not great. The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan (Evan Agostini/Getty Images...

By Maura McCarthy | August 5, 2007; 10:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

M.I.A. Lights It Up

Maya "M.I.A." Arulpragasam is killing it in the dance tent with a fiery set of global electro-rap. She's an exponentially stronger performer than the one who came through the 9:30 club two years ago, attacking her politically charged playground raps with fury and strutting around the stage with absolute confidence....

By Maura McCarthy | August 5, 2007; 09:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Being There

Today's attendance: 32,000, according to a festival spokeswoman. Pilmico could have accomodated nearly twice that many people. The two-day attendance total was roughly 74,000. The two-day potential was about 120,000. The spin is that it's a second-year festival, it's up against Lollapalooza this year, etc. etc. But I have to...

By Maura McCarthy | August 5, 2007; 09:40 PM ET | Comments (10)

Like a Rock

"We are Velvet Revolver," Scott Weiland announced, "and we still play rock and roll!" This festival has featured countless iterations of rock: art rock and indie rock, dance rock and prog rock, plus hardcore, post-hardcore, emo, nu-metal, power pop and so forth. Velvet Revolver (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen) Velvet Revolver, though,...

By Maura McCarthy | August 5, 2007; 08:34 PM ET | Comments (2)

Like Stabbing Myself in the Neck

Let's set the record straight: Interpol does not sound like Joy Division. Singer Paul Banks has a distinctive baritone, not too much different from that of late Joy Divison vocalist Ian Curtis. But Interpol sounds like boring, mopey alt-rock. Interpol (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen) It was fitting that the rain started...

By Maura McCarthy | August 5, 2007; 07:34 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Clan Can Work a Crowd

Leave it Wu-Tang Clan to be the first band to hit the stage more than 10 minutes late at what has been an incredibly prompt festival. But those who were waiting -- including Richard Branson, perched on a riser stage -- didn't hold it against the Clan. Once the legendary...

By Maura McCarthy | August 5, 2007; 06:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Art-Rock Star

Christmas came early at Pimlico! Oh, wait -- that was just Karen Orzolek, covered in seasonal silver tinsel. But the caterwauling Yeah Yeah Yeahs' singer did come bearing gifts -- namely, exceptional stage presence. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen) This woman is simply riveting. She's...

By Maura McCarthy | August 5, 2007; 06:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

This Isn't the Beach

As the chants of "Wu-Tang! Wu-Tang!" grow louder I'll take this brief moment to share my biggest pet peeve with this festival -- those ubiquitous beach balls that keep bopping people on the head. Sure, I laugh every time someone gets hit right on top of the noggin. But it...

By Maura McCarthy | August 5, 2007; 05:52 PM ET | Comments (6)

Spoon Redux

Spoon's Britt Daniel's take on his performance a few hours ago? "I was lousy." So I guess I wasn't too harsh in my assessment. Drummer Jim Eno said they've had much worse shows, though, so Spoon fans shouldn't feel too let down. I'll have a transcript up tomorrow as a...

By Maura McCarthy | August 5, 2007; 05:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bad Boys

Paging security to the second stage. Security to the second stage, please. The testosterone levels over here seem to be exceptionally high -- and they're rising now that Bad Brains are playing that pulverizing hardcore of theirs. Just a little crowd surfing (Pouya Dianat - The Washington Post) "Right Brigade"?...

By Maura McCarthy | August 5, 2007; 05:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pressure Drop

It's starting to rain at Pimlico. Just a few heavy drops so far. The good news, if it really starts to come down: The dusty infield won't be so, you know, dusty. The bad news: mudfights. I was at Woodstock '94. I don't necessarily need to relive that experience. --...

By Jen Chaney | August 5, 2007; 04:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panic! Get Poppy

After a few hours of very low-key mainstage entertainment from Regina Spektor and Spoon, Panic! At the Disco put an end to that. The young emo/rock quartet didn't have its usual over-the-top stage show but the songs themselves were plenty dramatic. Panic! At the Disco's Brandon Urie (REUTERS/Bill Auth) P!ATD...

By Jen Chaney | August 5, 2007; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Riffing

A strange thing happened as Explosions in the Sky took the stage: Guitarist Munaf Rayani began to sing. Like, an actual lyric. Alas, it was just part of the band's brief sound check; once Explosions began its actual set, it became all about the instrumentals. The Texas quartet specializes in...

By Jen Chaney | August 5, 2007; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

Not Quite Ga Ga For Spoon

"Spoon aren't much musicians but they're songwriters." That's what one guy said to his friend before the Austin, Tex., indie-rock quartet hit the mainstage. He's right, too. Spoon has one of the best discographies of the past decade, with the crown jewel being this year's "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga."...

By Jen Chaney | August 5, 2007; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

All By Myself

Regina Spektor, onstage yesterday at Lollapalooza, brings her warbles to Virgin Fest this afternoon. (Jeff Gentner/Getty Images) Stage fright? Regina Spektor? Um, no. The Russian-born, New York-based singer-songwriter wandered onto the vast expanse of the main stage alone but oozing confidence, and immediately began singing a cappella -- her...

By Jen Chaney | August 5, 2007; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not-So-Spontaneous Combustion

The Seattle band Aiden landed a spot on the V-Fest schedule by winning a contest late last month. But singer wiL (no, not a typo) Francis isn't happy just to be here. He wants chaos in the crowd, and he wants it now. So he's orchestrating -- no, demanding --...

By Maura McCarthy | August 5, 2007; 01:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dance Tent Mayhem Continues With Girl Talk

Today's first hour in the dance tent has been pretty much the complete antithesis of the ultra-professional manner in which things went down yesterday. Pittsburgh mashup artist Girl Talk (aka Greg Gillis) kept the warehouse party vibe going after Dan Deacon with a set that saw him bring about 20...

By Maura McCarthy | August 5, 2007; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Rainbow Coalition

The Brazilian electro-rock group Cansei de Ser Sexy got the second day of the festival off to a most colorful start. The main stage was decorated with a few dozen balloons; the playful, percolating songs (about alcohol, holidays and sex) were bold and bright; and the group's irrepressible singer, Lovefoxxx,...

By Maura McCarthy | August 5, 2007; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dan Deacon: Amateur Hour

A few weeks ago when I saw Dan Deacon perform in Baltimore he played in a loft and went on around around 1:30 a.m. Today he's at Virgin Festival and went on at noon. "I'm astounded anyone's here," he said before a pre-set plea for a D battery for his...

By Maura McCarthy | August 5, 2007; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Heat Check

Yeah, yeah, yeah -- we know you're tired of reading about the weather. We've seen some of your comments. But it was a big story out here yesterday. People were being hospitalized. Brandon Boyd had to take off his shirt. The Orbitz gum in my pocket melted. Today? Should be...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 5, 2007; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (4)

 

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