The last time they each
played the Bank of America Pavilion, the B-52's headlined for the Go-Go's and
Squeeze opened for Cheap Trick. Wednesday night, July 11, the B-52's opened for
Squeeze. Which seemed odd - back in the day, Squeeze were the kind of club band
that played the Paradise. Would a B-52's crowd stick around? They did.
ON THE RADIO do to my body what no other band can. And I don't mean in the "like
man, this band totally... like uh... man... you know" sense. Or even
like what the "Baby One More Time" video did to me while watching TRL during my formative preteen years. In a more literal sense. Like when I
finally got a chance to see them live at the House of Blues back in
April -- after years of sideline adoration -- I stood somewhere near the
front of the floor, cheesing ear-to-ear, with chills running up and
down my body for the show's duration.
Batman. Who knew JACK'S MANNEQUIN had such a dedicated following? If the crowd
at Friday night's GUSTER show, for which the SoCal band was the second opener, was any testament, it's
safe to say that Something Corporate's Andrew McMahon's side-project has
evolved into an entity all its own.
Another take on Sunday's indie-palooza at the Bank of America Pavilion with Vampire Weekend, Beach House and Dum Dum Girls. Check out Alex Cavallo's Phlipcam video here.
If you look at the giant curvature of the ceiling covering the seats at the Bank of America Pavilion at just the right angle, you can almost feel like you are in the belly of some terrible whale when you are at the wrong show.
Vampire Weekend--Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
The weather was fittingly inclement for the last show of the summer at the
Bank of America Pavilion last night. In fact it was damn freezing. Not
that it deterred any of the very amped up Vampire Weekend fans who
turned out in droves to see the clean-cut indie kids play the last gig
on the last leg of their summer tour.
More photos by Scott M. Lacey.
Last night, while his band was playing a song from their still-not-technically-out-yet album The Suburbs, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler looked up and must have seen a fairly large number of fans walking through the aisles away from the stage. “Bathroom break?” he asked between verses.
I'll be polite, here: the Decemberists - who play the Bank of America Pavilion this evening - inspire strong opinions. Some people love their shimmering, whimsical songs with all their literary references and find Colin Meloy a charming raconteur. Some people, as memorably summed up in a Voice piece by Chris Ott, find them affected and too pretentious and precious for their own good.