Archive for August 1st, 2009

Jay-Z Breaks Out Blizzard of Hits, Pays Tribute to Michael Jackson at All Points West

August 1st, 2009
Photograph by Alex Reside of Jay-Z’s first American festival show at Friday’s All Points West festival was a hard-rocking, non-stop blizzard of hits, punctuated by tributes to the Beastie Boys and Michael Jackson, and included some exclusive tastes of his upcoming album The Blueprint 3. (Get a look at Jay-Z’s epic All Points West set and more from the New Jersey festival, in photos.) After a ghostly clock floating above the stage counted down a solid ...

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend Rescue Rainy All Points West With High-Energy Sets

August 1st, 2009
Photograph by Alex Reside of “I know it’s not easy to dance when you’re holding an umbrella,” said Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, essentially summing up Friday’s rainy, muddy, bleak, All Points West Festival in New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. After the rain turned the grassy festival expanse into a bog pockmarked with tiny lagoons, gooey mud obstacles and the stench of liquefied goose shit, the goal of every band would simply be to try ...

Silversun Pickups Strip Down for Acoustic Set Pre-All Points West

August 1st, 2009
Two days before they take the stage at All Points West, Silversun Pickups played a private show at the PC Richard and Son theater in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, giving 200 online contest winners the chance to catch a stripped down, acoustic set from the fuzzed-out L.A. indie rockers. The Pickups opened the show with “Growing Old is Getting Old” off latest LP Swoon, sounding amazingly loud for what was meant to be a softer ...