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Mastodon Unleash Twisted Images, Pounding Rock on Tour

October 5th, 2009
Photograph by Jimmy Hubbard With Saturday night’s Seattle performance, the second of their latest assault on the U.S., Mastodon furthered their claim as kings of wormhole-tearing, time-traveling meta-metal. The Atlanta quartet devoted most of their 70-minute set to Crack the Skye, their recent, mainstream-courting opus, then reeled back through their catalog. Behind them was the sort of big-budget backdrop they’ve always deserved: a drive-in-wide digital video screen lit with vintage black-and-white hellspliotation footage, animated mandalas ...

Black Eyed Peas, Modest Mouse Draw Biggest Bumbershoot Crowd

September 8th, 2009
Photo: Flanigan/FilmMagic After 36 hours of wet, discouraging weather, Bumbershoot saw its biggest crowds on Monday for final-day headliners Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand and Black Eyed Peas. Props to the young music fans of the Pacific Northwest: without enthusiastic teens and 20-somethings braving the dreary conditions, this year’s festival would’ve been a literal washout. Bumbershoot in photos: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse and more. Semi-locals Modest Mouse — they’re from Issaquah, a former mining town 20 minutes ...

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jason Mraz Battle the Rain at Bumbershoot

September 7th, 2009
Photo: Flanigan/FilmMagicA rain-soaked morning had fans puddle-dancing during the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ early “afternoon headliner” slot at Bumbershoot yesterday. The audience and band both withstood soggy weather and swirling winds that wreaked havoc on main-stage sound, but Karen O was still a bright spectacle clad in a green and purple stretch suit and cape. As she swallowed the mic or brandished it like a scepter, glitter-painted fans kicked and rolled across Memorial Stadium’s wet Astroturf ...

Sheryl Crow, De La Soul, Katy Perry Kick Off Bumbershoot

September 6th, 2009
Photo: Flanigan/FilmMagic“I gotta say, I’m really excited about Katy Perry,” Sheryl Crow gushed briefly about Perry’s Bumbershoot-opening set last night, slyly insinuating the chorus from “I Kissed a Girl” into her own opening number, “A Change Will Do You Good.” Crow, Saturday’s main stage headliner at Seattle’s annual late-summer fest, showed the confident ease of an American rock icon, playing with a five-piece roots-rock band to a small but dedicated crowd. Peter Stroud laid down ...