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North Carolina natives Future Islands were the first band I caught on Friday. They play a version of first record MGMT electro-rock, paired with pretty bizarre vocal flourishes from singer Samuel Herring. Herring had a theatrical flair that extended from operatic over-enunciation to outta nowhere metal growls. He came across a little like Jack Black playing the Cookie Monster in a prestige biopic. As local boys made good, the crowd absolutely adored them. Our own local boys made just OK followed them. Holy Ghost! kept a loose and rave-y audience in motion with a set of solid 80s dance-rock with arena ambitions. Their lack of depth didn't really hurt their broad appeal, though their slightly more esoteric early single, "Hold On", hit hardest for me.
Outkast's Big Boi was originally booked to headline the first night's outdoor show in the surprisingly urban City Plaza, but had to reschedule. Kanye's one-time DJ, A-Trak took over on short notice. In a dance club, a skilled DJ can be total magic. Stick the same guy on a big-stage, as a headline performance? I'm beyond disinterested. ?uestlove, James Murphy, David Bowie, Jesus Christ, whoever. Without some insane level of EDM show stage production, a guy playing records behind a deck just isn't that visually compelling. Not that the lack of something to look at kept anyone from partying down.
These guys were sticking around...
...I was not.
This is just like Electric Zoo except nobody's dead. #hopscotch13
— I'm Gary (@noyokono) September 7, 2013