Summer Jams and Shorts on Stage 

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PASSION PIT (answered by Michael Angelakos)
What's the best outdoor show you've ever seen?
Blur at Glastonbury.

What's your vote for Summer Jam of 2010?
"Escape" by Enrique Iglesias.

What's your vote for Summer Jam of all time?
"Smile Around the Face" by Four Tet.

It's 95 degrees. It's humid. You're playing an outdoor show. Shorts on stage: Yes or no?
Hell no.

Will you alter your set at all to account for the more celebratory vibe of an outdoor show?
That doesn't apply to Passion Pit because every show is celebratory.



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THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
What's the best outdoor show you've ever seen?
Peggy: Last summer seeing Saint Etienne in Spain was pretty amazing. I felt like I was at a '90s rave.
Kip: We played on the beach with the Vivian Girls in Italy at dusk�ƒ¢â�€š¬�…¡—
It was like the best summertime feeling.

What's your vote for Summer Jam of 2010?
Kip: I like Best Coast's "Our Deal" a lot.
Peggy: The Babies "Meet Me in the City"

What's your vote for Summer Jam of all time?
Peggy: "Steal My Sunshine" by Len.
Kip: "Today" by Smashing Pumpkins or Ash's "Girl from Mars."

It's 95 degrees. It's humid. You're playing an outdoor show. Shorts on stage: Yes or no?
Kip: I'm still bummed we can't wear sweaters. We can't, right?
Peggy: I probably wear shorts 90% of the summer. Maybe a better question for me would be "Cargo shorts on stage: Yes or No." Then I'd be kind of torn.

Will you alter your set at all to account for the more celebratory vibe of an outdoor show?
Kip: We're into celebratory vibes regardless! Matt + Kim have it right!
Peggy: Yeah, we might cut out a sentimental ballad or two and talk in between songs more. Especially if there are any wastoids in the crowd.



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TED LEO
What's the best outdoor show you've ever seen?
Hugh Masekela, World Trade Center, August 2001. On an amazingly beautiful day, just like the more famous one a couple of weeks later,I rode the ferry over from Hoboken with my brother Danny, had a couple of whiskies at a bar, then watched one of the greatest living humans play some of the greatest music ever created, while the sun set over New Jersey.

What's your vote for Summer Jam of 2010?
Summer Jam of 2010 is definitely gonna be "Wrong Things" from the album Holy Hell by Noun, Marissa Paternoster from the Screaming Females' other project.

What's your vote for Summer Jam of all time?
Toss up between BDP's "T'cha T'cha," and Gorilla Biscuits' "Forgotten." Both always bring me back strongly to the summer of '88, which was pretty much the last summer I had that was an actual normal summer of working, going to shows in the city, going to parties at the shore, and just hanging out.

It's 95 degrees. It's humid. You're playing an outdoor show. Shorts on stage: Yes or no?
For many many years, I'd have said no shorts EVER, let alone on stage, but I'm settling into the idea of a crusty pair of cut-off black jeans being acceptable from time to time—even on stage.

Will you alter your set at all to account for the more celebratory vibe of an outdoor show?
In theory—depending on the show—yes, I will consider playing what it feels right to play; but even our most serious songs, I think, are only ENHANCED by the beauty and the celebration of living that an outdoor summer show can bring.



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SUCKERS
What's the best outdoor show you've ever seen?
We just saw LCD Soundsystem play at Sasquatch, and that was pretty awesome!

What's your vote for Summer Jam of 2010?
Insane Clown Posse: "Miracles"

What's your vote for Summer Jam am of all time?
Roy Ayers: "Everybody Loves The Sunshine"

It's 95 degrees. It's humid. You're playing an outdoor show. Shorts on stage: Yes or no?
Quinn (Walker, vocals/guitar) once got made fun of for wearing shorts at a show.. They said "Rockers don't wear shorts!" so, I guess we learned our lesson there...

Will you alter your set at all to account for the more celebratory vibe of an outdoor show?
Sure, although I think alot of the time we try to make our sets pretty upbeat and celebratory.. It seems to keep the audience more engaged..



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FREE ENEGRY (answered by Paul Sprangers)
What's the best outdoor show you've ever seen?
Stereolab and Sonic Youth at the Walker in Minneapolis!

What's your vote for Summer Jam of 2010?
"Rude Boy" by Rihanna. Is that from this year?

What's your vote for Summer Jam of all time?
"The Boys Are Back in Town" by Thin Lizzy.

It's 95 degrees. It's humid. You're playing an outdoor show. Shorts on stage: Yes or no?
I don't think people want to see me in shorts up there. Just a hunch. When I wear shorts I look like your nerdy cousin who wears black socks with sandals.

Will you alter your set at all to account for the more celebratory vibe of an outdoor show?
There's not much more we could do to make our set more celebratory. I guess we could cover "I Gotta Feelin" by Black Eyed Peas. We definitely could use a t-shirts cannon and some pyrotechnics. Maybe a hype man. And some fly girls.



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TOKYO POLICE CLUB (answered by Graham Wright)
What's the best outdoor show you've ever seen?
Radiohead at Molson Park in Barrie, On. It was the first concert I ever went to and it set the bar impossibly high for all that followed.

What's your vote for Summer Jam of 2010?
Tough one. Maybe the new Cold War Kids EP? I know that's more than one song but I'm terrible at decisions. Or something from the new Born Ruffians record. Or The Hold Steady...

What's your vote for Summer Jam of all time?
Tougher one. Probably something by The Strokes.

It's 95 degrees. It's humid. You're playing an outdoor show. Shorts on stage: Yes or no?
Absolutely. A year ago I might have sacrificed in the name of cool, but I've since realized that all the suffering in the world won't make me cool, and adjusted my fashion accordingly.

Will you alter your set at all to account for the more celebratory vibe of an outdoor show?
Probably not�ƒ¢â�€š¬â�‚��we like to do what we do best and allow the celebratory vibe to visit itself upon us if the moment permits. I've found you can't do much to influence these things and it's usually foolish to try.

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