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Cool As Kim Deal

Cool As Kim Deal

ACL FEST 2004 – Day Two – Part Three

The subject title refers to a song by the Dandy Warhols, but after seeing The Pixies tonight, I think she’s cooler than I originally imagined. I caught her with The Breeders about two years ago and she didn’t seem to be in the best shape. Tonight, she was great, as was frontman Frank Black. The Pixies were as tight as we could have hoped. I totally intended to cut out after a few songs and beat the traffic. Sure enough, I was hooked, and couldn’t walk away. They did pretty much every staple in the canon, and they did them so well. It’s especially refreshing to hear a “reunion show” be so good.

It was a nice way to end a solid day. Here’s what else I saw before the triumphant Pixies:

Old 97’s – Dallas boys delivering honkytonk, punk, and ballads. I had fun, but I love those guys.

Howie Day – This Boston-based singer/songwriter is pretty impressive live. He uses pedals to create a full band experience out of a one-man show. He had the crowd going, and it was pretty nice.

Modest Mouse – Wow. The turnout for these current hitmakers was massive, even a little scary. It felt like everyone at the festival came to see them. It was an uneven set, at best. The sound was a little muddy and the performances didn’t do much better. Some of it worked, though, and it was nice to see one of 2004’s best singles, “Float On,” performed live.

Los Amigos Invisibles – Latin pop with expansive arrangements. Great show, a lot of fun.

My Morning Jacket – I caught the tail-end of this, but I really liked what I saw. These Southern rock shoegazers may be challenging to some, but I was into it.

The Neville Brothers – Why bother? That would be the question on my mind. Adequate Louisiana funk and soul, but nothing special.

This brought us to The Pixies, which means tomorrow will have its work cut out for it. I have faith…

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