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ACL FEST 2004 – Day Two – Part One

Got to the festival very early today. I was scheduled to introduce a few bands, starting with Troy Campbell’s band at noon. The crowd was small, for sure, but they responded well to the set. Went to the Media Lounge shortly afterwards to get some shade. It’s still hot as hell here… but we’re making do. Here’s what I’ve seen so far:

The Soundtrack of Our Lives – Solid Swedes with a British Invasion fetish rocked the crowd early in the afternoon. Again, they were also wearing far too much clothing for 95-degree weather, but they seemed to fare fine. The band sounded great, and previewed some good material from their upcoming release, Origin.

Slightly Stoopid – The name says it all. I just couldn’t get into this heavy metal jam band. I get it, but I don’t want to.

Cat Power – Chilled out folk melodies were welcome in this heat. But I think she was a little too reserved to really get the sweating crowd going.

Josh Rouse – Sunny pop, working on overtime.

New Monsoon – Jam band from San Fran that worked their butts off to make it good. I introduced them as well, and the crowd was all over their three percussionists and their mix of piano pop with long grooves.

I’m done introducing acts for the day, so I think I’ll just enjoy some more music. The Pixies play tonight, which is certainly the hot ticket. Meanwhile, I’m hearing rumors of a media happy hour… cross your fingers for me.

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