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APW Day 2: It Might Get Loud

APW Day 2: It Might Get Loud

Day Two of All Points West was beautiful, the skies cleared and the sun came out. It never got too hot, though, which is likely connected to how it’s now rainy again on Day Three. The big headliner was prog-metal band Tool, an act I’ve seen some four times during high school and college. They haven’t toured all that much since I was in college (granted, that wasn’t too many years ago) so this was a reunion of sorts. And, they did not disappoint. They are such an exacting band when they play live, their stage presence can almost feel cold. However, they mixed it up for the crowds at All Points West, throwing in textures and asides for staples such as the already-brilliant “Stinkfist.” If Friday was about hip-hop (with acts like Jay-Z, Q-Tip, and Pharcyde on the bill), then Saturday at All Points West was about harder, darker rock.

There were more than a few Tool fans in the crowd expressing disappointment with British shoegazer pioneers My Bloody Valentine, who played before their beloved band. Chants of “you suck!” and “turn up the vocals!” could be heard in between songs while My Bloody Valentine simply ignored it all and washed the audience over a noise storm that had many attendees reeling with their ears covered. Don’t get me wrong, it would have been nice to hear Bilinda Butcher’s melodic vocals better, but as a fan of the band, I knew what I was there to see. Here are some photos from Day Two:

(New York’s The Postelles opened up the afternoon, previewing songs from their upcoming debut LP. The band definitely has that poppy/Strokesy vibe, but with talent to match.)

(The Arctic Monkeys from Sheffield, UK were a bigger buzz band in 2006 and 2007. Since then, they’ve faded off the American radar, and Saturday’s performance didn’t help matters. The band was phoning it in, lacking any real excitement or punch. It was actually rather boring.)

(Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, charged through with a dynamic set. While her material – particularly the great stuff from new album Actor – plays better indoors, she held her own amongst the hard rockers in the audience.)

(Gypsy punk-rockers Gogol Bordello did not disappoint a tad, giving audiences an energetic and fun performance.)

(Gogol Bordello frontman – and sometimes actor – Eugene Hutz. I couldn’t choose just one photo.)

(I had the pleasant feeling of thinking I was back in Austin, as I watched country/folk songstress Neko Case on Saturday.)

(Bilinda Butcher and Kevin Shields, from My Bloody Valentine on Saturday night. Magic for some of us, noise for others.)

(With a few radio hits under their belt, British dance-rock duo The Ting Tings had more than a few fans turn up for their day-ending set on a smaller-than-deserved stage. This is a band that is breaking through and it’s a good thing. See them live if you can, it’s a party.)

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