June 12th, 2009
05:39 PM ET
I just witnessed a mesmerizing digital freak-out by Animal Collective, whose self-described blend of “electronic horror gospel hip-hop, soul pop madness” was evident on standout tracks from their brilliant 6th studio album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, including “Summertime Clothes”, and a Bonnaroo-worthy extended jam on “Fireworks” from the album Strawberry Jam.
The most-pleasant surprise so far was a lively set of beautiful harmonies and African & reggae inspired beats by The Dirty Projectors (pictured above), as the band enthralled the audience with tracks from their most recent album, Bitte Orca.
British rock band Gomez kicked off a rousing performance showcasing their considerable talents and wide-ranging musical styles – a blend of blues, country, and psychedelic rock – with songs of their new album, New Tide.
Spotted behind the scenes (and behind the stage):
The conditions are better than I hoped considering last-night’s downpour.
The crowds and size of this place are a little daunting. I’ve yet to see the main stage. But will soon as Al Green, The Beastie Boys and later Phish take center stage.
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