My friend and I ate dinner as soon as we arrived in Asheville. It was nothing special. I’m not going to rip on the restaurant we ate at, but it was nothing special. We ran to the Active Child concert.
Active Child gave a super strange concert that was weirdly epic. The whole thing was just this grown ginger man, sitting down and playing the harp. And it was awesome! Every Active Child song was like finding a new way to cry. Pat Grossi is an emotional wreck, but my god, did he give one hell of a performance, which ended with one final cry behind a bombastic, bass-heavy beat.
The M83 concert also got off to a weird start. A man in a mask walked onstage. Trippy? Yes. But the audience knew what was happening. It was time for M83. The man in the mask (mask seen here) slowly raised both hands, commanding the audience’s attention, and the audience responded obediently, raising its hands along with him. Then, the man dropped his hands and ran offstage. Strange. Anthony Gonzalez and the band walked on a few minutes later behind the “Intro” beat. I was able to see them perform “Intro,” “Midnight City,” and “Reunion” before I had to leave, and each was amazing and epic, and I’m overusing the word “epic,” but really guys, you had to be there. The performance was spectacular and surprisingly pitch-perfect, not to mention that everything that happened in the Asheville Civic Center was only enhanced by the fish swimming in the sky (Lil Wayne reference?), the kaleidoscope visuals on the big screen, and the awkward, drug-induced swaying (dancing?) from the audience. We ran out of there in horror and because it was time for the Childish Gambino concert. Hurry up, we’re dreaming.
We had a front-row view of the Childish Gambino concert, which was awesome. We saw the stage being set up: Ludwig Gorannson tuning his guitar, Thomas Drayton setting up his bass (slappin da bass, man), and Sad Billy Idol polishing his violin (or whatever violinists do). When Donald didn’t come on stage at exactly the scheduled time, the young crowd quickly got impatient, chanting “Gambino! Gambino! Gambino!” Finally, he came out rapping “Hero” from last year’s Culdesac. The next hour and a half consisted of everybody’s favorite Gambino tracks. It’s actually kind of amazing. The guy has so many hits already–before his first commerical release. Some of the highlights from the concert were the never-before-performed-live “L.E.S.” and “Heartbeat” from Camp, his “Rolling in the Deep” remix with John Legend’s vocals, his freestyle over the “I’m A Boss” beat, and the “Lights Turned On” rager to close the show. I don’t think I can tell you how great the it all was. Donald Glover is on a whole ‘nother level. You can see and hear his passion as he performs. Like, actual, real, raw passion. Amazing.
Passion Pit came on soon after Gambino which ended a little bit late. It was the last show of the night for us. Michael Angelakos and Co. could not have ended it any more perfectly. Passion Pit has got hits, and they played all of them. The crowd really got into it, too, and Angelakos had so much (drunken) charisma on stage; it was infectious. Everybody was dancing and singing along. I’m still amazed that Angelakos could stay in his upper register the ENTIRE night and be on pitch THE ENTIRE TIME. Passion Pit as a whole is just good at its job. Manners live sounded like CD-quality Manners; oh, but they didn’t stop at Manners. They played new material, too, “testing” songs as they tour North America. At Moogfest, they tested two songs from their sophomore effort; both strangely patriotic (one was called “American Bride”; the other was called something else. It was the better of the two).
Huh. God bless America, I guess.
You can read about my festive weekend on my blog. My blog? You’re probably wondering “Who is this guy?” Well, let me tell you what little I know.
Hello there, friends and significant lovers. My name is Wesley King and I’m a decent person. I don’t have a any right to love, but I love to write. I Tweet, blog, Tumblr, and listen to Hypem all day. Worst advice I ever got? Don’t thrust anybody.
I live in Durham, North Carolina and I arch my back whenever someone pokes me from behind (this rarely happens as I tend to keep my back to the nearest wall). I’m a part-time model at Abercrombie (fuck you Fitch!); I would be full-time but admittedly I can’t be trusted with mannequins, cologne, or loud music. I have two puppy dogs that the neighbors threaten to shoot whenever they tunnel under the fence and bite the tires off of passing minivans.
I am a large fan of music; that is, I’m a fan of music and I just so happen to be large. What can you expect from me as a regular contributor to Sunset? Clashing ideals, stripper jokes, and the best music other people on the Internet find served up to you on a gussied, wordy platter. I wax pathetically poetic when it comes to the unmatched violince of Andrew Bird, but you’ll also find me tapping a finger to the strains of Calvin Harris, The XX, Broken Bells, Sufjan Stevens, Toro y Moi, and Saturday morning cartoon theme songs.
The Sunday schedule is literally what I’ll be doing on Sunday. Step-by-step. Play-by-play. (Really, it’s to help my stalker out, ‘cause right now, I’m beginning to think I don’t have one! Yikes!)
Friday, October 28
5:15 – 6:15 Matthew Dear
6:30 – 7:30 Mayer Hawthorne & the County
7:30 – 8:30 The Antlers
MP3: “Putting the Dog to Sleep” – The Antlers
(8:30 – 8:00 Time travel)
8:00 – 9:00 Little Dragon
9:00 – 9:30 RELAX
9:30 – 11:00 Chromeo (over Holy F**k? Tough call.)
11:00 – 12:00 Moby
12:30 – 2:00 – TV on the Radio
Saturday, October 29
2:00 – 4:00 Brian Eno’s Illustrated Talk (if you bought tickets)
4:00 – 5:00 The Naked & Famous
MP3: “All of This” – The Naked & Famous
5:00 – 6:00 YACHT
MP3: “Dystopia (The Earth is on Fire)” – YACHT
6:30 – 7:30 SBTRKT (bands with all CAPS letters, stick togethers)
MP3: “Never Never” – SBTRKT
7:30 – 8:00 Catch the end of the Crystal Castles show!
8:30 – 9:30 The Flaming Lips
9:30 – 10:45 Toro y Moi (SC REPRESENT!)
MP3: “Blessa (Daytrotter Session)” – Toro y Moi
10:45 – 12:15 St. Vincent (Crush ninjas like I’m crushing on Annie Clark…)
12:45 – 2:00 Battles
Sunday, October 30
5:30 – 6:15 Active Child
6:30 – 7:00 M83 (The show goes ‘til 7:45, but I’ll have to run over to the Renaissance Asheville Hotel for the Childish Gambino show, missing both The Drums AND Neon Indian. Gah!)
MP3: “Fall” – M83
7:15 – 8:30 Childish Gambino
MP3: “Verse on DJ Sosupersam’s ‘This Way Up’ Mixtape” – Childish Gambino
8:30 – 9:00 The Gambino show is over. Lose your shit. You can die peacefully now. Now, run over to the Asheville Civic Center to catch some of the James Murphy show!
9:00 – 10:30 Passion Pit
MP3: “Little Secrets” – Passion Pit
10:30 – 11:15 Ghostland Observatory (The show goes ‘til 11:45, but I wanna see Gold Panda!)
11:15 – 11:30 Drive to The Orange Peel, blasting Gold Panda.
11:30 – 12:30 Gold Panda
Check out the Moogfest website for the full schedule, ticket information, and much much more.
First we’ve got Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh. Going to be a blast. Then, after that, we’ve got MoogFest from October 29-31 in Asheville, NC, a festival filled with headliners and big names. Plus, the list is still growing. Are yall ready for this?
My favorites who will be there: