Alright, last night was fantastic. A lot of walking, but fantastic. I got to check out everything I had hoped to except the line-up at Lincoln Theater. I went down there to check it out, but it was packed so I decided to head back to a place I could actually, you know, get in to. So, I managed to catch Dinosaur Feathers (great), Twelve Thousand Armies (very good), Tender Fruit (great), Dustin Wong (great), Reading Rainbow (very good), Weekend (very good), and Cold Cave (pretty good). All in all, a successful night one, even if I did completely ignore my schedule. That being said, I’ve got plans for tonight but will likely not stick to those 100% either.
I’ll probably kick off the night down at Fletcher Opera Hall for Julianna Barwick, kind of get a chilled out start to the evening. I was hoping to see her perform a smaller venue, see how her ambient loop layering played in a place like Tir na nOg or Kings Barcade, but I’m sure she’ll be brilliant at Fletcher or anywhere.
After that, I’ll be heading up to the Pour House to see Braids play. I’ve seen them before, and they stole the show as an opening band. They might have given the best performance I’ve seen all year when they opened for Toro Y Moi, and I would expect this set to be fairly consistent with that one. They haven’t put out any new albums since then, haven’t had any changes to the band of note. Perhaps they’ll give us some new material from something upcoming, or if I can get in touch with them afterwards I’ll try and dig up some deets on what they’ve got going on.
From there, we have a few options — Swans, Twin Shadow, Disappears, Mount Eerie, and Generationals will all be playing. I’ll probably go catch the end of the Vivian Girls’ set, then just see where my feet take me from there. In any case, I’ll end up back at the Pour House for the last show of the night, Japandroids. I’ve wanted to see them for years and missed them every time I had the chance, but tonight I will most certainly be catching them.
This is all subject (perhaps likely) to change, but tonight’s schedule seems much more sane than last night’s. Then again, I could get down there, talk to some people, and realize how wrong I am about that and end up seeing 8 bands like last night when I expected to see 4 and actually saw 7. I’ll be live-blogging from the festival again tonight, so I’ll keep you apprised of my ever-changing schedule.