The second annual All Points West Festival kicked off today in Liberty State Park, NJ. If you’re headed over on the ferry for one, or all, of the days get excited cause it’s sure to be a weekend of excellent music. Each day has a pretty incredible lineup (although Sunday’s is the best) and many ev2bk favorites including Jay Z, The Fleet Foxes, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, St. Vincent, Coldplay, MGMT, Lykke Li, and the Black Keys are set to perform.
Sure to be a highlight on Sunday are English alt-rock band, Elbow. The band formed back in 1990 and lead vocalist and lyricist Guy Garvey, bassist Pete Turner, drummer Richard Jupp, guitarist Mark Potter, and keyboardist Craig Potter have released four studio albums and four EPs since. Rumor has it that the band is named after a line in the BBC TV mini-series The Singing Detective where a character says that the word “elbow” is the most sensuous word in the English language, not for its definition, but for how it feels to say it? Having just said it aloud a few times I have to say I surprisingly agree. Seriously, try it, you’ll see what they’re talking about.
Elbow has a really innovative sound and Garvey’s voice is hauntingly unshakable. Since winning the 2008 Mercury Music Prize for their fourth album, The Seldom Seen Kid, it seems like they are finally having some much deserved commercial success. These guys not only sound hot recorded but really on point live, as you’ll see below.
Elbow – Mirrorball:
Ed. note: Thanks to our San Fran correspondent JVM for her song recommendation.