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ev2bk Live Music – All Points West 2009 Sunday

Statue of Liberty So we WERE able to make it to All Points West on Sunday and it was a sweaty, music-filled, muddy time. But first we had to wait all morning/afternoon for the torrential downpours to end and let the powers-that-be decide that the weather would hold out long enough to open the doors. There were many conflicting twitter reports and the All Points website was very infrequently updated but finally we decided to brave the crowds and the mud. On the way in we heard the Silversun Pickups and We Are Scientists but the first band that we got to see up close was Elbow. They rocked it on the mellow tip (they sound amazingly clean and sharp live) and geared us up for a walk to the Bullet Stage for a rollicking Black Keys show.

Gloomy skies @ All Points West on Sunday

Gloomy skies @ All Points West on Sunday

One thing that must be said about this whole All Points West festival experience: being forced to drink $7 beers in a “beer garden”/animal-pen-filled-with-mud is not a good or sustainable model. Get it together APW, this is rock and roll festival, idiots!

So for a little while I got caught up in looking for something to eat while Melissa explored the VIP area, and then Coldplay starting raining down some anthems, covering “Fight for your Right” along the way in a nice Beastie Boys tribute, which was a fitting bookend of sorts to Jay-Z’s cover of “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” on Friday evening.

Coldplay w/ crazy laser beams @ All Points West 2009

Coldplay w/ crazy laser beams @ All Points West 2009

Just a little while later, we wandered over to check out MGMT, who was playing on the Bullet Stage across the way, and actually got a couple of decent videos of them performing.

MGMT – Pieces of What (live @ All Points West 2009):

MGMT – Weekend Wars (live @ All Points West 2009):

On the way home, some of us were covered with mud, but only on our shoes/pants/legs/hair/outside parts. Not in our hearts. God Bless America!

Main Stage and flag



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Jam of the Day – Elbow your way into All Points West

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.

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