Well, I have to hand it to the Sweetgreen Co. They definitely stepped their game up for their Sweet Life fest this year. They took the festival onto a bigger music venue – Merriweather Post Pavilion, which really upped the ante. I liked the effort of a small-ish local/organic food company trying to organize us like-minded young adults around some great music.
It wasn’t the best I’ve been to but hey, I think they’ve got something here…
I arrived after a couple of acts because, well, it was raining all morning and I wasn’t exactly dying to see some of the earlier shows. I did however miss Ra Ra Riot because of some major box office FAIL (I’ve learned my lesson..no more will call and perhaps I should dust off my printer). That was unfortunate and left me with a bitter taste in my mouth even before I had the chance to get searched by Event Staff. What made my mood better was the plethora of alcohol at my disposal. And trust me, everyone was drunk.
So I took to a few bottles and hung out under the tent and waited for Cold War Kids to stop playing. Then the small group I was with, ventured down towards the stage to get up close and personal for the Crystal Castles set. I’m going to say this again because I know I’ve said it before..if you ever get the chance to see these guys live, just fucking do it. It was awesome to get that close to Alice Glass – who mind you, was seizuring on her back on stage in a fancy boot for her broken ankle. The first song they opened with…wait, the first NOTE they opened with rippled through me and made my entire body shudder. It was something far from natural.
From there we moved to the lawn to get some air and by this point none of us really cared about the rain, nor did the rest of the lawn. As I was being entertained by this poor group of completely shitfaced kids in front of me, I caught Lupe’s act. I feel I may be alone on this complaint but I sort of hate when rappers come to these festivals and bring a rock band back-line. I want to hear you rap. I don’t want to hear some Kid Rock inspired guitar set with some political rants peppered throughout. Sorry, dude..I was hoping for better.
After the let down of Lupe, Girl Talk brought my mood right back up. It might have been just perfect timing – my alcohol buzz setting in or what..but they had everyone on the lawn going nuts. I’ve always missed these guys whenever they’re in town and they did not let me down. They might have hurt the eco-friendly sentiment when they unleashed hundreds and hundreds of balloons and more confetti then you know what to do with onto the crowd..but their set was as solid as it could be. They know their genre/sound and what they’re good at and I commend them for doing exactly that. They don’t stray far and I like that they haven’t tapped into the dubstep/remix magic that’s been blowing the fuck up.
And then I left. Yep, before The Strokes. Saw them a couple of weeks ago at Coachella..and you know how these parking lots get so I wanted to get out as fast as I could.
Good job Sweetgreen…maybs I’ll see ya next year.
Now snag some tunes from my Sweet Life sampler, and yes I’m biased (right-click to download).
01. Humdrum Town – Theophilus London
02. Vanished – Crystal Castles
03. Machu Picchu – The Strokes
04. Every Day – Girl Talk
05. Go To Sleep – Lupe Fiasco
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