The New Pornographers – Live @ Summer Camp

Date June 6, 2008

And now for the last of my Summer Camp reviews, of the Sunshine Stage festival closer and musicforants.com fave, The New Pornographers.  The band was a very fish-out-of-water choice for the festival (I chatted with Carl and Kathryn beforehand and I don’t think they had any idea where they were), but they made the best [...]

The Roots – Live @ Summer Camp

Date June 3, 2008

The Roots were second only to The Flaming Lips on my most anticipated acts list for Summer Camp. The crew is known to put on extraordinary live shows, and this being my first experience with the band, I came out pretty blown away. I should preface this by saying I don’t own any of The [...]

Elsinore – Live @ Summer Camp

Date June 2, 2008

Elsinore is an up-and-coming Champaign/Urbana-located band who used to be all about acoustic guitars and Americana but recently decided to try their hand in the burgeoning Indie Rock scene. I hadn’t heard the band’s old sound going into the show so I can’t comment on how well the transition’s going but I can say that [...]

The Flaming Lips – Live @ Summer Camp

Date May 28, 2008

After dancing on stage for Girl Talk and meeting Wayne Coyne backstage, I was extremely pumped for Flaming Lips and positioned myself third row front and center for the most anticipated show of the festival, The Flaming Lips. Having seen tons of pictures of the Lips live show and being a rather huge fan, I [...]

Girl Talk – Live @ Summer Camp

Date May 27, 2008

Summer Camp seems like a really weird festival for Girl Talk to be playing (the hippie to hipster ratio is about 100 to 1 here), but Gregg Gillis completely worked the crowd, putting on the most memorable show I’ve seen from him yet (and I’ve seen a few). This was the first Girl Talk show [...]

Avett Brothers – Live @ Summer Camp

Date May 27, 2008

I haven’t listened to much Avett Brothers before this performance although I’ve heard raves from quite a few people. I really enjoyed what I heard from them.  The melodies and harmonies were sweet and simple and the instrumentation was very impressive.  The band seemed to be best when singing stripped down acoustic ballads like “Die [...]