Music Fest NW 2009 : Day Two

<img src="" alt=" " />Music Fest NW fully got into gear on Day Two, highlighted by wild tech & dour Scots. ...
Music Fest NW Day Two

Music Fest NW 2009 : Day Two

After Day One’s opening night party (QRO Day One recap), Day Two was a full-fledged event, from Scots in the daytime for radio sessions to Scots at night, with the one-and-only Girl Talk throwing a massive dance party in between:


KEXP Studio Stations @ Doug Fir

We Were Promised Jetpacks, 2:30 PM

We Were Promised Jetpacks

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We Were Promised Jet Packs gave an early afternoon performance which was sponsored by and aired live, on Seattle’s KEXP radio.  The five song set gave the crowd a taste of what to expect for their full show slated for later in the evening.  The Jetpacks impressed with their post-punk pop ear candy, complete with the xylophone throw in on two tracks, for good measure.  Lead singer Adam Thompson claimed the band had just roused themselves from bed 10 minutes prior.  It certainly didn’t show.  He can belt out a tune with the best of them, and proved he doesn’t even need a microphone.  The band just released their first full-length album These Four Walls (QRO review) three short months ago.  More Jetpacks please!



Incase Stage @ Holocene

Local Natives, 9:00 PM

Local Natives gave a fine performance at Holocene, one of the more intimate venues in town.  With one and a half drum kits in use, percussion is clearly key for Local Natives.  There were some striking harmonies to boot.  At times it was reminiscent of a jam session gone delightfully right with the band trading instruments, not missing a beat. (I couldn’t help but notice that the lead singer just happens to bear a striking resemblance to a young John Oats of Hall and Oats.  I’m unclear if that’s intentional or not!)



Verizon Wireless Stage @ Roseland Theater

Girl Talk, 11:00 PM

Girl Talk

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Girl Talk had the collegiates lining up–if you were over the age of twenty-five, this is probably not where you wanted to be.  Many waited for more than an hour, hoping they would gain entry into the biggest dance party at MusicFest NW.

Girl Talk crowd

streamers!Greg GillisFor those who had doubts about watching a live show consisting of a man and his machines, mash-up master Gregg Gillis had a well orchestrated plan.  He was joined onstage by 50 or so chosen few, who danced and sweat, and danced some more.  They assisted their hero by whipping the crowd into a frenzied state, whilst ribbons of toilet paper and confetti were launched into the crowd, raining down from above at regular intervals, throughout the ENTIRE evening.  The kids were diggin’ it!



Girl Talk & crowd



Heineken Stage @ Dante’s

Frightened Rabbit, 12:30 PM

Frightened Rabbit

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Scott HutchinsonFrightened Rabbit demonstrated they are worthy of all the hype.  The doors to the sold-out show were left open.  It was as though lead singer Scott Hutchison’s raw emotion couldn’t be contained and had to be unleashed.  Frightened Rabbit confirmed that it is indeed possible to write tragically dark, brooding, yet decidedly jangly pop songs–and that accent sure doesn’t hurt either!  As word continues to spread don’t be surprised if there is a continued onslaught of Scottish bands clamoring to get signed to FatCat Records, hoping to ride the coattails of Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad (see below), and We Were Promised Jetpacks (see above).



Unfortunately missed:

– The Twilight Sad (QRO live review) @ both KEXP studio session & at nighttime Dante’s show – but Autumn luckily caught the former:

Twilight Sad, 4:30 PM

The Twilight Sad

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– Explosions In the Sky (QRO photos) @ Crystal Ballroom – sold out

– The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (QRO live review), The Depreciation Guild & Cymbals Eat Guitars (QRO photos) @ Doug Fir


all photos by Autumn Andel

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