97X Next Big Thing review (Part 2): Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant, AWOLNATION are highlights at 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
For the second half of our 97X Next Big Thing review (click here for Part 1, covering Bush, Foster the People and A Day To Remember), we turn to two writers from our sister publication, tb-two*, George Kielty and Max Asayesh-Brown.
They, unlike us, stayed for most of the show on Saturday at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre in Tampa. And they had some great things to say about some of the biggest acts of the day. Some highlights:
Cage the Elephant (above): "The music was great, especially Aberdeen, and it’s always hilarious to see the pit men reel Matt Shultz back onto stage by the microphone cord like a giant hairy fish."
Young the Giant: "Their energy ballooned throughout the set, so in their element they towered over the most distant lawn seating. I loved the music, the vocals. I loved that the tambourine wasn’t that perceptible but added something anyway. I loved pretty much everything."
Foster the People: "With their impressive light show, I was surprised they could see their instruments at all. But still, they played well and got the whole crowd moving. And then came Pumped Up Kicks, their final song, of course; I was still skeptical as to how they would make it suitable for this crowd. My jaw was on the floor by the time they had stopped." (Get a photo of Foster the People at Next Big Thing after the jump.)
Grouplove: "I did not expect a Molly Ringwald look-alike for a harmonic vocalist, or to have her put on a Friday the 13th mask halfway through the set; not the spastic drummer; nor the ukulele; nor the humming in Naked Kids."
AWOLNATION: "Aaron Bruno, one of the more psychotic frontmen, had the crowd wrapped around his little finger, with charisma that could kill (and a pedophile mustache to match). Besides some choppy sound due to technical difficulties, AWOL was one of the best shows on the side stage, with a very powerful set, even though most of their music was based heavily on spectacle, not substance."
They had more to say about other bands, too, including Sublime With Rome, A Day To Remember, Manchester Orchestra and fun. Click here for more of George and Max's review. And click here to check out some cool photos from the event.
Photos: Rachel Mowat, tb-two*