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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Les Savy Fav

posted by on July 26 at 13:00 PM

Les Savy Fav_CoreyBayless_CitizenImage03Les Savy Fav photo by Corey Bayless

I ended up watching most of Les Savy Fav from what had to be one of the worst spots possible—thanks, Kirby (…and weed)—the side of the stage. Les Savy Fav’s Tim Harrington is, in case you haven’t heard, a bit of a performer, and, like a Gallagher concert or Sea World, the best place to watch him do his thing is in the first six rows where you will get wet. (But I realized that, for me, the one thing that bound all the big, exciting names of Block Party this year was that I’d seen them all before. Which isn’t to say I wasn’t stoked about seeing them again, but just that I wasn’t as compelled to have every set be some great moment—I already got onstage with Girl Talk at Chop Suey, I’ve danced with Tim Harrington, I’ve done—well, I guess you don’t do anything with Vampire Weekend but stand in a packed crowd and watch them, but I’ve done that before too. In a way, it was nice, because it gave me the freedom to ditch an act halfway through to go check out something else, or to not fight my way to the front for everything.)

Still, the band sounded great as always, and this is what’s awesome about Les Savy Fav—not only do they have the goofy frontman, but they have several albums worth of fucking fantastic disco-touched post punk ragers. “The Sweat Descends,” no matter where you’re standing, just slays. Harrington’s lyrics seemed to get lost in his antics maybe a bit more than usual this show, and, again just from my admittedly not hot vantage point, their performance seemed a little more sedate than usual. Sometimes Harrington’s banter is just molten comedic gold, and I guess sometimes it’s not. Still, he looked good—and a bit like a “never nude”—in those cutoffs.

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Christ, I wish you would stop telling us about shit were already privy to Grandy, ugh.

Posted by Adrian G. | July 27, 2008 9:38 AM

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