Little Scream and her all-star band put on one of the best shows I’ve seen all year — no small feat for a band I’d only heard one song by prior to the show. And really, I can’t overstate how fantastic this show was. Part of it was her backing band, which consisted of the majority of people who played at MusicNOW, but it was really the source material that made the biggest impression. Seeing this group stomp out “Canons” on stage at Memorial Hall will probably be the to-beat live moment of the summer for me.
Over the course of her set, Little Scream was backed by Richard Parry of the Arcade Fire, Bryce and Aaron Dessner of the National, Owen Pallett, Shara Worden and Sharon Van Etten in some combination or another. At the end she brought them all back out to be joined by Megafaun to sing one of their Songs of the South a cappella. It was a fantastically delicate ending to a powerful show.
I’ll have my review of the National’s fantastic show online in a few days, but here’s a sneak peek at the fantastic ending. They brought out all the performers who stuck around for the final day to sing “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” with no vocal mikes. It turned into a giant singalong with the audience, Owen Pallett, Little Scream, Sharon Van Etten, Richard Parry, and Megafaun. It was a beautiful moment from a special festival. Can’t wait for 2012’s edition of MusicNOW.
Cincinnati’s MusicNOW festival is back this year with a fantastic lineup (as always). They’ve got the National, Sharon Van Etten, Owen Pallett, Tim Hecker and a bunch of other great folks. Tickets are on sale now. Pro tip: if you’re planning on seeing the National and Sharon Van Etten’s show, buy tickets before you finish reading this sentence.
I’m sure if I’d paid more attention during my History of Film I & II classes, I’d be able to give you some context of this music video for Owen’s “The Great Elsewhere.” Unfortunately I didn’t, so I can’t. Let that be a lesson to you kids: pay attention in every class and maybe one day you can speak well on the topic of a short art film soundtracked by a Canadian violinist’s most recent work.