Popped! Philadelphia 2008


Work has been busy – time to get back to this stuff.

This past weekend, the Popped! music festival had its second annual run. Friday night kicked things off with Slick Rick and Philly’s own White T’s & White Belts at Trocadero. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it.

Chamillionaire ft. Slick Rick – Hip-Hop Police

Saturday’s festival was great (except for the fact that only VIP had a booze tent and there were practically no food vendors). The whole reason I was there was to check out the Ting Tings. They were one of the best acts of the day and should have had a better time slot; especially considering the fact that they had played in NYC only 11 hours prior. But they brought the fire, playing my 3 favorites – “Great DJ”, “That’s not my name”, and “Shut up and let me go”, among others. Got some sweet autographed vinyl that they played ‘upon’ in NYC. Get their album, “We Started Nothing”, because it will easily be one of the best this year. Buy it on Amazon or peep their website.

Ting Tings – Great DJ (Calvin Harris Remix)

The next noteworthy act brought some serious hip-hop. Mr. Lif has one of the nicest flows and most socially-conscious lyrics out there. Backed by DJ Statik and a guest set from Bahamadia and Metro, that shit was real.

The biggest surprise of the day came in the form of Dan Deacon‘s energetic and engaging set. In addition to some awesome rocky electro madness for music, that dude knows how to rock a live show (video to come soon).  Oh, and this awesomeness sums it up:

Deacon’s set took a lot out of me, so I was relegated to enjoy Gogol Bordello’s set from the lawn. Greatness. They were rocking hard and had the best crowd of the day. Check out mandurphy.com for some legit pics.

Yay, shouting! Crystal Castles are a live act you need to see. I’m not too keen on their music, what with all the shouting, but 1/3 of them are legitimately insane and all of them a pleasure to watch.

Crystal Castles – Alice Practice (Futurecop! Remix) [courtesy discodust]

Mates of State are legitimately excellent and musically talented. They were a real pleasant change from Alice Glass – nice and chilled out stuff (just a little too chilled out for my tastes).

I can’t say I’ve ever cared for Vampire Weekend. Didn’t stay for their closing set.

Next year, the Popped! people need to get some beer tents, better food vendors, and reverse this year’s lineup and they will have the right festival. I will be getting my blog on semi-serious starting now. Expect some more this week.


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