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Bright Eyes Hot Hot Heat Imaginary Scoop Paramore Quest Field Shiny Toy Guns Straylight Run

More Endfest photos {this time with snarky commentary!}

While Imaginary Chona did an AMAZING job with her Endfest 2007 coverage, Eduardo Brambila also got some positively stellar shots from the all-day festival. We emailed back and forth about some of the shots and performances, and I thought I'd share a few of the images and precious comments with all of you…

Paramore

Paramore. Photo by Eduardo Brambila

Eduardo: I was hoping Paramore would be done with quickly. To my satisfying surprise, they were AWESOME. Movement and energy dripped in bucket loads from Hayley Williams. Her super bold hair bounced as she climbed on speakers. She's a petite woman with a true rocker heart. Check this band out live if you can, she’s like a can of soda after shaking it, EXPLOSION! (shit I’m creative!)

igDana: It also looks like she's clenching a phallic carrot! But her hair is completely enviable.


Straylight Run

Straylight Run photo by Eduardo Brambila

Eduardo: They were definitely one of the more mellow bands in the festival. Although they were the first band performing, they still had quite a following. The main singer was not shabby looking… for sure fun to watch!

igDana: I'm glad you thought so! Straylight Run was one of my lowest points at SXSW. But this photo makes me wonder what sound he was making at just that moment that made his tongue look like that. Crazy!!

Shiny Toy Guns

Shiny Toy Guns photo by Eduardo Brambila

Eduardo: I was debating whether or not to attend Endfest this year, and this band tipped the scale and convinced me to go. I LOVE LOVE LOVE their CD, and I loved their performance. Finally, a band I could sing along with and actually know the words without mumbling. Carah Charnow was very stunning. Maybe because she’s a cute boy. 

igDana: OMG YES — she is SUCH a cute boy!


Hot Hot Heat

Eduardo: I didn’t know what Steve Bays looked like, and I was entertained with his resemblance to Carrot Top. It was hard shooting him, as I kept expecting to see some weird props. Cousins, maybe?

igDana: Once upon a time I proclaimed he looked like the frontguy from the Bay City Rollers. But he's lost a lot of weight and changed his hair all around. You make a compelling case for a blood relation to Carrot Top.


Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes photo by Eduardo Brambila

Eduardo: I just remember thinking, “Wow, he looks like Jay from Jay and Silent Bob… from "Dogma," but with black hair. Anyways, Jay or a hobbit that grew up with long hair.

igDana: Ouch. Jay or a hobbit? We also got comparisons to Severus Snape, Jack White, and Jared Leto. Am I the only one who digs the longer locks? (Judging from responses so far, that was clearly a rhetorical question…)

See all of Eduardo's Endfest 2007 photos over on Flickr! 

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Against Me! Hot Hot Heat Live Show Review Minus the Bear Quest Field The Bravery

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Ok, ok. Oh man! Minus the Bear — one of my favorites!

Ever since catching these guys earlier in the year at Sasquatch, I’ve been hooked. The crazy Knudson tapping solos, time changes, and romantic lyrics are almost too much for me to handle. They’re enough to satisfy every pound of music theory nerd in me, as I’m sure they are for everyone else.

I clicked away at this stage with my shutter finger still sore from tapping along on my fender to the Highly Refined Pirates album the night previous.

Though I was definitely disappointed to see such a short set, I definitely got my Minus the Bear fix taken care of.

Minus the Bear at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Minus the Bear at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Minus the Bear at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Minus the Bear at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Minus the Bear at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

 

With the local stage all done with, Against Me! took the What’s Next stage with their usual energy of newly escaped tigers from the Woodland Park Zoo. Fun fun fun!!

Against Me! photo by Chona Kasinger

Against Me! photo by Chona Kasinger

Against Me! photo by Chona Kasinger

 

The long-awaited return of Canadian lads Hot Hot Heat was clear to be seen by all. The crazy haired Steve Bays bounced through the duration of the set with an intense energy — undoubtedly provided by the enthusiasm of the audience. After all, we Seattle folk are very giving!

Hot Hot Heat photo by Chona Kasinger.

Hot Hot Heat photo by Chona Kasinger.

Hot Hot Heat photo by Chona Kasinger.

Hot Hot Heat photo by Chona Kasinger.

 

The Bravery put on a charming, upbeat (with that always latent gloom slant) 40 minute set. Sam Endicott’s very appearance eked almost as hoots and hollers from the girls as a household of girls glued to High School Musical 2…or more specifically, Zac Effron. (Oh god.)

The Bravery at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

The Bravery at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

The Bravery at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

The Bravery at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

 

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Bright Eyes Live Show Review Quest Field Satellite Party Smashing Pumpkins Social Distortion The Used

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You can never go wrong, putting the word “party” in your band name. Satellite Party was no exception. The onstage antics of legendary Perry Farrell made for a party to be had by all, complete with a backup dancer whose microphone was most unfortunately malfunctioning through much of the set.

Satellite Party photo by Chona Kasinger

Satellite Party photo by Chona Kasinger

Satellite Party photo by Chona Kasinger

Personally, I dislike the Used and had this opinion reaffirmed as front man Burt McCracken spit a cup of x beverage over the photo pit, the mist of it swirling into our very faces and lenses. The guy is a total sleaze. However, the myriads of teenage fans remained transfixed and appeared to have a good time. Again, this is never a bad thing.

The Used. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

The Used. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

 

Don’t get me wrong, Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes is one handsome and talented man, but he is one handsome and talented man in desperate need of a trimming. With a voice that encompasses all that is tragic, free, nocturnal in Omaha — and the appearance of Professor Snape — he effectively mellowed out the crowd just in time for Social Distortion to get them all riled up again.

Bright Eyes at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Bright Eyes at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Bright Eyes at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Bright Eyes at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

I felt almost… wrong… watching Social Distortion, knowing that within the course of an hour or so, I would be witnessing two of the most quintessential rock bands of the 1990’s. Wrong, like my parking ticket stub expired five hours ago and I still hadn’t been fined. Wrong, like I walked in on Eddie Vedder taking a whiz in a Honey Bucket. Wrong, like a 12 year old watching a rated R movie. Wrong like “How is it even possible that I’m seeing this band and then Smashing Pumpkins live,” two shows I never should have been able to see?

Social Distortion at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Social Distortion at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Social Distortion at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

I’ll admit, though I'm a Smashing Pumpkins lover, my expectations for this show were low. I was blow away.

Billy Corgan took the stage with no visible arrogance or cockiness, but rather a sense of curiosity at the audience to behold. I’ll say now, the lighting was quite difficult — though abundant in quantity, it seemed the faces were purposefully concealed in shadow. Come on! It’s not like they’re that ugly!

Nonetheless, this added effect made for a mysterious and slightly ambiguous comeback. I spied, in the brief moments of light, the aging of Mr. Corgan, and was flabbergasted by the quality of his voice in juxtaposition to the album versions of the songs performed. The renditions of “Drown” and “Tonight, Tonight” were absolutely gorgeous and were surely sonic treats for everyone present. Overall, I loved the set, and am sure that the majority of skeptics in the audience were won over by the end as well.

Smashing Pumpkins at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Smashing Pumpkins at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Smashing Pumpkins at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Smashing Pumpkins at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Smashing Pumpkins at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

Smashing Pumpkins at Endfest 2007. Photo by Chona Kasinger.

 

There you have it! Endfest 16. Happy Birthday, dude. Drive safely!

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