The Way Out, The Books’ first album in five years, won’t be released until July 2010, but Big Ears audiences were able to preview some of the new songs on Saturday. The duo opened for Bang On A Can All-Stars, who headlined Tennessee Theatre with their performance of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports. The bill was fitting considering Eno is a huge fan of the Massachusetts-based electronic group.
Wrapping up our Big Ears Festival Coverage with some more amazing shots from Keith Klenowski today. In this post you get some great pictures of The National, St. Vincent and My Brightest Diamond.
As I made my way toward the Bijou Theatre to see Dirty Projectors on Saturday, I noticed a few people camped out in front of the Tennessee Theatre. It was only 1:30, but the handful of dedicated teens were definitely in line for Vampire Weekend, who weren’t scheduled to play until seven hours later. Hopefully it paid off for them because when the doors opened, hundreds of girls literally raced down the aisles to grab seats toward the stage.
Have a peek at this photoset from ENS senior photographer Keith Klenowski from this weekends Big Ears Festival in Knoxville. A great weekend was had by all, check out the rest of our coverage from ENS contributor Caitlin Behle right here.
I’m happy to report that I have survived the second day of Big Ears. I started off day 2 at the Tennessee Theater to see one of my all-time favorite bands, Dirty Projectors. I fell in love with them when they played at the 2008 MusicNOW Festival and their latest album Bitte Orca was one of my top 5 albums of 2009.
The xx and jj played to Big Ears’ first sold out show last night at Bijou Theatre. The show was insanity from the beginning as lines crept around the corner as people waited for will call tickets, and by the time the show had ended, ENS photographer Keith Klenowski and I had seen onstage drunkenness and epic light shows, two audience members getting naked in the box seats and what we think was another two audience members getting carried off to jail. It was an interesting show, to say the least.
Each Note Secure is down in Knoxville this weekend for the 2010 Big Ears Fest. This year’s festival is guest curated by Bryce Dessner (The National, Clogs), who somehow managed to put together an amazing lineup at Big Ears and organize MusicNOW, now in its fourth year.