SONOIO - Alright, I get the appeal of crouching on the ground, hoodie up, lights flashing in tune with the bass, tinkering with that awesome little synth pad - but, outside of the first and second row of bodies lining the stage, no one else could see you, and I'll be honest, it began to feel a little self-conscious and cowardly. And then, of course, it all just sounded... the same.. except for excessive helpings of bass (MORE BASS!!) I was bored by the end of it, and stood, letting the blasts of bass waves beat into my chest until the set was over.
VHS vs BETA - I wasn't expecting anything, but got a good serving of everything. Performance, sound, interactivity, they were good - but I was also three beers in on an empty stomach, so I don't know how accurate my Good Music gauge was at that point. I'll invest some time in their album, at least..
LADYTRON - I'm biased, I love Ladytron. Don't expect a thorough analysis of their set, because I'll just gush on and on about it. I will say that upon listening to their latest album, I found it a little less explosive. Maybe even.. cautious? I don't know.. I still found favorites. As for the performance, well, it might have also been cautious.. save for the thundering bass which knocked Helen's KORG onto the ground (MORE TAPE!!) They're getting older, I accept that. Mira was clearly pregnant, I reluctantly accept that.. but it comes at the price of a significant drop in hotness... I still found myself swooning stupidly, not even hearing the songs. Overall, a great set, but I wanted to pound my fists into the asshole shoving his camera in their faces the entire night... dude, seriously, I'm coming for you, and don't worry, I'll have someone shoving my camera in your face as I'm beating it bloody. Learn some fucking etiquette.