MusicFestNW Live Blog: Day 2

PretentiousPDX will be Live Blogging from MusicFestNW all week long. Stay tuned for updates from MOSTOFTHESHOWS!

DAY TWO: WEDNESDAY

8:59PM
Good evening and welcome to Day 2 of PretentiousPDX’s MusicFestNW adventure! Tonight, we’re at The Roseland, where XXYYXX is already throwing down some mad jams, and the crowd is eating it up, if by “eating it up” you mean “standing passively with their arms folded.” Rock on, Portland!

9:11PM
Haha, XXYYXX just called them out on it. “You look so bored! … You look like you’re not having fun! … I wouldn’t pay money to not have fun.”

9:15PM
We got the best seats in the house! By which I mean, we actually got seats. The Roseland is way better if you can watch the show from a chair… Mainly because I’m an old man.

9:25PM
Now the crowd’s getting into it!

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9:33PM
Interest is waning here in the Old Folks Section. Everyone’s chatting.

9:36PM
I don’t do drugs, but if I ever wanted to do E in a Starbucks, this is probably what I’d listen to.

9:57PM
Oh good, my wrist smells like plastic. Yesssssss. #mfnwproblems

10:01PM
CHVRCHES is apparently trying to get us in the mood by giving us a seizure.

10:05PM
If I have a seizure during this show, please make sure I don’t bite off my tongue.

10:06PM
CHVRCHES is soooo good, though! They rocked the Wonder for the MFNW launch party, and they’re kicking ass at The Roseland tonight.

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10:12PM
CHVRCHES just killed it on “Gun”

10:27PM
They’ve really tightened up their sound just in the past few months.

10:33PM
I could listen to “Recover” all day long.

10:35PM
So apparently the lead singer from CHVRCHES got refused service a Portland-area restaurant because she was wearing shorts and sneakers. Where in the hell was she? Oswego Lake Country Club?

10:47PM
So they always have one of the dudes in CHVRCHES sing one song. He sounds a lot better this go around, but it still feels a little bit like “Octopus’s Garden”, if you catch my drift.

10:49PM
CHVRCHES explaining that they’re out of songs: “I guess you haven’t heard the record yet, but that’s pretty much it.”

Portland’s got mad love for these guys.

11:04PM
Alright, on to Dante’s for Larry and His Flask!

11:13PM
These guys are good, but it’s sooo hot in here.

11:15PM
If I ever own a concert venue, it’s gonna have the world’s most overpowered AC system.

11:25PM
You gotta love any band with a strong banjo presence.

11:29PM
“Hey remember those drunken assholes outside Wonder Ballroom a few years ago? … THAT WAS US!”

11:57PM
Ok, Larry & His Flask was great… Now we’re waiting for Murder By Death

12:20AM
These guys are good. They remind me a little of Social Distortion.

And they have a cellist. So that’s cool.

12:53AM
So far, Murder By Death wins the award for longest set – but that’s a good thing

12:57AM
Murder By Death covering INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart.” Genius!

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