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Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011: Performance reviews

Midnight Sun's Erik Maza and Wesley Case review the performances of Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011.

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  • Review: TV on the Radio at Virgin Mobile FreeFest

    Review: TV on the Radio at Virgin Mobile FreeFest

    With a seemingly endless arsenal of musical tricks at its disposal, TV on the Radio crafted one of FreeFest's tightest sets Saturday. The band's talent felt overwhelming live, with the vocal dynamics between lead singer Tunde Adebimpe and singer/guitarist Kyp Malone sounding raw and in sync. The...

  • Review: deadmau5 at Virgin Mobile FreeFest

    Review: deadmau5 at Virgin Mobile FreeFest

    The hype had been building all day — colorful T-shirts and jerseys adorned on festival-goers, large mouseheads proudly on display — and at 9:20 p.m., the West Stage was filled with fans and their glowsticks. They had come for deadmau5 (pronounced "Dead Mouse"), the Canadian DJ who stands at the...

  • Review: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011

    Review: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011

    I went to see Stevie Nicks the other week, and she was predictably great, enveloping the audience in her magic, as usual, if without the agitated brio of her heyday. I was thinking of Stevie as I watched Grace Potter and the Nocturnals perform on the pavilion stage Saturday. They're both brassy...

  • Review: Cut Copy at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011

    Review: Cut Copy at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011

    Australian dance-music specialists Cut Copy played to one of the largest FreeFest crowds of the day, making the previous set by Big Sean look like an intimate coffeeshop gig. But the only thing that came to my mind throughout the hour-long set was, "What's the fuss about?" Cut Copy has three acclaimed...

  • Review: Big Sean at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011

    Review: Big Sean at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011

    Big Sean is a work in progress. The 23-year-old Detroit rapper, who released his debut LP Finally Famous on Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint, proved it during his 45-minute set at the West stage this afternoon, allowing lulls to outweigh his better moments. He started off strong, with mixtape...

  • Review: Porter Robinson at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011

    Review: Porter Robinson at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011

    The mouse ears. The neon-colored T-shirts with the mouse silhouettes. The girls in hyper-small costumes sucking lollipops. Dancers banging their heads with their arms in the air making out like it was a rave. This was all happening mid-day, during Porter Robinson's set in the dance forest. Consider...

  • Review: Two Door Cinema Club at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011

    Review: Two Door Cinema Club at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011

    Two Door Cinema Club lead singer Alex Trimble walked onto the FreeFest West stage at 1:45 p.m., swigging a Heineken. No water for him, and after a handful of songs from his band's debut LP Tourist History, it seemed appropriate -- he and his band were here to start a party. Two Door played a tight...

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