J. Tillman's reserved, acoustic melodies provided an easy entry point to day two of a rain-or-shine event that's continues flirt with the former. Tillman -- the newest member of Fleet Foxes (drums), which played two sets yesterday -- admitted to some fatigue, to which he received a collective "Amen" from the audience.
There's no debating that Tillman's a talented songwriter, gifted with a calming voice. But, halfway through his set I began imagining his tunes fueled by an electric guitar and a full band to kick the momentum forward. I've never caught one of his full-band sets, but today's performance has certainly whetted my appetite.
Cold War Kids, 3 p.m.ish, Sasquatch! Mainstage
Seeing the Cold War Kids in action is like watching a coordinated train wreck. Out of control with a purpose, never so far gone that it can't be righted. A low tackle to the bass player? No problem. He'll return the favor when you're on the keyboard. During their frenetic afternoon set, the band mixed the old with the new to an audience already well-schooled in the band's debut, Robbers & Cowards. The new material is promising, particularly “Mexican Dogs.” Hustle up with the new record, boys.
Set List: “Avalanche” (new), “Mexican Dogs” (new), “We Used to Vacation,” “Passing the Hat,” “Every Man I Fall For” (new), “Hang Me Out to Dry,” random new song, “Hospital Beds,” “Saint John.”
White Rabbits, 4 p.m.ish, Wookie! Stage
I meant to catch this set, but couldn't pull myself away from Cold War Kids. But, I loved the pair of songs I caught. Dual drums? Sunshine? The Smell of sauerkraut? SOLD!