photos by Chris Graham

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Darondo--wiry and hyperkinetic in a flashy suit, gold sneakers, and white hat--hit the stage while Moschella and company backed him. The sexagenarian busted astonishing James Brown-cum-Michael Jackson moves, and belted out songs with a weathered tenor that suggested a cross between Al Green and The Spinners' Bobby Smith. He flat-out commanded the stage, delivering everything from moral indignation on "Let My People Go" to deliciously libidinous boudoir funk on "Legs". Dear God in a velour tuxedo, he was nothin' short of a revelation. [Pop Culture Petri Dish]

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The Bumbershoot Festival took place in Seattle over Labor Day weekend. Beck headlined the first of three days. Everyone in this post also played that day (Saturday). More pictures below...

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Darondo - "Didn't I"

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"Seeing Band of Horses live was a great reminder that an engaging performance doesn't have to be fast or high-energy. They sounded really, really on, like everything just seemed to fall into place, and the general crowd consensus seemed to be "Whoa... these guys are good." And, even though I can't quite say it's my style, I have to mention the mid-set marriage proposal -- she said yes!" [Seattle Weekly]

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Nada Surf are playing a benefit in NYC on September 10th.

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M Ward is also playing ACL.

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Then came Beck.

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Neko Case, Lucinda Williams, Estelle, Saul Williams, The Walkmen, Anti-Flag, West Indian Girl, and Kinski also played on this day.