Video Roundup: Waiting for the NW Festivals


It’s time for a weekly roundup of videos that are either brand spanking new or related to this week’s events. There were a lot of great ones to choose from this time, but it was the live clips from the Carling Weekend (Reading and Leeds festivals) that held my attention the longest and got me thinking about the great bands playing Bumbershoot this weekend.

For those of you who haven’t yet worked up the motivation to face the crowds, and for those of you who are raring to go, here’s Bloc Party performing “Like Eating Glass” for the typically huge and appreciative festival crowd at Reading:

Although their Summer festival circuit ends at ACL Fest in September, Arcade Fire will continue performing with a series of U.S. tour dates before heading back to Europe. Catch them here in Seattle with LCD Soundsystem on September 24. Meanwhile, here’s “Keep The Car Running” also from Reading:

Foo Fighters, who were also winding their way through the UK festivals, stopped by BBC’s Radio 1 to perform their own version of “Keep The Car Running”:

At Seattle’s own Bumbershoot festival, we can look forward to a great lineup (more on that tomorrow), but one band that I’m anticipating the most is Rodrigo Y Gabriela, who’ve also been performing the U.K. festivals. Here, in this live performance of “Tamacun,” recorded recently for MTV, the duo unleash a possessed frenzy of fingerpicking — insane! (Thanks to MOKB for the heads up)

There’s more deft fretwork to be heard in the near future, when Jose Gonzalez begins a round of U.S. tour dates in October. While in Texas, he recorded a split series of impromptu performances for La Blogotheque. From his forthcoming album, and recorded in the back of a pickup truck, here’s “Hints”:

Playing in Portland next week at the Musicfest NW is Aesop Rock, whose album None Shall Pass dropped yesterday. For a preview, you can find a great live clip of the title song performed at the Capitol Hill Block Party last month, but this official video for this song is weirdly appealing:

If you like that old school-meets-new animated style, be sure to check out the Mocean Worker video from today’s Song of the Day post below.

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