photos by Dan Muller
review by RJ Cubarrubia
Bumbershoot 2009 was a fairly wet and wild affair, but no band could’ve prepared for the weekend weather better than Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head. Sporting a nautical theme complete with a posse of inflatable dolphins, NPSH ripped through an hour-long dance party to an absurd army of kids shouting for dolphin friends of their own. The band hit all the crowd favorites, including a version of “Beard Lust” with keyboardist David Price stepping out from behind his synths to rap a murderous third verse. The set also included the new song “My Funk” and a cover that no one really recognized (me included, to be honest), but the real highlights came in the form of insane party props: an large inflatable turtle that became a crowd surfing vehicle and a champagne bottle filled with glitter. Once the fake sparkly bubbly was popped and the kids were riding the turtle in a sea of outstretched fans, there was no turning back. Besides, if you’re not ready to dance your ass off in a ridiculous manner, why are you at an NPSH show in the first place? Coming off their numerous shows and tours this year, keep your eyes on NPSH for the rest of this year and early next year. There might be a new stuff coming your way soon!