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Yesterday, Portland’s MusicFestNW wrapped up five days of concerts at over a dozen venues throughout the city. Among the acts who performed were Passion Pit, Beirut, Girl Talk, Dinosaur Jr., Flying Lotus, Swans, Fucked Up, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Wild Nothing, Purity Ring, and DIIV. Autumn Andel was on hand to capture the annual fest in photos for us; check out her gallery above.

Comments (6)
  1. Against Me! was hands down the best performance of the festival. Menomena and Beirut were close follow-ups, but I don’t think there was a single person in the crowd at Against Me! standing still. The energy of that band is indescribable. I went into the show having been more there to see Joyce Manor and thinking I’d catch a few songs of Against Me!’s set and then leave, but halfway through the opener I knew I wasn’t going anywhere. I highly recommend anyone even remotely interested in the band, punk music or live shows go see them. I spent the entire rest of the festival thinking “well, maybe x will end up being better than Against Me!” and was proven wrong every time. I have to say the most disappointing show I ended up seeing was Passion Pit. Granted, I wasn’t a fan of their previous albums and was crammed in between a bunch of screaming teenage girls, so maybe that played into things a bit, but their show just felt so scripted. I think they mentioned “Portland” at least 2-3 times between every song (“Portland you’re our favorite, Portland!”, “We love you, Portland!”, “Portland, Portland, Portlandddddd!”, etc.).

    • You must have seen Passion Pit on Thursday because the Friday show was amazing. I was right up front at a lot of these shows and I remember this guy. He was about 5’8″ and 200, thinning hair. Nice camera.

      • I was at the Friday show but like I conceded, my disappointment may have stemmed from the fact that I really only got into Passion Pit with the latest album. What the hell is up with people downvoting on this site because they don’t like your opinion? That’s not directed as you as I’m assuming you had the sense to reply and give your opinion rather than downvoting me because you disagreed.

        Anyways, what other shows did you catch?

  2. Would love to know what the keyboard/percussion guy from Tanlines was mumbling at the end of that set.

  3. Not sure how anyone can legitimately declare anything “best performance of the festival” since it’s literally impossible to see every set to make an informed decision, but the best set for me was Swans.

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