This year’s ‘Roo is Saturday heavy — today we get Franz, Hold Steady, Regina, Dr. Dog, and a band called Police your parents loved — but the tame opening day brought some stuff worth writing home about, including local boys Sam Champion, ever-touring Reagan babies Cold War Kids, French hero Manu Chao, and love ‘em/hate ‘em preacher’s sons Kings Of Leon. Also got to check in with Tom Morello’s folk alter-ego The Nightwatchman (set replete with copious third-person self-references), and yes our credo these days is “quit your day job,” but Tom … don’t.
The day’s best sets came from (relatively) old-timey Stereofaves Lily Allen, in trademark rainbow frock and trainers, and Hot Chip: the former still working her Alright setlist, covering the Specials, Blondie, slugging her drink of choice (Jäegermeister), and showing off some new and improved dance moves; while the Hot Chippers proved why they’re still a draw, one hundred and fifty one festivals after offering The Warning, tweaking and turning out now-standards “Boy From School” and “Over And Over,” along side tour-staples/newly-recorded dance jams like the slamming “Shake A Fist.”
From there it was off for laughs at (Another) Comedy Tent, where our friends Aziz Ansari, David Cross, and Nick Kroll (as Human Giant craft services coordinator Fabrice Fabrice) drew a packed crowd, laughing at bits aimed at all that goes down south of the Mason-Dixon (including Blue Collar Comedy send-up “You Might Be A Dead-Neck If…” and lots of “Get ‘er done”s). Also, a fun bit from David about the absurd East Village’s Tompkins Square Dog Run, and why he named his pup Ollie Red Sox (for the repeated pleasure of saying “Let’s Go, Red Sox” in NYC). And a Toby Keith send up including singing about towns read off a Murfreesboro map.
The main stage was occupied by Tool for two-and-a-half hours (sorry no photos, Maynard likes his privacy). Been a while since we’ve been through Ænima or Lateralus, but the latter’s title track (with Tom Morello), “Stinkfist,” and “Forty-Six & Two” were sufficient to fill this month’s prog-metal quota. They’re hella tight for a band that rarely plays these days, and still love that freaky stutter-shot imagery (trippy stage pojections).
Our night closed with the set labeled simply “Superjam,” but the word was out that it’d be the innocent criminal Ben Harper, joined by Zep legend John Paul Jones and Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, barreling through a set of Led standards (some instrumental, some Harper voiced, appropriately featuring “Dazed And Confused”) and other covers, including Buddy Miles’ “Them Changes.”
Too many pics for your own good after the jump. And to join the fun while you should be outside enjoying nature, tune in to AT&T blueroom, where they’ll have streaming sets from Regina Spektor, Black Keys, Hold Steady, and your faves String Cheese Incident.
You want photos? We got photos…
ICE CREAM MAN
COLD WAR KIDS
KINGS OF LEON
PRESS CONFERENCE WITH LILY ALLEN, NATHAN WILLET, WARREN HAYNES, RICHARD THOMPSON, DAVID CROSS, ?UESTLOVE
SOUND TRIBE SECTOR NINE
NICK KROLL, AZIZ ANSARI, DAVID CROSS
SUPERJAM: BEN HARPER, JOHN PAUL JONES, ?UESTLOVE