At Seattle’s biggest music festival, rain is not unexpected; still, the downpours at Bumbershoot ’09 were scary even for this neck of the Pacific Northwest. No bands got electrocuted, but the sound cut out during Black Eyed Peas’ set, so that’s something. Franz Ferdinand and Modest Mouse were huge draws as the three-day event came to an end last night: Isaac Brock even claimed he was performing with a cracked rib, “but I did it to myself.” The previous day, Yeah Yeah Yeahs enjoyed a rare break in the weather and introduced a new touring keyboardist named Jessica. Other highlights: kids crowd-surfing on an inflatable turtle during Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, the reunited Os Mutantes at the KEXP Lounge, and De La Soul covering Gorillaz’ “Feel Good Inc” with a full band. Photogs Josh Bis and Josh Lovseth were on hand to capture all the excitement.
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