The second day of Out in the Streets was definitely rock heavy. I was bummed that I wore my “Rock and roll isn’t dead, you are…” Ron Gallo shirt the day before. The venue filled up earlier in the day that day than it did on day one. The sun was shining bright and it was one of those incredibly sweaty days that if you get the tiniest breeze it’s a miracle.
Journalism started off the day with a wail as they flailed themselves, and their instruments, about the stage in a fit of passion. Pink Mexico followed with a lot of hair whipping and growl-induced screams. Frontman Robert Preston proudly rocked his signature kimono throughout the set.
Grim Streaker kept the wailing and flailing going as they performed in front of a very excited crowd. It was great to see such a powerful rock vocal performance put on by a female – Amelia Bushell melted my face off with her howls.
The guys in Acid Dad rocked what appeared to be their finest thrift store finds as they closed out the earlier half of the day. If you could envision what your dad would sound like on acid, that’s exactly what these guys brought to the table and it was incredible.
Monogold and Ela Minus were a change of pace from the great but exceptionally loud rock music that was being performed for most of the day. Monogold’s psychedelic indie-pop sound was enticing and Ela Minus’ music was futuristic sounding in a very robotic way, feathered with her airy vocals.
I decided to take a quick break in the shade after Ela Minus’ set. I felt like I was sitting there for not too long before I heard the sounds of drumming and brass in the distance. I looked up to find Providence, RI’s What Cheer? Brigade emerging from inside the bar and creating a semi-circle in front of the stage. The high energy brass band got everyone on their feet and dancing.
As the night started to cover the sky, Tall Juan took the stage. Tall Juan, literally a tall guy named Juan, rocked a multi-colored outfit and his guitar. I fell in love with the way he emphasized his phrases and how into each song he would get.
Brooklyn based experimental-rock legends, A Place to Bury Strangers, closed out the festival with an explosive performance. The audience’s senses were overly stimulated by a crazy light show, lasers and music that could pierce your soul. They ended their set by taking their show into the middle of the crowd and creating beautiful noise.
I think I lost some…well ok, a lot of my hearing during the course of the weekend but it was totally worth it.
Article: Merissa Blitz