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Re: Live Music OR The Last Concert You Went To
« Reply #780 on: January 01, 2018, 03:16:53 AM »
The past two days I attended the EDM-heavy indoor festival Snowta here in Minneapolis and it brought to mind this review from a couple years back:

Under the Electric Sky: EDC 2013 (2014)

Watching this documentary, focused on a mass rave/EDM festival held in Las Vegas, I kind of see the person I wish I could be. The kind of person who could go out in a mass of people, to let go of myself and exist in the moment, to engage in the pure sensory and sensual nature of it. Instead, the crowds, with their disorder and chaos, would throw me into a panic attack. I'd be uneasy dancing with the music, concerned about looking foolish, even though no one else is paying attention.

Having now been present for an EDM festival (albeit one on a significantly smaller scale than EDC I can approach this from a different perspective. This was certainly a crowded festival just in terms of the density in most areas, but I found I largely tolerated that, usually by just placing myself in less crowded areas. However, watching those throwing themselves fully into it...the elaborate and often mockable dancing...the extremely skimpy outfits on many of the women it made me ponder if the inhibitions that keep me from engaging fully in the experience isn't a function of my personality (or relative sobriety) but is more caught up in gender identity. It isn't that I don't like drawing attention (or irrationally worry that I will) so much as I don't like drawing attention to me in male form. I don't feel entirely comfortable with this body so I try to not bring attention to it. If I could transfer my consciousness into one of these cute girls, it may be that those reservations would collapse and I would feel more at liberty to be the center of attention.

Failing that, my general feeling is as EDM goes, I'd rather just sit in a comfortable living room with some friends, turn on some good EDM, sacrifice my sobriety and just sit and lose myself in the music. I lack what I need to really appreciate what the setting of a festival of this sort offers.


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Re: Live Music OR The Last Concert You Went To
« Reply #781 on: February 07, 2018, 03:05:00 PM »

Hopped up on the anticipation of getting home for the holidays, the Foo Fighters pulled out all the stops (and dampers, levers and earplugs) and gave SLC a stratospheric sound decibel scream spectacle, knowing they'd have a few weeks to rest their vocal chords before heading to Vegas for New Year's Eve. It's not like they didn't ask if it's what we wanted, because Grohl right from the beginning yelled, "Do you want to rock n' roll for the next three hours?" And of course the audiences did and of course the band was more than happy to comply.

Personally, my ear drums were wishing for a few acoustic moments to prepare for the next welcomed onslaught, but that's not what this evening was about. Nothing quiet was going to take time from all the loud they wanted to play... Lots of covers which made me think highly of their appreciation for those who had influenced them, new songs I wasn't familiar with, and plenty of older stuff.

Glad I went and had the experience, but the lyrics and dynamics would often get lost with the sheer volume of sound, so for me, this is more my speed.


All My Life
Learn to Fly
The Pretender
The Sky Is a Neighborhood
Sunday Rain
My Hero
These Days
Let It Die
Times Like These
Under My Wheels (Alice Cooper cover)
Another One Bites the Dust (Queen cover)
Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)
Under Pressure (Queen cover)
Monkey Wrench
Dear Rosemary (with Bob Mould)
Best of You

Dirty Water
Breakdown (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover)
This Is a Call
Let There Be Rock (AC/DC cover)

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