known as the traveling carnival Reset He is so determined to breathe new life into the festival experience that he doesn’t even use that F word in his name or ad. We hit the road at Brookside over the weekend at the Rose Bowl, a laugh by another name, but the concept is new enough (and hard enough to explain in a user-friendly succinct), half-reinvented, and a welcome: festival as a la carte buffet. LCD Audio system, child genius And steve lace The headlines for a three-day trip that hits different regions across the US where local fans don’t have to attend all three days (and in most cases, they probably won’t), but receive quite a smorgasbord if they come.
Lacy took the top spot on the first night in Pasadena, followed by Boygenius on the 2nd night and James Murphy’s band to wrap things up – the lineups alternated in similar stage setups in San Diego and San Francisco on other weekend afternoons and evenings. The bills all seemed designed to bring together similar but not so similar actions: Clairo was an obvious opener for Boygenius, but the bill that day wasn’t just female-led actions lest things get too obvious. LCD Soundsystem’s openers included Jamie XX with a DJ set not far from Murphy’s sometimes-adjacent EDM sound. The neo-punk of Idles and the non-binary leap of Big Freedia? It’s not that obvious, but it also makes nice sense.
These three bills might have been of equal weight in most respects, but not on the products – the Boygenius T-shirt line stretched to what seemed like two hours in the early Saturday evening, whereas there was an emergency service. Sunday for LCD Soundsystem souvenirs. While the appeal of a true hometown show couldn’t be underestimated for Phoebe Bridgers, the enthusiasm at least seemed roughly on par, if not the overwhelming desire to show it to the outside world.
Here is a photo gallery of some of the artists’ RE:warding sets over the weekend.