Ume (pronounced “ooh-may”) opened for The Toadies and Helmet last night, and I’m glad I arrived early to catch their set.
For a band of only three people, Ume had incredible power — they blasted sound and strength out into the crowd at Webster Hall.
Frontwoman Lauren Larson’s frenetic energy and distorted guitar meant lots of movement — Ume is perfectly suited to playing on a huge stage with ample room to move about.
While some may prefer the raw energy of their live show, I prefer the nuances on their album. The standout tracks on album Phantoms are “Captive,” “Destroyer,” and “Dancing Blind.”
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I caught Hospitality’s set at 4Knots Music Festival at South Street Seaport.
Their set was interrupted by a fire, and they sadly didn’t play “Eighth Avenue” or “Betty Wang.” The band ended strong, though, with “All Day Today.”
Governors Ball 2012! Two amazing videos (+ photos) I took from the side of the stage of The Jezabels and Fiona Apple:
Here are more unusual guitars. Some of them combine two instruments (i.e. the harp guitar and bass/guitar combo), and some are unusually shaped (i.e. the heart guitars and the flower guitar).
Heart Acoustic Guitar:
Pac Man Guitar: