Went to Virgin Mobile music festival in Balto.. 2 days of varied bands. From Dylan to Nine Inch Nails, Andrew Bird to Kanye West, She & Him to Armin Van Buurin. Many highlights (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Offspring, Chuck Berry, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings) and lowlights (Dylan, Lil' Wayne, Jack Johnson).
Most committed performance: Iggy and the Stooges.
Best pleasant surprise: #1 Chuck Berry, he didn't just phone it in. #2 BRMC, they f'in rocked!
Best violin/whistling combination: Andrew Bird.
Best violin/triangle solo/combination: Foo Fighters.
Best unexpectedly good transference of recorded work to live big crowd context: Cat Power.
Best unamplified performance: Swell Season (off the stage into the crowd).
Best performance that was exciting but I still don't love the band: Foo Fighters.
Overall sound: pretty good for a big outdoor event. Bass was as huge and impactful as anyone wants from slammin live events. mids/highs met pro sound standards - that is, not great, but livable, and better than many other big events. Voice clarity/intelligibility was VERY good, much better than average. In any case, it's LIVE, and immediate and exciting.
Good sound in the dj/dance/techno/etc tent too, considering. Plenty of volume and slam. Must have a whole lot of "teh WATTS".
Best exposed feminine flesh: friggin' EVERYWHERE, lawd ha mercy, wow. God bless summer.