Review Roundup: Basilica Block Party 2010

via Star Tribune

The Avett Brothers were arguably the Basilica’s most exciting booking. The North Carolina quintet mixed bluegrass, punk, pop, harmonies, cello and y’alls into a vibrant, intoxicating stew that was two parts hipster, one part old-school and completely cool (unless you insist on perfect bluegrass harmonies). To top it off, a guy near the front of the stage proposed to his girlfriend (who said “Yes”) so the Avetts broke into “January Wedding.” [Read the rest of the review...]

via City Pages

Cuomo was in top form, his nerdy aesthetic now warped into something slightly older yet equally awkward, like an accounting clerk on a sugar buzz. At one point, Cuomo eyed a tall video camera tripod and shook it to see if it was sturdy before wrapping his legs around it and scurrying up the pole like an eager koala. [Read the rest of the review...]

via AV Club

The revelation of the weekend was the Minneapolis debut of VV Brown, a London-born soul singer with a penchant for ’50s riffs, a punk edge, and deep funk. For anyone who was disappointed when Janelle Monáe canceled her Taste of Minnesota appearance, Brown was the perfect antidote, bringing sass and fire to her set and getting the staid crowd to wave and dance along as she dedicated songs to nerds she loved, exorcised the demons of ex-boyfriends, and joked about SpongeBob SquarePants. [Read the rest of the review...]

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