WFNX Clambake 2011

The heat in Boston was brutal yesterday, but that didn’t stop people from crowding Lansdowne Street for WFNX’s second annual Clambake. The concert featured 5 bands on an outdoor street stage followed by 3 more inside of the House of Blues which promised to be long day of music, a mini-Bonnaroo if you will. Leading things off on the outdoor stage was local group and M&T favorites DOM, whose performance was subpar to say the least. The band did not seem enthusiastic or interested whatsoever and before playing their hit “Living In America” they proclaimed that they were going to play their last song so they could get paid. No fan wants to hear that, but luckily after DOM’s uninspired performance the concert took a complete 180. California natives Young the Giant and Kiwi outfit The Naked & Famous each brought a high level of energy to the stage, getting the crowd dancing and singing along to their respective radio hits. The crowd really started moving their feet though when Los Angeles based band Foster the People took over. Burning through a raucous set filled with driving percussion and synth riffs that were catchy as hell, the band truly stole the show. Playing fan favorites like “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Houdini” didn’t hurt either as the band did a damn good job keeping the stage warm for headliners Cold War Kids.

 

When 8:15pm rolled around Cold War Kids hit the stage and they hit it hard. They played the perfect mix of old tunes and cuts from the new disc Mine Is Yours and finished off their set per usual with the funky “Saint John” off of their 2006 debut Robbers & Cowards. This was my third time seeing the California band and was certainly the best. Unlike DOM, Cold War Kids embraced the atmosphere and delivered a set that proved exactly why they were deserving to headline the street stage. Inside the House of Blues music from Noah and the Whale, Buffalo Tom and the Sheila Divine provided the soundtrack for the rest of the evening, but it definitely seemed as if the street stage had been the main attraction. Overall WFNX put together another great concert and I already can’t wait to hear about the lineup for next year’s bash.

Posted on by Eric in Concert Review

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