Out of the four headliners I'm most excited for Macklemore by far. He's one of about three hip hop artists that I can tolerate these days. Should be a gigantic crowd for him, perhaps one of the largest ever at the main stage.
Wow, thanks for posting that article. There is a good chance that I'm the only one on here fascinated by that stuff but I love reading about the economics behind the industry. That article explains very clearly why I'm always talking about bands being on major labels and being played on the radio. Those things still matter immensely for some reason.
I don't believe in a derogatory aspect to "selling out" or commercialization, especially when it is the money that follows the music and not the other way around. Moby proved how well this could be done with Play. If an artist I like makes millions, I am happy for them. If they can afford a private jet as opposed to sleeping in the tour van, good for them. Granted, success does not make the music good, but neither does it make it bad. Good music is good music no matter the success behind it.
Post by Horned Gramma on Feb 9, 2013 11:25:24 GMT -8
Haha dude do not use Moby as an example of selling out gracefully. Like, shit. Songs from Play were on commercials for everything from jewelry to Honey Nut Cheerios. If anyone wondered why Moby's popularity basically vanished after Play, it's because the world became so saturated with that Moby sound that people started to have Pavlovian responses to it.
Also: fuck selling out. Selling out is selling out is selling out. The best never do.
The crowd is probably going to be more split than we've ever seen it during that 45 minutes where Macklemore and Vampire Weekend overlap. I'd have to guess that Macklemore (along with Mumford and the Postal Service) was a significant part of why Sasquatch sold out so fast this year, but Vampire Weekend had just about the largest sub-headliner crowd I've ever seen back in 2010. I genuinely love both groups and it'll be extremely hard to miss half of Macklemore on the main stage at the Gorge, but Vampire Weekend is one of those "don't want to miss a minute of it" bands for me. Thankfully since Macklemore is local he'll probably do at least one more show in the area this year, whereas the wait for VW to come back will likely be longer.
Post by Horned Gramma on Apr 18, 2013 10:32:37 GMT -8
It's not like I 'get' Macklemore (or even give a shit), but missing Vampire Weekend for him seems silly to me. For one thing, he's a NW performer and you'll be able to see him in the next six months with no problem. For another thing, I have ended up seeing Macklemore without trying (or wanting to) at the last... two Sasquatches? Three?
It was aggravating when DCFC and Modest Mouse made the leap from subheadliner to headliner without even having released any new material in 2011; it's downright fucking infuriating that Macklemore has been upgraded to headliner from 'dude who is just gonna wander onstage at some point during the weekend anyway, no matter what'.