A group of us attended the Make Music Pasadena Festival this past Saturday and here are some of the highlights from the event.
After the traditional pregame meal at The Cheesecake Factory we made our way over to the Playhouse District Stage on South Madison Ave. where we spent most of the day.
First up for us was the LA dream pop four piece, Superhumanoids. These up and comers performed a great set highlighted by the their latest single “Geri”.Superhumanoids debut full length is due out June 11th, and they will also be supporting Local Natives and Cold War Kids on their upcoming tour. Check them out if you’re not familiar with them.
Next to take the stage was Brazilian underground solo artist Dom La Nena. Come to find out Nena was performing her first U.S, show ever. A few highlights from the show included the crowd sing along to “Buenos Aires” and the cover of The National’s “Start A War”. One deepster down front asked if she had anymore National on “La Lista” and she replied “I wish…next time”.
New York based indie rockers We Are Scientists were up next. Their much anticipated set was dominated by songs off the last record “Barbara” but also included the classic hit singles “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt”, “The Great Escape”, and the set closer “After Hours”. (Setlist at the end of the article) I spoke with the band after the set and suggested to them a 10 year anniversary tour where they do “With Love And Squalor” in it’s entirety. They seemed open to the idea…I’ll keep you guys posted as I get more information. One other side note from the show, Keith was dressed in the traditional v-neck white t-shirt and apologized for not playing “Cash Cow”.
After taking a quick timeout we arrived back at the Playhouse Stage to catch the last part of Bobbie DeLong’s set. He had the crowd f’n dancing to his experimental power pop. Good for him!
The final set of the day for me was Tanlines. The Brooklyn, New York electronic indie rock duo powered through a quick set that included the hit singles “Brothers” and “All Of Me”. Jesse commented that the bad thing about not having much time was less talking in between songs for him…which was better for us.
Other notable acts that performed at the festival included: Yacht, Taken By Trees, and Youngblood Hawke.
The annual Make Music Pasadena Festival is a well organized free event that I highly recommend attending.
We Are Scientist Setlist
1. Nice Guys
2. Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt
3. What You Do Best
4. Rules Don’t Stop
5, I Don’t Bite
6. Chick Lit
7. Can’t Lose
8. Slow Down
9. It’s A Hit
10. Central AC
11. The Great Escape
12. After Hours