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There’s nothing funnier than someone getting hit in the nuts - everyone
knows this. But Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, Bam Margera, and the rest of the
Jackass gang know this better than anyone else. By having a knack for finding the
most creative way to target the family beloved, these guys have been limping to
the bank for the past ten years. Now on the verge of the October 15th release of
their third feature-length installment of their hit MTV television series, the joke is
still funny. Promising to be more painful, disgusting, uncomfortable, and dick-ridden
than any of their previous efforts, the new Jackass will showcase all the glory in
3D. And if 25 million people will go see blue aliens in three dimensions, I’m sure
a few will want to check out ‘The Wiener Cam.” Yes, there is a wiener camera in
this movie.
To this year, the tenth anniversary of Jackass, the first question raised is always,
“How do they think this stuff up?”Fortunately,two premier jackasses,Bam Margera
and Johnny Knoxville, spilled a little of what’s inside those fractured heads of theirs.
“It’s usually when I’m on an airplane flying from Philly to LA, and my iPod dies or
something, so I’m just sitting their bored to death,” explains Margera. “So, I’ll just
sip on red wine and think of the stupidest things ever.” Sometimes those stupid
ideas are brilliantly simple. For the movie, co-creator and producer, Jeff Tremaine,
submitted a bit entitled‘The Shit Shoe” with the attached description:“Find a shoe,
and shit in it.” Signed, sealed and delivered to the venerable production house of
Paramount.
Still, at other times, the schemes are involved and complex. Think Knoxville’s
brainchild,‘Incredible Nut Shots’ – a collection of high-flying ball-buster trick-shots
a la ‘Dude Perfect.’ The title bit shows Knoxville throwing a medicine ball while
riding a Ferris wheel.The ball bounces off of an angled trampoline and hits Chris
Pontius square where his inner thighs meet. Alright, move the trampoline a little
bit. Okay, we good? It hit his thigh. Alright, a few more inches to the left. Perfect.
Nope?Try again. By the time their trail-and-error marathon was over, Knoxville had
ridden that Ferris wheel for 11 hours straight, setting a record in the meanwhile.
Poor Pontius spent those 11 hours facing impending doom. Some advice from the
master, Margera:“I learned over the years that it’s easier to just do it. If you just eye
it up for 20 minutes, you’re just going to get too nervous, think too much, and not
want to do it. It’s so much better to get up there, get a quick look, and just do it.”
That mindset seems to run common amongst the Jackass crew. Obviously, with
that blind courage, people seldom walk away unscathed. “You never really know
what you’re going to get hurt on,” continues Margera, “I just knew that, ‘Alright,
we’re filming Jackass for the next seven months, that definitely means I’m going to
wind up with at least two broken bones.’”
Two broken bones would have been a walk in the park for Margera, who amassed
three broken ribs, a busted knee, a broken foot, and a broken clavicle all while
filming Jackass 3D.The worst part of Bam’s injury list? The stunts that caused half
of them didn’t even make the final cut for the movie.“The broken clavicle is in a
bit called ‘Electric Avenue,’ which is like 40 stun guns hanging in a hallway, and then
there’s an obstacle course that we have to run through and get stunned,” explains
Margera. If that didn’t make the movie, what the hell did? There actually happens
to be so much prime footage leftover, Jackass 3.5 is already being sched’d for a
holiday release.There’s nothing like DVD-debauchery to warm the heart.
So, after endless band-aids and surgeries, why do these jackasses keep going back
for more? “When the movie is all finished, most of the time, broken bones will
heal and you’ll be fine – it’s just a little bit of pain,” Margera nonchalantly responds.
“I just like how people say how funny the movie is and how crazy everybody is. I
don’t know, it’s just a good feeling knowing everyone is satisfied.”
So, what won’t Bam do? “Pretty much all the stuff that Knoxville does.”
Margera recounts a bit called ‘The Invisible Man’ where Johnny Knoxville is painted
the same color as the walls.Then, in traditional Jackass fashion, a raging Spanish bull
is released to jump around and go “ape-shit.” “Once he spots him, he hits [Johnny
Knoxville] so hard up in the air that he did a total backflip and landed right on his
neck,” recalls Margera.“When you see it you’re like,‘Dude, Knoxville just broke his
neck.’” He didn’t (miraculously). More miraculously, Knoxville has two kids. Dude
must have the most resilient coin purse in the world.
But perhaps Steve-O got it the worst over the years. As you may have seen
on his MTV documentary, Steve-O’s life had spiraled into addiction, alcoholism,
and suicidal tendencies. But as family does, the Jackass brothers stuck together.
Celebrating Steve-O’s second year of sobriety on set, the cast and crew couldn’t
have been prouder. Even if doing so meant no more beer sponsors, no more
extra rooms dedicated to case-races, and no more binging; it was all worthwhile.
“Steve-O is just a different person altogether. It’s great,” boasts Knoxville.“On this
set, because of Steve-O being sober now and we want to keep him sober, we
didn’t have beer or any liquor. When we’re out of town, Steve-O took a sponsor
with him.We always got him a rental car so he could get to his meetings at night
– because, you know, we don’t want to take that structure away from him.” But
Johnny assured that no sense of responsibility would affect Steve-O’s daredevil
ways:“That aside, he just totally went off in the movie. He got such great footage.
The thing he said was [that] he didn’t want to regret not doing something, so he
did everything.”
If everything meant being bungeed while trapped inside a loaded Honey Bucket,
so be it. Steve-O was down to clown in 3D. Ten years deep into the franchise,
it’s worth looking back at how all the stupidity first began. For most of us, we
remember videos of Bam’s crew wrecking themselves in shopping carts outside a
local grocery store. How many kids did you see trying that for weeks following its
televised debut? But the story goes back a bit further to when Johnny Knoxville,
then a young actor and writer in Los Angeles, was pitching magazines an article
idea. His proposition: test self-defense equipment on himself – pepper spray, stun
gun, taser gun, and then shoot himself with a .38 while wearing a bulletproof vest.
That’s pure Jackass gold on today’s standards.
But most magazines didn’t have the foresight to agree. One magazine that did
recognize the journalistic merit in Knoxville’s self-destruction was Big Brother. At
that time, Big Brother was an antic-ridden skateboarding magazine full of pranks,
fake I.D. instructions, and the occasional boob. Editor JeffTremaine took a liking to
Knoxville, and offered to help him get his story.“[Jeff] would back me and give me
money to buy some of the equipment, because I was broke at the time,” Knoxville
recalls. “He supported me so I did it through them, and then put it in one of their
skateboard videos…Jackass came out of me meeting Jeff.”
The duo worked out well enough at first, but it came a time where the two
wanted to be more than a couple of jackasses. Knoxville had received offers to do
a television show, and even one from Saturday Night Live to do his stunts during
a weekly segment. Knoxville was a fan of the idea, but the offers forgot about
Tremaine.There would be no Johnny without Jeff.“They didn’t want to bring Jeff
along, and they didn’t know his value. I’m sure if they could turn back time, they
would’ve probably brought Jeff along,” laughs Knoxville.
As his levity indicates, Knoxville’s good faith turned out for the better.Yet at first,
the two struggled with the formatting of the show.They toyed with the idea of
a mash between The Daily Show and the prank and stunt bits – placing Johnny
Knoxville behind a desk. After some frustration,Tremaine reached out to a friend,
an up-and-coming director named Spike Jonze.
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“Jeff called Spike and said,‘Hey,we’re doing thisTV show.This is our idea,and would
you want to be a part of it?’” recalls Knoxville.“And Spike said,‘Yeah, I’d like to be
a part of it. But that show, the cross between The Daily Show and what you guys
do, I don’t think that’s it.You’re already doing a TV show – the Big Brother videos.
Just make it just like the Big Brother videos.’”
At that time, Jonze was best known as a commercial and music video phenom on
the verge of major success with his motion picture debut, a dark-comedy titled
Being John Malkovich. Jonze, as Malcom Gladwell would love to call him, was the
Jackass tipping point.With his credibility on an incredible upswing, Spike Jonze was
able to get his two jackass friends the meetings and representation they couldn’t
get on their own. He got people to take this whole Jackass idea seriously. “Jackass
is so silly, and trying to show someone at the network, ‘Well, this is our idea for
a show,’ they’re going to laugh you out of the room,” continues Knoxville. “But if
you have Spike Jonze in the room with you, they’re going to say ‘Wow, maybe we
should listen to these guys.’”The rest, as they say, has made them a lot of money.
After clearing sales of $79.5 million and $84.6 million in Jackass the Movie and
Jackass 2, respectively, it’s more than evident that the revenue stream from sack
trauma is not a fleeting enterprise. Since Jackass’ inception, MTV has hosted a
handful of successful spin-offs, fromViva la Bam and Wildboyz to Nitro Circus and
The Dudesons in America. The crew has become household faces beyond the
skateboarding subculture.These jackasses are probably cheesing on the front cover
of this magazine right now.
More than that, Jackass – as crudely and aptly named as it is – has become a
representative part of our culture. It’s an America’s Funniest Home Videos on
steroids that I’m sure will one day be used as a mirror to reflect on the 21st
century. I’ll spare you that analysis for the time being since at their 10th anniversary
of stupid, there’s really nothing else to do but celebrate the nut shot.
So, go grab your 3D glasses, and your barf bags.
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Escaping From Dave Chappelle: It's
Weird, Right?
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2009 AT 6 P.M.
Comedian Dave Chappelle made a surprise appearance last month at
Hollywood’s Laugh Factory. The former star of Comedy Central’s
Chappelle’s Show has become known of late for impromptu standup
appearances. But unlike the routine savvy comic we remember,
Chappelle spent four and a half hours onstage smoking a dozen
cigarettes, drinking coffee and shooting the breeze.
Watching the self-ostracized Chappelle rediscover the stage allows for a strangely candid
look at a brilliant, yet jaded, man.
“This is weird, right?” Chappelle asks people seated in the front row. “You feel it too, right?”
Yeah, Dave, we all feel it. The same man who brought us Tyrone Biggums and ran out on a
$50 million paycheck stopped by simply to hang out — a little out of the ordinary in my book.
Sporting a red-plaid lumberjack shirt, white Nike sneaks and slightly frayed jeans, he covers
everything from politics to religion.
Dave Chappelle just wants to talk.
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So, we discuss his celebrity crush, Jessica Alba, and his favorite part of fatherhood: having
someone to talk to. He tells us about his “crack-free” trip to Africa, Kanye West and Obama.
No routine, no punch lines, and no Rick James.
For Robin Williams and other big-time comics, returning to standup is coming home. This
could be a performance celebrating Chappelle’s return to his roots after a fruitful Hollywood
career. But to Chappelle, it is something entirely different — it’s rehab. It’s a chance to open up
his world to strangers and refamiliarize himself with the spotlight.
Still, considering his extended hiatus from show business, Chappelle has no trouble earning
laughs throughout the night. But he uses his time more to share some introspection than to
tell jokes. He comments on the difficulty of knowing people’s true opinions and admits his
own naïveté when dealing with the entertainment industry in the past. Discussing being
“used” and quoting religious texts, he philosophizes on the power and intention of words.
Cynically, he continues describing his past. But what everyone is really wondering about is his
future — has Chappelle scheduled his illustrious return? Not inclined to share what is on his
horizon, Chappelle avoids answering that question. When someone asks what America
ultimately has to do to bring Dave Chappelle back, Dave Chappelle laughs.
“You guys think just because I don’t want to be on TV right now, that I’m crazy,” he says.
If it hadn’t become clear, the comic isn’t exactly eager to be back in the limelight. Instead, he
talks about escaping.
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“That’s what America would have to do,” Chappelle finally responds. “Get me to space and
back safely, and then we’ll talk Chappelle’s Show. ... Just go out and get off of this Earth for a
while.”
As he rounds out the fourth hour onstage, it becomes increasingly evident what this
performance is — an escape. Only about 10 of us remain as Chappelle lingers onstage and
lights another cigarette. He stays long enough for us to forget that he is Dave Chappelle. For
now, to everyone in the room, he is just Dave. For a moment, he has escaped his celebrity;
Dave is in space.
Perhaps justifying the absurdity of the night, Dave closes by commenting on how we were all
collectively part of “something.”
“Even if the lyrics of the evening won’t stick,” he says, “the feeling will.”
He is right. Walking out of the Laugh Factory at 4 in the morning, we all know we could feel
something surreal. We got a chance to see the real Dave Chappelle, and how he has matured.
We got to know Dave.
And yeah, it was weird.
We met on the first day of Coachella. It was your average wayfarer boy
meets sun-kissed beach babe.She was wearing hot-pink shorts,and so was
I. For us, it was a total duh.
Both of us had come to Indio for the same reason: Coachella Music and Arts
Festival – a 3-day buzz band binge.Along with another 75,000 or so wrist-banded
hipsters, we were off to the desert to see Kings of Leon,Arcade Fire, and Kanye
West et al.
Now, I can’t remember exactly how our first meeting went down, but I’m sure
that I said something so suave that she couldn’t resist my charm. Wait, now I
remember – that is exactly what happened…
As luck would have it, we both were heading to see our boy A-Trak. So, we took a
stroll together through the glowing, pulsating mirage that is Coachella.We passed
mist tents, enormous art installations, and a giant Ferris wheel that we promised
to ride together.
Soon enough, we were under the sweaty embrace of the Sahara Tent. Now, as
Coachellites quickly pick up, the Sahara Tent is more than a stage, an incredible
light show, and a non-stop shake-your-shit dance party. Sahara is a way of life. If
you’re down with glowsticks, pool noodles, and dirty electro beats, then you’re
Sahara.
We were both, very much so, Sahara.
But as A-Trak was scratching on his usual electro-hip hop hybrid set, I tried to
keep my award-winning dance moves under wraps.This was no time to show off;
I had just met this girl, and didn’t want to intimidate. She, on the other hand, was
dancing carefree with her hips, and her long limbs.
We hung out as progressive Dutchman,Afrojack, followed up the Canuck with an
explosive playlist. An Usher and Paul McCartney appearance later, and we were
headed over to the main, or Coachella, stage. En route, we passed the Outdoor
Stage, where Brandon Flowers was putting on an unexpectedly engaging, Killers-
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less performance.We kicked it for a minute,and jumped to the main stage forThe
Black Keys.The Keys, typically a stellar live set, had a tough time translating their
small-venue sound to the festival-sized stage.
Afterwards, I was looking to see Kings of Leon, but she wasn’t feeling it. So, she
beamed me a perfect smile, turned, and casually left.
And maybe she made the right call – but I’d never let her know. It may be odd to
fault a band for being polished, but for a group that prides themselves on their
rock ‘n’ roll douchebaggery, why not get a little rowdier than the rehearsal? Still,
ending their set with a “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody” double-header was
sing-along heaven.
After some text tag, the girl and I finally met up again near the main stage. She
kept dropping hints about riding the Ferris Wheel, but it was getting too late
– The Chemical Brothers were on in 5, and I wasn’t about to miss that big beat
electronica fire.
And thank goodness that I didn’t.
Chemical Tom put on an out-of-this-world spectacle of a performance. Go
YouTube it, because that’s all that you’re getting from me.
Later, as the show ended, I cruised to some rowdy Ace Hotel after-party, and she
ignored my texts all night.Whatever.
Coachella, day two, is perfect. Not a cloud in the sky, a heaven-sent lineup, and
the girl of my dreams on deck. Once I met up with her, the best looking girl at
Coachella, we opted to start our day with some campsite tomfoolery.
The Coachella campground is a wonder in itself. Expanded to include car camping
a couple years back, it has become an incredibly popular option for those looking
to experience the more Woodstock-esque experience. Festival organizers have
even set up disco roller rinks,AM yoga sessions,and new-fangled swing sets galore
to keep the sleepless entertained.
A beer and a grill later, and into the festival to see Glasser’s electrocapella we
went.We stuck around the Gobi Tent to watch Yelle’s high-energy jams as well.
After, I asked if she’d be down to get folksy with Mumford and his children.
“You would like Mumford and Sons,” she teased.Who doesn’t?
She poked fun, but came with.A Little Lion Man later, and we were moving up in
the mix to catch Animal Collective.With three interactive cubes hanging above
the stage, the Collective put on a better light show than concert.
It didn’t’ take us long to move over to Empire of the Sun, who was hosting the
most talked about performance of the day. The band was adorned in Cirque du
Soleil worthy costumes, as sensual sea creatures interpreted some sort of alien
narrative on stage.We caught our boogie to an awesome “Walking on a Dream”
performance before returning to home base – Sahara.
Now, if I had tried to restrict my superhuman foxtrot before, it was time to let
go. One-third of the Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello, was simply killing it.
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Following an epic “Show Me Love” build up, we peaced over to
the main stage for Arcade Fire.The Fire outdid themselves, and
dropped about a million glowing orbs from above the stage.
During the set, we took a break to chill in the back of the crowd.
We sat, held hands, and she mentioned riding the Ferris wheel
again.We looked back, but it had already powered down for the
night.
“Tomorrow,” I promised.
Later, as the show ended, I cruised to a Palm Springs house party,
and she ignored my texts all night.Whatever.
We met up again on the third and final day of Coachella, and
headed to the beer tent to start our day nutritiously.
Although I’m confident that no one beyond the eight other tall
tees on the main stage can name more than one of his songs,
there was Wiz Khalifa. I’m not really down, but she wanted to
hear “Black andYellow,” so I obviously chose to stick around.
A handful of Heinekens later, and we ran off to Jack Beats.After
dominating a quick dance session, we snaked through the crowd,
hand-in-hand, to the front of Nas and Damien Marley. It’s always a
bit disheartening seeing Jay-Z’s former competition degraded to
a gimmicky duo act. Still, we agreed that the One Mic/In the Air
Tonight blend was the most irie thing we’d seen in a while.
After a hangout session back at the campsite, we were up to our
old ways again, and found ourselves at Sahara for Duck Sauce.
The DJ duo pulled the largest crowd we had seen at Sahara yet –
testament to the power of a breakout single.With a huge rubber
duckie on stage,andArmandVan Helden andA-Trak on the tables,
Duck Sauce put on a surprisingly mediocre show.They dropped
their new “Big Bad Wolf” single, but once we had heard Barbara,
we were already ready to peep Ratatat.
On the way, I couldn’t help but let that Ferris wheel catch my
eye. I couldn’t miss that opportunity, but damn those Coachella
set time organizers. There was Chromeo, The Strokes, Bloody
Beetroots, and Kanye – all still looming in our near future. I
figured we’d sneak in the Ferris wheel at some point later on.
What we caught of Ratatat was solid,as always,as was Chromeo’s
dance party. The Strokes rocked the main stage, the Bloody
Beetroots terrified me at Sahara, and then there was Kanye
West…
Yeezy taught me nothing.I know everyone is going to say he killed
it,but we gave him about 45-minutes before leaving.Half that time
was spent waiting for the rumored surprise special guest.Turns
out the dude from Bon Ivar is all we get – no Cudi, Katy, or Daft.
So, we went walking. Comfortable with the handholding at this
point,I couldn’t have been happier wandering the neon Coachella
fantasyland with this babe.She thought I would digThe Presets,so
we went to see them, and I did. I thought she’d dig Axwell, so we
went to see him, and she did.
It was all so perfect, but it was all also coming to an end. I found
myself walking her back to the car before I knew it. Finally, her
wearing my hoody, and with her friends spying from the car, she
leaned in and gave me my first Coachella kiss.
I’m not even sure if I said goodbye.When I opened my eyes, she
was already stepping into the car.All of a sudden, she was gone.
And later, as the festival ended, I cruised back home, and she sent
me a text: “Ferris wheel – next year?”
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Enough with the “Who is Bonny Bear?” chatter.
Saturday night at Columbia, Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion proves that Bon Iver, the man, the
band, the grizzly, is nothing short of 1,000 times better than Nicki Minaj (Iver’s runner-up for Grammy
New Artist of the Year honors). In fact, the show is just that much better than that adorable little girl
singing Minaj on Ellen – and that’s my niece. *
Arriving to the Au Bon Pain show, I am a bit surprised to be at a sit-down concert. I am an avid build a
fire, sleep in a cabin, and listen to vinyl kind of guy, but the last umpteenth shows I’ve been to have been
those, “Look at the stage, I’m at the second pillar to the right under the third row of speakers!” type of
gigs. Here, across the subdued Merriweather lawns is a glut of seated couples on picnic blankets. Even for
a slow-ride concert, the anticipation seems surprisingly calm. And since I’m awesomely considerate, I
switch my flip phone to vibrate eh es ay pee.
Thankfully, it’s not long before a nine-piece Bon Iver ensemble takes the stage to lead right into a handful
of songs off their most recent self-titled LP. The band’s sound is impressively true to the album, if not
more pronounced. It takes a handful of songs before frontman Justin Vernon breaks to acknowledge the
audience, thank me personally, and introduce crowd-pleaser “Skinny Love” as “a song about heartache
about a heartache.”
Finally, the sing-along takes its first stride, albeit slightly muted. And as the crowd cools back down to
lukewarm, my friends and I suddenly feel sophisticated lounging on the green without our glowsticks. In
the resulting discomfort, we head to concessions to order six glasses of red grapes to try to fit in. But as
we tiptoe back to the fairway in our finest flannel, we’re having an impossible time finding an open spot
to rest our weary souls. And then it hits me:
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The idea of wussy folksy concerts being big enough to sell out places like Merriweather warms my little
overly technofied heart. The show is quite clearly all-ages. Even sans Swedes, houses, or mafias, the
middle school set still showed up to chill-rage. Now, if going to a concert that 13 year-olds think is
swagahommad doesn’t make you feel hip, nothing will. Even more titillating is the spectacular showing
of mid-range bros approaching mid-age birthdays. You’d think a mess of missed high-fives and awkward
fist-pumps to Bon-Bon’s minimal BPM’s would harsh my mellow, but nope. I couldn’t be happier.
That’s not to say Bon Thugs and Harmony is all sedated and “Holocene.” With over a dozen instruments,
including two full drum sets, Vernon and company paddle out throughout the show to ride several
rhythmic swells. Most notably, “Creature Fear” is fleshed out to an unrecognizable percussion-heavy
tangent emphasized with pulsating strobes (mega props to the light technician). That sort of
improvisational drawn-out jazz approach pumped up what was anticipated as a mumbling, swooning
ambiance.
With that said, the highlight of Bon-aroo is a goosebump-worthy solo performance by Mr. Iver himself
(remember, goosebumps never lie). The most sober moment of an otherwise jammy jaunt is Vernon’s
way of saying, “I can do it fast and slow, and I can do both better than Nicki Minaj.”
Bon appetite.
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dah, dah-dah,” and I already know where this album is going. This is
guitar-based bubblegum.
But, to their credit, the band fits its bill perfectly. The cleanest cut
“messy” hair in the industry, small-town roots and Mickey Mouse
smiles – what more could a tween ask for?
Well, heaven forbid they ask for original music; Favorite Fix is far
from that. This album is glazed over pop rock.
Place Artist vs. Poet in the bland space between Paramore and Boys
Like Girls – they’re all the same. Still, the Dashboard Confessional
emo ballad seems to be a nice niche for these guys. The standouts on
the album are the slower “Miserably Loving You” and “Broke But Not
Broken.”
If Artist vs. Poet’s sole intent was to sound like a successful pop rock
group, then congratulations to the band. You’re generic and
interchangeable.
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I hate to use my favorite cultural juggernaut as a means to an end, but this article is more “missed
connection” than live review.
I met you last Thursday after showing up to Washington, DC’s newest live music venue, Echostage, to see
the Flying Dutchman, Armin van Buuren. I was casually, and perhaps deliberately, late enough to look
fashionable when I showed up. Judging by your graceful steeze, you were probably even later. I wish I
had known.
Upon arrival, the ruggedly handsome face of Panorama Productions, Zack Huhn, greets my posse and I.
He ushers us in with a single preface, “You’re going to fall in love.” I suspect he is referring to the venue.
Little do I know, Zack is a nightlife soothsayer. In all his wisdom, he is talking about you.
Walking into Echostage, you cannot help but have your face melt a little bit. The festival-worthy light
show, booming sound system, and sheer size of the place hits us immediately. You really want to say,
“Yeah, it’s cool,” but you end up yelling something way less calculated like, “I feel like a virgin!” For the
sake of this article, lets pretend I went with the former.
This is the venue that Washington has been missing. With all well-deserved respect to 9:30 and beyond,
until now the capacity levels of our techno-friendly establishments were all significantly much less. The
place is enormous and well organized. Even at what is supposedly a third of the way finished, Echostage
is drawing in big-name international electronica acts Dada Life, Avicii, Richie Hawtin, Dirty South, Ferry
Corsten and Markus Shulz. Clearly, this will not be our last visit.
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But tonight is all about the delight of seeing my good friend, Armin. He comes up on stage with a huge
smile and wastes no time jumping into an extended play. Each build up, transition, and wave is no less
than perfect than the one before. As the show progresses, it becomes increasingly apparent that this is far
better than watching my roommates DJ our living room.
Echostage in itself is a brilliant move by Panorama, the production company responsible for DC’s
infamous Glow series. The group bought the entire lot and have ambitious plans for renovation this
winter that will convert what already seems like an impressive take on the warehouse turned rave shrine
to Washington’s premier live venue for both electronic music and otherwise.
Perhaps most surprising is the quality of the crowd that made it out to the far side of New York Ave, a far
cry from the usual K Street tracks. There is no shortage of skin, muscles, and really good-looking BYT
contributors. Panaroma has also done their part to oil their shiny new BPM machine by providing shuttle
services to the venue and increased security around the blocks.
But before we have much of an opportunity to fall into a State of Trance, Zack, our Sherpa for the night,
finds us again. “Follow me” is all I really hear him say, but that is all I really need. I am sauced up and
willing.
At this point, I have no idea that I am on my way to you. We weave inside, outside, and around the lights,
lasers, and ethereal beats all the way to the front of the stage. There, Zack lifts the velvet rope and, with
an effortless wink, guides us into the fresh air of social success.
Now, I dare not brag about going HAM on the side of the stage, but I proceed to spend a good three
minutes thinking, “I’m better than you.” For that, I apologize. It’s easy to let it all go to your head at “The”
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Once the novelty of Instagraming my life wears off, we take our time to take in Armin. Just recently
bumped to #2 DJ in the world by DJ MAG after an unheard of four-year title run, AVB is your favorite
DJ’s favorite DJ.
Now, I hate to give you such a long preface, but I need you to know what led me to you. Finally, on my
way back from grabbing a drink, there you are. At first, you are just a blur of sensually swaying neon. As I
get closer, I see your slender arms covered in glow-in-the-dark Skittles bracelets, your tan skin as glittery
as a disco ball, and your skirt just short enough to be terribly inappropriate anywhere else in the world.
Before I know it, I am falling in love with a candy kid.
I walk over to say “hi,” but nothing comes out. My nervousness earns your smile as you grab my hand,
and slide over one of your bracelets. You look up at me with bigger eyes than any I have ever seen before
and gently say, “Now, you give me something.”
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  • 4. There’s nothing funnier than someone getting hit in the nuts - everyone knows this. But Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, Bam Margera, and the rest of the Jackass gang know this better than anyone else. By having a knack for finding the most creative way to target the family beloved, these guys have been limping to the bank for the past ten years. Now on the verge of the October 15th release of their third feature-length installment of their hit MTV television series, the joke is still funny. Promising to be more painful, disgusting, uncomfortable, and dick-ridden than any of their previous efforts, the new Jackass will showcase all the glory in 3D. And if 25 million people will go see blue aliens in three dimensions, I’m sure a few will want to check out ‘The Wiener Cam.” Yes, there is a wiener camera in this movie. To this year, the tenth anniversary of Jackass, the first question raised is always, “How do they think this stuff up?”Fortunately,two premier jackasses,Bam Margera and Johnny Knoxville, spilled a little of what’s inside those fractured heads of theirs. “It’s usually when I’m on an airplane flying from Philly to LA, and my iPod dies or something, so I’m just sitting their bored to death,” explains Margera. “So, I’ll just sip on red wine and think of the stupidest things ever.” Sometimes those stupid ideas are brilliantly simple. For the movie, co-creator and producer, Jeff Tremaine, submitted a bit entitled‘The Shit Shoe” with the attached description:“Find a shoe, and shit in it.” Signed, sealed and delivered to the venerable production house of Paramount. Still, at other times, the schemes are involved and complex. Think Knoxville’s brainchild,‘Incredible Nut Shots’ – a collection of high-flying ball-buster trick-shots a la ‘Dude Perfect.’ The title bit shows Knoxville throwing a medicine ball while riding a Ferris wheel.The ball bounces off of an angled trampoline and hits Chris Pontius square where his inner thighs meet. Alright, move the trampoline a little bit. Okay, we good? It hit his thigh. Alright, a few more inches to the left. Perfect. Nope?Try again. By the time their trail-and-error marathon was over, Knoxville had ridden that Ferris wheel for 11 hours straight, setting a record in the meanwhile. Poor Pontius spent those 11 hours facing impending doom. Some advice from the master, Margera:“I learned over the years that it’s easier to just do it. If you just eye it up for 20 minutes, you’re just going to get too nervous, think too much, and not want to do it. It’s so much better to get up there, get a quick look, and just do it.” That mindset seems to run common amongst the Jackass crew. Obviously, with that blind courage, people seldom walk away unscathed. “You never really know what you’re going to get hurt on,” continues Margera, “I just knew that, ‘Alright, we’re filming Jackass for the next seven months, that definitely means I’m going to wind up with at least two broken bones.’” Two broken bones would have been a walk in the park for Margera, who amassed three broken ribs, a busted knee, a broken foot, and a broken clavicle all while filming Jackass 3D.The worst part of Bam’s injury list? The stunts that caused half of them didn’t even make the final cut for the movie.“The broken clavicle is in a bit called ‘Electric Avenue,’ which is like 40 stun guns hanging in a hallway, and then there’s an obstacle course that we have to run through and get stunned,” explains Margera. If that didn’t make the movie, what the hell did? There actually happens to be so much prime footage leftover, Jackass 3.5 is already being sched’d for a holiday release.There’s nothing like DVD-debauchery to warm the heart. So, after endless band-aids and surgeries, why do these jackasses keep going back for more? “When the movie is all finished, most of the time, broken bones will heal and you’ll be fine – it’s just a little bit of pain,” Margera nonchalantly responds. “I just like how people say how funny the movie is and how crazy everybody is. I don’t know, it’s just a good feeling knowing everyone is satisfied.” So, what won’t Bam do? “Pretty much all the stuff that Knoxville does.” Margera recounts a bit called ‘The Invisible Man’ where Johnny Knoxville is painted the same color as the walls.Then, in traditional Jackass fashion, a raging Spanish bull is released to jump around and go “ape-shit.” “Once he spots him, he hits [Johnny Knoxville] so hard up in the air that he did a total backflip and landed right on his neck,” recalls Margera.“When you see it you’re like,‘Dude, Knoxville just broke his neck.’” He didn’t (miraculously). More miraculously, Knoxville has two kids. Dude must have the most resilient coin purse in the world. But perhaps Steve-O got it the worst over the years. As you may have seen on his MTV documentary, Steve-O’s life had spiraled into addiction, alcoholism, and suicidal tendencies. But as family does, the Jackass brothers stuck together. Celebrating Steve-O’s second year of sobriety on set, the cast and crew couldn’t have been prouder. Even if doing so meant no more beer sponsors, no more extra rooms dedicated to case-races, and no more binging; it was all worthwhile. “Steve-O is just a different person altogether. It’s great,” boasts Knoxville.“On this set, because of Steve-O being sober now and we want to keep him sober, we didn’t have beer or any liquor. When we’re out of town, Steve-O took a sponsor with him.We always got him a rental car so he could get to his meetings at night – because, you know, we don’t want to take that structure away from him.” But Johnny assured that no sense of responsibility would affect Steve-O’s daredevil ways:“That aside, he just totally went off in the movie. He got such great footage. The thing he said was [that] he didn’t want to regret not doing something, so he did everything.” If everything meant being bungeed while trapped inside a loaded Honey Bucket, so be it. Steve-O was down to clown in 3D. Ten years deep into the franchise, it’s worth looking back at how all the stupidity first began. For most of us, we remember videos of Bam’s crew wrecking themselves in shopping carts outside a local grocery store. How many kids did you see trying that for weeks following its televised debut? But the story goes back a bit further to when Johnny Knoxville, then a young actor and writer in Los Angeles, was pitching magazines an article idea. His proposition: test self-defense equipment on himself – pepper spray, stun gun, taser gun, and then shoot himself with a .38 while wearing a bulletproof vest. That’s pure Jackass gold on today’s standards. But most magazines didn’t have the foresight to agree. One magazine that did recognize the journalistic merit in Knoxville’s self-destruction was Big Brother. At that time, Big Brother was an antic-ridden skateboarding magazine full of pranks, fake I.D. instructions, and the occasional boob. Editor JeffTremaine took a liking to Knoxville, and offered to help him get his story.“[Jeff] would back me and give me money to buy some of the equipment, because I was broke at the time,” Knoxville recalls. “He supported me so I did it through them, and then put it in one of their skateboard videos…Jackass came out of me meeting Jeff.” The duo worked out well enough at first, but it came a time where the two wanted to be more than a couple of jackasses. Knoxville had received offers to do a television show, and even one from Saturday Night Live to do his stunts during a weekly segment. Knoxville was a fan of the idea, but the offers forgot about Tremaine.There would be no Johnny without Jeff.“They didn’t want to bring Jeff along, and they didn’t know his value. I’m sure if they could turn back time, they would’ve probably brought Jeff along,” laughs Knoxville. As his levity indicates, Knoxville’s good faith turned out for the better.Yet at first, the two struggled with the formatting of the show.They toyed with the idea of a mash between The Daily Show and the prank and stunt bits – placing Johnny Knoxville behind a desk. After some frustration,Tremaine reached out to a friend, an up-and-coming director named Spike Jonze. 56 SKINNIEMAGAZINE.COM SKINNIEMAGAZINE.COM 57 NITTY GRITTY
  • 5. “Jeff called Spike and said,‘Hey,we’re doing thisTV show.This is our idea,and would you want to be a part of it?’” recalls Knoxville.“And Spike said,‘Yeah, I’d like to be a part of it. But that show, the cross between The Daily Show and what you guys do, I don’t think that’s it.You’re already doing a TV show – the Big Brother videos. Just make it just like the Big Brother videos.’” At that time, Jonze was best known as a commercial and music video phenom on the verge of major success with his motion picture debut, a dark-comedy titled Being John Malkovich. Jonze, as Malcom Gladwell would love to call him, was the Jackass tipping point.With his credibility on an incredible upswing, Spike Jonze was able to get his two jackass friends the meetings and representation they couldn’t get on their own. He got people to take this whole Jackass idea seriously. “Jackass is so silly, and trying to show someone at the network, ‘Well, this is our idea for a show,’ they’re going to laugh you out of the room,” continues Knoxville. “But if you have Spike Jonze in the room with you, they’re going to say ‘Wow, maybe we should listen to these guys.’”The rest, as they say, has made them a lot of money. After clearing sales of $79.5 million and $84.6 million in Jackass the Movie and Jackass 2, respectively, it’s more than evident that the revenue stream from sack trauma is not a fleeting enterprise. Since Jackass’ inception, MTV has hosted a handful of successful spin-offs, fromViva la Bam and Wildboyz to Nitro Circus and The Dudesons in America. The crew has become household faces beyond the skateboarding subculture.These jackasses are probably cheesing on the front cover of this magazine right now. More than that, Jackass – as crudely and aptly named as it is – has become a representative part of our culture. It’s an America’s Funniest Home Videos on steroids that I’m sure will one day be used as a mirror to reflect on the 21st century. I’ll spare you that analysis for the time being since at their 10th anniversary of stupid, there’s really nothing else to do but celebrate the nut shot. So, go grab your 3D glasses, and your barf bags. 58 SKINNIEMAGAZINE.COM NITTY GRITTY
  • 6. 11/27/16, 6:55 PMEscaping From Dave Chappelle: It's Weird, Right? | L.A. Weekly Page 1 of 4http://www.laweekly.com/news/escaping-from-dave-chappelle-its-weird-right-2162447 BY M.M. ZONOOZY Escaping From Dave Chappelle: It's Weird, Right? WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2009 AT 6 P.M. Comedian Dave Chappelle made a surprise appearance last month at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory. The former star of Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show has become known of late for impromptu standup appearances. But unlike the routine savvy comic we remember, Chappelle spent four and a half hours onstage smoking a dozen cigarettes, drinking coffee and shooting the breeze. Watching the self-ostracized Chappelle rediscover the stage allows for a strangely candid look at a brilliant, yet jaded, man. “This is weird, right?” Chappelle asks people seated in the front row. “You feel it too, right?” Yeah, Dave, we all feel it. The same man who brought us Tyrone Biggums and ran out on a $50 million paycheck stopped by simply to hang out — a little out of the ordinary in my book. Sporting a red-plaid lumberjack shirt, white Nike sneaks and slightly frayed jeans, he covers everything from politics to religion. Dave Chappelle just wants to talk. ADVERTISING
  • 7. 11/27/16, 6:55 PMEscaping From Dave Chappelle: It's Weird, Right? | L.A. Weekly Page 2 of 4http://www.laweekly.com/news/escaping-from-dave-chappelle-its-weird-right-2162447 inRead invented by Teads So, we discuss his celebrity crush, Jessica Alba, and his favorite part of fatherhood: having someone to talk to. He tells us about his “crack-free” trip to Africa, Kanye West and Obama. No routine, no punch lines, and no Rick James. For Robin Williams and other big-time comics, returning to standup is coming home. This could be a performance celebrating Chappelle’s return to his roots after a fruitful Hollywood career. But to Chappelle, it is something entirely different — it’s rehab. It’s a chance to open up his world to strangers and refamiliarize himself with the spotlight. Still, considering his extended hiatus from show business, Chappelle has no trouble earning laughs throughout the night. But he uses his time more to share some introspection than to tell jokes. He comments on the difficulty of knowing people’s true opinions and admits his own naïveté when dealing with the entertainment industry in the past. Discussing being “used” and quoting religious texts, he philosophizes on the power and intention of words. Cynically, he continues describing his past. But what everyone is really wondering about is his future — has Chappelle scheduled his illustrious return? Not inclined to share what is on his horizon, Chappelle avoids answering that question. When someone asks what America ultimately has to do to bring Dave Chappelle back, Dave Chappelle laughs. “You guys think just because I don’t want to be on TV right now, that I’m crazy,” he says. If it hadn’t become clear, the comic isn’t exactly eager to be back in the limelight. Instead, he talks about escaping.
  • 8. 11/27/16, 6:55 PMEscaping From Dave Chappelle: It's Weird, Right? | L.A. Weekly Page 3 of 4http://www.laweekly.com/news/escaping-from-dave-chappelle-its-weird-right-2162447 ©2016 LA Weekly, LP. All rights reserved. Sponsor Content “That’s what America would have to do,” Chappelle finally responds. “Get me to space and back safely, and then we’ll talk Chappelle’s Show. ... Just go out and get off of this Earth for a while.” As he rounds out the fourth hour onstage, it becomes increasingly evident what this performance is — an escape. Only about 10 of us remain as Chappelle lingers onstage and lights another cigarette. He stays long enough for us to forget that he is Dave Chappelle. For now, to everyone in the room, he is just Dave. For a moment, he has escaped his celebrity; Dave is in space. Perhaps justifying the absurdity of the night, Dave closes by commenting on how we were all collectively part of “something.” “Even if the lyrics of the evening won’t stick,” he says, “the feeling will.” He is right. Walking out of the Laugh Factory at 4 in the morning, we all know we could feel something surreal. We got a chance to see the real Dave Chappelle, and how he has matured. We got to know Dave. And yeah, it was weird.
  • 9. We met on the first day of Coachella. It was your average wayfarer boy meets sun-kissed beach babe.She was wearing hot-pink shorts,and so was I. For us, it was a total duh. Both of us had come to Indio for the same reason: Coachella Music and Arts Festival – a 3-day buzz band binge.Along with another 75,000 or so wrist-banded hipsters, we were off to the desert to see Kings of Leon,Arcade Fire, and Kanye West et al. Now, I can’t remember exactly how our first meeting went down, but I’m sure that I said something so suave that she couldn’t resist my charm. Wait, now I remember – that is exactly what happened… As luck would have it, we both were heading to see our boy A-Trak. So, we took a stroll together through the glowing, pulsating mirage that is Coachella.We passed mist tents, enormous art installations, and a giant Ferris wheel that we promised to ride together. Soon enough, we were under the sweaty embrace of the Sahara Tent. Now, as Coachellites quickly pick up, the Sahara Tent is more than a stage, an incredible light show, and a non-stop shake-your-shit dance party. Sahara is a way of life. If you’re down with glowsticks, pool noodles, and dirty electro beats, then you’re Sahara. We were both, very much so, Sahara. But as A-Trak was scratching on his usual electro-hip hop hybrid set, I tried to keep my award-winning dance moves under wraps.This was no time to show off; I had just met this girl, and didn’t want to intimidate. She, on the other hand, was dancing carefree with her hips, and her long limbs. We hung out as progressive Dutchman,Afrojack, followed up the Canuck with an explosive playlist. An Usher and Paul McCartney appearance later, and we were headed over to the main, or Coachella, stage. En route, we passed the Outdoor Stage, where Brandon Flowers was putting on an unexpectedly engaging, Killers- COACHELLA, A LOVE STORYBetter Than The Typical Recap Words by M.M. Zonoozy Photos by Torey Mundkowsky 4 SKINNIEMAGAZINE.COM • 41
  • 10. less performance.We kicked it for a minute,and jumped to the main stage forThe Black Keys.The Keys, typically a stellar live set, had a tough time translating their small-venue sound to the festival-sized stage. Afterwards, I was looking to see Kings of Leon, but she wasn’t feeling it. So, she beamed me a perfect smile, turned, and casually left. And maybe she made the right call – but I’d never let her know. It may be odd to fault a band for being polished, but for a group that prides themselves on their rock ‘n’ roll douchebaggery, why not get a little rowdier than the rehearsal? Still, ending their set with a “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody” double-header was sing-along heaven. After some text tag, the girl and I finally met up again near the main stage. She kept dropping hints about riding the Ferris Wheel, but it was getting too late – The Chemical Brothers were on in 5, and I wasn’t about to miss that big beat electronica fire. And thank goodness that I didn’t. Chemical Tom put on an out-of-this-world spectacle of a performance. Go YouTube it, because that’s all that you’re getting from me. Later, as the show ended, I cruised to some rowdy Ace Hotel after-party, and she ignored my texts all night.Whatever. Coachella, day two, is perfect. Not a cloud in the sky, a heaven-sent lineup, and the girl of my dreams on deck. Once I met up with her, the best looking girl at Coachella, we opted to start our day with some campsite tomfoolery. The Coachella campground is a wonder in itself. Expanded to include car camping a couple years back, it has become an incredibly popular option for those looking to experience the more Woodstock-esque experience. Festival organizers have even set up disco roller rinks,AM yoga sessions,and new-fangled swing sets galore to keep the sleepless entertained. A beer and a grill later, and into the festival to see Glasser’s electrocapella we went.We stuck around the Gobi Tent to watch Yelle’s high-energy jams as well. After, I asked if she’d be down to get folksy with Mumford and his children. “You would like Mumford and Sons,” she teased.Who doesn’t? She poked fun, but came with.A Little Lion Man later, and we were moving up in the mix to catch Animal Collective.With three interactive cubes hanging above the stage, the Collective put on a better light show than concert. It didn’t’ take us long to move over to Empire of the Sun, who was hosting the most talked about performance of the day. The band was adorned in Cirque du Soleil worthy costumes, as sensual sea creatures interpreted some sort of alien narrative on stage.We caught our boogie to an awesome “Walking on a Dream” performance before returning to home base – Sahara. Now, if I had tried to restrict my superhuman foxtrot before, it was time to let go. One-third of the Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello, was simply killing it. 42 • SKINNIEMAGAZINE.COM
  • 12. Following an epic “Show Me Love” build up, we peaced over to the main stage for Arcade Fire.The Fire outdid themselves, and dropped about a million glowing orbs from above the stage. During the set, we took a break to chill in the back of the crowd. We sat, held hands, and she mentioned riding the Ferris wheel again.We looked back, but it had already powered down for the night. “Tomorrow,” I promised. Later, as the show ended, I cruised to a Palm Springs house party, and she ignored my texts all night.Whatever. We met up again on the third and final day of Coachella, and headed to the beer tent to start our day nutritiously. Although I’m confident that no one beyond the eight other tall tees on the main stage can name more than one of his songs, there was Wiz Khalifa. I’m not really down, but she wanted to hear “Black andYellow,” so I obviously chose to stick around. A handful of Heinekens later, and we ran off to Jack Beats.After dominating a quick dance session, we snaked through the crowd, hand-in-hand, to the front of Nas and Damien Marley. It’s always a bit disheartening seeing Jay-Z’s former competition degraded to a gimmicky duo act. Still, we agreed that the One Mic/In the Air Tonight blend was the most irie thing we’d seen in a while. After a hangout session back at the campsite, we were up to our old ways again, and found ourselves at Sahara for Duck Sauce. The DJ duo pulled the largest crowd we had seen at Sahara yet – testament to the power of a breakout single.With a huge rubber duckie on stage,andArmandVan Helden andA-Trak on the tables, Duck Sauce put on a surprisingly mediocre show.They dropped their new “Big Bad Wolf” single, but once we had heard Barbara, we were already ready to peep Ratatat. On the way, I couldn’t help but let that Ferris wheel catch my eye. I couldn’t miss that opportunity, but damn those Coachella set time organizers. There was Chromeo, The Strokes, Bloody Beetroots, and Kanye – all still looming in our near future. I figured we’d sneak in the Ferris wheel at some point later on. What we caught of Ratatat was solid,as always,as was Chromeo’s dance party. The Strokes rocked the main stage, the Bloody Beetroots terrified me at Sahara, and then there was Kanye West… Yeezy taught me nothing.I know everyone is going to say he killed it,but we gave him about 45-minutes before leaving.Half that time was spent waiting for the rumored surprise special guest.Turns out the dude from Bon Ivar is all we get – no Cudi, Katy, or Daft. So, we went walking. Comfortable with the handholding at this point,I couldn’t have been happier wandering the neon Coachella fantasyland with this babe.She thought I would digThe Presets,so we went to see them, and I did. I thought she’d dig Axwell, so we went to see him, and she did. It was all so perfect, but it was all also coming to an end. I found myself walking her back to the car before I knew it. Finally, her wearing my hoody, and with her friends spying from the car, she leaned in and gave me my first Coachella kiss. I’m not even sure if I said goodbye.When I opened my eyes, she was already stepping into the car.All of a sudden, she was gone. And later, as the festival ended, I cruised back home, and she sent me a text: “Ferris wheel – next year?” 44 • SKINNIEMAGAZINE.COM
  • 13. 12/31/16, 4:05 PMLiveDC: Bon Iver @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - BrightestYoungThings - DC Page 1 of 3https://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/livedc-bon-iver-merriweather-post-pavilion Tweet by m.m. zonoozy, photo via Instagram scavenging Enough with the “Who is Bonny Bear?” chatter. Saturday night at Columbia, Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion proves that Bon Iver, the man, the band, the grizzly, is nothing short of 1,000 times better than Nicki Minaj (Iver’s runner-up for Grammy New Artist of the Year honors). In fact, the show is just that much better than that adorable little girl singing Minaj on Ellen – and that’s my niece. * Arriving to the Au Bon Pain show, I am a bit surprised to be at a sit-down concert. I am an avid build a fire, sleep in a cabin, and listen to vinyl kind of guy, but the last umpteenth shows I’ve been to have been those, “Look at the stage, I’m at the second pillar to the right under the third row of speakers!” type of gigs. Here, across the subdued Merriweather lawns is a glut of seated couples on picnic blankets. Even for a slow-ride concert, the anticipation seems surprisingly calm. And since I’m awesomely considerate, I switch my flip phone to vibrate eh es ay pee. Thankfully, it’s not long before a nine-piece Bon Iver ensemble takes the stage to lead right into a handful of songs off their most recent self-titled LP. The band’s sound is impressively true to the album, if not more pronounced. It takes a handful of songs before frontman Justin Vernon breaks to acknowledge the audience, thank me personally, and introduce crowd-pleaser “Skinny Love” as “a song about heartache about a heartache.” Finally, the sing-along takes its first stride, albeit slightly muted. And as the crowd cools back down to lukewarm, my friends and I suddenly feel sophisticated lounging on the green without our glowsticks. In the resulting discomfort, we head to concessions to order six glasses of red grapes to try to fit in. But as we tiptoe back to the fairway in our finest flannel, we’re having an impossible time finding an open spot to rest our weary souls. And then it hits me: BYT STAFF RELATED ARTICLES: BEST ALBUM ART OF 2016 BYT INTERVIEWS: S. CAREY BYT INTERVIEWS: VOLCANO CHOIR LIVENYC: FRANK OCEAN & BON IVER @ ANGEL ORENSANZ DC SHOWS TO GET PUMPED FOR THIS WEEK… UPCOMING SHOWS YOU SHOULD BLOW YOUR $$ ON… (VOLUME 25) BON IVER @ 930 CLUB PREVIOUSLY IN LIVE DC BENTZEN BALL ADVERTISE ABOUT LOG IN POST AN EVENT DC HOME AGENDA PHOTOS FOOD GUIDES MUSIC GAYS STYLE ART THEATRE FILM WASHINGTON DC NEW YORK CITY CHICAGO Friday 01/06Friday 01/06 Michael Ian Black Live @ ArlingtonMichael Ian Black Live @ Arlington Cinema and DrafthouseCinema and Drafthouse TICKETS>>TweetLike 0 LiveDC: Bon Iver @ Merriweather Post Pavilion BYT Staff | Sep 18, 2012 | 11:30AM | Music Like 0 FACEBOOK TWITTER PINTEREST INSTAGRAM NEWSLETTER
  • 14. 12/31/16, 4:05 PMLiveDC: Bon Iver @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - BrightestYoungThings - DC Page 2 of 3https://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/livedc-bon-iver-merriweather-post-pavilion Bearded indie music is popular! The idea of wussy folksy concerts being big enough to sell out places like Merriweather warms my little overly technofied heart. The show is quite clearly all-ages. Even sans Swedes, houses, or mafias, the middle school set still showed up to chill-rage. Now, if going to a concert that 13 year-olds think is swagahommad doesn’t make you feel hip, nothing will. Even more titillating is the spectacular showing of mid-range bros approaching mid-age birthdays. You’d think a mess of missed high-fives and awkward fist-pumps to Bon-Bon’s minimal BPM’s would harsh my mellow, but nope. I couldn’t be happier. That’s not to say Bon Thugs and Harmony is all sedated and “Holocene.” With over a dozen instruments, including two full drum sets, Vernon and company paddle out throughout the show to ride several rhythmic swells. Most notably, “Creature Fear” is fleshed out to an unrecognizable percussion-heavy tangent emphasized with pulsating strobes (mega props to the light technician). That sort of improvisational drawn-out jazz approach pumped up what was anticipated as a mumbling, swooning ambiance. With that said, the highlight of Bon-aroo is a goosebump-worthy solo performance by Mr. Iver himself (remember, goosebumps never lie). The most sober moment of an otherwise jammy jaunt is Vernon’s way of saying, “I can do it fast and slow, and I can do both better than Nicki Minaj.” Bon appetite. * Full disclosure: I don’t have a niece. ---------------------------------------------------- be our social media friend: facebook.com/brightestyoungthings twitter.com/byt sign up for our newsletter come to our next BYT event or FotoWeek Event like what you read? give us some free money! See AlsoSee Also 1 Times Union Center Tickets 2 Merriweather Post Pavilion 3 Animal Collective Merriweather 4 Watch TV Online 5 People Magazine Online 6 Magazine Subscriptions by Taboola 09/18: LIVEDC: BLOC PARTY W/ CEREMONY @ 930 CLUB 09/17: LIVEDC: ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI @ 930 CLUB 09/17: LIVE DC: KENDRICK LAMAR AT THE HOWARD THEATRE 09/17: LIVEDC: THIEVERY CORPORATION, GOGOL BORDELLO, MICHAEL FRANTI, THE ARCHIVES, & THE FUNK ARK @ THE HALF STREET FAIRGROUNDS 09/14: LIVEDC: AMANDA PALMER @ 930 CLUB . Sponsored Links The Motley Fool LifehackLane How To Fix Your Fatigue And Get More Energy Vital Reds Supplement Kate Middleton Drops Jaws, Proving Prince William Is A Lucky Man Livingly 3 Signs You May Have A Fatty Liver [Watch] LA-3 Supplement Motley Fool: 2 New Stock Picks Every Month She Had No Idea Why the Crowd Was Cheering More For You by TaboolaSponsored Links The Motley Fool LifehackLane Livingly Vital Reds Supplement LA-3 Supplement Motley Fool Is Releasing New Stock Picks - Are You On The List? She Had No Idea Why the Crowd Was Cheering Kate Middleton Drops Jaws, Proving Prince William Is A Lucky Man How To Fix Your Fatigue And Get More Energy 3 Signs You May Have A Fatty Liver [Watch] Colin Kaepernick's Mom Couldn't Hold Her Tongue Any Longer After What He Did
  • 15. 11/27/16, 7:12 PMCampus Circle - Artist vs. Poet Page 1 of 5http://www.campuscircle.com/review.cfm?r=10601 Serving L.A. Since 1990 Campus Circle > Music > CD Reviews Archives Music: CD Reviews Artist vs. Poet: Favorite Fix (Fearless) By M.M. Zonoozy Artist vs. Poet’s debut LP, Favorite Fix, opens with a catchy “ba-dah- Like 00 0 0Google + 0 0 SCREENINGS SWEEPSTAKES SPECIAL OFFERS NEWS FILM MUSIC EVENTS CULTURE SPORTS MEDIA
  • 16. 11/27/16, 7:12 PMCampus Circle - Artist vs. Poet Page 2 of 5http://www.campuscircle.com/review.cfm?r=10601 dah, dah-dah,” and I already know where this album is going. This is guitar-based bubblegum. But, to their credit, the band fits its bill perfectly. The cleanest cut “messy” hair in the industry, small-town roots and Mickey Mouse smiles – what more could a tween ask for? Well, heaven forbid they ask for original music; Favorite Fix is far from that. This album is glazed over pop rock. Place Artist vs. Poet in the bland space between Paramore and Boys Like Girls – they’re all the same. Still, the Dashboard Confessional emo ballad seems to be a nice niche for these guys. The standouts on the album are the slower “Miserably Loving You” and “Broke But Not Broken.” If Artist vs. Poet’s sole intent was to sound like a successful pop rock group, then congratulations to the band. You’re generic and interchangeable. Grade: C Favorite Fix is currently available. Article posted on 3/22/2010 This article has been viewed 991 times. Related Articles You Might Like... Like 00 0 0Google + 0 0 Comment
  • 17. 12/31/16, 4:02 PMLiveDC: Missed Connections At The Armin Van Buuren Show @ Echo Stage - BrightestYoungThings - DC Page 1 of 4https://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/livedc-missed-connections-at-the-armin-van-buuren-show-echo-stage Tweet by m.m. zonoozy I hate to use my favorite cultural juggernaut as a means to an end, but this article is more “missed connection” than live review. I met you last Thursday after showing up to Washington, DC’s newest live music venue, Echostage, to see the Flying Dutchman, Armin van Buuren. I was casually, and perhaps deliberately, late enough to look fashionable when I showed up. Judging by your graceful steeze, you were probably even later. I wish I had known. Upon arrival, the ruggedly handsome face of Panorama Productions, Zack Huhn, greets my posse and I. He ushers us in with a single preface, “You’re going to fall in love.” I suspect he is referring to the venue. Little do I know, Zack is a nightlife soothsayer. In all his wisdom, he is talking about you. Walking into Echostage, you cannot help but have your face melt a little bit. The festival-worthy light show, booming sound system, and sheer size of the place hits us immediately. You really want to say, “Yeah, it’s cool,” but you end up yelling something way less calculated like, “I feel like a virgin!” For the sake of this article, lets pretend I went with the former. This is the venue that Washington has been missing. With all well-deserved respect to 9:30 and beyond, until now the capacity levels of our techno-friendly establishments were all significantly much less. The place is enormous and well organized. Even at what is supposedly a third of the way finished, Echostage is drawing in big-name international electronica acts Dada Life, Avicii, Richie Hawtin, Dirty South, Ferry Corsten and Markus Shulz. Clearly, this will not be our last visit. BYT STAFF PREVIOUSLY IN LIVE DC 10/09: LIVEDC: JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION @ U ST. MUSIC HALL 10/09: LIVEDC: THE RAVEONETTES W/ MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER @ BLACK CAT 10/08: LIVE DC: WAKA FLOCKA FLAME AT FILLMORE SILVER SPRING 10/08: LIVEDC: THE WALKMEN W/ THE WAR ON DRUGS @ 930 CLUB 10/08: LIVEDC: PEACHES DJ EXTRAVAGANZA @ THE HOWARD THEATRE (NSFW) BENTZEN BALL ADVERTISE ABOUT LOG IN POST AN EVENT DC HOME AGENDA PHOTOS FOOD GUIDES MUSIC GAYS STYLE ART THEATRE FILM WASHINGTON DC NEW YORK CITY CHICAGO Saturday 02/18Saturday 02/18 Paul Rodriguez LIVE from Original LatinPaul Rodriguez LIVE from Original Latin Kings of Comedy @ Arlington Cinema &Kings of Comedy @ Arlington Cinema & DrafthouseDrafthouse TICKETS>>TweetLike 0 LiveDC: Missed Connections At The Armin Van Buuren Show @ Echo Stage BYT Staff | Oct 10, 2012 | 10:00AM | Music Like 0 FACEBOOK TWITTER PINTEREST INSTAGRAM NEWSLETTER
  • 18. 12/31/16, 4:02 PMLiveDC: Missed Connections At The Armin Van Buuren Show @ Echo Stage - BrightestYoungThings - DC Page 2 of 4https://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/livedc-missed-connections-at-the-armin-van-buuren-show-echo-stage But tonight is all about the delight of seeing my good friend, Armin. He comes up on stage with a huge smile and wastes no time jumping into an extended play. Each build up, transition, and wave is no less than perfect than the one before. As the show progresses, it becomes increasingly apparent that this is far better than watching my roommates DJ our living room. Echostage in itself is a brilliant move by Panorama, the production company responsible for DC’s infamous Glow series. The group bought the entire lot and have ambitious plans for renovation this winter that will convert what already seems like an impressive take on the warehouse turned rave shrine to Washington’s premier live venue for both electronic music and otherwise. Perhaps most surprising is the quality of the crowd that made it out to the far side of New York Ave, a far cry from the usual K Street tracks. There is no shortage of skin, muscles, and really good-looking BYT contributors. Panaroma has also done their part to oil their shiny new BPM machine by providing shuttle services to the venue and increased security around the blocks. But before we have much of an opportunity to fall into a State of Trance, Zack, our Sherpa for the night, finds us again. “Follow me” is all I really hear him say, but that is all I really need. I am sauced up and willing. At this point, I have no idea that I am on my way to you. We weave inside, outside, and around the lights, lasers, and ethereal beats all the way to the front of the stage. There, Zack lifts the velvet rope and, with an effortless wink, guides us into the fresh air of social success. Now, I dare not brag about going HAM on the side of the stage, but I proceed to spend a good three minutes thinking, “I’m better than you.” For that, I apologize. It’s easy to let it all go to your head at “The” Echostage… by Taboola . Sponsored Links The Motley Fool LifehackLane Incredible Car Hacks That Will Keep Your Ride Clean Activly Pernell Roberts Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of 'Bonanza' Definition How To Fix Your Fatigue And Get More Energy Vital Reds Supplement Motley Fool Is Releasing New Stock Picks - Are You On The List? She Had No Idea Why the Crowd Was Cheering
  • 19. 12/31/16, 4:02 PMLiveDC: Missed Connections At The Armin Van Buuren Show @ Echo Stage - BrightestYoungThings - DC Page 3 of 4https://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/livedc-missed-connections-at-the-armin-van-buuren-show-echo-stage Once the novelty of Instagraming my life wears off, we take our time to take in Armin. Just recently bumped to #2 DJ in the world by DJ MAG after an unheard of four-year title run, AVB is your favorite DJ’s favorite DJ. Now, I hate to give you such a long preface, but I need you to know what led me to you. Finally, on my way back from grabbing a drink, there you are. At first, you are just a blur of sensually swaying neon. As I get closer, I see your slender arms covered in glow-in-the-dark Skittles bracelets, your tan skin as glittery as a disco ball, and your skirt just short enough to be terribly inappropriate anywhere else in the world. Before I know it, I am falling in love with a candy kid. I walk over to say “hi,” but nothing comes out. My nervousness earns your smile as you grab my hand, and slide over one of your bracelets. You look up at me with bigger eyes than any I have ever seen before and gently say, “Now, you give me something.” Well, here it is. Please find me. ---------------------------------------------------- be our social media friend: facebook.com/brightestyoungthings twitter.com/byt sign up for our newsletter come to our next BYT event or FotoWeek Event like what you read? give us some free money! See AlsoSee Also 1 Watch TV Online 2 People Magazine Online 3 Magazine Subscriptions 4 Discount Magazines 5 Women's Magazines 6 Online Journals More For You by TaboolaSponsored Links The Motley Fool LifehackLane Activly Vital Reds Supplement Livingly LA-3 Supplement Now You Can Track Your Car Using Your Smartphone Trackr Bravo Motley Fool Is Releasing New Stock Picks - Are You On The List? She Had No Idea Why the Crowd Was Cheering Incredible Car Hacks That Will Keep Your Ride Clean How To Fix Your Fatigue And Get More Energy Kate Middleton Drops Jaws, Proving Prince William Is A Lucky Man 3 Signs You May Have A Fatty Liver [Watch]