Warm Steel
(2007.08.04 / 02:39:56 /FIELD OF HEAVEN)

Hot Shots
(2007.08.04 / 02:09:28 /POW)

On the Ropes
(2007.08.04 / 01:22:11 /POW)

Off the top of my head
(2007.08.04 / 00:13:47 /OTHER)

Feel Childish
(2007.08.04 / 00:00:00 /OTHER)

Mile-High Club
(2007.08.03 / 23:46:02 /WHITE STAGE)

The Chemical Brothers
(2007.08.03 / 15:05:21 /GREEN STAGE)

Chroméo
(2007.08.03 / 10:53:12 /RED MARQUEE)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
(2007.08.03 / 10:48:04 /RED MARQUEE)

The Beastie Boys
(2007.08.03 / 00:44:55 /GREEN STAGE)

Soul Flower Union
(2007.08.02 / 23:40:43 /FIELD OF HEAVEN)

Infernal Varanne's Globe of Death
(2007.08.02 / 21:38:45 /POW)

Nikujaga
(2007.08.02 / 10:37:14 /POW)

Seti And Futaba With Tabla Kwaiesa?
(2007.08.02 / 09:43:26 /OASIS AREA)

Peter, Bjorn and John
(2007.08.01 / 21:48:46 /RED MARQUEE)

Mile-High Club

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Gets a Bird's-Eye View

In 2005, on this very same stage, the Mars Volta were 45 minutes into a set of spiraling guitar figures and bursts of percussive bombast when a friend turned to me, half-joking, and said "How long is this intro going to last, anyway?"

Now two years later, Mars Volta progenitor, Omar Rodriguez Lopez returns with an eponymous new project, yet with similar attitudes toward volume and structure, albeit less of the former and more of the latter.

Lopez and company aren't necessarily playing "songs" now, but in contrast to his Volta output, the ORL Group have starting and ending points and embrace patterns and rhythm in ways his earlier work blew past. Muscular drumming sets the cycle here, while Chic Corea-era keyboard figures (supplied by a spastic Money mark) and a latin-esque rhythm section frequently gives the set the feeling we're experiencing the Nu-Yorican catalog if arranged and interpreted by John Zorn and the art-metal duo, Lightning Bolt.

The only true constant, really, was Lopez's near-wordless vocals. Somewhere between a hawk and that guy from Iron Maiden, Lopez soared above it all, his wail stitching together disparate elements of free jazz, latin rock and metal. With pipes like that, who needs song structures?


Reported by jinki (2007.08.03 / 23:46)