I’ve caught a few truncated sets of Doldrums before, but this was easily the largest. It was my first time catching them since CMJ 2012, and since then they’ve released their debut album, Lesser Evil, and have embarked on quite a tour. They sounded even better than I imagine, and seem to be making a rise.
Danny Brown came next and got the crowd started with his DJ. By the time he came out, people were already ready to go nuts, and they did. Rap shows can always be hit and miss for me, but when someone goes as nuts as Danny Brown with a lot of amped up energy, it’s hard not to vibe along with it. He’s been getting more popular as the years go on, and I think things will only continue to rise for the rapper.
While Sleigh Bells new album Bitter Rivals failed to captivate me as much as their first two did, I still looked forward to seeing them live. These guys are a band that’s truly meant for the live setting. Live they are now a 4-piece band, with an additional guitarist and live drummer that add to all the controlled chaos.