Photography by Nate Cover
The Sweetlife Festival‘s 2013 lineup may have been the most fitting lineup for this summer, with some of our favorite up-and-comers along with the people responsible for some of this and last year’s biggest releases. The only thing fishy about the lineup is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs somewhat low placement, unexpectedly underneath Kendrick Lamar and Passion Pit. Regardless of their somewhat low-placement, these Brooklynites had one of the largest and most enthusiastic audiences of the day, as they themselves put on an energetic show of their own.
Donning a stylish rhinestone-encrusted yellow (followed by her classic black leather KO jacket), Karen O proved to be our generation’s greatest frontwoman: between constantly running around the stage, jumping into the photo pit, twirling around her microphone, and performing with an incomparable natural charisma, Karen O and the rest of the band provided to be the tightest and most energetic act of the day.
Although touring behind a fairly recent record, the majority of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ set was (thankfully) fairly pre-Mosquito (with the exception of opener “Sacrilege”, the title track, and “Underneath The Earth” – all in the first half). “Gold Lion” sparked a Merriweather Post Pavilion-wide sing-along, “Maps” was truly a “Yeah Yeah Yeahs love song”, “Cheated Hearts” saw Karen O shed some clothing (as she was “takin’, takin’, takin’, takin’, takin’ it off”), and closer “Heads Will Roll” really saw everyone “dance ’til they’re dead”.
As the second longest-active band on the roster (they formed in 2000 and Phoenix the year prior), the Yeah Yeah Yeahs proved that their live show only gets better with age. I dare you to find a more exciting live show.
Photography by Melissa Scheinberg