Ed. note: Friend of Treeswingers Jonathan Hall gives us a first-person account of what it’s like to get caught up in a haze of pandas, teeny boppers and Starfucker.
It’s the loaded Friday night of Noise Pop and I am going to a Starfucker show for the first time. Words and phrases like “insane,” “cross-dressed” and “floor-bouncing” buzz in my ear.
I arrive early and do my best to blend in with the adolescent crowd leftover from Blackbird Blackbird. Eventually I settle in, upfront and early, only to realize I’m the only one in the front row old enough to drink the whiskey and ice that’s in my hand. As I down my plastic cup of booze and wait for the teenage dance carnage to begin, a brief flashlight guides the four lanky members of a group now known as the more radio-friendly STRFKR into position.
El John Maclean. (Photo courtesy of littlewhiteearbuds.com)
If you’re all still alive and kicking on the day of the second coming, another day of great live music at Stanford should be enough to coax you out of your basements and bomb shelters. Stanford’s first ever Laker Music Festival hits the field between the Enchanted Brocoli Forest and Kappa Alpha on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. as a slew of student acts and bonafide headliners should have you dancing your ass off before kissing it goodbye.
The school year has already seen the likes of Steve Aoki and Broken Social Scene grace campus, and Saturday hopes to continue the trend for great music and good vibes as Blackbird Blackbird, Lemaitre and The Juan MacLean bring their electronic stylings to the Farm. With Lake Lagunita providing the backdrop, there couldn’t be a more perfect setting to close out the year–or our lives, if you entertain the rumors of the rapture.