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Review: Hoodstock 2010

September 7, 2010

Two rooms, three stages, 1,000 people and 15 bands.  As Juiceboxxx so astutely pointed out to the crowd, “you didn’t come to Hoodstock to fuck around. You came to Hoodstock to party” and party is exactly what we did at Oakland’s Metro Operahouse on Saturday.


The  music of Shiney Things, an electro-rap trio we caught earlier in the evening, was astounding.  Staccato drums and an incredible vintage-sounding synth keyboard caught my attention and blew my semi-sober mind.  The vocal accompaniment was at times a little incongruous with the music.  A surprise walk-on set by Safari yielded some crowd-stopping free-style but seemed to catch Shiney Things slightly off-guard.

From Shiney Things, BABs headed over to Cycloptopus.  In the interest of full disclosure, I don’t know enough about punk or metal to know which genre Cycloptopus belongs or what is good or bad in either genre.  All I can say is that watching Cycloptopus’ set and the ensuing pseudo violence (is there a less parent-y word for moshing?) was really entertaining and I can see the appeal of the band and their sound.

Bro Montana was a real stand out act of the night.  The Santa Cruz based techno musician spun the sweaty warehouse dance party out of the standard laptop, keyboard and mixer set up.  The builds and breaks of Bro Montana’s set recall Soulwax or the more epic selections from Ratatat’s repertoire.

Bro Montana

Hottub – a Bay Area institution, in my humble opinion –  rocked it hard, as always.  Their set started with some new (to me) jams and ended in typical Hottub fashion – with most of the crowd on stage and champagne soaking those of us still in the crowd.  Their punk/crunk/funk sound was a great fit for the line-up.

Shannon & the Clams’ adorable doo-wop antics and In-N-Out garb were only slightly upstaged by their topless male go-go dancer and the dollar bills being tossed towards his boxers shorts.  Their cover of Del Shannon’s “Runaway” was a great fit with the bands musical and visual aesthetic and brought more than a few smiles to the crowd.


From party hip-hop to techno to metal to twang-rock, the diversity of the Hoodstock line-up really drove home the diversity of Oakland’s music scene.  Seemingly, the new venue helped Hoodstock shed it’s reportedly contentious past of conflict with the police force. We can’t wait to see what these guys put together next year!

Check out more photos from Hoodstock 2010 here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Michelle permalink
    September 7, 2010 11:28 pm

    Shannon & the Clams killed it….. but the whole night was awesome. One of the best shows/festivals i’ve ever been to. What a treat given that I just moved to the Bay in July!

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