Volume 4, Number 6 - November 26, 2013

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PHOTO COURTESY OF ANTHONY DEFURIO Pop Culture: The indie pop duo Matt & Kim were among the many performers at The Coastline Music Festival.

At Such a Low Price, Coastline Offers an Incredible Experience

By Guillermo Herrera

Matt & Kim, Two Door Cinema Club, and Passion Pit, three of the most popular bands in the indie genre playing on one day for only $40?

The moment I discovered this, I did not hesitate purchasing a ticket to the Coastline Music Festival 2013 at the Cruzan Amphitheater located in West Palm Beach.

Besides those three bands, other low-key names such as Fitz and the Tantrums, St. Lucia, The Mowgli’s, and The Neighborhood, performed.

The Cruzan Amphitheater, where the major acts performed, has always been a good venue for it’s excellent sound, intimate stage setup, and comfortable lawn seating. Unfortunately, the second stage that was set up was a cheap rental that was pretty underwhelming in sound quality. This was not that much of a concern, though, since only a few of the lesser-known artists played there.

Most of my time was spent relaxing on the lawn with the occasional dancing as I enjoyed the liveliness of the bands and their music. One of the best moments from the festival was hearing The Mowgli’s play a cover of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.

Although the crowd was relatively mellow during the opening acts, once the sun set and Matt & Kim came on, people really started dancing and jumping around eccentrically. Even though it was the fourth time I saw Matt & Kim, they are such great performers that I still enjoyed their set. Seeing Kim twerk in the middle of the crowd, hearing raunchy lines from Matt such as “I’d like to introduce my partner in sex, Kim,” and collectively creating a beautiful lighting effect with our cell phones was awesome. Realizing that this was the final show in their tour made the set even more worthwhile.

Undeniably, the Two Door Cinema performance was one of the funnest sets I have ever witnessed. Watching Alex Trimble play rock music while drinking a glass of wine in his suit is a testament to the class this band manages to uphold while still creating a joyous, animated atmosphere.

Everyone was off their feet and many even abandoned their spots to go interact with other members of the crowd. It did not matter that we were strangers, because in that moment we all just wanted to have a great time with each other.

Passion Pit, the final act for the night, was the main reason I bought my ticket since I had never seen them perform prior. Admittedly, the first song was a disappointing opener because it was slow and lacked the liveliness that Two Door Cinema Club had ended with. A lot of people also started leaving the festival, which was frustrating. This did not kill the experience, though, because the band quickly improved and those who remained were swept by Michael Angelakos’ unique, angelic voice and emotional words in between songs.

To my surprise, Coastline was Passion Pits’ final show in their tour as well. It was inspiring to hear Michael Angelakos mention how people erroneously said he would never be able to tour and perform because of his bipolar disorder and placement on suicide watch. It was clear just how much it meant to him to be on stage sharing his music with us.

By the end of the festival, I walked away exhausted but satisfied. Any enthusiast of indie rock  would be foolish to skip out on this experience, especially because of how inexpensive it is. Even then, I cannot imagine casual listeners not enjoying themselves at the festival because of the variety the performers offer within the indie genre.

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