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Monday, August 20, 2012

Best of the Mumford and Sons Gentlemen of the Road Stopover: The Top Hat Awards

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  • Sarah Myers

Best Vehicle: Chicken Car

  • Sarah Myers

Best Light Show: Mumford & Sons

Best Socially Unacceptable Behavior: Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hütz Holy shit was this crowd not ready for Gogol Bordello. That wouldn't have been a problem, really, except that the band played immediately before Mumford & Sons on the same stage. So there were people who drove hundreds of miles, stood outside the gates for hours and camped out in front of the main stage all day so they could be as close as possible to their favorite band. And right there at the finish line was this crazy gypsy carnival, yelling about freedom and standing on the monitors. So how did front man/human whirlwind Eugene Hütz respond? By showering the first several rows with bottles of wine, obviously. Start wearing purple.

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Best Drumming: Haim Finale Haim was our surprise of the day. If you've heard the cursory details of the band (sisters from Los Angeles, folk ties, family band past, fashion buzz), you are being sorely misinformed. The three (and drummer Dash Hutton) put on a muscular rock & roll show. The Haims prowled the stage, trading vocal leads and leaning heavy on beats. The early recordings suggest much more polish than the live set had, and we mean that as a compliment to the show. The band ended with all three sisters at the edge of the stage wailing on various drums.

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Best Facial Expression: Taylor Goldsmith In spite of the above solid entrant from Marcus Mumford, the prize goes to Dawes front man Taylor Goldsmith, who ran the gamut from looking sort of constipated to Springsteen-ian jaw jutting. As long as he keeps singing such awesome songs, we're in favor of whatever he wants to do.

  • Sarah Myers

Best Voice: Nathaniel Rateliff Also a winner in the category of Best Constantly Looking Catastrophically Hung Over, Nathaniel Rateliff can push a truly insane amount of air from his lungs. And his power comes with control, so that in the course of a single verse he can go from a bell-clear whisper to a bellow you could hear clearly even if separated from the stage by a solid chunk of forest.

The (Very) Best: The Very Best

If the Very Best's set was not the best show I have ever seen it was definitely the most fun.

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