When: Sat., June 29, 12:30 p.m. 2013
Few albums from 2003 crystallized that year’s sounds and sensations quite as well as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Fever to Tell. It fused garage rock and dance punk and crashed postmillennial anxiety into orange-alert hedonism, producing a set of tough but quirky tunes that won over the hearts of mainstream pop listeners as thoroughly as those of the scenesters who’d crowned them underground superstars before the album even dropped. Nothing they’ve done since has captured a moment quite the same way, but the sequels—2006’s Show Your Bones and 2009’s It’s Blitz!—were modern-rock landmarks of a more modest type. Mosquito (Interscope), released in April, is the trio’s only real dud. There are some good ideas regarding how to push their sonic boundaries—such as using gospel choirs and building rhythm tracks from samples of subway noises—but it feels unfinished. The arrangements sound like the band got interrupted halfway through tracking overdubs, and more crucially, there just isn’t the spark that animates their other work. But it’s beyond easy to forgive a flop like this when the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have already given us so much. —Miles Raymer The Yeah Yeah Yeahs headline the Q87.7 Piqniq; Bush, Awolnation, Silversun Pickups, Atlas Genius, Cold War Kids, Twenty One Pilots, New Politics, Capital Cities, and Maximum Hedrum open. Music starts at 12:30 PM and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs play at 9:40 PM.