The Bumbershoot Festival always throws together one of the more eclectic line-ups in the nation, with a fair combination of "must see"'s, "I've heard about them"'s, and "who the hell are these people"'s spanning across all genres in the musical world. So, with a packed schedule, and a surprisingly gorgeous...

Sometimes it's tough to review albums just based on the merit of their tracks alone. The mind often wanders to the live venue -- to how much fun it was that time you saw that band play that one song live. Every subsequent time the song comes on the radio...

This year's Bumbershoot may have been a bit smaller, rainier, and less musically-sophisticated than it usually is, but that doesn't mean there weren't some amazing performances. Here are some of the best from this year's lineup.

 

Baroness

While Mastodon may get all the grandiose hype for their concept albums about a plot that makes David Lynch's films look like a childrens' films, the real American metal torch is being silently carried by Baroness... or... less silently and more in a mind-blowing, aggressively gorgeous style. Blue Record received a ton of acclaim, which all justified. And Baroness, like all good metal bands, are able to take the intensity of the studio and ratchet it up on the live stage to absurd proportions. In a festival that tends to lack the noise, Baroness brought it -- and then some -- in a masterful, technical fury that is currently unmatched on the national stage.