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Primavera Sound 2017 Festival Review: From Worst to Best

on June 05, 2017, 2:05pm
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Descendents


There were a lot of excited kids assembled in front of the Primavera stage for the Friday night gig from OG SoCal punk rock granddads, Descendents, who took the audience through a set of classics, favorites, and new songs from 2016’s Hypercaffium Spazzinate. “We’re from the United States,” frontman Milo Aukerman announced apologetically, before introducing “Everything Sux” as “Everything’s Cofeve”. The set was more than competent, but decidedly workmanlike–that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the performance just felt flat. And this crowd was here to have the time of their lives, eating up any request for engagement, or taking any opportunity to show their enthusiasm, throwing their arms in the air for new tracks like “Shameless Halo” as well as classics like “Clean Sheets” or “Silly Girl.” Out of all the sets by so-called elder statesmen at Primavera this year, this one sadly missed the mark. –Caryn Rose
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