A couple splendid bootlegs to start your week, starting with Spoon’s triumphant, 15-song (!) opening set for Arcade Fire at MSG last Wednesday, as captured by the indomitable NYC Taper. Britt Daniel and co. fill the place just as capably as the headliners, just with way less chest-beating, fist-pumping, Terry Gilliam-aided bombast. Which suits the lithe white-funk of “I Turn My Camera On” and so forth just fine.
For more adventurous types, young NYC big-band upstarts (and Voice year-end jazz poll favorites) Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society played the Newport Jazz Festival this past weekend, a cerebral, art-rock-oriented set kindly offered for download by NPR. Think of it as TV on the Radio with even less of a chance of actually getting on the radio. For maximum incongruity, throw this on while trolling for photos of Lady Gaga crowd-surfing at Lollapalooza.