A decent crowd was gathered at the Sony bloggie stage at 2 p.m., a full 15 minutes before Hollywood favorites (and recent Rough Trade signee) Warpaint took the stage. Rather than take advantage of the growing anticipation during its soundcheck, though, the all-female quartet (which used to include Shannyn Sossamon of "A Knight's Tale" fame) led with an extended jam. This was more than noodling -- I couldn't help but think of some of the Jicks' crisp rhythms -- but it wasn't exactly stuff that grabbed you right away. Still, it did announce to any in the crowd that these girls were here to rock. And they seemed to be having fun doing it, giving each other giggly smiles that were somewhere between "too cool for school" and "we're so happy to be here."
We were told not to be afraid to dance, but this wasn't really dancing music. There was definitely an insistent rhythm -- and plenty of fuzz -- on songs like "Beetles" ("let's dance naked and rip down the wall that makes me crazy") and the slow-burning "Krimson." This may not have been the most engaging set of the fest, but at least a few fans are sure to leave with a new musical crush.