All Points West Friday Pics (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jay-Z, Q-Tip, Vampire Weekend)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs at All Points West (07/31/09)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Photos: Paul Crispin Quitoriano

But the only band to bring true festival drama before headliner Jay-Z was the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The first act to bring out props “” a giant inflatable eyeball “” they were also the first band to truly mesmerize the crowd, thanks to Karen O’s body contortions and vocal acrobatics. Karen was always on the go: flopping around on the stage, running backstage for a quick wardrobe addition, playing peek-a-boo with a scarf. Like a coffee-and-art-school Gwen Stefani, Karen screeched out happy nonsense “” “New York, New York! Jersey! Yeah Yeah Yeah!” The presumable climax, “Maps,” was played for its emotional resonance, slowly strummed by Nick Zinner on an acoustic guitar like a power ballad, greeted by a sea of lighters and glowsticks. After that false ending, they soldiered through “Y Control” and “Date With the Night,” concluded with Karen destroying the microphone like she pretty much destroyed every band that played before her. [RollingStone.com]

More pictures of YYYs, Jay-Z, Q-Tip and Vampire Weekend after the jump.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs at All Points West (07/31/09)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Jay-Z at All Points West (07/31/09)
Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Q-Tip at All Points West (07/31/09)
Q-Tip

Q-Tip

Q-Tip

Q-Tip

Q-Tip

Q-Tip

Q-Tip

Vampire Weekend at All Points West (07/31/09)
Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

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