Her energy and fearlessness worked as a correction to the misogynist strain of quasi-ironic graphic tees peppering the crowd. “PARTY WITH SLUTS” was mad popular, dawg; “Cool story, babe. Now go make me a sandwich” was big too.
Brandon Soderberg, from Spin’s live review of the first day of Lollapalooza desribing the crowd at a Metric show.
This comment just reminded me that in Washington DC, the default style for tourist merchandise were shirts in gigantic font similar to LMFAO’s “I’m in Miami Bitch” shirts and were usually in obnoxiously bright tie-dye and neon coloring. The look was a slightly tamer of the version any photo gallery from an EDM festival the past couple years, where girls wear furr boots, tie-dye colors, and shirts that say “RAGE” or “DUBSTEP”.
Simon Reynolds epic article on EDM in America for the Guardian was really good, but it never really mentioned the American Top 40 mainstreamification of Techno sounds with dudes like Flo Rida, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and how even stuff like Jersey Shore has an influence on not only the music, but how people dress for these events.
There was a charge on Twitter for someone youthful to make a defense of EDM. I agree that would be great to see, but I’d also like to see some tackle the influence of Jersey Shore on EDM culture. The show has been endless mocked, but the lifestyle of work a little, and RAGE the rest of the time seems to be the motto of plenty of kids at EDM shows.