Live: B.o.B w/ Hayley Williams, Passion Pit, and Snoop Dogg @ Vanderbilt University – Nashville – 22 October 2010

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He may have been third on the bill, but B.o.B performed like he was the headliner, sporting a broad smile as he tore through songs from his debut LP The Adventures of Bobby Ray, including “Magic” and “Lovelier Than You.” Showing off his rock influences, the Atlanta rapper strummed a feather-decorated acoustic guitar for a well-received cover of MGMT’s “Kids.” The set built up to Hayley Williams of Paramore joining B.o.B onstage for their joint hit “Airplanes.” For the record, Williams was wearing an Adidas track jacket with white jogging pants with wings attached to the hips tucked into knee-high black boots, overall a seriously questionable sartorial decision.

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Passion Pit had to make up for having to pull out of Vanderbilt’s Rites of Spring festival in April, and they accepted the challenge–or at least frontman Michael Angelakos did, as he took advantage of the room to spread out and flung himself around the stage, at one point climbing atop the stack of speakers. While it felt like Angelakos’s show more than a full band’s, the five-piece sounded on point. They also succumbed to the trend of having to build up to their most popular song, finishing their set with “Sleepyhead.”

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Snoop Dogg was fascinating as a cultural experience that I am unable to qualify at this time. His opening hype man was kind of boring and there was a backdrop featuring an airbrushed portrait of a woman who appeared to have an extra joint on one of her ankles.

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