Mumford and Sons the Right Band for Voodoo's Opening Night

Friday marked a very sincere start to the 20th anniversary edition of the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience. Bands singing about their feelings while playing guitars, basses and drums with at most a soupçon of irony dominated the day, topped by headliners Mumford and Sons. Mumford’s sincerity is the band’s calling card, so much so that before the day started, I wondered if they’d sound anachronistic in 2018.

U2 Shows the Limits of "Joshua Tree" and the Strength of the Band at Superdome

[Updated] Let’s clear the basics out of the way first. U2 were really good and at times thrilling at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Thursday night. Musically, they’re a machine that at times sounds like one instrument behind Bono, which means they always seem in step with each other. And Bono is a genuine rock star. When he stood alone on the stage located about 20 feet into the audience, he seemed most at home. The space and an audience close enough to touch clearly energized him.

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