While that exact vibe was in the air, Neighborhood was not quite neighborly. The crowd seemed dead, even headliners the Faint drudgingly raced through their set. Rocking the tightest, brightest pair of red skinny jeans, Spank Rock stole the spotlight from the Faint, spitting an ill flow of some of the hottest underground hip-hop of today.
The real party, though, was at the DJ turntables where Neighborhood host Steve Aoki, the president of Dim Mak Records, joined the likes of celebrity DJ AM and DJ Them Jeans. Despite the DJ-heavy lineup, the live acts were able to stand out, including a full band Chromeo performance, whose “Tenderoni” has launched a dance-party wave that has reigned supremely in the indie dance scene. There goes the Neighborhood.