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- Posted on Oct 16th 2011 11:00AM by Michael Mehalick
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Roughly two years after the inaugural show, which saw the likes of Interpol, Neon Indian and Sleigh Bells rock a multilevel gallery in Manhattan's Meatpacking District, the mini art and music festival staged its second incarnation in the scenic neighborhood of DUMBO, Brooklyn.
The free-with-RSVP event featured everything from screenings of 'Scenes From the Suburbs,' Spike Jonze's film collaboration with the Arcade Fire, to Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O's triumphant stage production 'Stop the Virgens.'
As if that weren't enough, the Creators Project boasted an expertly crafted lineup of up-and-coming musicians, as well as new stars soaring beyond their first-album output.
Recently signed rapper A$AP Rocky took over the Archway Stage, which provided a cavernous environment for the young MC to deliver his vitriolic brand of hip-hop anarchy directly underneath the Manhattan Bridge overpass. Not long after, the experimental electronic beat crafter Four Tet performed, using the unusual locale to his full advantage. Projecting flowery images on the massive concrete walls of the overpass, Four Tet offered a thundering mix of fan favorites and cuts from his upcoming release 'There Is Love in You.'
This was all a casual setup for the eventual performance by the incomparable Florence and the Machine, who, with their double bass rhythms and chugging guitars, seemed to relish the ringing acoustics. Endlessly talented frontwoman Florence Welch took her notorious voice to new heights, moving seamlessly between her breakout soul-pop hits and tracks from the forthcoming 'Ceremonials.'
"This is our first proper show playing the new songs, so thank you," said Welch.
Meanwhile, over on the Tobacco Warehouse stage, Justice, the most popular French DJ duo this side of Daft Punk, made the biggest impression of the day. With their sophomore LP finally hitting stores later this month, the group had bodies bouncing up and down to infectious dance samples that seemed destined to run all night.
"The police are shutting the party down," said the least-mustachioed member of Justice, Xavier de Rosnay.
Despite the "one more song" chants, the party had come to an end, and so had another successful Creators Project.