College music festivals aren’t always compelling. They often book a bunch of acts popular with students that don’t add up to a coherent bill. The fest put on by my alma matter had Drake follow Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. But USC’s KXSC Fest, held Saturday night on the campus, managed to put together a lineup that worked well.
Personal Bias: I think KXSC is a uniquely good college radio station.
The Crowd: USC students, surprisingly few of them “fratting out.”
Random Notebook Dump: Openers Gothic Tropic discussed the politics of early American presidents in their greenroom for over an hour.