Best Basement in a Tent: Savages
The slicing, reverberating guitar rock of the London-based Savages was both devoted and confrontational. "You ever have the feeling you're in love and you're doing the wrong thing?" asked singer Jehnny Beth. "This is the song that says fucking do it anyway!" At that, Beth began roaring of doubt and desire on "When In Love," sounding like she was ready for a fight. It was one part of the quartet's 11-song set that was searing and direct, blasting in the Mojave Tent through just three amps, as if the band were playing a basement party. For "Husbands," Beth climbed atop the barricade holding back the crowd to sing into their faces and upraised hands, while the band accelerated to a frantic pace. She grasped the hands in front of her and was soon crowd surfing, tumbling overhead, getting up close with fans in equal measures of affection and danger.