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Earl Sweatshirt & Friends Melt The Stage At House of Vans Tour Boston

On the second night of the House of Vans Tour, a diverse mix of ages and races took over the Middle East Club in Cambridge MA for live snowboarding, music and art.

With the ongoing wall of negativity in the press aimed at the youth of today, it’s refreshing to be reassured that the 90s babies have come of age and are shaping the landscape by defying the present culture of conformity.

After a free outdoor viewing of the Vans’ documentary, “20 Years Off The Wall On The Snow” and a live snowboarding demo, XXYYXX, Earl Sweatshirt and Cities Aviv took to a sold out venue.

 

photo: Kristen Elisabeth @_kayv
Cities Aviv warms up the house with his eclectic mix of house & hip hop/ photo: Kristen Elisabeth @_kayv
photo: Kristen Elisabeth/@_kayv
XXYYXX gets the crowd hyped with his unique breed of atmospheric electronic music/ photo: @_kayv

Echoing the voices of the disaffected, millennial generation, perhaps one that has been whitewashed by pop idolatry, Sweatshirt (who has more in common with 90s anti-heroes like Tupac and Cobain than one might imagine) fed off the raw energy of the crowd who were chanting his name, crowd surfing, moshing, and of course…tweeting. Themes of familial dysfunction and poverty come across through Sweatshirt’s intense an often brutal language, but luckily there’s a difference between being real versus courting controversies for money.

Every generation needs an anti-hero. And with righteous anti-heroes being hard to come by these days, it was inspiring to see that the kids are alright.

Earl Sweatshirt, House of Vans, Boston - photo: Kristen Elisabeth/@_kayv
Taco, House of Vans, Boston

Earl Sweatshirt, House of Vans, Boston - photo: Kristen Elisabeth/@_kayv

photo: Kristen Elisabeth/@_kayv

Earl Sweatshirt, House of Vans, Boston - photo: Kristen Elisabeth/@_kayv
Earl Sweatshirt, House of Vans, Boston – photo: Kristen Elisabeth/@_kayv

The Middle East continues tonight (Feb. 20) with a team of on-site custom tee-shirt printers and more bands including  Anamanaguchi, Baths and Special Guests.

House of Vans, Boston - photo: Kristen Elisabeth/@_kayv
House of Vans, Boston – photo: Kristen Elisabeth/@_kayv

About Kristen Demesilda

Kristen Demesilda
Writer and Photographer for Virago Magazine, Kristen grew up listening to vinyl and highlighting the dictionary. Her work has appeared in IrockJazz.com, The East Harlem Journal, Boston's Culturehive, the Ithacan and other publications. Her love of music cannot be eclipsed by her love of words. She's been coined the "Akira Kurosawa of Blogs" by such people as herself. An aspiring musician, she has a serious penchant for peach-flavored anything, multi-tasking, slow-paced thrillers and dreams of going back to South America, laying on the beach, and drinking from a coconut.

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