Live Review: Get Out and Vote '08

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Get Out and Vote '08 w/ Beastie Boys, Sheryl Crow, Santogold

Amos' Southend

Dec. 27, 2008

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The Deal: Beastie Boys, Sheryl Crow and Santogold play short sets, urge sold-out Amos' to "Get Out and Vote."

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The Good: I'm not quite sure what her backup singers were about — think Gwen Stefani's Harajuku girls that did more dancing than singing — but her set was lively and got the night off to a good start. Her 30-minute set was made up of songs from her self-titled debut album. She reminded me of a low-key M.I.A. — dancing and singing with a DJ, but not quite as hectic and all-over-the-place.

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Sheryl Crow hit the stage for a 45-minute set of eight songs. She alternated between sitting and standing and playing acoustic guitars and a bass, but sounded (and looked) fantastic. She opened her set alone with "God Bless This Mess," before her band came out and they rumbled through a variety of her hits — "A Change Would Do you Good," "Can't Cry Anymore" and "If It Makes You Happy" among them.

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Beastie Boys hit the stage at 9:15 p.m. after a quick intro from Mixmaster Mike. The trio hit a variety of their hits from over the years, including "Pass the Mic," "Check It Out" and "No Sleep Til Brooklyn." All three appeared to have a great time and constantly moved around the stage. They did a short chat about getting everyone and their friends to vote, but the focus was definitely on the music. Mike D, in a suit for most of the show, was asked by Adrock, "Did you have a job interview earlier today?"

The trio gathered by Mixmaster Mike before playing "No Sleep" to discuss a possible setlist change, but they stuck to "Plan A" instead of making any changes. After "No Sleep," they joked that they would invite Crow and Santogold up on stage for a rendition of "We Are the World," before jumping into "So Whatcha Want." As the show ended, after a one-hour set, MCA said, "Get everyone you know to get out and vote. Enough already!"

The Bad: Short setlists from Sheryl Crow and Beastie Boys led to a show that ended at 10:15 p.m.

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The Verdict: A quick-hitting, high-energy show that you'd rarely see in a small club.

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Sheryl Crow Setlist

God Bless This Mess

Shine Over Babylon

Love Is Free

A Change Would Do You Good

Can't Cry Anymore>Bright Sunshiny Day

If It Makes You Happy

Out Of Our Heads

Everyday is a Winding Road

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Beastie Boys Setlist

Super Disco Biscuit

Triple Trouble

Skills to Pay the Bills

Sure Shot

Alright Hear This

Pass the Mic

Check it Out

Do It

Body Movin'

Root Down

3 Mics & 1 DJ

Right Right Now Now

No Sleep Til Brooklyn

So Whatcha Want

Intergalactic

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