Lightspeed Champion (a.k.a. Devonte Hynes) may have split personality disorder. The singer-songwriter was all over the place Wednesday night at Manhattan's Mercury Lounge, exuding a humility (apologizing for slipped riffs) and self-confidence (boasting about writing songs in just days) during his first performance since disappearing into the studio a year ago. The most convincing evidence for prognosis: Hynes' new songs themselves, which seamlessly moved from piano-infused soul to laid-back country to psychedelic guitar blowouts in seconds. The set was defined by Hynes' sudden shifts.
Pete Wentz misses the days when only he and "a bunch of fat girls" listened to Morrissey. But when even Fred Durst is stretching out a Smiths T-shirt, it's kind of hard for the 26-year-old Fall Out Boy bassist/lyricist to wave the "outsider" flag anymore. Hey, at least his fans can relate. Once a sardonic almost-emo cult band from Chicago, Fall Out Boy are suddenly everywhere: topping TRL, leaning back with Fat Joe, and boasting a gold record, their descended-from Descendents hookfest From Under the Cork Tree. Minutes before Wentz whirled about the Warped Tour stage in Montreal, we caught up with him and discussed blowing up and blowing chunks. Do you have any tattoos you regret?Oh, absolutely. I have one on my back that everybody calls my "Braille tattoo" 'cause it sticks out so far in the summer you can feel it.