This one was a tough call. As Airwaves continues, the performances get better and our memories get hazier. Some honourable mentions go to Plants and Animals for the diversity and talent they displayed, and to Deerhoof for giving the crowd everything they expected from the trio.
But the award goes to Buck 65. Old school hip hop has a special place in our hearts, and Buck 65′s slick, intelligent approach shows his understanding of the genre and its roots. There were higher energy shows, but none were quite as inventive. When you consider that most of the other acts at Airwaves can usually be classified as electronica or indie, it made his performance stand out that much more.
Photo: Dave Miller