I'll take every opportunity to say it, but Au Revoir Simone. A gutless, trendily disinterested group without weight or substance.
The only act that was perfect for me, was the Chromatics. It was so beautiful. I like the Eddie Vedder song too, and it encapsulated the show's themes really well.
The self-referential material, like James and Julee Cruise and 'Audrey's Dance', I don't have a problem with. James' performance was interesting to me. He was still singing the same song, in the same way; like little had changed in his feelings for the past. But, he made his crush cry with it's poignancy. It's untouchable, and privately moving. It's also pathetic and inexcusable. I like what that scene says about James, and maybe how he sees Renee. The fact that he sung the song in public resonates too. What was he trying to say to everyone? 'Audrey's Dance', I read someone's post where they articulated this in a much better way, felt like that bottomed-out dread when you know you're dreaming. I thought that was amazing. Awkward and forced too, but it's discomfort was at the forefront of the scene. It was wrong. I liked 'The World Spins' enough, but it didn't resonate as heavily as the "I'm so sorry" scene. It was perfectly placed, but the initial shock of the song's sadness isn't there anymore. Maybe a new song could have closed that scene.