Published Jan 01, 2006With more than 2,500 individual artists and 20-plus stages and exhibits, Bumbershoot is best tackled with the realisation that you can't experience it all. The Shins and Modest Mouse churned out memorable sets of the indie/emo pop rock. Macy Gray had everyone grooving and feeling sexy, while Black Eyed Peas, De La Soul and Common brought the hip-hop vibe. Seattle pop-emo-rock act Vendetta Red put the "rock" back in rock star with one of the most impressive sets Zach Davidson tossed the microphone out to fans seconds before throwing himself after it. Up-and-comers the Pale also made a delightful impression with their familiar brand of melodic indie rock. While orchestral shoegazers Carissa's Wierd performed a beautiful set of alt-fused folk rock, too bad it was one of their last shows. For the New Pornographers, fans crammed the venue one-hour prior to show time, stranding hundreds outside while Carl Newman, Neko Case and friends played. Simultaneously, Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles offered a laidback, outdoor, country-tinged set featuring his latest solo offerings. Closing Bumbershoot this year was a stellar bill. First up, Wilco filled the Monday evening air with their updated, multi-layered, roots-tinged sound. Then, playing their first arena-sized North American show in years, college rockers R.E.M. pulled out an amazing two-hour-plus set, delighting the crowd with both classics and new tracks from their upcoming album that were wonderfully reminiscent of the band's earlier records.