Time warps, both musical and atmospheric, were plentiful at the Billboard showcase last night. When I first flopped down at our table, I picked up a bottle service list that looked like a relic of good times past -- $300 bottles of cheap vodka, up to five grand for the top-shelf. A few hours later, I turned around to see some over-gelled dudes and their bronzed ladyfriends enjoying the service. Recession? What recession?
Musically, Atlanta's Howlies took the audience back in time with their surf-rock tunes and garage rock licks. While they're not breaking any new ground, their set was fun and upbeat. They were followed by barefoot teenage emo prodigy NeverShoutNever (pictured), who made the ladies in the audience swoon with his songs about crushes and heartbreaks. -Cortney Harding