Earlier this week, we published part one of our recap of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013. Friday night included all sorts of great acts, and we highlighted The Walkmen, Cut Copy, and Snoop Dogg on Tuesday. Today, we cover Saturday and Sunday. It hasn’t even been a week, but I’m already looking forward to the playful chaos at Fun Fun Fun 2014.
The highlight of my Fun Fun Fun Saturday, aside from the Wu-Tang Clan influenced Flatbush Zombies or Pelican’s shoegaze metal, had to be Deerhunter’s set on the Orange Stage. The band took the stage just after sunset amidst a perfect atmosphere featuring refreshingly cool temperatures. Their set was pure rock ‘n’ roll as guitar solos and long psychedelic instrumental passages defined the majority of the band’s set. Deerhunter stuck mainly to songs from their new record, Monomania, but found some time revisit their older material, including “Desire Lines” off their 2010 album Halcyon Digest, a personal favorite of mine.
Sunday was full of highlights. Laughing hysterically while Austin comedy troupe Master Pancake tore apart music videos by Journey, Dave Matthews, and Bonnie Tyler was a great way to kick off the day. Hearing Dessa’s beautiful voice along with her incredibly talented band was a pleasure. Seeing Mat Hoffman go off on the halfpipe while wearing a boot to protect his broken left foot was nothing short of a childhood dream come true. Seeing Washed Out play with a full band and Deltron 3030 perform with a full orchestra - yes, you read that correctly - were both spectacular. As was seeing the legendary Jurassic 5 and Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys) briefly share the stage.
But Bonobo truly put on the best show of the day. The British DJ and producer brought his band along to Fun Fun Fun Fest, and the result was an absolutely awe-inspiring 50 minutes of music. Seeing his ambient yet fast-paced beats come to life with real instruments, with a big, bright wall of light as a backdrop, was simply spectacular and a must-see show. They made it so easy to just get lost in the music, something difficult to do at a music festival.
Sadly, with the end of Fun Fun Fun Fest, the 2013 music festival season has come to a full close. We’re wrapping up our coverage of Fun Fun Fun 2013 today and tomorrow with some on-air interviews featuring Keith Morris (FLAG), Ceremony, Del the Funky Homosapien, and David Wingo (Ola Podrida). Check the interview schedule below.
Thursday, November 14 Interview Airings
Keith Morris of FLAG - 8 & 2 CST
Ceremony - 10 & 4 CST
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SXSW Alumni Washed Out at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Photo by Rory Burbeck.