Our first band of the hottest and last day of ‘Roo were De Lux, another indie pop outfit playing the fest this year. Given the elements, De Lux’s Talking Heads-esque lyrics drew a decent size crowd. The Who stage isn’t for the weak as there isn’t any shade to be found so the music better be damned good, and De Lux delivered. We gave De Lux a ton of credit as getting people to dance at The Who Stage in the sun early in the afternoon is no small feat.
Hiss Golden Messenger
While most of Hiss Golden Messenger’s tracks are a mix between classic rock and folk, it’s the hidden blues influences that make this band so appealing. So it’s no surprise that his new song “Brother, Do You Know the Road?” had everyone in the audience swaying side-to-side and singing along. While the show was rather poorly attended on Sunday, those who braved the heat and dust and were still physically and mentally alive by Sunday afternoon – your true Roo-ers, so to say – came out to enjoy this beautiful, moving and inspiring set.
As the unrelenting sun finally started its decent, Caribou came on stage appropriately clad in all white to give the Roovians the last true dance set of the weekend. Dan Snaith and company merged all their gadgets and gizmos with live drums and bass to create some of the best electro-pop synth heard on the farm all weekend. Throughout the set, Caribou jumped on dual drums creating accentuating fills to match the two-headed drum attack. Standout tracks included “All I Ever Needed,” and “Our Love.”
Spoon played the main stage for the first time on Sunday, albeit to a smaller crowd than they should have. Playing a set nothing short of spectacular, Spoon poured through their entire catalogue spanning 17 songs including a cover of The Cramps “TV Set” to make for a top three show of the weekend. At one point front man Brit Daniels asks his band mates if they want to thank anyone, to which they smiled and shook their head. This lead to a funny quote from the crowd “Inside jokes” which sleighed the audience within ear shot, clearly Spoon’s set had everything. Their sound was tight, their mood was light and their playing was business like. Having seen Spoon a handful of times over the years, this was clearly their best set and evidence of a maturing band that is aging like fine wine. Standout tracks included “I Turn My Camera On” which was jammed out, “Do You” he best song off their latest album and “Don’t You Evah a venerable favorite.
Florence & The Machine
Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leichester
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Hurray for the Riff Raff