Hangout Music Festival 2014: Photos + Recap - Saturday

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Hangout Music Festival 2014: Photos + Recap - Saturday

Clear skies and a sunny disposition from festival-goers made day two on site at Hangout Fest another great one. The schedule was full of favorites, from fest vets Matt and Kim to the always-entertaining Flaming Lips. Read up on some of the highlights below, and check out images from photographer Mark C. Austin in the gallery by clicking above.

Diarrhea Planet

“We’ve got two more songs for you. One is a new one, and the other one is a very important one.” The “very important” song that Diarrhea Planet wowed their ever-expanding crowd with at the Palladia Stage on Saturday was OutKast’s “Hey Ya.” It was fantastic, of course, but what’s most important at a Diarrhea Planet show is the Diarrhea Planet material, during which the band’s four—yes, four—guitarists absolutely shred. They shred while playing behind their backs or with their teeth. They shred while climbing monitors. They shred while crowdsurfing inside an inner tube designed to look like a Simpsons donut. They were the perfect way to kick off the day on Saturday, even if it meant nothing else could top them later. —Bonnie Stiernberg

Amos Lee

Amos Lee’s soulful folk-rock found a perfect audience in Saturday’s expansive crowd at the Hangout stage: everybody was relaxed, camped out on blankets and ready to listen. The tank-top bro contingent may have roared the loudest when Lee announced various covers, including an inspired version of Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” leading into Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” and it was impossible not to sway along with the masses. —Dacey Orr

Matt & Kim

You always get the sense that the two people having the most fun at a Matt & Kim show are Matt and Kim. That’s not to say that the crowd isn’t into it—they are in a big way. But no one can top the smiley energy emanating from this duo. They were up to all their usual tricks—standing atop drum kits, sending Kim into the crowd to dance atop fans’ hands, sneaking in quick covers of Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” and R. Kelly’s “Ignition Remix”—but this show felt different, and Matt announced towards the end of it that he was “in rock and roll heaven” and it was their best one of 2014. —Bonnie Stiernberg

Wild Belle

Last year’s Isles was the soundtrack to my summer, so it was only fitting that I kick off the season in 2014 checking out this brother-sister duo on stage (even if, alas, it meant missing Modest Mouse). Natalie Bergman’s attitude was everything when it came to delivering the lyrics, riddled with references to heartbreak despite the bouncy reggae vibes. Songs like “Another Girl” and “Keep You” had everyone singing along, and Elliot Bergman owned the spotlight on the vocals for “When It’s Over.” It wasn’t all attitude, though—Natalie was effusive in thanking the festival for having them play, and after the performance they gave, I have a feeling many fans left feeling grateful, too. —Dacey Orr

The Flaming Lips

When VH1’s Jim Shearer stepped onstage (and was met with a chorus of boos as soon as he introduced himself), he accurately described the Flaming Lips as “the quintessential festival band of this generation.” Big outdoor festivals are their bread and butter, so it’s no surprise that their Saturday night set on the Chevy Stage was full of fantastic spectacle. Giant rubber duckies, shimmering aliens and robots, a girl inside of a landscape set piece who spent most of the show perched in front of Wayne Coyne—check, check and check. But the music was just as enticing as the visuals, featuring crowd-pleasers like “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” “She Don’t Use Jelly,” “Do You Realize??” and “A Spoonful Weighs a Ton” as well as stuff from The Terror and two excellent covers, David Bowie’s “Heroes” and the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” —Bonnie Stiernberg

The Killers

None of us were especially excited to see The Killers, but that all changed when we actually saw The Killers. Say what you will about their post-Hot Fuss material, but Brandon Flowers and company know how to put on a show. It’s hard not to get caught up in the energy and transported back to high school during songs like “Mr. Brightside,” “Somebody Told Me” and “All These Things That I’ve Done.” Even a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” kept our attention. —Bonnie Stiernberg