Fun Fun Fun Fest Friday In Review: Bun B, Bob Mould, Against Me! & More

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Photos by Marco Torres
Bun B and the Fun Fun Fun Fest crowd Friday night
The first day of Fun Fun Fun Fest was marked by the oddball stylings of an in-character Val Kilmer terrorizing the stage with the Black Lips, and the triumphant return of rap legends Run-D.M.C. rocking the main stage to close out the night. In between there was Bob Mould, Converge, Houston's own Bun B, and the ass-shaking throwdown that was Santigold's set.


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Oh, and Earth's Dylan Carlson joke-offering money(?) for the stabbing of fans using photo flash during his set. The ambient metal master has a medical condition that is worsened by flashing lights. Still the Earth set was worth leaving Superchunk for a few songs.

At least I can say I saw one of Kurt Cobain's bros in person. CRAIG HLAVATY


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The former Husker Du front man ran through his landmark album with post-Du group Sugar, Copper Blue, for fans and novices alike. His riffage is of course all still there, proving he's one of the few artists of his vintage still making shit work. That metallic lead guitar is like butter melting on a baked potato. CRAIG HLAVATY

Caught the last half of Bob Mould's set, during which he played his band Sugar's entire first album. His voice sounded powerful and unique as usual, and there was quite a crowd so we were pretty far back. He finished with "Man on the Moon" before introducing his band and saying "That was Copper Blue. I like that record. It'd probably the last time I'll ever play that whole record live." (Mould and band have been on a Copper Blue tour all summer.) He then introduced a couple of tracks off his newest album, including one called "The Descent." "I love this song," he said. Conclusion: Bob Mould is pretty damn proud of his work. Rightfully so. BRITTANIE SHEY

I haven't seen Against Me! since the Houston Press Best Fest in 2011, and if you've been keeping up with the news, you know the band has gone through some changes. I headed over to the Black Stage to see them after catching the last couple of songs from Tomahawk, who were pretty fun in a power-rock kind of way. And watching Against Me! warm up was a treat. The drummer looked like Animal playing all for himself, and bassist Andrew Seward loosened up by playing the baseline to Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain," which I'd just heard on the radio earlier in the day. Singer Laura Jane Grace took the stage and the band went right into Transgender Disphoria Blues, the title track off their most recent album, the first to feature signer Grace since her transformation from Tom Gabel. Grace also introduced a song as being about the pro-choice movement. This is one thing I've always liked about Against Me! -- they have a pop-punk musical sensibility, but their music isn't candy and they've never shied away from political or challenging subjects. BRITTANIE SHEY

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