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- Posted on Jun 10th 2012 3:15PM by Michael Mehalick
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Day three began with a veritable feast for the still-hungry music lovers as Charles Bradley & the Extraordinaires, Bad Brains, Das Racist and Blind Pilot offered something for nearly every taste.
All of this lead to the first big main stage crowd of the day, for the Australian indie rockers the Temper Trap, who have made the leap upward since their tent appearance in 2010. Lead singer Dougy Mandagi, shaded from the sun baked field, struck dramatic notes and poses in front of a light setup worthy of an ascending rock group. The Temper Trap's revamped production allowed for new cuts and first-album favorites like "Down River" and "Sweet Disposition" to achieve their high-arching potential.
While the Celtic-punk group Flogging Molly raised hands, whether in fist pumps or waves, the math-rock trio Battles worked their experimental jazz-influenced backbeats behind vocal samples from their re-formed debut, Gloss Drop. The highlight of the set was a rhythmic run-through of "Atlas" with a recorded children's choir taking over for the departed Tyondai Braxton. Not a stone's throw away, the rising songstress LP played the Great Taste Lounge, turning in an eye-opening performance ranking near the very top of the weekend's shows not played on a featured tent or stage. Given Bonnaroo's tradition of bringing back artists after their major breakthrough, one might expect to see LP back again very soon.
Back over on the What Stage, the newly renamed Santigold, somehow different from the Santogold that played the festival in 2009, kicked off her back-up-singer/dancer-supported performance with the appropriately titled "Go!" even taking over Karen O's part in the bridge. Santigold continued with a pop-rock effervescence that permeated throughout songs like "L.E.S. Artistes" and "Lights Out."
As the evening sun began to set behind some forgiving spots of clouds Donald Glover, known musically as Childish Gambino, brought his live band and contemporary hip-hop to a sprawling Which Stage audience. A graduate of Bonnaroo 2011's Thursday slot, Gambino relished in the opportunity of the increased spotlight.
"Last year I was in this tent, and now I'm over here this is fucking amazing," said Gambino before launching into his Camp material and some well placed freestyles.
With an early tribute to the late Adam "MCA" Yauch, soul-funk fusion improvisational crew the Roots kicked off their What Stage set with a cover of the Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere." From there on out, the "legendary" Roots burned through recent hits like "The Fire" and other party-starting reworkings of songs like "Jungle Boogie" and "Sweet Child O' Mine." Drummer Questlove would later pull double duty as the leader of the festival's annual collaborative Superjam showcase.
The last general day performance belonged to the recently reformed indie-jam harmonizers Dispatch. Rolls of toilet paper flew and girls danced in blinking, neon-lit hula hoops as the festival elder statesmen delivered with a pre-headlining folk-funk singalong. Dispatch's high-energy sound carried well over onto the main-stage field as a natural close to Saturday and a transition to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' top-of-the-poster-line, uncontested performance.
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