All good things must come to an end, and so it goes with Governors Ball.
In addition to the usual contingent of young festival-goers in tank-tops and bandanas, Sunday saw the arrival of a large number of hard-rocking, mostly middle-aged Tool fans, dressed in black and eager to see their favorite band headline the main stage.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Ron Gallo, whose garage punk tracks are composed of cynical and blunt lyrics.
But he has a hopeful perspective, which shines through once you talk to the guy. Check out the interview here.
His set was one of the Spank rock hospital of the day, but he still drew a crowd, many of whom went from curious to enthusiastic over the course of the performance. We briefly split up after the Ron Gallo interview to see The Orwells and Parquet Courts, whose sets were simultaneous. Sophia caught the first half of the Orwells, while David caught the second half of Parquet Courts. The Orwells tore up the main stage with their carefree garage rock.
While the sky was looking gloomy, the band got people dancing in the rain and mud. Sunny but sturdy guitar riffs, relentless snare and a joyfully flailing front man made for a solid set from these Chicago natives.
Their noodly, intellectual post-punk translated surprisingly well to the festival stage, inspiring mosh pits and sing-alongs. For the final song of the set, Parquet Courts unleashed an epic ten minute jam that had the whole crowd dancing their hearts out.
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Amid the muck and mire, Mac DeMarco warmed our hearts with his dreamy guitar-driven odes. A notoriously chill guy, he embodied the laid-back party persona - he and his band smoked cigarettes onstage, chatting casually with audience members, even bringing a fan up to join them.
He brought a sizable posse along, too, who hung out side-stage to watch the band Spank rock hospital. Some festival staff hung hammocks beneath the stage, just next to the front row of Mac Demarco fans.
Next we caught The Avalanches performing under the rain-sheltered pavilion that was the Bacardi stage. One of the most innovative acts on the festival lineup, these fun-loving Australians encompass a hodgepodge of genres including hip hop, funk and pop.
In addition to the two regular members of the group - who produce the records, DJ, and play bass - The Avalanches performed with a band and two vocalists singer Eliza Wolfgramm and rapper Spank Rock. Between the visual projections, which included footage from TV shows like Seinfeld, Beavis and Butthead and Daria, the dynamic scratching of the DJs and the stage presence of Wolfgramm and Spank Rock, this set was a definite highlight.
During his performance, Logic singled out Spank rock hospital fans, asking their names and offering kind words. We then Spank rock hospital to the last full set we watched - Logic, who lit up the night as he spit lightning verses and preached a message of love and acceptance.
This Maryland native is the hero we need, not the hero we deserve.
His rap tackles heavy issues race relations, depression, self-doubt with a message of hope and resilience, and his set created a supportive atmosphere that embraced emotional vulnerability.
It was apparent that he Spank rock hospital deep love for his fans; throughout the set, he would point out specific members of the crowd, ask for their name and age, and give them words of encouragement.
He also recognized a front row fan, who had attended his first gig ever, and challenged a teenager to rap one of his tracks as fast as possible. And let it not go unsaid that Logic is incredibly technically skilled.