Kings of Leon gets a proper homecoming while Dave Matthews Band disappoints fans. More in our music festival recap
The Kings of Leon returned to their native state for a Friday headlining set that capped their transformation from cult band to rock superstars.
Best Visuals (Large-Scale)
The Flaming Lips, duh.
Best Visuals (Small-Scale)
They Might Be Giants’ tiny, perfect confetti drop during ”Doctor Worm.”
Best Rapper Alive
Saturday-night headliner Jay-Z. (He said it. We’re just agreeing with him.)
Stevie Wonder, who put the crowd through vocal warm-ups, then played euphoric classics like ”Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” and ”Superstition.”
Best Snooze-Friendly Band
Beautifully morose the xx. As Jeffrey Ross joked in the comedy tent, ”They should call them ‘the zz.”’
And the Worst (or At Least the Most Disappointing)
Dave Matthews Band, who sounded great but refused to throw the casual fans a bone. We’ve been here for four days. You can’t play ”Ants Marching”?