Saturday's 35 Denton Review: Bun B, Best Coast, Rain and Rap
Live your life like it's one in, one out. That's a motto I've started living by this weekend. Last night especially, as the rain upon Denton reached Biblical proportions. I imagined a scenario in which Denton flooded and hundreds of drunk, high fans were washed away in the most epic fashion. But then I had a Red Bull and I was fine.
Taryn Walker Up close and personal wth Bun B. More photos in the slide show
Danny Brown, though. His Hailey's set was the highlight of last night, ruffled camo shirt and all. Before him, locals -topic and Brain Gang Blue repped the current state of Dallas hip-hop with solid sets, and Main Attrakionz had a fully formed dance party bumpin' and grindin', a trend which continued later in the night in the basement of the Lion's Den, where the afterparty had turned into a in Day-Glo electro cage match, and the smell of paint fumes added to the blunted feel.
There was some rain.
Main Stage 1
Bernard "Bun B" Freeman released a new song just last week after reaching 40K followers on Twitter. The new cut, "Stop Playin," begins with, "I am the one man army, Bun B." It wasn't always this way. UGK, B's former two-person army, was cut short with Pimp C's untimely death. Still, B pushes on, releasing mix tapes, singles and a pending 2012 full release, Trill 4, and keeps expanding that Houston hip-hop aesthetic some suggest B himself helped create. Mr. Freeman is known for dropping a guest verse but last night in Denton we got him all to ourselves. B's catalog was mixed with plenty of UGK treats, and even a special dedication of "Next Day You're Gone" to Whitney Houston. The self-made trillionaire had folks bouncin' and I spied more swishers burning then at Devin the Dude's set. Always a sign of a good time. Indeed, with the bass and hands up, Bun B made sure we ended the night high on that Houston shit. - Deb Doing Dallas
Main Stage 2
The beach-pop game has only increased in players since Best Coast's 2010 debut, Crazy For You. As they begin their 2012 tour in support of their anticipated follow-up, The Only Place, Denton served as the first of many testing grounds for Bethany Cosentino's new, Jon Brion-produced material. Brion lends a sophisticated touch to some of Best Coast's precious tendencies, but they still retain the nostalgic tone that defines them. Cosentino's grown-up sad girl music made more sense in the rain then it should have, highlighting the dichotomy between her perfect pop melodies and longing for a boyfriend. They are clearly trying to explore new territory: The guitars were rocking a little harder and fuzzier and Beth even picked up the bass on a few. The fans were happy for the sonic moment of sunshine amidst the rain. Best Coast reminds us that there is a lot of reward in sometimes keeping it simple. - Deb Doing Dallas