It Combines So Many Different Things I Love Friday night I got to stand outside and watch professional wrestling while a reunited Quicksand played a set. It's great to live in a world where that sentence is a thing that's real. CORY GARCIA
The Weather Friday night was a bit chilly, but cloud cover on Saturday and Sunday kept temps just perfect and helped prevent nasty festival sunburn. BRITTANIE SHEY
Ice-T and Body Count This was the set I was most excited for this weekend, and Ice and his gang definitely delivered. The sound and energy was a ferocious, in-your-face, "fuck you" to the po-po, and a treat for the OG Body Count fans in the crowd. Oh, and T's wife Coco looked fabulous as always. MARCO TORRES
This Woman Hula-Hooped During Flatbush Zombies I bet this doesn't happen at most Flatbush Zombie shows. CORY GARCIA
The Teens For the first time I can remember, the crowd was full of adorable, well-behaved teens and preteens, sans parental escorts. I watched one girl get her shoulder-length hair shaved in the Birds Barbershop tent for charity. It made me recall my own early exposure to music and how it shaped my life. BRITTANIE SHEY
This Buffalo Chicken Sandwich changed my life In a city full of great food, and a festival where your options included gourmet hot dogs, tacos, pizza, Aussie Pies, crepes, and much more, this sandwich from and waffle fries combo from Johnnye's Eat Texas Soul food truck was the clear winner. I may have suffered with heartburn after consuming it, but damn it was so worth the pain! MARCO TORRES
The Black Stage Security Not Being Draconian I can't speak for the entire weekend, but during sets by Melt Banana and The Descendents, tons of folks where able to get up on the stage extension and stage-dive. Milo even high-fived a few folks who made it up there. All the while security just let things happen without busting skulls. CORY GARCIA
The Black Stage The lineup here is a perennial favorite and it's the only place to safely stage-dive. BRITTANIE SHEY
I waiting to take a photo of Geto Boys' Bushwick Bill, he ask me to take a photo with him! This H-Town legend was super, duper nice! MARCO TORRES
This Guy In a Wheelchair Crowd Surfing During The Descendents The Descendents killed it Saturday night, playing to a crowd that loved the hell out of them, including this fellow in a wheelchair. Yeah, it did almost bring a tear to my eye. CORY GARCIA
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The Polyphonic Spree Know How To Make An Entrance Yeah, they might have taken the stage 20 minutes late, but between their upbeat first number and the message they painting on a sign in real-time it was hard to be upset with them. CORY GARCIA
The Oh Sees California psychedelic surf-pop-garage-punk. Hands down the most energetic and whimsical band of the weekend. BRITTANIE SHEY
Getting To See Club Bands Outside Is Pretty Fun Not that I'd want to see every Chromatics or Tycho show outdoors, but it was a nice change of pace to see some smaller acts outside with a big sound system. Not only does the massive bass feel good in your chest, but I support anything that exposes good bands to unfamiliar audiences. CORY GARCIA
Big Freedia's Volunteer Twerk Team Because everyone deserves a chance to shine on stage with the Queen Diva. CORY GARCIA
Jurassic 5 delivering the best set of the festival: Sure, the set I saw at Coachella may have been longer, but seeing the J5 crew reunited with the Austin skyline in the background was golden. These four MCs and two DJs provided the best hour of hip-hop music I've heard all year. MARCO TORRES
The Best Corporate Sponsor Ever Pretty sure I ate my weight in free Twinkies this weekend. Those things are back with a vengeance, and I love it. CORY GARCIA
That one time I climbed atop a skate ramp to photograph Killer Mike *almost* perform. Yep, that was dangerous/fun/scary/amazing. Too bad they couldn't get the sound system to work. MARCO TORRES
The Show Doesn't End When The Festival Does You know what sucks about being at the Festival all day, then leaving the festival grounds, walking a bit, and getting to see Twin Shadow bring the damn house down at ACL Live for free? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. CORY GARCIA
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This dancing unicorn duriing RJD2's set: After putting up my cameras and getting ready to leave the fest on Day One, I saw this possibly mollyed-out horned beast doing the EDM shuffle. His penguin friend next to him was having just as much fun. MARCO TORRES
Sketchbook Guy This guy in front of me at Subhumans was sketching singer Dick Lucas and various people in the crowd. He let me look through his other sketches too. What a cool way to document a show. Sure as hell beats having someone hold an iPhone in front of you for half an hour. BRITTANIE SHEY
Chill, Chill, Chill Fest While this wasn't quite an EDM festival, where the drugs and the PLUR life rules, and I get hugs and kandi after taking someone's photo, this may be the friendliest crowd of music fans I've ever had the pleasure to work with. No egos here, just fans from all walks of life having a good time. MARCO TORRES
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