Best Dance Party: LCD Soundsystem
Six years after holding an epic Bonnaroo late-night set — and five years after their quasi-breakup — LCD Soundsystem returned to the festival to headline the Saturday night party. "We're really happy to play for you. You seem to be in a good mood," Murphy told the joyous crowd of roughly 40,000. 'I'm a little hungover, we had a really good time last night. So I'm a little stupid but I feel I'm not alone."
After the small warm-up shows and Coachella weekends, LCD Soundsystem are back at full speed, which is good news for the crowds at Panorama, Outside Lands, Lollapalooza and whatever other festivals that will witness the band perform a near-identical set. (In a way, the band performed two shows at Bonnaroo: Their hour-long soundcheck early Thursday evening on the closed-off main stage was eavesdropped by dozens of early arrivers.)
Although the band is still performing a live incarnation of what could be their 'Best of' Apple Music playlist, the reunited LCD Soundsystem did show off some new tricks, like the chaotic segue that turned the cacophony at the end of "Yeah" into the siren call of "Someone Great," or the extra piece of songwriting advice Murphy gives to Captain Beefheart in "Losing My Edge." And they're still keeping their brand of dance music as pure as possible. When the climax of "Dance Yrself Clean" was greeted by fireworks — the apex of stadium-rock schtick — launching out from beyond the trees, Murphy was quick to point out that "that's not our gear."