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RS @ Bonnaroo Essential Festival Coverage

The Best of Bonnaroo 2013

Close to 200 acts performed this year. Here are the top 14
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Bjork

In the most mind-blowing of Saturday's sets (and perhaps the most compelling performance of the festival, with the exception of Paul McCartney), the enigmatic Icelandic singer was costumed in a form-fitting, bubble-textured silver dress and cranium-encompassing headgear adorned with thin white whisks standing on end and making her look like a singing space-age dandelion. A true piece of performance art, the show had aesthetic rising action, with Björk pacing out her set to build from down-tempo cerebral sonic hauntings like "Crystalline" and "Hidden Place," to explosive, aggressive dance-electro chargers like the frenzied industrial stomper "Declare Independence" and the pyro-augmented, rhythmically chaotic closer "Nattura." At one point, the singer startled the crowd when she let out a piercing shriek, angrily checked her mic stand against the stage and lunged urgently towards fans on one of the pits. She changed a mellow day into an intense night as if on command during the Post classic "Hyperballad," which morphed into an abrasive, almost EDM-leaning outro just as the sun set.

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