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Iggy Pop, Little Dragon among the musical highlights Sunday at FYF Fest 2017

By in Press Enterprise on July 24, 2017

By Peter Larsen

Twenty minutes before Iggy Pop was set to play a twilight set on the Lawn stage the dusty field before it looked ridiculously sparse for a legend like Iggy.

Surely the crowds weren’t going to skip the punk godfather in favor of the electronic rock of Little Dragon or the indie slacker goofball Mac DeMarco?

No worries in the end because by 7:20 p.m, when Iggy appeared in the wings, shirtless in jeans and boots, rocking back and forth to rev himself for performance, the legend had the crowd he deserved.

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And from the start he and his band blazed an aggressive path through most of the big hits of in his catalog, starting with “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “Gimme Danger” and “The Passenger,” to “Lust For Life,” “Some Weird Sin” and “Search and Destroy.”

It. Flat. Out. Rocked. The mosh pit surged throughout, even on the rare slower songs. Super-fan Henry Rollins of Black Flag fame looked on from the wings like a gleeful kid. And by the time I finished writing this bit, as Iggy sang “Gardenia,” from his acclaimed 2016 album, it was already the highlight of my two days here.

The third and final day of FYF Fest started like a typical lazy Sunday at a music festival, the crowds reconvening slowly after the late-night Main stage show by Frank Ocean on Saturday.

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Julia Jacklin, a young Australian singer-songwriter opened the Club stage on Sunday, her songs offering hints of alt-country or Americana — Australiana? — though on her closing number, “Pool Party,” if you closed your eyes you might have thought it something akin to an unknown Lana Del Rey track.

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