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Festival buoyed by Atlas Sound, others; Jandek takes a seat; Tone Loc collapses

Peter Mongillo, Music Source

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Atlas Sound, Baroness, Star(expletive) and Black Moth Super Rainbow will play this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, which happens Nov. 2-4 at Auditorium Shores, the festival announced Friday. Along with the lineup "leak," Fun Fun Fun released a second round of three-day passes for the event, which sold out by the end of the day.

Keeping consistent with the throwback Aqua Fest theme, the festival announced the first round of bands via a YouTube video, "A Special Message From the Viceroy of Auditorium Shores," featuring archival black-and-white promotional film for "summer fun" in Austin, promising "good ole fashion rock 'n' roll, electronica music, metal, hip hop punk rock, indie rock, booty shakin', the mosh and everything for everybody." Expect more videos until the full lineup is released in July.

If festival-goers are looking for a chance for an incident like last year's French onion soup debacle with Glenn Danzig, Atlas Sound made similar headlines earlier this year. Prompted by a heckler, front man Bradford Cox (who played Fun Fun Fun in 2010 with his other band, Deerhunter) turned a performance into an hourlong cover of "My Sharona," donning a ski mask and asking the audience to hold chairs in the air.

Jandek appears. The Salvage Vanguard Theater went black Friday night; a few seconds later spotlights cut through the darkness to reveal Jandek, sporting a long gray beard and black fedora, cross-legged on the ground, guitar on lap, flicking notes around the room.

A free-form backing band of Nick Hennies, Brent Fariss, Jon Doyle, Travis Weller and percussionist Lisa Cameron, who set the mood for much of the hour-and-20-minute set with a pair of foreboding toms as well as a set of bowls, blocks, chimes, bells and other off-kilter pieces of percussion, wandered in their own directions.

Jandek, whose performances used to be very rare (or non-existent) but are now less so, played as part of the second night of the annual new Media Art and Sound Summit, a four-day convergence of performance art, music and art installations. Austin-based groups Ichi Ni San Shi and Knest, among others, played earlier in the night. Before Jandek's set, a crowd milled around the interactive exhibits in the lobby, including a do-it-yourself stop-motion animation studio, before filing into the small theater for the highly anticipated performance.

The group, led by a man who is probably Houston-based musician Sterling Richard Smith — there hasn't exactly been public confirmation of his identity for the duration of his 30-plus years of creating music — gradually found its way back to one another over the course of the evening. As far off as they moved, it was still loosely bound by one song lasting the entirety of the set.

As the temperature rose inside the theater, some of the crowd fidgeted and leaned forward in their seats, challenged to remain focused on music that dripped and popped through drawn-out moments of quiet and climax. Jandek sang — or chanted — verse after verse about a man named Richard, who took his gun, his horse, his wife, house, life. It was an appropriate subject for a figure whose identity (or lack there of) is as much a part of his act as his music.

Around 11 p.m., during a lull but hardly a conclusion (based on the flow of the set), Jandek stopped playing, stood and gathered the notebook he used during the set, and exited to cheers.

Tone Loc collapses. Rapper Tone Loc collapsed on stage during his performance Friday night at the Bobby Bones Show Second Chance Prom. According to a report from TMZ.com, Tone Loc's manager blamed high temperatures inside the venue for the collapse. The rapper, known for the songs "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina," took a break and returned to the stage after 30 minutes.

In response to the manager's comments, ACL Live marketing director Sharilyn Mayhugh emailed the following: "We are a brand-new venue with a state of the art cooling system. It was unfortunate that Tone Loc fell while performing at the kiss 96.7 second chance prom radio show but it was not, as reported due to extreme heat in the venue. We wish him well on his tour."

In brief: Former Talking Heads front man David Byrne and like-minded experimental pop musician St. Vincent will release their collaborative album, "Love This Giant" (4AD/Todo Mundo) on Sept. 11. The duo will tour in support of the release, with a stop at Bass Concert Hall on Oct. 5. Tickets for the Bass show go on sale at noon Friday through www.c3concerts.com, www. texasperformingarts.org, by phone at 477-6060 or (800) 982-BEVO and Texas Performing Arts box offices ... Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday through the same outlets for Conor Oberst's Sept. 25 show at Bass. ... The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is once again enrolling new members. Enrollment had been closed since December because of budget constraints. Last year's HAAM benefit day raised more than $200,000.