Hangout Festival 2015: Day 3 - Rubblebucket, My Morning Jacket, Beck

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The last day at Hangout Fest 2015 was a doozy, featuring plenty of Paste favorites like Rubblebucket, Lake Street Dive, Phantogram, My Morning Jacket and Beck. It was the perfect way to end the festival on a high note, and before we hit the road and head back to Paste HQ in Atlanta, we’re recapping all the Sunday highlights below. Until next year, Hangout.

Rubblebucket
Kalmia and her crew give each show all their energy, regardless of the crowd. When we walked up to the Palladia stage at noon, only an hour after Hangout opened for the day, the crowd was slim, dive-bar sized at best. Rubblebucket treated the small crowd like a packed stadium and brought the ruckus anyway. Through the performance, the synchronized moves and dancing, a larger and larger crowd began to form in front of them—when they led the crowd in the call-and-response chorus for “Origami,” the response was positively deafening. —Sarah Lawrence

Lake Street Dive
In the unlikely event that you’re not already sold on Lake Street Dive, all you need to do to get over that is watch people in the crowd as they watch frontwoman Rachael Price sing. On Sunday evening, they were hanging on her every note, singing back to her and loving every second of her performance. And why wouldn’t they? In addition to Lake Street Dive originals like “Bad Self Portraits,” the band expertly transformed songs like Van Halen’s “Jump” and the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” reimagining them so smoothly you’d think Price wrote them herself if you didn’t know any better.—Bonnie Stiernberg

Foster the People
Foster the People  took over the Hangout stage just as the sun was starting to dip on Sunday. Mark Foster was at the front, charming and charismatic as usual, turning away from the mic to smile as a thousand cameras clicked away to capture it. They pretty much played their music straight through without much audience banter or interaction, but it was flawlessly executed, and Foster is seriously made for those close-ups on the big screen side-stage. —Sarah Lawrence

Tove Lo
A new contender on the scene this year, Tove Lo made a splash on the charts with two popular tracks—“Stay High” and “Talking Body.” She debuted on the Surf stage, second in size only to the main Hangout stage, and a huge crowd was ready and waiting for her. She was great; thanking the fans and her band for being there and after only one song exclaimed “Hangout is already my favorite festival in the world!” Possibly premature, but I’m sure it’s hard to beat performing on the beach. She played “Talking Body” early on in the set, which was smart: keeps the audience engaged. Tove Lo played “Stay High” towards the end, and the moment the song was done the crowd started thinning out rapidly. She announced their new single to a radically smaller group of people, but neither side seemed let down by it. —Sarah Lawrence

The Lone Bellow
The Lone Bellow’s Sunday evening set was on the small BMI stage, but that didn’t matter in the slightest, because their sound was big as ever. Their harmonies are still unbeatable, and on songs like “You Don’t Love Me Like You Used To” and “You Never Need Nobody,” they belted like they were headlining on the main stage. There’s no doubt that they will be one day in the near future.—Bonnie Stiernberg

Phantogram
Closing out the Palladia stage was Phantogram, clad in modern crisp black and white outfits. They commanded the massive audience’s attention with “Don’t Move” and “Black Out Days.” Halfway through, massive blow-up hamburgers and flying pigs began soaring and bouncing through the crowd as Phantogram continued to play, causing some serious stress for the stage crew as they fought to keep hamburgers from knocking over expensive equipment. —Sarah Lawrence

My Morning Jacket
It feels like it’s not really a music festival until Jim James and company make an appearance, and Sunday night’s My Morning Jacket set did not disappoint, offering a good mix of new material from this year’s The Waterfall, Circuital tracks and old favorites like “Off the Record.” The sun set on the beach as the band finished their show, and when it was all over, it was hard to believe that it wasn’t supposed to be the festival’s big finish, that we still had Beck to see. It takes a great talent to make someone like Beck seem like just a nice added bonus, and My Morning Jacket is a massive one.—Bonnie Stiernberg

Beck
Beck started with a bang, kicking off his set a bit late but with favorites like “Devil’s Haircut,” “Black Tambourine” and “Loser,” the last of which really got folks up out of the sand and moving. Jumping all over his catalog, from several Guero tracks to the popular “Where It’s At,” the setlist was diverse despite including surprisingly few numbers from the recent Morning Phase. Before launching into “E-Pro” to close out the set (and the weekend), he asked: “Is it too much to ask to come back every year?” After three days of music and the short—but sweet—set from Beck, we were wondering the same thing. —Dacey Orr