Named for a song by Austin punk pioneers the Big Boys, Fun Fun Fun Fest made a big move from cozy Waterloo Park to roomy (and, thanks to an historic drought in Texas, dusty) Auditorium Shores for its sixth edition. That meant bigger name headliners like Passion Pit, Spoon and Slayer, but the same devotion to an indie-friendly mix of rock, punk, metal, hip-hop, and comedy.
With a little help from Friday Night Lights, Explosions in the Sky's "sad but triumphant" soundscapes have made them rock's unlikeliest success story. Explosions in the sky's most famous song is not actually by Explosions in the Sky. The Texas quartet wrote and performed the score to Friday Night Lights, Peter Berg's 2004 movie, but what you hear over the opening credits of its beloved, just-ending NBC spin-off, is a knockoff by veteran TV themesmith W.G. Snuffy Walden. "They asked us to do it," says EITS guitarist/sometimes-bassist Michael James. "We didn't know it was going to be a good show!" The association has still helped. In the four years between 2007's All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone and the new Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (Temporary Residence), Explosions in the Sky have taken wordless rock to unexpected heights.