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Sun, heat make for rockin' closing day at Movement festival

of the Oakland Press

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DETROIT -- After two days of challenging weather, Mother Nature gave the Movement Electronic Music Festival a break on its final day.

The event closed its 11th annual run on Monday (May 30) bathed in sunshine. The high temperatures -- in the upper 80s and humid -- made for a late-arriving crowd, but it was a day that also delivered some of the most anticipated and intriguing acts Movement had to offer.

Chief among those was the Dirtbombs, a venerable Detroit garage rock outfit the likes of which have never graced the electronic festival stages. But the group's new album -- "Party Store," a set of vintage Detroit techno covers -- made the quintet an appropriate if out-of-the-ordinary selection for Movement, and its eight-song, 35-minute set on Movement's main stage certainly stood out as just that.

The Dirtbombs played with rock fury and energy but also nodded to traditional conventions during its performance -- primarily by keeping an unstopping, DJ-like flow from one song to the next as it powered through Cybertron's "Cosmic Cars" and "Alleys of Your Mind," Inner City's "Good Life," Aztec Mystic's "Jaguar," Derrick May's complex "Strings of Life" and two renditions of Innerzone Orchestra's "Bug in the Bass Bin." Drummers Ben Blackwell and Pat Pantano kept their kick drums in four-on-the-floor lockstep, while frontman Mick Collins and baritone guitarist Ko Melina provided instrumental colorings. Melina and bassist Zack Weedon, meanwhile, led the crowd through a truncated chanting of DJ Assault's "Tear the Club Up."

But the Dirtbombs weren't the only act bring a song-oriented band flavor to Movement on Monday. Sweden's Little Dragon offered an hour of its alternately ethereal and danceable repertoire at the Red Bull Music Academy stage, with singer Yukimi Nagano even offering up a few arena-worthy salutations such as "Hey, Detroit, how you doing?!" One attendee was so moved he even scaled part of the scaffolding to take a picture of the crowd gathered below -- and was promptly escorted out by security after making his way back down.

Also of note was Detroit Techno Militia's off-the-hook, 5x5 tag-team match before a euphoric crowd at the Made In Detroit stage -- probably the festival's most consistently exciting spot, with speakers pointed out towards Jefferson Avenue and carrying sound all the way up Woodward to Campus Martius Park. The duo Reference, fellow Detroit Terrence Parker and Green Velvet kept those at the main stage moving with imaginative mixes and exciting dynamics, while Scuba (Paul Rose) opened ears and minds to his bassy brand of dubstep at the Red Bull Music Academy.

By the time stage-closers such as Fatboy Slim and Flying Lotus were at their turntables, the crowds were heavy virtually all over the Hart Plaza. With nearly 65,000 attending the first two days, Movement's organizers had a shot at breaking last year's mark of 95,000.

Web Site: www.movement.us

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