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Astronautalis takes it into the crowd at Fun Fun Fun

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Posted by teibs On November - 10 - 2009

astro1@ZackTeibloom Halfway through his rainy afternoon set at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Astronautalis took a break from weaving through the crowd as he rapped to say, “I texted my friend before this show, saying it was either going to be the worst show of my life or the best. This is fucking awesome.” It really was.

The redheaded Andy Bothwell is the sole member of Astronautalis. A wildly talented rapper who made the most of the show in the rain, gaining fans with every rhyme, getting in our faces, only staying on stage long enough to press play on his laptop to cue up his backing tracks. 

Undoubtedly, the highlight was the freestyle where Astronautalis proved he was making up his free-style on the spot by having us name things for him to weave into his rap. “Asians, lost sack lunch, syphilis, squirrels and the Twilight Zone” somehow all found their way into the mix and he pulled it off effortlessly over the backing music of “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre. Here’s a sample of Astro free-styling:

He said pretty much the same intro at the Fun Fun Fun show, saying he won’t do anything he’s rapped about before, nothing illegal, etc but his freestyle was completely original, funny and he never settles for the easy rhyme. As strong of a freestyler and rapper as he is, Astronautalis has been working on more of a throaty, “indie rock, electro, talkin’ blues” sound on his most recent album, Pomegranate. He pulls off it admirably.

He smeared a hand full of mud on his face as his set wound down, but his show was anything but a facepalm. He set the tone for performers embracing the rain for the rest of Sunday. Can’t wait to see what comes next from Astronautalis. 9.1/10

1 Response

  1. Slappy Jones Said,

    Ummm the rapping is cool and all but I really think the straight up singing with the spoken word in it is much more Andy’s forte.This song reminds me in style and sound a lot of the Tragically Hip.While it reminds me of the Hip I am not a big Hip fan.This I like a lot more… very good..

    Posted on November 16th, 2009 at 7:07 am

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