The Nine Best and Funniest Moments from Saturday at ACL 2012

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4. The Roots Lay Waste
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It's not a new opinion by any means, but the Roots are a hot-shit live band. Makes sense, they do play on TV at least four times a week. But their Saturday evening set was tighter than the Houston Texans' defensive line, and just as flashy. I can't rightfully describe how they do what it is they do. They remind of a hip-hop E Street Band, with Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson as their formidable funk-soul god guide. CRAIG HLAVATY

5. Do You Want More Roots?

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This was one of my top picks of this year's festival, and hot damn they did not disappoint! The Roots Crew from Philly didn't waste any time, actually started their set 10 minutes early. Questlove provided the beats without his signature afro, opting for braids instead. MC Black Thought kicked things off with a tribute to Adam Yauch, aka MCA of the Beastie Boys (RIP).

The rain stopped and the sunset shone, providing a beautiful backdrop for this jam session. "The Next Movement" from 2004's Things Fall Apart followed the intro, setting the mood for their brand of jazzy, funky hip-hop. Black Thought's distinctive deep voice complemented the band's super-crisp sound. The energy provided by the crew was reciprocated by the crowd, who head-bobbed while dancing in the mud.

They are the epitome of hip-hop, far removed from the conventional radio and Internet rap. An extended, jazzy version of "You Got Me" included the band running onstage in a circle during a breakdown, a rap remix of Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N' Roses, and George Thorogood's "Bad To The Bone" blues freestyle.

They could have partied on for hours, closing with "Hard Times" from the 2010 Grammy Award winning album Wake Up!.

"Can... You... Dig it?!" asked Black Thought. Fuck yes, we we can! MARCO TORRES

6. Costa Rica's Sonámbulo After Wainwright I headed over to the Zilker Stage to use the facilities and caught the tail end of this amazing band from Costa Rica, Sonámbulo. If the name brings to mind something along the lines of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, you are not far off. Equally parts party band and tribal ritual, they refer to themselves as "Psycho Tropical" and had me wishing I'd left Wainwright at the Bud Light Stage earlier. As the rain started pouring, the tent under which they were playing turned into a frenetic dance party. I often forget that the smaller stages hold the best surprises. BRITTANIE SHEY

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