On day one of Ultra Music Festival 2013, the main-stage DJ surprisingly played Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way." It's not one of the Cali crew's early songs, but it's a hit that came out when about 60 percent of the crowd (now dancing in tutus, "Show Me Your Tits" tees, and beaded masks slathered in Vicks) was still in elementary school. And all of them were singing along. They knew every single word.
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This means one of two things. Either the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the most universally beloved band of all time. Or -- the more likely explanation -- before these kids donned Deadmau5 heads, they were keen on the rock 'n' roll, or something like it. Music that involves more pedals, less knobs.
Neither of the two non-trad live acts playing UMF this year -- Matt & Kim and Yeasayer -- drew a shamefully small audience. But they had polar opposite approaches to those standing before them. While Matt & Kim used all of their energy to make the ravers adore them, Yeasayer frontman Chris Keating made some snotty indie snob remarks about the crowd's fashion sense. Like, really ... While on the Ultra live stage, he made fun of how people were dressed. This actually happened.