Music Festivals

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Ty Segall caps off FYF day one and brings Manipulator to an intense reality

Ty Segall’s night-capper last night at FYF Fest was such a fitting end to the first day, the hometown favorite closed things out in front of a crowd that seemed to be of the homegrown variety. If you frequent the L.A. music scene, you start to run into the same people. Those people that you […]

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Phoenix’s FYF performance seizes the night even though set ends 10 minutes early

Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix album was the album of my 21st summer. Their FYF Fest headlining set on Saturday connected to me on a personal standpoint, as they played their numerous hits from that album, putting into perspective just how things have changed in those five years since. Thomas Mars sounded just like he does […]

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Slowdive give FYF Fest a chance to recharge with their soothing reunion show

British shoegaze stalwarts, Slowdive was one of the more anticipated sets of Saturday at FYF Fest 2014, and their most recent leg of their long overdue reunion was met with lots of praise. The band certainly lives up to their name. Listening to their music feels like you’re high-diving into the ocean in slow-motion. As FYF […]

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Future Islands’ showmanship a sight to see at FYF Fest

Let me preface my review of this set by saying I’m not the biggest Future Islands fan. That said, you can’t help but respect their live act and FYF Fest 2014 proved no different. The Baltimore synth band has tremendous stage charisma thanks to the dance stylings of Samuel Herring. It’s just very unexpected to […]

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Connan Mockasin calms people’s “new FYF” frustrations with a dreamy set

As people slowly filtered into Exposition Park for FYF Fest 2014, New Zealand’s Connan Mockasin played a dreamy, well-received mid-afternoon set. Listening to Mockasin play, it felt as though he had taken the crowd on a journey into the thick of Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. There is no doubt Mockasin’s catalog would have fit […]

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Grimes proves authentic at FYF Fest

Looking all the part of a Japanese anime character — her hair flowing like she was about to be swallowed up in a tornado — the Vancouver-based Grimes took the crowd on a journey that jumped from place-to-place. On appearance alone, you wonder if Grimes is a gimmick, but moments into her FYF Fest set it […]

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Julian Casablancas delivers a gift to FYF Fest on his birthday

“I’m not a big birthday guy, but thanks,” said Julian Casablancas on the main stage at FYF Fest upon receiving a birthday cake on Friday, playing with The Voidz. The Strokes front man celebrated his birthday in style, playing a wide assortment of differing tunes from his repertoire. Though his side project was never received […]

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Punk Rock Bowling 2014: a chaotic musical playground for punks

Punk rock has always been a counter culture for kids that were uninterested in the common recreational activities of youth. Something real and raw compared to the politically correct phoniness of the traditional adolescent social scene. It was a place where you could release all your anger and frustration at the farce the American dream […]

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Arcade Fire leaves pretentiousness at door, rocks Coachella

Last weekend during Arcade Fire’s set at Coachella, lead vocalist Win Butler got on his soapbox and denounced DJ sets and the VIP area at Coachella. On the final night of weekend two, Arcade Fire and Butler left all of that at the door and humbly played a rockin’ set to help bring the 2014 […]

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Beck gives Coachella audience its final burst of energy

Los Angeles-based singer, Beck helped give Sunday’s Coachella crowd their final burst of energy for the home stretch, ripping through a number of his recognizable dance tunes while also playing a number of songs from his most recent full-length release, Morning Phase. Beck played through many of his 90s hits that first landed him on […]

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