Music Festivals

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Alvvays cajoles big main stage FYF Fest crowd

Photo courtesy of FYF Fest Nova Scotian lo-fi indie rockers Alvvays were unable to perform at Outside Lands in San Francisco a few weeks ago due to visa problems. Thankfully, those problems were cleared up before their FYF Fest performance Saturday on the main stage as they played to a massive crowd early on the […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Chk Chk Chk (!!!) make FYF Fest set dance-central

Photo courtesy of FYF Fest One thing that you’ve got to appreciate about !!! (Chk Chk Chk)’s lead man Nic Offer — the dude has no qualms about getting down, however absurd it might look in his hot pants. Saturday night at FYF Fest, the late addition to the lineup gave the crowd plenty to […]

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Kevin Morby brings early-afternoon feels to FYF Fest

“Is everyone hot? That’s good. Sometimes it’s good to be hot,” Kevin Morby said as he began his early FYF Fest set on Saturday. Morby and his band brought the folk rock jams to a crowd that was quite receptive. Morby’s got that sound that suggests he’d fit right in on a soundtrack to a […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Mikal Cronin revs up Saturday crowd at FYF Fest

Mikal Cronin has a part in numerous bands, including LA favorite Ty Segall’s live band. Now for the second time, Cronin got to showcase his own songwriting skills at FYF Fest. Two years since Cronin first played with his own band at FYF, he had a solid-sized crowd at the Lawn Stage. His band played […]

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Run the Jewels make second FYF Fest set special—joined by Zack de la Rocha, Travis Barker and Gangsta Boo

Per usual, FYF Fest had a lot of returning acts to the fold in 2015, and to some people it was a turnoff to see so many of the same names as in previous years. But if rising hip-hop juggernauts Run the Jewels proved something, it’s that maybe Goldenvoice got something right: why not bring people […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Dinosaur Jr. blends guitar shredding, beautiful melodies in memorable FYF Fest set

I had been hoping to see noise rockers Dinosaur Jr. for quite some time. Saturday’s performance at FYF Fest had me kicking myself for not crossing it off the list sooner, as the wizard-looking J Mascis led the charge in a high-energy set. Mascis’ vocals are hard to pinpoint. They’re somewhere in between a grittier Jeff […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Outside Lands day three rock fans into sheer ecstasy

With two successful days of solid performances behind them, Sunday brought the closing day at Outside Lands with headliner Elton John. As was the case throughout the weekend, there were plenty of musical styles to sink your teeth into. Things got rolling at the main stage with Austin based Shakey Graves who gave a fun […]

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Day two Outside Lands rattles with The Black Keys, Misterwives, Billy Idol and more

Day two of Outside Lands began like many mornings in San Francisco, foggy. There was a chill in the damp air as I pulled my jacket snugly around my shoulders and made my way into Golden Gate Park for a marathon day of music. Rumor had it that thousands more fans would be flocking in […]

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Pitchfork Music Festival Day 2: Vince Staples and Kurt Vile get rained out; Future Islands become fan’s Spirit Animal

Excitement was high for day two at the Pitchfork Music Festival …. and then the rain. It was in the back of everyone’s mind at the start of the day. But, no one thought it would hit with the intensity that it did. I blame Future Brown. Their constant imploring to “TURNUPTURNUPTURNUPTURNUP!” was taken very […]

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Pitchfork Music Festival Day 1: Stand out performances by Wilco, Steve Gunn, iLoveMakonnen & more

Pitchfork (the media company, the brand, the behemoth) reminds me a lot of Coachella. Specifically: Most of the reasons people hate on it are totally valid, but after you accept all that; it’s still the dopest company in their field. Pitchfork Music Festival did not disappoint. The main issue with so many city-based festivals is that […]

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