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Cold Cave delivers powerful FYF set despite dueling Kanye’s set time

FYF Fest veteran, Cold Cave (aka Wesley Eisold) got the short end of the stick at FYF Fest. Despite having the same set time of 10:45pm as Kanye West, Cold Cave performed as though he were the main event. As you can imagine, the turnout at The Trees stage was minimal since most attendees migrated […]

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Tennis turns up the heat at FYF Fest under bright sun

Denver synth-poppers Tennis rocked FYF Fest’s Lawn Stage under the bright sun early during Saturday’s action at Exposition Park. Wife-and-hubby duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley and their band were on point during their set that was so affected by the bright sun that Moore apologized for needing her sunglasses. “I don’t wan’t these. It’s like […]

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BADBADNOTGOOD are good-good, not bad at FYF Fest

Just a bit before the sun began to set, BADBADNOTGOOD’s hip-hop fused electronica was a great escape from the sun into the air-conditioned confines of the Arena stage at FYF Fest. At times, the Toronto trio served up a sensory overload of sounds and flashing lights, fired off like sirens from an ambulance. The more […]

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The Jesus & Mary Chain cushion crowd’s FYF Fest comedown

Let’s be real. By the time Kanye West wrapped up his performance on the main stage at FYF Fest on Saturday, a lot of people in attendance were coming down from whatever high they were on. While for some it was the natural high of seeing a day’s worth of epic performances, there were definitely […]

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Kanye West has FYF Fest crowd thinking, ‘Frank who?’ — hit-filled set, joined by Rihanna and Travis Scott

Photo courtesy of FYF Fest There were a lot of people disappointed when Frank Ocean unexpectedly pulled out just a day before the first day of this year’s FYF Fest — myself included. Even when it was quickly followed up with the announcement that Kanye West would be the late substitute headliner, it wasn’t enough on […]

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Bloc Party livens up FYF Fest crowd with spirited mosh

Though not the full original lineup, Bloc Party proved Saturday at FYF Fest that they’ve got the same amount of spunk geared towards their live performances as they did when the epic Silent Alarm album first burst onto the scene in 2005. The scene in the crowd during “Helicopter” was the best kind of shitshow. Bodies were […]

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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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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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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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