FYF Fest 2016 Preview

FYF Fest comes to Exposition Park this weekend, August 27th & 28th, in Los Angeles – fuck yeah!...

FYF Fest 2016 Preview

FYF Fest comes to Exposition Park this weekend, August 27th & 28th, in Los Angeles – fuck yeah!:



Lawn Stage

Hot Chip, 10:10 PM

Maybe the first band to hit it big in this century/millennium’s electronic indie-dance scene was LCD Soundsystem (see below)– but the second was close friend Hot Chip (QRO photos). The Warning and “Over and Over” lifted the band (QRO photos) to the big time in 2006, and they’ve kept it going (QRO live review) with Made In the Dark (QRO review), One Life Stand (QRO review), and 2012’s In Our Heads. They come to FYF Fest (QRO photos at a festival) behind their latest, last year’s Why Make Sense?.
Hot Chip
Air, 7:55 PM

As essential and enjoyable as Daft Punk or Phoenix, another great artist from Versailles is Air (QRO photos), whose graceful electronica has graced everything from albums such as Pocket Symphony (QRO review) and Le Voyage Dans le Lune (QRO review) to Sofia Coppola soundtracks to novels to museums and more.
Todd Terje & The Olsens, 6:05 PM

It’s Festival Time for Norwegian DJ & songwriter Todd Terje (QRO photos), who comes back to FYF Fest, this time with The Olsens.
Todd Terje
Jagwar Ma, 4:40 PM

Is the right time for the psych-dance of Jagwar Ma (QRO live review) afternoon (QRO photos at a festival)?
Jagwar Ma
Hop Along, 3:15 PM

From the folk-rock side of the City of Brotherly Love is Hop Along (QRO photos at a festival), who play FYF Fest for the second year in a row.

Hop Along

Main Stage

Kendrick Lamar, 11:15 PM

Day For Night is headlined by hip-hop hit Kendrick Lamar (QRO photos at a festival), who got notice with his 2010 mixtape, Overly Dedicated, and lived up to the hype (QRO photos at a festival) in 2012 with debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city – he’s got no “Fuckin’ Problems” (QRO video), as he comes to the festival behind last year’s Grammy-winning To Pimp a Butterfly.
Kendrick Lamar
Tame Impala, 9:00 PM

From Perth (QRO photos at a home) in Western Australia (QRO photos at a hometown festival), comes the psychedelic rock of Tame Impala (QRO live review), touring off of 2011’s Innerspeaker (QRO review), 2012’s Lonerism, and last year’s Currents, whose critical acclaim has won them fans across the world (QRO photos at a festival), and a spot at FYF Fest (QRO photos at a festival).
Tame Impala
Grimes, 7:00 PM

Scandinavian singer/songstresses have gotten very hot, from Lykke Li (QRO album review) openers of hers like Oh Land (QRO album review) and now Grimes (QRO photos opening for Lykke Li) – though Grimes, a.k.a. Claire Boucher (QRO photos at a festival), is actually from Canada. Still, her ethereal indie-pop on 2012’s Visions (QRO review) and last year’s Art Angels (QRO review) certainly hews to the Scando-sound (QRO live review), and she’s just as pretty and charming as any Nordic (QRO photos at a festival). Plus her profile was serious raised when she signed to Jay-Z’s new management company, Roc Nation. She plays FYF Fest for the second time in three years.
Vince Staples, 5:30 PM

FYF Fest got a choice lyricist in Vince Staples (QRO photos at a festival). The Long Beach native first came up with others, such as in the group Cutthroat Boyz and in association with Odd Future (QRO live review), but has since made a name all his own (QRO photos at a festival).
Vince Staples
DIIV, 4:00 PM

Brooklyn shoegaze outfit DIIV (QRO live review) – previously known as Dive (QRO photos) – come back home, after releasing debut Oshin (QRO review) in 2012 and follow-up Is the Is Are (QRO review) this year.


The Club

Moby, 12:15 AM

Few artists know more about music & where it’s going than Moby (QRO live review). The iconic musician helped bring electronic music to the masses (QRO photos in Europe), both in his recorded material like 2011’s Destroyed (QRO album review) and 2013’s Innocents, and in a plenary of licensing deals. He’s also one of the few artists you’d actually watch DJ (QRO photos DJing at a festival), thanks to his incredible music knowledge (including predicting the rise of something like iTunes in an Economist article years before Apple put out the iPod), but comes to FYF Fest as one of the few regular artists you’d want to see do a DJ set (QRO live review).
Red Axes, 11:00 PM

Tel Aviv duo Red Axes come all the way to Los Angeles for FYF Fest.
Red Axes
Sheer Mag, 10:00 PM

Philadelphia’s Sheer Mag (QRO photos at a festival) bring their sheer love of seventies classic rock to FYF Fest.
Sheer Mag
Oneohtrix Point Never, 8:45 PM

Another experimental musician from a city that has tons of them, New York, Daniel Lopatin is the electronic Oneohtrix Point Never (QRO photos at a festival).
Oneohtrix Point Never
Junior Boys, 7:25 PM

Ontario’s Junior Boys (QRO photos at a festival) are one of the most reliable faces on the indie-electronic scene, with their fifth full-length, Big Black Coat, out this year.
Junior Boys

Kamaiyah, 6:30 PMQRO photos

Head Wound City, 5:30 PM

Museum of Love, 4:25 PM

Boogie, 3:30 PM


Trees Stage

Explosions In the Sky, 12:00 AM

There might not be a more important or beloved post-rock band that Explosions In the Sky (QRO photos at a festival). The Austin band (QRO photos at an Austin festival) basically introduced the epic, vocal-less concept that is ‘post-rock’ (QRO photos outdoors) into both the indie-sphere (QRO photos at a festival) and the wider world (QRO photos at a European festival) – and providing the theme song to Friday Night Lights – (QRO soundtrack review). They even made the Top Twenty on the Billboard charts with 2011’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (QRO review), and come back to FYF Fest behind the follow-up, this year’s The Wilderness.
Explosions In the Sky
Wolf Parade, 10:40 PM

Sometimes overlooked in the original ‘Canadian Invasion’, Montreal’s Wolf Parade (QRO live review) delivered a strong debut in 2005 with Apologies To Queen Mary, and kept that up with 2008’s At Mount Zoomer (QRO review) and 2010’s Expo 86 (QRO review). One reason the attention wasn’t as high was because it’s been diffused into not only the Parade (QRO live review), but also the acclaimed side-projects of singer/keyboardist Spencer Krug (Sunset Rubdown – QRO live review) and singer/guitarist Dan Boeckner (Divine Fits – QRO album review). There’s also that the band disappeared after touring Expo (QRO live review of performance shortly before break) – but thankfully they’ve returned in style this year (QRO recent live review), including at festivals (QRO photos at a recent festival).
Wolf Parade
Kelela, 9:20 PM

Kelela’s 2013 mixtape, Cut 4 Me, has earned praise from Beyoncé to Björk. She plays FYF Fest (QRO photos at a festival) for the second time in three years.
Ty Segall & The Muggers, 8:00 PM

California’s Ty Segall (QRO photos at a festival) has evolved from his ‘kick in the pants’ early work to a more effortless boot to the fanny these days (QRO photos), where he’s been quite prolific, including 2012’s Slaughterhouse (QRO review), plus 2013’s Sleeper, 2014’s Manipulator, and this year’s Emotional Mugger with his new band, The Muggers, not to mention solo albums & team-ups. And now he comes back to FYF Fest (QRO photos at a festival) for the fourth time in six years!
Ty Segall
Shellac, 6:40 PM

Famed producer Steve Albini started in eighties punk act Big Black, and keeps him hand in the performing side of the game fronting Shellac (QRO photos at a festival).
Classixx, 5:20 PM

Los Angeles DJ duo Michael David & Tyler Blake (QRO photos at a festival) – a.k.a. Classixx (QRO photos at a festival) – comes back to FYF Fest (QRO photos).
Peter Bjorn and John, 4:00 PM

Ten years ago, Peter Bjorn and John (QRO spotlight on), Peter Morén, Björn Yttling, and John Eriksson (QRO interview), burst through thanks to hit single “Young Folks”, and the ‘Swedish Invasion’ (QRO’s ‘Swedish Sensations’) began. PB&J are still going, bringing their latest indie-pop record, Breakin’ Point (QRO review), to FYF Fest.
Peter Bjorn and John

Alex G, 2:45 PMQRO photos at a festival

Alex G

Woods Stage

Gerd Janson, 7:00 PM

Floating Points, 4:00 PM

Cooper Saver, 2:00 PM
Floating Points




Lawn Stage

Young Thug, 10:00 PM

Atlanta’s Young Thug gained major recognition in 2014 with hit singles “About the Money” and “Lifestyle”. This year has seen mixtapes I’m Up and Slime Season 3 in the run-up to the anticipated debut studio album, Hy!£UN35.
Young Thug

Antony Hegarty has been best known as the leader of Antony & The Johnsons. This year has been a big year, being only the second transgender person nominated for an Academy Award (co-writing “Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction), and putting out her debut solo album, Hopelessness as ANOHNI, which she presents at FYF Fest.
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, 5:55 PM

The ‘Screaming Eagle of Soul’, Charles Bradley is one of the many great soul singers to emerge from Brooklyn’s DapTone Records, which also brought the world Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (QRO live review) and Budos Band (QRO album review), but Bradley more than stands on his own, from festivals (QRO photos at a festival) to hotels (QRO photos at a hotel) to topping the bill at the one-and-only Apollo Theater (QRO photos)! He plays FYF Fest for his second time.
Charles Bradley
Wild Nothing, 4:10 PM

Sun-soaked, fuzzy, dream pop that should go well with a sun-soaked festival. Wild Nothing (QRO live review) is Jack Tatum’s wonderful solo project (QRO live review), and with Nocturne (QRO review) and this year’s Life of Pause (QRO review), the follow-up to his wonderful first album Gemini (QRO review), there’s sure to be plenty of new music afoot (QRO photos at a festival). He plays FYF Fest for his second time.


Preoccupations, 3:00 PM

Wild Nothing

Main Stage

LCD Soundsystem, 10:50 PM

When the indie kids started using synthesizers, it began with LCD Soundsystem (QRO live review). As essential a starting point for twenty-first century music as The Strokes (and with a much better legacy), the outfit around James Murphy (QRO DJ photos) taught hipsters to dance – and hit single “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” introduced the helmeted ones to Americans. Their 2005 self-titled debut full-length is as seminal an album this century as anything, with strong follow-ups in 2007’s Sound of Silver (QRO review) and 2010’s This Is Happening (QRO review). Eventually, the band got so big that Murphy had to call it quits on the whole thing (to focus on running DFA Records), but not before an epic run of goodbye shows in New York (QRO photos).

But as sure as people asking what time Daft Punk goes on, we all knew the Soundsystem (QRO photos at a festival) would be back, and after much rumors & hype, this year they have returned – and come to FYF Fest.
LCD Soundsystem
Grace Jones, 8:45 PM

The one, the only, the Grace Jones. The model became a major force in seventies dance & new wave (as well as appearing in some eighties action movies & dating Dolph Lungren). Her gender-bending style has influenced everyone from Annie Lennox to Lorde to Lady Gaga.
Grace Jones
Father John Misty, 6:50 PM

While a member of overrated folk outfit Fleet Foxes (QRO album review), guitarist Joshua Tillman found time to do his own solo stuff (QRO album review), but in 2012 he moved to solo full-time as Father John Misty (QRO photos) with Fear Fun, and he returns to FYF Fest (QRO photos at a festival) behind last year’s follow-up I Love You, Honeybear. As Aziz Ansari said in Master of None, “That’s a hot ticket!”
Father John Misty
Blood Orange, 5:00 PM

Dev Hynes (QRO photos) first came up writing for others, such as on Chemical Brothers’ Grammy-winning We Are the Night (QRO review), before forming his own band, Lightspeed Champion (QRO photos), not to mention playing in the short-lived Test Icicles. In recent times, however, he’s focused on his electronic project Blood Orange (QRO live review), coming back to FYF Fest for his second time in three years, after the release of his latest, Freetown Sound.

Blood Orange

The Club

Chelsea Wolfe, 11:00 PM

Chelsea Wolfe (QRO photos at a festival) brings her drone-metal-art-folk mix back to FYF Fest, now behind last year’s Abyss.
Chelsea Wolfe
Floating Points, 9:30 PM

Electronic musician & neuroscientist Sam Shepard plays twice at FYF Fest as Floating Points.
Floating Points
Gold Panda, 8:00 PM

England’s Gold Panda (real name: Derwin Panda) (QRO live review) is one of the many DJ/producers (QRO album review) who also try out performing live, and while that lowers the bar severely, Gold Panda (QRO photos at a festival) is one of the best of that bunch. He plays FYF Fest for his second time.
Gold Panda
Corbin, 6:45 PM

Corbin Smidzik is best known as Spooky Black, but now the member of hip-hop/R&B collective The Stand4rd, comes to FYF Fest as simply ‘Corbin’.
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, 5:30 PM

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats channel not the Summer of Love with their psychedelic sound but that darkening fall, Altamont & Manson.
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Julia Holter, 4:00 PM

Presenting her latest work, Have You In My Wilderness, an unconventional yet precious mix of tunes and images, FYF Fest is the ideal place to once again enjoy the dreamy nature of the American songwriter Julia Holter (QRO photos).
Julia Holter
Julien Baker, 2:45 PM

Memphis singer-songwriter Julien Baker (QRO photos at a festival) comes to Los Angeles.

Julien Baker

Trees Stage

Rae Sremmurd, 11:15 PM

Atlanta hip-hop brother duo of Khalif ‘Swae Lee’ & Aaquil ‘Slim Jimmy’ Brown (QRO live review) team up as Rae Sremmurd (QRO photos at a festival).
Rae Sremmurd
Beach House, 9:45 PM

The guitar-and-keys pair of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally (QRO photos at a festival) may hail from Baltimore, but there’s a Francophile expanse to Beach House (QRO photos). 2008’s Devotion (QRO review) earned them many fans that felt that way (QRO live review), and 2010’s Teen Dream (QRO review) was shortlisted for ‘albums of the year’. In 2012 they came out with Bloom (QRO review), and they’ve since been working the festivals, coming back to FYF Fest for a second time (QRO photos at FYF ’13). And the sweet sounds work in the bright sunlight (QRO photos outdoors) or the dark of the evening (QRO photos at a festival). And last year the band (QRO photos) released not one, but two new full-lengths, Depression Cherry (QRO review) and Thank Your Lucky Stars (QRO review).
Beach House
Mac DeMarco, 8:20 PM

Some artists toil in obscurity for years, even decades, but Mac DeMarco (QRO photos at a festival) is only just old enough to drink, and already has his debut full-length, Mac DeMarco 2, and reputation for wild live shows (QRO photos at a festival) that appropriately brings him back to FYF (QRO photos at FYF last year), which he’s playing for his fourth year in a row.
Mac DeMarco
The Black Lips, 7:05 PM

A band better known for their live show than their records, that’s not just because of the relatively unimpressive recorded material like 2010’s 200 Million Thousand (QRO review) or 2011’s Arabia Mountain (QRO review), but also due to their crazy mishmash of genres and styles on stage (QRO live review). Atlanta’s The Black Lips’ wild live show includes everything from nudity to fireworks – and live animals (QRO photos at a festival). Los Angeles should hopefully let the boys let ‘er rip (QRO photos outdoors), but be rest assured their rabidly loyal fan base will still be crying out for more (QRO photos outdoors at a festival), as they come back to FYF Fest (QRO photos at a festival) for a third time, now behind last year’s better Underneath the Rainbow (QRO review).
Black Lips
Saves the Day, 5:45 PM

Saves the Day (QRO photos) is one of the bands that basically founded and invented the emo sound, and frontman Chris Conley (QRO solo photos) has kept it going, despite line-up changes around him. Their latest was 2013’s self-titled release, but for FYF Fest they play 2001 break-through Stay What You Are (and QRO’s editor thinks they were better with then guitarist/kid he grew up with Dave Soloway…).
Saves the Day
Banks & Steelz, 4:25 PM

Paul Banks (QRO photos at FYF ’12) of FYF Fest ’14 performer Interpol (QRO photos at FYF ’14) teams up with RZA (QRO solo photos at a festival) of Wu-Tang Clan (QRO photos at a festival) as ‘Banks & Steelz’, who come to FYF Fest two days after the release of their debut team-up LP, Anything But Words.
Banks & Steelz

Denzel Curry, 3:15 PMQRO photos

Denzel Curry

Woods Stage

Andy Stott, 8:45 PM

Bicep, 7:00 PM

The Black Madonna, 5:00 PM

Honey Soundsystem, 2:00 PM
Andy Stott



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