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Karen O. (above) of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs one of the most anticipated performers billed for FYF Fest this weekend. The edgy pop-punk band will be closing out the festival on Saturday.


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AUGUST 21, 2013

This weekend brings us the 10th annual FYF music festival, which is being held in the heart of Los Angeles, a city that most of us know and love. The festival was started in 2004 by music promoter Sean Carlson under the name “Fuck Yeah Fest” and was held at a club in Echo Park. Since 2009, the show has moved over to Los Angeles State Historic Park and taken on a subtler name, but its lineup of artists and comedians has gotten bigger and better than ever. This year, we’ll be treated with performances from My Bloody Valentine, MGMT, Washed Out and Toro y Moi as well as Bay Area favorites !!! and Thee Oh Sees. As Sarah and I prep for a two-day long adventure of great music, good company and plenty of sweet Southern California sunshine, here are some of our favorite tracks from more acts that we are stoked to see. Enjoy — hopefully we’ll see you there!

 Beach House

Reunited and it feels so good! Everyone who’s read my blog, “Tunesday,” or knows me IRL is aware that my infatuation with this dreamy duo is a ride-or-die kind of love. Victoria and Alex always deliver a stunning show of treasures from their four-piece discography, and although we haven’t heard anything new from the band since the success of their last studio masterpiece, Bloom, in 2012, I’m crossing my fingers for snippets of some fresh material.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Goddess of edge and pop-punk Karen O will be closing out the show on Saturday night, leading the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in what is sure to be an explosive set. Karen can dominate a stage like no other, stomping around and screaming in sequins. The band’s 2013 release, Mosquito, harkens back to their emergent days as a group, when their sound was more frayed and rowdy. I predict their set to be one of the most dazzling, energetic and flat-out fun of the entire weekend.

Death Grips

The rage-erific trio have been no-shows to a string of shows in the past few months, so if they actually make it to the festival, their set will be a surefire shitshow — in the best possible way. The psych-rap collective’s music is a rhythmic adrenaline rush from start to finish, and from what I’ve heard, the audience is quick to let loose to the and react exactly how you would expect a Death Grips fan to act (i.e., dreads flying, fists swinging and, occasionally, bones breaking). We can hardly wait!


There’s no doubt in my mind that our favorite ’80s disco-inspired indie queen is going to be a delight to see. Her outfit will surely be the envy of all trend-doting Kenzo-loving fashionistas, and I can already picture myself dancing in the photo pit to funky, lively sounds off her True EP and more.

 Washed Out 

With Paracosm hot off the presses, Washed Out (a.k.a. Ernest Greene) is not to be missed this weekend. The chillwave guru will provide the quintessential soundtrack for the southern California festival.

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Every time I get a chance to talk about Tom Krell, my heart flutters. If you thought his voice was flawless on Total Loss, then the live rendition will blow you away. The R&B sweetheart is a strong contributor to the burgeoning growth of the genre into something more than just slow jams and baby-making records. If you don’t get a chance to see him this time around, don’t fret — he’ll be back in the Bay in no time.

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AUGUST 21, 2013

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