@AndyShore From the bottom of my heart, I want to sincerely thank Umphrey’s McGee. Not just for one of the single best Umphrey’s shows I’ve ever seen. Not even just for the last ten years of Umphrey’s shows I’ve seen (2/2/02 was my first – I had to use a fake ID to get into an 18+ show). Thank you, because every single time I see an Umphrey’s show, whether it’s in Chicago, Los Angeles or anywhere else, I feel at home. I’m always seeing a band I love, surrounded by people I love. My friend told his girlfriend, who was seeing the band for her first time, that it would be a lot like the Rush scene in I Love You, Man. It so was, and I am not at all ashamed of that fact. I had a great time. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for November, 2011
@supercooleric — Another Fun Fun Fun Fest has come and gone. A wonderfully weird cocktail of nostalgia, hard rock, hip hop and indie pop fit for an iPod commercial, Fun Fun Fun Fest VI featured dust clouds, Ryan Gosling, bandanas, booty clapping and everything else you never knew you needed in a mid-sized music festival.
Below are some animated GIFs of a few of the acts I caught over the three-day weekend, including Active Child, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Purity Ring, MNDR, Austra, YACHT, Ty Segall, Passion Pit, The Joy Formidable, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Grimes, T Bird and the Breaks, Big Freedia and Black Milk. Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom In case you haven’t heard, Ryan Gosling was at Fun Fun Fun fest. Oh, you’ve heard? The Gos (We’ll call him Gos from here on out) was pretty hard to avoid, wasn’t he. Some people hated that Austin lavished attention on the world’s most handsome man, but I think it was justified. You’re probably also aware that Ryan Gosling at Fun Fun Fun exists, tracking his every handome move as he hung out with Wayne Coyne and Big Freedia and even non-famous, unimportant people like us! He wasn’t just hanging out on the side of the stage, he was shooting a movie with the “Girl in the Dragon Tattoo(!)” We could be in a movie, you guys! Could this be any more buzzy/awesome?!
I was so busy coming up with my own Hey, Girl‘s, I almost forgot there were bands and comedians on stage performing relevant* entertainment for me to enjoy. Now that it’s been a week since we were blessed with The Gos in our lives, I decided to look at the very best of Fun Fun Fun festival and see how it stacked up against Gos standing around and being amazing at posing. I’ll post a picture or video of something great that happened at Fun Fun Fun and you can vote whether it was better than Gos.** Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom Fun Fun Fun 2011 was a visually beautiful weekend. You noticed it as soon as you stepped into the new venue at Auditorium Shores. Sure, it was dusty, but all that did was make everyone look like a bad-ass with a bandana around their mouth. With downtown Austin in the background of the Orange stage, it made it easier to forget some sound issues. It couldn’t have hurt that Ryan Gosling was everywhere. Everything looks a little better with the Gos in frame.
This post is Gos-free, though. These are just my favorite acts of the festival, with pictures by Eric Puslifer. I’ll have an entire other post dedicated to the videos and another post to Gosling. This is just photos and long captions with a grade. The photo on the left is of The Joy Formidable’s drummer hyping up the crowd. We’ll get to them in a minute, but first, my favorite set of the festival. Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom A music festival is a wet dream for the easily distracted. It’s why Andy will constantly “A.D.D. out” as he calls it. It’s easy to get caught up in thoughts like, “Hey girl, it’s Ryan Gosling on the stage with YACHT! Why’s he brushing that girl off when she just wants a hug? Oh, he’s making a movie! Whoa, now he’s hanging out with Wayne Coyne while wrestling Odd Future in the skate park!” Only some of that happened, but it was the usual fest full of fun distractions.
Fun Fun Fun brought back the skate park, wrestling ring and mechanical bull, and I found myself stopping by to catch an entertaining video of each one. As much as I loved watching the bands and comedy, sometimes a back flip on a bike, a flying elbow in the ring and a little girl struggling to say on a mechanical bull is too entertaining not to watch. Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom. We don’t do after shows. I know that sounds lame and about the least hardcore thing you could say, but it’s just a necessity with the way we festival. We get to the fest for the first band around noon, go until the headliner’s encore around 10 and then have hours of writing (and eating) to do. It’s usually a logistical nightmare to get to them, and after-shows are generally populated by people who have either been drinking all day and don’t have anything to rush home to or by the kinds of people who show up to the fest at 4, never get against the guardrail for a show and are just there to have a good time. No judgment, that’s just never been me or Andy or Caitlin. We’re blistered, sun-burned messes at the end of a festival day done right.
As much as me and Caitlin were drooling over the prospect of a Spoon after-show, we talked ourselves out of it the night before. We’d have to miss Public Enemy (and maybe more) to get to the ND in time for the doors at 9, and had no idea what the line situation would be for free Spoon at an intimate venue that only holds about 350. After getting our fill of “Yeah, boiii’s!” and “Fight the Power” with our fists held high at Public Enemy, we headed for the shuttle. We got on just as they were about to leave and they took us directly to our parking spot, at the ND. Since the show happened to be at the exact spot they dropped us off at, a block from our car, we thought we’d at least get close enough to see if we could hear a song as we walked by. We were shocked by what we saw. Read the rest of this entry »
@supercooleric — Who should you see at Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend? Not the bands you like. No, you need to impress your friends (and attractive tattooed guys/gals) with your fantastic taste. Screaming along to “Sleepyhead” is not going to cut it. Here are 14 bands that should do the trick.
Yeah, he’s not exactly under the radar any more (you can still get extra street cred if you pronounce “M83” in French), but how can you not get excited about seeing songs from the lovely double album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming live? Since it first worked its way into my brain, I’ve been convinced that “Midnight City” is going to be 2011’s “Kids” — you know, the song that starts out brilliant and ends up being picked up by your music-ignorant bros and played ad nauseam to the point of disgust. (Please prove me wrong here, world. If you don’t know who or what M83 is, don’t go see him. Don’t listen to his records. Don’t make his songs your ringtone. Don’t ruin the magic for me. You know he’s French, right? How about Passion Pit, huh? OMG! Did you know he made those first songs for his girlfriend?)
@ZackTeibloom Something about Fun Fun Fun Fest 6 feels like this will be a defining year. The year FFF “makes the leap” from Austin’s little festival that could, to the national festival that does. With swag. They’re poised to make the leap with the move from cozy Waterloo Park to the expansive Auditorium Shores. With the expansion to a full three plus days. The incredible leap in talent pool. Fun Fun Fun Nites. The taco button*. Fun Fun Fun Festival is re-writing the book on how you grow an entity without selling out. They’re making all the right moves and doing it with a distinct style.
Friday at Fun Fun Fun in 2010 was a relatively tame affair. The fest was just getting underway with a Queen cover band as 9-5 workers raced out of the office. Todd Barry followed to a nearly non-existant crowd which slowly built through Chris Hardwick and culminated with a solid, if not all that big, showing for Weird Al. Compare that to this year. Fun Fun Fun blasts out of the gate with four stages in full swing in the noon hour and culminates with a three-way conflict that ACL wishes they had in their empty pits of despair they called main stage afternoon sets in 2011. You’ll have to choose from Passion Pit, Public Enemy and Danzig Legacy after your afternoon slowed with the multi-talented whirlwind that is Reggie Watts’ or the wildly under-appreciated Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah. Say yeah, indeed. Bigger isn’t always better, but it sure feels like it will be when in the hands of Fun Fun Fun’s tireless crew. Oh, and don’t think your night is anywhere near over after you leave the grounds. FFF6 will be taking over Austin this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »