@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?)
Though they only have three recorded songs to their name, they’re three damn fine songs. This chopped and screwed electro pop, which somehow isn’t a disaster. Get to the Blue Stage bright and early Saturday morning to catch these up-and-comers right after…
Active Child was a last-minute addition to the lineup and ended up getting the first slot of the day Saturday morning, which should mean a sparse crowd. Good for us. I’ll be the tall guy up front rocking out way too hard to “Wilderness” at 12:55 p.m.
Yes, this is Donald Glover of Community fame. Your literate middle-aged friends call it the best show on TV, so they’ll be sure to catch Don G. as his rap alter ego Childish Gambino or as himself doing stand-up on the Yellow Stage. He’s a funny dude, and, it turns out, a good rapper. Watch the un-funny but awesome video for “Bonfire.”
tUnE-yArDs’ beautiful, experimental debut, BiRd-BrAiNs, is a weird and wonderful mix of folk, loops and blasting beats. With a powerful voice and a beat-up ukelele, Merril Garbus’ eerie lo-fi tunes translated well to the live stage at South by Southwest this year. It will be interesting to see how the more polished W H O K I L L plays out during the solid Saturday afternoon-evening block at the Orange Stage.
Don’t fear the Black Stage. It’s not all metal and smelly aging punk rockers. There’s also loud garage rock! Ty Segall (for the uninitiated, think of a less polished version of The Black Keys; to Ty Segall fans, I apologize for that comparison) is the business. If you see a guy wearing flannel at Fun Fun Fun Fest, chances are he’s heading to see Ty Segall. He’ll probably also stick around for…
Thee Oh Sees
You should too. They’re probably the least scary band playing the Black Stage (excluding Blonde Redhead).
If dancing is more your scene, skip Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees and check out the Blue Stage from 4:15 p.m. Fun Fest veterans YACHT return the fest hot on the heels of their second album, Shangri-La. (Appropriately, your friends who spend all their disposable income at Shangri-La are probably really into YACHT.) While their stage presence left something to be desired in 2008, I’m itching to see how “Dystopia (The Earth is on Fire)” goes over live.
Like the similar-sounding Twin Shadow, I have a suspicion Future Islands may be a band best enjoyed on album. I’m hoping they prove me wrong.
MNDR’s full-length album still isn’t out yet, but she’s released an EP and a couple of singles worth of dance-friendly gold since a demo of her first tune “C.L.U.B.” found popularity on the blogs in fall 2009. She’s also the first in a three-band block of bands on the Blue Stage Sunday afternoon. Next up is…
You know that kind of gothic friend who wears a lot of black and is likely into S&M? He or she probably asked you to tag along to see Zola Jesus last week at The Mohawk. This highly buzzed band bears more than a slight resemblance to Zola Jesus — and that’s not a bad thing. Watch them play “Lose It” and then stick around for something a little cheerier…
Flying Lotus’ audio doppleganger should be a solid set to chill out to and sip a few brews before running over to the Black Stage to watch a man urinate in his mouth. Of course I mean…
Black Lips have been selling out shows in Austin for some time now. They may not be a secret but they put on one of the craziest, stupidest, penis-filled rock shows you’re likely to see this weekend.
Because even your snobbiest of snob friends have a soft spot for sunny pop-punk when they’re a few beers deep.
For more music, you can check out our rad Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 playlist on Spotify right over here.