The ninth annual FYF Fest this weekend brings together some of the world's most innovative young punk, rock, electronic beat music, hip-hop and experimental groups onto the pitch of the Los Angeles State Historic Park in downtown L.A.
Headliners include British beat maker M83 and Swedish hard-core punk band Refused, but the FYF features plenty of L.A.'s young innovators too. Among more established Angeleno bands such as Warpaint, Redd Kross and Health is an undercard heavy with potential. Below are five acts worth seeing:
FOR THE RECORD:
FYF Fest: In the Aug. 28 Calendar section, an article previewing notable artists at the FYF Fest this weekend described the electronic music band M83 as British. The group is French. —
John Maus comes from the same CalArts-centered scene that supported underground art-dance-pop musicians Ariel Pink, Nite Jewel's Ramona Gonzalez and singer Julia Holter. Using lo-fidelity keyboard sounds and treble-heavy vocals, Maus makes synth-pop for philosophers.
Fidlar is an O.C.-born band whose most recent record EP, "Don't Try," is a four-song punk rock firecracker. Featuring compact two-minute bursts of song, the band is thrilling live too, especially when performing its anthem to the easy life, "Wake, Bake, Skate." Fans of early '80s L.A. punkers the Descendents will be thrilled.