The crowd Saturday at downtown's FYF Fest. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles…)
When the FYF Fest's second and final day begins Sunday, it will unofficially mark the end of the summer festival season.
The word "unofficial" is because there is no easily definable beginning and end to the every-growing festival world, but it's widely understood to begin in Southern California with the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and the FYF Fest has increasingly become a smaller, more indie-focused bookend. Today's lineup once again features a mix of hard rock and computer-focused dance.
Pop & Hiss will be on the scene and file updates periodically, as well as a full review, but start here to be prepared before making the trek to the Los Angeles State Historic Park.
PHOTOS: FYF Festival 2012
What follows is an hour-by-hour look at what artists to see on Sunday. Someone missing? Yell at us in the comment section, or be nice and say hi at the festival.
First choice: Kishi Bashi (Hill Street, 12:45 p.m.)
A one-man band who has played with the likes of Regina Spektor and Of Montreal. His violin-based orchestrations can get moody, but more often than not they’re precious little celebratory anthems.
Second choice: Lovely Bad Things (Spring Street, 12:45 p.m.)
If there’s one thing FYF Fest truly excels at, it’s finding as-yet-undiscovered garage-punk talent. These locals are a rambunctious lot trafficking in high-energy, boy-girl vocals.
First choice: Papa (Spring Street, 1:40 p.m.)
Led by Darren Weiss, once a member of Girls, Papa’s pop has a timeless, sun-scorched quality. These are guitar-driven nuggets, but they owe a debt to a time when rock 'n' roll and rhythm & blues enjoyed a greater overlap.
Second choice: White Fence (Hill Street, 1:45 p.m)
Find a patch of grass and park it for these hazy, psychedelic down-tempo orchestrations.
First choice: Wild Nothing (Hill Street, 2:45 p.m.)
The kind of swoon-worthy power-pop favorites by Jack Tatum’s project is never in vogue but never exactly out of style, either. But jangly guitars done right are always refreshing.
Second choice: Nick Waterhouse (Main Street, 2 p.m.)
Waterhouse is no longer a secret on the local scene, and his retro orchestrations are so lovingly crafted you may think the world has suddenly gone black-and-white, but no doubt this set will be a party.
First choice and only choice: Ceremony (Spring Street, 3:35 p.m.)
Ceremony is huge – giant guitar riffs, earth-rattling rhythms and impassioned vocals that tell the listener to shush it and listen. The band owes a debt to the hardcore scene of the ‘80s, but its vision is pure ‘70s, when rock 'n' roll’s arena destiny was reached.
First choice: Tiger & Woods (Broadway Street, 4:20 p.m.)
Forgive the trying-too-hard-to-be-clever name and just enjoy the laptops-gone-disco.
Second choice: Cursive (Spring Street, 4:40 p.m.)
Tim Kasher’s intense, paranoid rock band is consistent in its ability to skewer modern life.
First choice: Aesop Rock (Hill Street, 5 p.m.)
Aesop Rock will expose FYF’s biggest weakness — an almost stubborn reliance on garage-rock and keyboard-focused electronic artists. As a producer, he may be the most experimental studio whiz at FYF. As an MC, listen closely for his bleak, almost sci-fi-like interpretations of the world.
Second choice: Against Me! (Main Street, 5:25 p.m.)
Melodies come first in Against Me!’s mix of politics and aggression.
First choice: Dinosaur Jr. (Main Street, 6:40 p.m.)
No shortage of guitar options here today, but it will be almost refreshing to see Dinosaur Jr.’s lessons in soloing.
First choice Desaparecidos (Main Street, 7:55 p.m.)
Once a little known side-project from Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame, the noisy, impatient rock of Desaparecidos has gradually grown in cult status. With this being an election year, the highly political outfit seems to have picked the right time to come back together.
Second choice: Glass Candy (Broadway, 7 p.m.)
Perhaps the closest thing in underground, experimental dance to bubblegum music, as beeps and boops rarely sound this sexy.
First choice: Nicolas Jaar (Broadway, 8:15 p.m.)
From inventive business decisions (see the Prism) to adventurous mixes of digital and live music, Jaar gets all sort of unexpected sounds out of his bass-and-drum-based compositions. Lounge-style horns and Spanish-accented guitars often find their way into these minimalist, patterns-as-songs.
Second choice: Health (Spring Street, 8:20 pm.)
Sure, there’s some solid hardcore across the way in Converge at this time, but Health isn’t exactly light, and the local act’s synth-based noise atmospheres simply seems more vital.
First choice: Yeasayer (Main Street, 9:10 p.m.)