August 26, 2013 |
This post has been updated. Please see note at bottom for details. Those looking for evidence that the 10th annual FYF Fest had hit a Saturday afternoon peak found it during songwriter Ty Segall's set. As he and his band pushed a hard-strummed acoustic guitar-driven song, the crowd up front danced frantically. Suddenly, a pair of pants flew up from the pit, floated in the air, legs akimbo, then drifted back into the crowd. Up they flew again, and you had to wonder about the potentially trouser-less participant below.
August 25, 2013 |
On Saturday at Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown, the 10th annual FYF Fest drew more than 20,000 fans of underground rock, soul, folk, punk, house, hip hop and techno to bake in the downtown sun, then chill under the stars. Mikal Cronin delivered catchy, acid-drenched rock, the Underachievers sampled the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," Flag tore through Black Flag's "Gimme Gimme Gimme," TV on the Radio offered hard new material, Los Angeles beat producer Nosaj Thing delivered thick, scatterbrained synthetic rhythms and sampled Kendrick Lamar's L.A. anthem "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe," and Deerhunter's magnetic Bradford Cox sang with his head wrapped in a creepy-looking scarf. We'll have a full review later of the FYF, which continues Sunday with performances by, among others, MGMT, the Melvins, and Omar Souleyman.
August 20, 2013 |
The 10th FYF Fest occurs this weekend at downtown's L.A. State Historic Park, and over the last decade, the annual indie- and punk-heavy gathering has evolved from a duct-taped DIY celebration to a certified, well-produced, Goldenvoice-endowed cultural force. Want to know what's hot among the Converse set? Look no further. Headliners over the two days include My Bloody Valentine, the Breeders, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Beach House and Deerhunter. The equally stacked under card features rising bands and producers, including How to Dress Well, Poolside, Nosaj Thing, Waxahatchee, Metz - and, perhaps most awesome, the not-so-rising Jonathan Richman.
June 11, 2013 |
Black Flag's menacingly simple logo, designed by artist Raymond Pettibon in the late 1970s, has achieved a kind of ubiquity few others have. Born on the streets of Los Angeles, his design for his brother Greg Ginn's band Black Flag consisted solely of four vertical black bars, and has become a symbol known the world over. An entire art book has been devoted to tattoos of this logo, and graffiti spotters across the globe understand the unwritten meaning of the symbol: rebellion. (When I visited Yangon, Myanmar, in 2009, I saw the Black Flag bars spray-painted on a public wall.)
May 13, 2013 |
The announcement came only as four snare drum hits, but fans knew instantly who was headlining FYF Fest this year. The decade-old punk and indie blowout (which is now in collaboration with Coachella producer Goldenvoice) debuted its lineup this morning on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic," when fest founder Sean Carlson played the first second of My Bloody Valentine's "Only Shallow," off its landmark album "Loveless. " In an interview with host Jason Bentley, Carlson also reeled off a long list of most of the fest's bigger names, which this year include Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, MGMT, Devendra Banhart, the Breeders playing "Last Splash," the Black Flag revival project Flag, Solange Knowles and experimental beatmakers Shlohmo and Flume.
March 31, 2013 |
No band from the nascent Los Angeles punk rock scene of the 1970s and '80s has meant more to subsequent hard-core generations than Black Flag. Few could have expected as much at the time. "I'm totally surprised because we didn't know what we were doing," recalls Keith Morris, the band's founding singer, who quit in 1979 to form his own early hard-core act, the Circle Jerks. "This is who we are, this is what we do: get in the room, turn the amps on and let it blast. " Since the band's breakup in 1986, fans and the curious have had to be content with all the "loudfastrules" recordings left behind, but this summer brings a strange new chapter: two competing versions of the band on tour.