FYF Fest Preview

So, youve got your wristband on and youre counting down the days until the FYF Fest at LAs Exposition Park. Sure Interpol, Chet Faker and Mac DeMarco are must-sees, but how ’bout some of these other names? Is it worth it to go early to catch some of these other acts? The answer is yes.

Here are some not-to-be missed acts playing FYF Fest:

Darkside – Sunday, August 24th


Electro mathletes got their panties in a bunch when Psychic, the 2013 album from Darkside – a collaboration between Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington hit the decks. With an album of protracted beats challenging the bounds of patience, the current tour was an opportunity to see this super duo perform. The recent announcement that this will be the last time the two will tour as Darkside, has made their set a must see.

Slowdive – Saturday, August 23rd


It makes sense that a band known for 1990s shoe gazing might re-emerge to play festivals at a time when the selfie/navel gazing generation is ready to see them perform. Slowdive’s gorgeous lushness is a perfect accompaniment to their gauzy vocals, a fitting threesome with the warm night in Los Angeles. Look forward to swaying to songs from 1995s Pygmalion as the band shreds through their fuzzy riffs on stage, never once looking up.

Benjamin Booker – Sunday, August 24th

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Benjamin Booker is a rock and blues troubadour with a mouth full of marbles. Obviously raised on a healthy diet of punk rock, Booker doesnt shy away from singing about the drudgery of living. Channeling an almost gospel vibe at a place where it might intersect with rock guitar, blues vocals and punk drums, his first television performance made David Letterman proclaim, “My God!” (And you know, Letterman has got to be an atheist.) Hard to argue with that type of endorsement.

Kelela – Sunday, August 24th
Kelela has an ever morphing voice that weaves stories for the listener. Accompanied by beats, blips, chimes and bass lines by turns, her pulsating R&B mesmerizes. Last year, under stars in Pioneertown, she took an audience for a brief sojourn into the Joshua Tree desert, punctuating the darkness with her ethereal vocals. This time, shell have a bigger stage to fill and more people to pull along, but with a hometown advantage, her performance is sure to shine.

Julian Casablancas + the Voidz – Saturday, August 23rd

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Familiarity breeds nonchalance and Julian Casablancas is written into our collective unconscious as the voice of The Strokes. Which makes the decision to perform with his solo project, Julian Casablancas + the Voidz, as well as with The Strokes at the same festival is a stroke of genius (bad pun intended). Curiosity and comparison will abound, making the audience the winner because Casablancas gives it his all. Lucky for us, this time, it means double.

About the author: Based in SF, Mai deeply obsesses about music, fashion, art and social justice. Chances are high she’s photographed someone you know for her seven year old street style site, fashioni.st. More info than necessary can be found about her, here: about.me/mai.

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