Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Preview

The festival season isn’t over until Austin says it is!...
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Preview

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Preview

The festival season isn’t over until Austin says it is! The ‘Live Music Capitol of the World’ stretches the fest all the way past Election Day with Fun Fun Fun Fest on Auditorium Shores, Friday-to-Sunday, November 7th to 9th:

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7th

Black Stage

8:10 PM – Judas Priest

Fun Fun Fun Fest has always brought the metal, and in 2014 it brings one of the greatest, perhaps the greatest, metal band of all time, Judas Priest (QRO photos)! 1980’s British Steel defined what ‘heavy metal’ is (don’t call them “death metal” like The Simpsons did…), and the group has kept on going during the ups and downs (including a lawsuit over subliminal messages). They come to Fun Fun Fun Fest (QRO Texas photos) behind this year’s Redeemer of Souls, their first since hiatus after 2009’s live record, Touch of Evil (QRO review).
Judas Priest
6:35 PM – Death From Above 1979

For an act that only broke up five years ago, Death From Above 1979’s reunion is actually one of the most anticipated (QRO photos at a festival). It helps that the duo of Jesse F. Keeler (who’s been in MSTRKRFT since the break-up) and Sebastien Grainger (who had his own solo career after the break-up – QRO album review) basically invented the dance-punk/noise-rock scene. Their initial reunion gig at South-by-Southwest in Austin in 2011 (QRO recap) was so mobbed that policemen came in on horses and used mace – won’t be that nuts at Fun Fun Fun Fest, but expect a wild time (QRO photos at a festival) as the band tours behind their self-titled reunion record.
Death From Above 1979
5:15 PM – The Blood Brothers

One of the most surprising indie reunions this year has been Seattle’s Blood Brothers, who brought spastic hardcore right after guitarist Cody Votolato (QRO interview) graduated high school. They broke up about a decade later, with Votolato & singer Johnny Whitney formed Jaguar Love (QRO spotlight on), but this year proves that blood is thicker than water.
Blood Brothers
4:00 PM – Amon Amarth

Named for the volcano on Middle-Earth, Amon Amarth’s melodic death metal revolves around the Swedish band’s plundering forbearers, so is known as ‘Viking Metal’.
Amon Amarth
2:55 PM – Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine

As frontman for the iconic late seventies/early eighties punk rock act The Dead Kennedys, and then as founder of Alternative Tentacles record label, San Francisco’s Jello Biafra has been a voice in political punk for going on thirty years now (as well as being one of the most active figures in the United States Green Party). He’s mostly been known for his spoken word since then, but has returned to the rock, backed by The Guantanamo School of Medicine.

(Biafra does a spoken word on Saturday – see below)
Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine
2:00 PM – Pallbearer

From just over in Arkansas comes the epic doom metal of Pallbearer.
Pallbearer
1:10 PM – Peelander-Z

From the Z area of Planet Peelander comes the Japanese Action Comic Punk band Peelander-Z (QRO photos at a festival)! Think a cross between The Ramones and The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers as they come back to Fun Fun Fun Fest (QRO photos at FFF ‘12).
Peelander-Z
12:20 PM – Radkey

St. Joseph, Missouri’s trio of brothers – Dee, Isaiah, and Solomon (QRO photos at a festival) – reboots punk rock as they come to Fun Fun Fun Fest.



Also:

11:40 AM – Breakout!

Radkey
Blue Stage

8:55 PM – 2 Chainz

Originally one-half of southern hip-hop duo Playaz Circle, Tauheed Epps broke out on his own as 2 Chainz (QRO photos at a festival in Austin), behind successful records Based on a T.R.U. Story and B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time.
2 Chainz
7:35 PM – Atmosphere

The DJ/producer and rapper duo hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota (QRO photos in Middle America), has already garnered themselves the reputation of one of hip hops most cacophonous and respected acts. Known for his aggressive and energetic performances, Atmosphere’s set is a definite must-see (QRO photos at a festival) in his return to Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Atmosphere
6:15 PM – Yelle

A French pop hit that’s crossed into the States that isn’t from Versailles, electro-pop lady Yelle (QRO photos –backed by GrandMarnier & Tepr) comes to Red State (though Blue City) America as she returns to Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Yelle
5:15 PM – Ginuwine

One of the top R&B artists of the turn-of-the-millennium, Ginuwine also happens to hail from right in Austin!
Ginuwine
4:15 PM – Run The Jewels

El-P blew up the Brooklyn rap scene with last year’s Cancer 4 Cure (QRO review of release party), and brought about his team-up with Killer Mike (QRO photos at a festival) for 2012’s ‘Into the Wild’ tour. Mike & P have deepened that connection, working together as Run the Jewels (QRO photos at a festival).
Run the Jewels
3:15 PM – Lunice

Montreal’s Lunice brings instrumental hip-hop to Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Lunice
2:15 PM – SZA

Solana Rowe, a.k.a. SZA (QRO photos at a festival), has yet to release a full-length, but already has people talking.
SZA
1:20 PM – SOHN

England’s Christopher Taylor, a.k.a. SOHN, moved to Vienna and has taken on that kind of composer/creator role – though a decidedly modern one with his debut this year, Tremors.



Also:

12:25 PM – Jacuzzi

11:45 AM – Blue, The Misfit.

SOHN

Orange Stage

8:30 PM – alt-J

Among all the overnight alt-successes, maybe no one has done it as quickly or as majorly as alt-J (QRO live review). Also known as ‘∆’ – that’s what you get when press the ‘alt’ and ‘J’ buttons on your keyboard – the indie-more quartet went from playing tiny places at terrible hours in 2012 (QRO photos) to winning their native England’s prestigious Mercury Prize later that year (QRO photos at a U.K. festival), and now come back to America (QRO photos at a North American festival) playing much, much larger spaces (QRO photos).
alt-J
7:00 PM – Dinosaur Jr.

Back & better than ever is Dinosaur Jr. (QRO photos at a festival)! In the late eighties and early nineties, one of the biggest & best bands in the punk-grunge revolution was Dinosaur Jr. (QRO live review), combining a hippie-punk ethos (and artwork) with feedback-driven guitar from the legendary J Mascis (QRO solo album review). The trio (QRO live review) was also characterized by Mascis’ controlling tendencies, leading to the departure first of bassist Lou Barlow (QRO solo album review) for his Sebadoh (QRO live review) and eventually even beloved drummer Murph (QRO photos at a festival without Murph), with Mascis retiring the ‘Dinosaur Jr.’ moniker in 1997.

But then the band reunited (QRO live review outdoors) – with original line-up! – to tour their re-release of old, Barlow-era records (QRO photos at a festival in St. LOUis). And they kept going (QRO photos at a festival), putting out three new records that are some of their best yet, Beyond (QRO review), Farm (QRO review), and I Bet On Sky (QRO review) – with more to come (QRO live review playing new material). So revel in the glory (QRO photos at a festival) that is Dinosaur Jr. (QRO photos), who know how to play festivals (QRO photos at a festival) – but bring your earplugs, because J’s ‘circle of amps’ is a force to be reckoned with (QRO photos at a festival).

(and J plays solo on Sunday – see below)
Dinosaur Jr.
5:40 PM – City and Colour

Dallas Green (QRO photos), singer/guitarist of emo-punk band Alexisonfire, embraces his sad, acoustic side as City and Colour (he’s Canadian, thus the extra ‘u’ – 2005 debut Sometimes only came out in America in 2009 – QRO review), coming to Fun Fun Fun Fest (QRO photos at a festival) behind last year’s The Hurry and the Harm.
City and Colour
4:25 PM – Sun Kil Moon

Mark Kozelek has been crafting intricate, exquisite music for years as Sun Kil Moon (QRO album review).
Sun Kil Moon
Also:

3:10 PM – Mineral

2:00 PM – Knapsack

1:00 PM – Dana Falconberry

12:10 PM – Spider Bags

Dana Falconberry

Yellow Stage

7:20 PM – Majical Cloudz

Grimes (QRO live review) collaborator Devon Welsh has been making his own name in his Montreal duo with Matthew Otto, Majical Cloudz.
Majical Cloudz
6:15 PM – Julianna Barwick

Louisiana born, Missouri bred, but of course now living in Brooklyn, Julianna Barwick (QRO photos at a Brooklyn festival) mixes rural choir and modern looping.
Julianna Barwick
5:15 PM – Wildcat! Wildcat!

Check out! Checkout! Wildcat! Wildcat! (QRO photos at an Austin festival).
Wildcat! Wildcat!
4:00 PM – John Waters

There really aren’t enough words in the world to describe the one-and-only John Waters. He rose to infamy creating infamous transgressive trash cult films in the seventies and eighties (casting cross-dressers, convicts, porn stars & more) before 1988’s Hairspray got him some mainstream success & notice [note that that’s the original Hairspray, not the musical based on it, or the 2002 movie based on the musical.] – as well as actual famous actors for his movies.

Waters is equally a signature personality, from his flamboyant persona (think Scott Thompson as his ‘Buddy Cole’ character in The Kids In the Hall, only much cleverer) to his pencil-thin moustache. What will the Baltimore-bred Waters do in the king of the red states? Whatever it is, it will be fabulous & scandalous!
John Waters
3:20 PM – Neil Hamburger

Still sometimes called ‘the world’s ‘worst’ stand-up comedian’, Neil Hamburger has nevertheless built up a huge cult following, especially in music circles, from opening for Tenacious D (QRO live review) to his album of country and western originals – done in ‘celebrity vocals’ – backed by Todd Rungren’s band.
Neil Hamburger
Also:

2:50 PM – Jon Daly

2:30 PM – Rachel Bloom

2:00 PM – Bad Example

1:30 PM – Live Action Battle Rap

1:00 PM – Greetings from Queer Mountain

12:30 PM – FFF Talks

11:30 AM – Sure Thing
Jon Daly

 

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8th

Black Stage

8:05 PM – King Diamond

Bringing to heavy metal his wide-ranging voice that stretches all the way to falsetto is Denmark’s Kim Bendix Peterson, a.k.a. King Diamond.
King Diamond
6:30 PM – Sick of it All

One of the defining acts of nineties hardcore, Sick of It All returns to Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Sick of it All
5:15 PM – Black Lips

A band better known for their live show than their records, that’s not just because of the relatively unimpressive recorded material like 2010’s 200 Million Thousand (QRO review) or 2011’s Arabia Mountain (QRO review), but also due to their crazy mishmash of genres and styles on stage (QRO live review). Atlanta’s The Black Lips’ wild live show includes everything from nudity to fireworks – and live animals (QRO photos at a festival). Austin should hopefully let the boys let ‘er rip (QRO photos outdoors), but be rest assured their rabidly loyal fan base will still be crying out for more (QRO photos outdoors at a festival), as they come back to Fun Fun Fun Fest (QRO photos at FFF ‘12) behind their new (and better) Underneath the Rainbow (QRO review).
Black Lips
4:05 PM – Iceage

Copenhagen’s punk rock outfit Iceage (QRO photos at a festival) deliver on record (QRO mp3 review), but struggle a little live (QRO live review).
Iceage
3:00 PM – METZ

Both loud and skilled, METZ (QRO live review) come ready to rock and impress at Fun Fun Fun Fest (QRO photos at a festival).
METZ
2:00 PM – Glassjaw

One of the founders of the post-hardcore scene was Long Island’s Glassjaw.
Glassjaw
1:10 PM – Fat White Family

Fat White Family (QRO photos at a festival) may have been banned from playing posh Somerset House in London, but Fun Fun Fun Fest ain’t for the noise-in-the-air crowd.
Fat White Family
12:20 PM – Twin Peaks

Of course there’s a band named Twin Peaks (QRO photos in at a festival) – even before the recent announcement of new episodes!



Also:

11:30 AM – Communion

Twin Peaks
Blue Stage

8:45 PM – Girl Talk

Greg Gillis (Girl Talk – QRO photos at a festival) moved from biomedical tissue engineering to DJ mash-up engineering (QRO photos at a festival), taking samples from across the spectrum and making something very new (QRO photos at a festival). While he started out playing clubs, he’s graduated to ballroom & even the great outdoors (QRO photos outdoors) – but that just means he’s got bigger stages (QRO photos outdoors at a festival) and festivals (QRO photos at a festival) to fill with dancing concertgoers, like at Fun Fun Fun Fest two years ago (QRO photos at FFF ’12).
Girl Talk
7:15 PM – Nas

One of the most consistently strong rappers for more years than you realize has been Nas (QRO photos at a festival). His 1994 debut Illmatic has been consistently ranked as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, and follow-up It Was Written made him internationally famous (as did a ten-year feud with Jay-Z). More recently, he and Damien Marley of reggae fame & family collaborated both on record & live (QRO photos together at a festival), donating all the royalties to African charities, and in 2012 Nas put out his tenth studio album, Life Is Good. Yes it is for Nas, who comes to Fun Fun Fun Fest behind the twentieth anniversary of Illmatic.
Nas
5:45 PM – The Presets

Another great dance act from Down Under is The Presets (QRO spotlight on). The duo (QRO interview) first got attention with their sounds on 2005 debut Beams, but broke through into international attention with 2008’s Apocalypso (QRO review). They (QRO live review) come to Fun Fun Fun Fest behind 2012’s follow-up, Pacifica (QRO review).
The Presets
4:25 PM – Z-Trip

One of the most sought-after DJs out there, the Phoenix native Z-Trip (QRO photos) has even played for the troops at Camp Buehring in Kuwait!
Z-Trip
3:15 PM – Gary Numan

Lots of electronic music pioneers are finally getting their due, and no one is more due than Gary Numan (QRO live review). His chart-topping 1979 hits “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” and “Cars” virtually introduced the world to electronic music, paving the way for New Wave and much more. Of course, pioneers get passed by those who stood on their shoulders, and the eighties saw Numan lose the limelight, before a shift to a more industrial sound revived his career in the more alt-friendly nineties. This century/millennium has seen virtually every artist who ever put a keyboard through a guitar pedal name-check Numan (Bowie, Beck, Blur, Basement Jaxx – and that’s just the B’s…).

Numan (QRO photos at a festival) comes to Fun Fun Fun Fest behind his latest, Splinters (Songs From a Broken Mind), his twentieth studio album!…
Gary Numan
Also:

2:10 PM – Mas Ysa

1:10 PM – ASTRQRO photos at a festival

12:10 PM – Zorch

11:30 AM – Soundfounder

Mas Ysa
ASTR

Orange Stage

8:30 PM – Modest Mouse

Washington State’s Modest Mouse (QRO photos) broke through to mainstream success in 2004 with Good News For People Who Like Bad News, and followed that up by adding Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr for 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (QRO review) – unfortunately, Marr has since left to join the even younger Cribs (QRO live review) and then solo (QRO live review). But they’re still big enough to even headline (QRO photos headlining a festival), are great outdoors (QRO photos outdoors), and word is they’re finally working on a new album (QRO photos at a more recent festival).
Modest Mouse
7:10 PM – First Aid Kit

Sweden’s woods-y sister act First Aid Kit (QRO live review) come to Fun Fun Fun Fest (QRO photos at a festival) behind this year’s Stay Gold (QRO review), their follow-up to 2012’s The Lion’s Roar (QRO review).
First Aid Kit
5:55 PM – The New Pornographers

The middle of the last decade saw the rise of Canadian near-supergroup collectives, such as Broken Social Scene (QRO spotlight on) and The New Pornographers (QRO live review), fronted by Carl Newman (QRO solo album review), but also including singer Neko Case (QRO solo live review), singer/guitarist Dan Bejar (a.k.a. Destroyer – QRO album review) and singer/keyboardist Kathryn Calder (QRO solo album review). Unlike their eastern Canadian brethren, The New Pornographers (QRO live review) eschew the fuzzy atmospherics for power-pop on 2007’s Challengers (QRO review), 2010’s Together (QRO review), and thus year’s Brill Bruisers (QRO review). They return to Fun Fun Fun Fest for second time (QRO photos at a festival).
The New Pornographers
4:40 PM – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

One of the many Brooklyn neo-garage acts to break out, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (QRO live review) hewed more towards the brighter, twee side of things on their self-titled debut LP (QRO review), but veered into neo-John Hughes territory with last year’s great Belong (QRO review). A band (QRO photos) that deserved to break out of the Brooklyn garage (QRO photos outside of NYC), live & outdoors (QRO photos outdoors at a festival), they really kick it up a notch (QRO live review outdoors). They come to Fun Fun Fun Fest behind this year’s Days of Abandon (QRO review) and tour (QRO photos at Days of Abandon release party).
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
3:35 PM – Courtney Barnett

Melbourne’s Courtney Barnett won fans like Rolling Stone and The New York Times after her CMJ 2013 performance (QRO festival recap), with funny, rambling lyrics and a deadpan delivery.
Courtney Barnett
2:30 PM – San Fermin

Brooklyn baroque-pop band San Fermin (QRO photos in Italy) comes to Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest.
San Fermin
1:30 PM – King Tuff

King Tuff (QRO photos at a festival) is a 1976 Camaro bathed in brown liquor and rattling with the sounds of dirtbag punk. He’s got a charisma that precedes him and last year’s self-titled album (QRO review) to throw at you. It’s not exactly lo-fi, but he recorded it himself and sounds like something that crawled out of a garage, which is high praise indeed.
King Tuff
Also:

12:30 PM – Reputante – QRO photos

11:30 AM – The Sour Notes

Reputante

Yellow Stage

7:20 PM – Yann Tiersen

Brittany’s Yann Tiersen (QRO photos) is best known for his film soundtrack work, like for Amélie, but even then that was mostly taken from his studio albums, where he plays umpteen instruments.
Yann Tiersen
6:15 PM – Tinariwen

For truly world music, check out Tinariwen (QRO photos at a festival). The group of Tuareg-Berber musicians came out of the Sahara deserts of northern Mali (which was in revolt against the military coup in the south of the country, before Al-Qaeda took over and the French invaded) following time in the refugee camps in Libya. They’ve been in Qaddafi training camps, served as rebel fighters, all the while making and spreading music about their people. The new century/millennium saw the group finally get attention around the world, including big-name fans like Bono & Thom Yorke, and reached the pinnacle last year – performing on The Colbert Report (with TV On the Radio – QRO live review).
Tinariwen
5:15 PM – The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die

One of the longest names out there, The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die is also one of the flagbearers of this decade’s emo-revival (wait – emo was gone long enough for their to be a ‘revival’?).
The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
4:00 PM – Fred Armisen

Fred Armisen, the star of Portlandia, is performing at Fun Fun Fun Fest – but where’s the show’s actual musician, Carrie Brownstein (or her new band, Wild Flag – QRO live review)? Maybe there will at least be a performance by British punk rocker & Thatcher supporter Ian Rubbish
Fred Armisen
Also:

3:00 PM – Jello Biafra (spoken word)

2:30 PM – W Kamau Bell

2:10 PM – Joe Mande

1:30 PM – JT Habersaat + Altercation Punk Comedy TourQRO photos at Fun Fun Fun Fest ’08

12:50 PM – One Night Stand

12:10 PM – Part 2

11:30 AM – Master Pancake
Altercation Punk Rock Comedy

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9th

Black Stage

8:45 PM – Murder City Devils

Seattle garage-punks Murder City Devils broke up before garage-rock took off, but got back together for a spate of shows in the back half of the last decade (and Fun Fun Fun Fest ’11), before hinting at new material – that finally came out this fall, The White Ghost Has Blood On Its Hands Again.
Murder City Devils
7:25 PM – Rocket From the Crypt

Rocket From the Crypt (QRO photos) broke out of San Diego just as punk was breaking worldwide in the early nineties – MTV VJ Kennedy had a tattoo of their logo on her ankle, and what’s more early nineties than ‘MTV VJ Kennedy’?… The group underwent some line-up and label changes before breaking up in 2005, but was reunited six years later on Yo Gabba Gabba! (singer/guitarist John Reis, more recently of his own Night Marchers – QRO photos – plays ‘The Music Swami’ on the show, who introduces each episode’s musical act). It took another couple of years for the group to get a full reunion tour, but 2013 saw it with first a European & Asian tour, then North America (QRO photos at a North American festival), and have kept going (QRO photos at a festival).
Rocket From the Crypt
6:10 PM – Gorilla Biscuits

Even after its New Wave & punk heyday, New York’s iconic CBGB’s was birthing hardcore acts in the late eighties like Gorilla Biscuits (who include Anthony ‘Civ’ Civarelli and Walter Schreifels – QRO live review). After breaking up in 1991, they reunited later that decade for a few benefit shows at CBGB’s (the last of which was for the now-defunct venue itself), reissued their seminal Start Today, and have even done a few tours (QRO live review) and festivals (QRO photos at a festival), like at Fun Fun Fun Fest ’09.
Gorilla Biscuits
5:00 PM – Hot Water Music

Northern Florida is home to many punk acts of the nineties & later; one of the more successful has been Hot Water Music (QRO photos). They went on hiatus, and then permanent break-up, when singer/guitarist Chuck Ragan left to care for his family & pursue a low-key solo career, but got back together only two years later.
Hot Water Music
3:50 PM – Deafheaven

Deafheaven (QRO photos at a festival) expand on the black metal sound with elements of post-metal and even shoegaze.
Deafheaven
Also:

2:45 PM – Pissed Jeans

1:45 PM – Iron Reagan

12:45 PM – The BotsQRO photos

11:55 AM – Crooked Bangs

The Bots

Blue Stage

8:45 PM – Wiz Khalifa

The Pittsburgh singer/rapper upset about as many fans as he gained with his move from stoner rap into bona-fide pop music, but he is what he is. Wiz (QRO photos outdoors) makes music that’s fun to listen to, including his team-up with Snoop Dogg, Mac & Devin Go To High School (QRO review), even if it’s rarely thought provoking or based in anything other than weed or girls. One thing’s for certain, he will never run out of marijuana-based puns.
Wiz Khalifa
7:25 PM – Flying Lotus

While Flying Lotus (QRO photos outdoors) might be best known for making the music in Adult Swim’s bumpers (that text right before a show on the cable channel), he’s also an accomplished producer, as well as making & playing music in his own right (QRO live review) – not to mention his alter ego, Sealab 2021-inspired Captain Murphy.
Flying Lotus
6:00 PM – Sky Ferreira

Sky Tonia Ferreira (QRO photos at a festival) grabbed eyes & ears by just uploading videos of her songs onto MySpace, but shifted from her electro-pop into incorporating more experimental sounds on her delayed debut full-length, Night Time, My Time. She comes to Fun Fun Fun Fest (QRO photos at a festival) after opening for Miley-twerkin’-Cyrus…
Sky Ferreira
4:50 PM – Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Originally from Gary, Indiana (QRO photos in Middle America – hey, that’s the same hometown as the Jackson clan…), Freddie Gibbs (QRO photos at an NYC festival) has been compared to none other than Tupac Shakur – and recently got shot at outside of Rough Trade NYC (QRO venue review) to boot! He comes to Fun Fun Fun Fest with Madlib.
Freddie Gibbs
3:50 PM – Ryan Hemsworth

Halifax, Nova Scotia electronica sampler Ryan Hemsworth comes to Fun Fun Fun Fest off of last year’s sophomore LP, Guilt Trips.
Ryan Hemsworth
3:00 PM – Cashmere Cat

From cold Norway to hot L.A. comes Magnus August Høiberg, a.k.a. Cashmere Cat.
Cashmere Cat
2:00 PM – Thundercat

Known for his psychedelic excursions, Thundercat recently worked with the likes of Flying Lotus (see above) on his newest album, Until the Quiet Comes. He has been compared to the likes of Jaco Pastorius for his precise and experimental basslines.
Thundercat
Also:

1:00 PM – The Internet

12:10 PM – Cities Aviv

11:30 AM – The Digital Wild

Cities Aviv

Orange Stage

8:30 PM – Neutral Milk Hotel

Jeff Mangum formed Neutral Milk Hotel around him in the late nineties, released In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, and the rest was history. One of the most critically acclaimed records of the past twenty years, NMH still disbanded before the decade/century/millennium was over, thanks to Mangum’s growing disillusionment (and later nervous breakdown).

It all seemed to be the story of a candle that burned too bright for too short a time, but then Mangum began touring a few years ago (QRO live review), and then came a full-fledged reunion (with the line-up that played on Aeroplane) last fall, which comes to play Fun Fun Fun Fest.

[note: put your cell phones and cameras away for this performance, as Magnum notoriously hates photographing at his performances…]
Neutral Milk Hotel
7:10 PM – Failure

Lots of nineties acts were classified as ‘alternative’ – Failure may have been under that label, but their sound was far more textured (and expensive). The Los Angeles group only reunited earlier this year, but are already working on a new album for 2015, which will be their first in eighteen years.
Failure
5:55 PM – Yo La Tengo

There are precious few alt-rock bands with as wide a discography to choose from for fans that Hoboken, New Jersey’s Yo La Tengo (QRO photos outdoors), like their umpteenth new releases, 2009’s Popular Songs (QRO review) and last year’s Fade (QRO review). The trio (QRO photos at a festival) of singer/guitarist Ira Kaplan, drummer (and wife) Georgia Hubley, and bassist James McNew (QRO photos outdoors) has been making critically acclaimed music for song long now that it’s hard to think of a time when they weren’t (QRO photos at a festival). Their live show (QRO live review) has always featured some audience requests, from a very knowledgeable crowd (QRO live review).
Yo La Tengo
4:40 PM – Dum Dum Girls

The Dum Dum Girls (QRO photos at a festival) combine garage, girl-group, and New Wave for a sound (QRO photos) that does stand out from the pack (QRO photos) – especially live (QRO live review) & in costume (QRO photos at a festival), or on this year’s Too True (QRO review).
Dum Dum Girls
3:35 PM – Foxygen

While they formed back in 2005, Westlake Village duo Foxygen (QRO photos at a festival) only put out their first full-length in 2012, Take the Kids Off Broadway – but had their second, We Are the Twenty-First Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, last year. However, they are best known for the wild, unhinged live shows, with lead singer Sam France climbing stage equipment and more (QRO photos outdoors).
Foxygen
2:30 PM – Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen began her career singing back up for Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang (QRO live review), but has since found her own beautiful voice.
Angel Olsen
1:30 PM – Gardens & Villa

Indie-rockers can be funky, creative, and rock at the same time. Gardens & Villa (QRO photos at a festival) seem to be on a constant quest to prove this (QRO photos at a festival) – including with pipes (QRO photos).
Gardens & Villa
Also:

12:30 PM – This Will Destroy You

11:30 AM – Good Field

This Will Destroy You

Yellow Stage

7:20 PM – J Mascis

In addition to Dinosaur Jr. (see above), Fun Fun Fun Fest also has a solo set from its frontman, the one-and-only J Mascis (QRO photos).
J Mascis
Also:

6:15 PM – Chelsea WolfeQRO photos in Austin

5:15 PM – Scott H. Biram

4:00 PM – Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas Middleditch of Silicon Valley

3:35 PM – Jonah Ray

3:15 PM – Jimmy O Yang

2:35 PM – Har Mar SuperstarQRO photos at an Austin festival

1:45 PM – Air Sex Championships

1:00 PM – Chris Cubas, Jake Florez, Doug Mellard

12:30 PM – Rob Gagnon’s Half Hour Comedy Festival

12:00 PM – Pass the Mic

11:30 AM – The New Movement
Chelsea Wolfe
Har Mar Superstar

 

 

 

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