While the East Coast recovers from Frankenstorm Sandy, and the rest of the country from Halloween, Austin throws down one more festival in 2012 – and one of the best, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Friday-Sunday, November 2nd-4th:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND
Run-D.M.C., 8:35 PM to 9:50 PM
Fun Fun Fun Fest has long had great reunions, but those have usually been of the punk rock variety – FFF ’12 has the reunion of one of the most influential acts in hip-hop, Run-D.M.C.!Joseph ‘Run’ Simmons, Darryl ‘D.M.C.’ McDaniels, and Jason ‘Jam-Master Jay’ Mizell had the first platinum hip-hop album (1985’s King of Rock), first multi-platinum (the following year’s Raising Hell), first on MTV, first on the cover of Rolling Stone, and more, and have been acclaimed by many as the greatest hip-hop group of all time.
Run-D.M.C. basically introduced the world to hip-hop, and then conquered it by the late eighties.The nineties saw the trio go their separate ways, but never officially broke up.Then, 2002, tragedy struck when Mizell was shot and killed in his recording studio in Queens.Outpourings of grief and tribute followed – not just from the hip-hop world but from around the world, including Run-D.M.C. being the second-only hip-hop act ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.And now Simmons & McDaniels reunite under the Run-D.M.C. moniker for the first time in a decade, at Fun Fun Fun Fest.
|Santigold, 7:40 PM to 8:30 PM
Formerly known as Santogold (changed due to threat of lawsuit from an infomercial jeweler Santo Gold – QRO live review), Philadelphia’s Santi White (QRO photos) toured with everyone from Coldplay to Kanye West – but coming to Fun Fun Fun Fest (QRO photos at a festival) a star in her own right (QRO photos at a festival), behind her new Master of My Make-Believe and stellar live show (QRO photos at a festival), even at festivals (QRO photos at a festival) or on The Colbert Report (QRO photos).
|Superchunk, 6:50 PM to 7:35 PM
At this point, Superchunk (QRO live review) are better known for what they did when not playing – founding the little indie label-made-big Merge Records, home to artists such as The Arcade Fire (QRO live review), Spoon (QRO live review) and She & Him (QRO live review). But the North Carolina natives started Merge for their work as influential nineties alt-punk act Superchunk (QRO photos at Merge showcase), and have come back as good as ever recently, both on the road (QRO live review), including festivals (QRO photos at a festival) and with 2010’s Majesty Shredding (QRO review) & “Learned To Surf” (QRO video), but also oldies-and-goodies like “Slack Motherfucker” (QRO video), evoking the time when indie-rock could be fun & skilled, not either/or (QRO photos at a festival).
|Minus The Bear, 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
From nearby Seattle, Minus the Bear (QRO photos at a festival) have been combining rock with intricate electronics. And the band just came out with Infinity Overhead, though this will be their second time at Fun Fun Fun Fest (QRO photos at FFF ‘08).
|Bob Mould, 5:05 PM to 5:55 PM
No one at Fun Fun Fun Fest (QRO photos at a festival) has been doing it as long as Bob Mould (QRO live review). From the seminal Hüsker Dü (QRO spotlight on) in the eighties through the nineties’ successful Sugar (QRO deluxe edition review) to his solo work and today’s Bob Mould Band (QRO live review), Mould has been crafting great record after great record, most recently with 2008’s District Line (QRO review), the following year’s Life and Times (QRO review), and now Silver Age (QRO review). But he comes to Fun Fun Fun Fest playing Sugar’s amazing Copper Blue (QRO live review) for its twentieth anniversary.
|Omar Rodriguez Lopez, 4:15 PM to 5:00 PM
A man of many hats (and acts), Omar Rodriguez Lopez is still probably best known for either his work in the recently reunited At the Drive-In (QRO reunion photos) or in his post-Drive-In post-hardcore outfit The Mars Volta (QRO album review), but is also a prolific solo artist.
|Sharon Van Etten, 3:25 PM to 4:10 PM
While there’s a ton of stripped songstresses out there, one of the nicer ones is Sharon Van Etten (QRO photos at a festival), who evoked the sad strains of Appalachia on her debut, Because I Was In Love (QRO review), while last year’s Epic (QRO review) made her the Brooklyn ‘it girl’ (QRO photos at a festival), and this year’s Tramp (QRO review) has gotten her get even more acclaim – and attention (QRO photos).
|Cursive, 2:35 PM to 3:20 PM
The expansive sound of Omaha’s Cursive (QRO live review) comes to Fun Fun Fun Fest (QRO photos at a festival) behind this year’s sub-par concept record I Am Gemini (QRO review). However their live show (QRO live review) features earlier material (QRO live review) like the strong prior Mama, I’m Swollen (QRO review), even at festivals (QRO photos at a festival).
|Dum Dum Girls, 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM
One of the multitude of bands that garage ‘it girl’ Frankie Rose played drums in before fronting her own band (QRO photos), 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), or on last year’s Only In Dreams (QRO review).
|The Jezebels, 1:10 PM to 1:40 PM
Known for encompassing an eclectic amount of genres from disco pop to indie rock, this four piece band (QRO photos at a festival) have already garnered much airplay in their hometown, Australia, as it appeals to many different audiences. They have already released their first album, Prisoner, which has gained much success and has peaked at #2 on Australian radio. Don’t expect anything any new material at the moment, as the band is currently busy touring due to festival season all across the globe (QRO photos at a festival).
Yellow Ostrich, 12:30 PM to 1:05 PM – QRO photos at a festival
Not In The Face, 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
Dillon Francis, 8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
American electronic artist Dillon Francis has worked with big name DJs like Calvin Harris (QRO album review) and Diplo (QRO photos), and brings his ‘Wet & Reckless’ tour to headline the Blue Stage on Day One.
|Bun B, 7:55 PM to 8:40 PM
One half of southern rap duo Underground Kings (or ‘UGK’), Bun B’s Trill OG received the ‘classic’ rating from The Source in 2010 (the first album to receive the honor in a half a decade), and comes to Fun Fun Fun in the run-up to next year’s highly anticipated follow-up, Trill 4 Life.
|Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, 7:05 PM to 7:50 PM
With their new Wing$, Seattle’s Macklemore & Ryan Lewis take on the holy grail of hip-hop, Air Jordan sneakers, making them ultra-revolutionaries in rap.
|Black Lips, 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
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 last year’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 return to Fun Fun Fun Fest for a second year in a row.
El Ten Eleven, 5:40 PM to 6:25 PM
Astronautalis, 4:55 PM to 5:35 PM
Penguin Prison, 4:05 PM to 4:50 PM – QRO photos at a festival
Diamond Rings, 3:20 PM to 4:00 PM
Nick Waterhouse, 2:35 PM to 3:15 PM
Icona Pop, 1:50 PM to 2:30 PM – QRO interview
Mustard Pimp, 1:05 PM to 1:45 PM
orthy, 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
10 yr, 11:55 AM to 12:25 PM
X, 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Another hugely influential punk band playing Fun Fun Fun Fest is X (QRO photos). Begun back when punk begun in 1977, fronted by the likes of Exene Cervenka & John Doe, they achieved only limited mainstream success, but have since been hailed as possibly the best live band ever (QRO live review). They’ve even been recognized by their own City of Los Angeles (QRO photos at a festival in Los Angeles) – and come to Fun Fun Fun Fest playing their own 1980 debut Los Angeles in its entirety (QRO photos of X playing Los Angeles at a festival).
|Against Me!, 7:05 PM to 7:55 PM
Northern Florida’s given the world a lot of punk, some of it good, some of it not so much, but on the more positive side is Against Me! (QRO photos). Fronted by Tom Gabel (QRO interview), and including Tom Weinberg on drums (son of E Street Band/ex-Conan O’Brien drummer Max), Against Me! (QRO photos) successfully made the jump to major label without losing their edge on 2010’s White Crosses (QRO review). They did make major news earlier this year when Gabel announced that he was transgender, and undergoing the process of transition to becoming a woman. Yet the group (QRO spotlight on
– which also left the majors and are starting their own label for this year’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues) has continued to rock (QRO photos).
|Tomahawk, 6:10 PM to 7:00 PM
Take Faith No More’s singer Mike Patton, The Jesus Lizard’s guitarist Duane Denison, and Helmet drummer John Stanier (also of Battles – QRO live review), and you have experimental metal outfit Tomahawk.
|Converge, 5:15 PM to 6:05 PM
Salem’s Converge have brought together punk & metal into the metalcore witch’s brew since the early nineties, finding themselves on major punk label Epitaph, and the new All We Love We Leave Behind out before they come to Fun Fun Fun Fest.
|Napalm Death, 4:25 PM to 5:10 PM
Another major influence on European metal, Birmingham’s Napalm Death bring in hardcore punk and deep, guttural vocals to the sound.
Municipal Waste, 3:40 PM to 4:20 PM
Dwarves, 3:00 PM to 3:35 PM
Torche, 2:15 PM to 2:55 PM
Kvelertak, 1:40 PM to 2:10 PM
Fidlar, 1:05 PM to 1:35 PM – QRO photos at a festival
Burning Love, 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
Tia Carrera, 11:55 AM to 12:25 PM
Twin Sister, 9:00 PM to 9:45 PM
Long Island dream pop act Twin Sister (QRO live review) looked set to be the ‘next big thing’ in 2010 with Color Your Life EP (QRO review), but haven’t really lived up to that expectation since then.
|Girl In A Coma, 7:55 PM to 8:40 PM
From the other side of Texas, but this side of the border (QRO photos outdoors), San Antonio’s Girl In a Coma (QRO photos at a festival in Texas) bring the rock (QRO photos).
|Earth, 6:45 PM to 7:35 PM
Seattle’s instrumental outfit Earth began in the minimalist drone doom, and then reinvented themselves by adding a drummer and elements from jazz to folk.
|Lucero, 5:35 PM to 6:25 PM
These cowpunkers (QRO photos) arrive at today’s workingman’s punk from the southern, country/punk end of things. Singer/guitarist Ben Nichols did his own thing with a solo record and ‘Revival Tour’ that hit Fun Fun Fun Fest (QRO photos at FFF ‘08) with Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music – QRO photos) and Tim Barry (Avail), but the band has since gone big-time, including 2009’s 1372 Overtone Park (QRO review) and this year’s Women & Work (QRO review). But live & outdoors (QRO photos outdoors in Austin), they stay true to their roots (QRO photos at a festival in Austin), and are playing Fun Fun Fun Fest for a third time.
Hannibal Buress, 4:45 PM to 5:30 PM
Jon Benjamin, 4:15 PM to 4:45 PM
Chris Cubas, 3:55 PM to 4:15 PM
Air Sex Championship, 3:05 PM to 3:55 PM
Kevin Seconds (spoken word), 2:45 PM to 3:05 PM
Joe Sib, 2:25 PM to 2:45 PM
Derek Phelps, 2:15 PM to 2:25 PM
Duncan Carson, 2:05 PM to 2:15 PM
Andrew Tompkins, 1:55 PM to 2:05 PM
Live Action Battle Rap, 1:10 PM to 1:55 PM
Ralph Hardesty, 1:00 PM to 1:10 PM
Seth Cockfield, 12:50 PM to 1:00 PM
Weird Al Tribute Band (Midgetmen), 11:50 AM to 12:40 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD
Girl Talk, 8:50 PM to 9:50 PM
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 (QRO photos at a festival), like at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2007.
|Public Image Ltd., 7:50 PM to 8:45 PM
John Lydon will always be known first and foremost as Johnny Rotten, lead singer of the foundation of punk, The Sex Pistols. But after their quick flameout, John returned to birth name and formed Public Image LTD, or PiL (QRO live review). The line-ups have changed almost as much as the style (calling them ‘post-punk’ is kind of obvious, but they’ve done everything from experimental to dance), but in 2009 Lydon/Rotten brought back PiL (QRO photos), and has kept on going since then (QRO photos).
|The Head and the Heart, 6:55 PM to 7:45 PM
Very recently, things have been seriously booming for The Head and The Heart (QRO photos at a festival). The Seattle alt-folk/pop band (QRO photos outdoors) was signed by Sub Pop (QRO photos outdoors), named their city’s best new band (QRO live review) by Seattle Weekly, opened for everybody from Dave Matthews (QRO photos) to Death Cab for Cutie (QRO album review), and even played Conan (QRO Indie on Late Night TV)!
|Real Estate, 6:05 PM to 6:50 PM
Pitchfork has long loved Ridgewood, New Jersey’s Real Estate (QRO live review), including last year’s sophomore release Days (QRO review), so see for yourself if they’re right as the band comes to Fun Fun Fun Fest (QRO photos at a festival).
|Paul Banks, 5:15 PM to 6:00 PM
Paul Julian Banks is best known as the frontman for successful post-punk outfit Interpol (QRO live review), but in 2009, when Interpol was on hiatus, he went the solo side-project route as ‘Julian Plenti’ (QRO live review of first Julian Plenti show) with .Is Skyscraper (QRO review). Interpol reunited with Interpol (QRO review) last year, but now Banks is back (QRO photos at a festival) on a solo jaunt (QRO photos outdoors at a festival) – this time as just Paul Banks, with his new Banks just out.
|Surfer Blood, 4:25 PM to 5:10 PM
Shooting up very quickly in indie-circles has been West Palm Beach’s Surfer Blood (QRO live review), who were gaining tons of fans (QRO photos of a packed house) long before acclaimed debut Astro Coast (QRO review) finally hit the shelves (or whatever you say in today’s digital age.). Surfer Blood (QRO photos at a festival) then signed to Warner Brothers, so at least one major label is hoping that they the first wave of a new ‘South Florida Invasion’ (QRO photos at home). However, QRO called them way back when (QRO photos at a festival), before they played a million-and-one festivals (QRO photos outdoors at a festival).
|WHY?, 3:35 PM to 4:20 PM
Jonathan ‘Yoni’ Wolf and his band, WHY? (QRO live review), combine indie, hip-hop, rock, pop, folk & more (QRO photos), most recently with 2008’s (somewhat underwhelming) Eskimo Snow (QRO review) and this year’s Mumps, Etc., and they (QRO live review) come to Fun Fun Fun Fest for a second time.
Braid, 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM
The Helio Sequence, 2:10 PM to 2:40 PM – QRO album review
Brendan Benson, 1:35 PM to 2:05 PM
Deathfix (Brendan of Fugazi), 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Devin, 12:25 PM to 12:55 PM – QRO photos outdoors at a festival
The Golden Boys, 11:50 AM to 12:20 PM
A$AP Rocky, 8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
These days, every indie music festival has to have some hip-hop from the other side of the tracks, but Fun Fun Fun Fest has always had the beats & rhymes, such as this year with A$AP Rocky (QRO photos at a festival) – so expect shouts for schwag (QRO photos at a festival) and maybe a fight to break out.
|STRFKR, 7:50 PM to 8:40 PM
Once and sometimes still known as ‘Starfucker’ (QRO photos) – and also as PYRAMID – having ‘fuck’ in your name isn’t the career handicap it used to be, as the Portland-based electronic band STRFKR (QRO photos) have been making dance music that’s also great to listen to.
|Danny Brown, 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM
Detroit rapper Danny Brown earned serious critical acclaim last year with XXX, SPIN‘s hip-hop album of the year – so who knows what 2012 will bring for the man described by MTV as “one of rap’s most unique figures in recent memory.”
|Charli XCX, 6:15 PM to 6:55 PM
Charlotte Aitchison, under the moniker Charli XCX (QRO photos at a festival), is one of Britain’s most elusive dark pop songstresses. Already toured with Santigold (see above) and Coldplay (QRO album review), as well as festivals (QRO photos at a festival), she has started to solidify her career as a pop songwriter to be reckoned with (QRO photos). She has recently released her EP, You’re the One, which includes a remix from the cacophonic OFWGKTA (QRO album review).
|ScHoolboy Q, 5:30 PM to 6:10 PM
Hip-hop artist Quincy Matthew Hanley – a.k.a. ScHoolboy Q – followed up last year’s acclaimed Setbacks with this year’s Habits & Contradictions.
|Tanlines, 4:45 PM to 5:25 PM
Percussionist Jesse Cohen & singer/guitarist Eric Emm form Brooklyn electronic duo Tanlines (QRO live review), who traffic in a mix of atmospherics and world (QRO photos at a festival).
|Kreayshawn, 4:00 PM to 4:40 PM
San Francisco rapper Kreayshawn (QRO photos at a festival) comes to got video viral success last year with single “Gucci Gucci”, signed to a major label, and put out her debut full-length Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay in September.
DMC, 3:15 PM to 3:55 PM
Anamanaguchi, 2:30 PM to 3:10 PM
Daughn Gibson, 1:45 PM to 2:25 PM – QRO photos at a festival
Gold Fields, 1:10 PM to 1:40 PM
Vockah Redu, 12:35 PM to 1:05 PM
Love Inks, 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
Refused, 8:50 PM to 9:50 PM
Before Sweden was known for indie-pop and haunting harmonies, it and the rest of Scandinavia trafficked in the harder fare (QRO photos at a festival in Europe), from black metal to the hardcore punk of Refused (QRO photos at a festival in Europe), who headline the Black Stage (QRO photos headlining a festival).
|The Sword, 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Bringing the metal is Austin’s own The Sword (QRO live review). The heavy metal band has previously opened for the likes of Metallica (QRO photos on tour with The Sword) and Motörhead (QRO photos), but can more than hold their own. They’ve got a just put out Apocryphon, so watch out!
|Wavves, 7:10 PM to 7:55 PM
Redemption? After WAVVES singer/guitarist Nathan Williams (QRO photos at a festival) had a very public breakdown, on stage Primavera in 2009, the San Diego act cancelled their whole European tour. However, since then Williams got back on the road (QRO photos at a festival), recruited the backing band of the late Jay Reatard (QRO photos), put on the much-praised King of the Beach (QRO review). And he’s even returned to Primavera (QRO photos at a festival) – plus he seems to have cut out imitating Pauly Shore.
Youth of Today, 6:20 PM to 7:05 PM
Seaweed, 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM
OFF!, 4:45 PM to 5:25 PM – QRO photos
The Riverboat Gamblers, 4:00 PM to 4:40 PM
The Spits, 3:15 PM to 3:55 PM
Brutal Truth, 2:30 PM to 3:10 PM
Red Fang, 1:55 PM to 2:25 PM
Joyce Manor, 1:20 PM to 1:50 PM – QRO photos
Power Trip, 12:50 PM to 1:15 PM
The Young, 12:20 PM to 12:45 PM
Residual Kid, 11:50 AM to 12:15 PM
Diamond Rugs, 9:05 PM to 9:50 PM
Garage-rock side-project/super-group Diamond Rugs has members from Black Lips (see above), Deer Tick (QRO live review), Dead Confederate (QRO album review), and more.
|Peelander Z, 7:55 PM to 8:45 PM
From the Z area of Planet Peelander comes the Japanese Action Comic Punk band Peelander-Z! Think a cross between The Ramones and The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.
|NOmeansno, 6:45 PM to 7:35 PM
Progressive British Columbian punk rock outfit NOmeansno are well into their fourth decade of underground success.
|Disappears, 5:40 PM to 6:25 PM
Chicago’s Disappears mixes shoegaze, krautrock, and more – and last year picked up on drums Mr. Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth (QRO live review)!
|David Cross, 5:00 PM to 5:35 PM
‘David’ of HBO’s great sketch comedy show Mr. Show with Bob & David, not to mention analyst-therapist (or ‘analrapist’) Tobias Fünke on Arrested Development, and the one making the increasingly poor decisions on The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, David Cross is also a killer stand-up comedian.
|Wyatt Cenac, 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
You can’t have a comedy stage at a music festival without at least one correspondent from The Daily Show, and filling that role at Pitchfork Day One is Wyatt Cenac (QRO photos) – but he’s already friends with indie-rockers.
Doug Mellard, 4:10 PM to 4:30 PM
Saul Williams, 3:35 PM to 4:10 PM – QRO live review
Christopher Wonder Magic Show, 3:15 PM to 3:35 PM
Altercation Punk Rock Comedy Hour, 2:20 PM to 3:15 PM – QRO photos at FFF ’08
FFF Dating Game (One Night Stand), 1:35 PM to 2:20 PM
Cameron Buchholtz, 1:25 PM to 1:35 PM
Kath Barbadoro, 1:15 PM to 1:25 PM
Danny Palumbo, 1:05 PM to 1:15 PM
Brendan K. O’Grady, 12:55 PM to 1:05 PM
Ashley Barnhill, 12:45 PM to 12:55 PM
Eric Krug, 12:35 PM to 12:45 PM
Punk Rock Circus!, 11:50 AM to 12:35 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, 8:50 PM to 9:50 PM
Alex Ebert, former singer of Ima Robot (QRO interview), got a ton of buzz right after forming Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (QRO live review) – is it justified, or just PR hype (QRO spotlight on)? Judge for yourself (QRO photos at a festival) – but watch out for him jumping into the crowd (QRO photos at a festival)!
|Explosions In The Sky, 7:55 PM to 8:45 PM
There might not be a more important or beloved post-rock band that Explosions In the Sky (QRO photos at a festival). The Austin band (QRO photos outdoors) basically introduced the epic, vocal-less concept that is ‘post-rock’ into both the indie-sphere (QRO photos at a festival) and the wider world (including overseas – QRO photos at a European festival – and providing the theme song to Friday Night Lights – QRO soundtrack review), and made the Top Twenty on the Billboard charts with last year’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (QRO review).
|The Black Angels, 7:00 PM to 7:50 PM
Austin’s own Black Angels (QRO photos) bring the psychedelic rock of 2010’s Phosphene Dream (QRO review) to their hometown festival (QRO photos outdoors at a festival) for a third time.
|The Promise Ring, 6:05 PM to 6:55 PM
Influential Milwaukee nineties emo outfit The Promise Ring had a short-lived reunion in 2005, and are back in 2012 at Fun Fun Fun Fest.
|Deerhoof, 5:15 PM to 6:00 PM
A band (QRO photos) that’s always hard to peg down, the prolific Deerhoof (QRO photos), led by the unmistakable Satomi Matsuzaki, return to Fun Fun Fun Fest.
|GIVERS, 4:25 PM to 5:10 PM
From down on the bayou in Lafayette, Louisiana, GIVERS (QRO photos) have turned their state’s native Cajun & zydeco music into sweet indie-pop (QRO photos outdoors).
|Giant Giant Sand, 3:35 PM to 4:20 PM
Howard Gelb’s Giant Giant Sand have had a revolving door of artists in their near three decades – most recently with Danes backing him up.
|A Place to Bury Strangers, 2:50 PM to 3:30 PM
Brooklyn’s own A Place To Bury Strangers (QRO spotlight on) challenge Spinal Tap for claim of ‘loudest band ever’, but AP2BS (QRO live review) are also skilled musicians, from their self-titled debut full-length (QRO review), 2009’s Exploding Head (QRO review), and this year’s Onward To the Wall EP (QRO review) & Worship (QRO review) full-length.They even run their own pedal company, Death By Audio (which is also a venue – QRO review). But at similarly DIY Austin (QRO photos) and outdoors (QRO photos outdoors) expect their loud sound to boom all the way across the capitol.
|Bleached, 2:10 PM to 2:45 PM
Out of the riot grrl lawlessness of Mika Miko comes the more harmonious Bleached (QRO photos at a festival).
Fang Island, 1:35 PM to 2:05 PM – QRO mp3 review
Balmorhea, 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Ume, 12:25 PM to 12:55 PM – QRO photos at a festival
Hundred Visions, 11:50 AM to 12:20 PM
Étienne De Crecy, 8:50 PM to 9:50 PM
From the same Versailles musical melting pot that gave the world everything from Air (QRO album review) to Phoenix (QRO live review) comes DJ Étienne De Crecy.
|De La Soul, 7:55 PM to 8:45 PM
Since 1989 debut 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul have masterfully mixed hip-hop with genres from jazz to alternative and remained a critical favorite.
|AraabMUZIK, 7:05 PM to 7:50 PM
From Providence, Rhode Island of all places, producer AraabMUZIK (QRO photos) is getting known for his live beats over MPC drum machines (QRO photos at a festival), and comes to Fun Fun Fun Fest after touring with Sleigh Bells (QRO live review together).
|Rakim, 6:10 PM to 7:00 PM
New York’s Rakim (QRO photos outdoors in New York) is universally regarded as one of the greatest MCs of all time, perhaps the greatest. He & Eric B. put out the classic Paid In Full, and has had more musical tributes than you can shake a stick – or anything else – at (QRO photos at a festival).
|The Octopus Project, 5:20 PM to 6:05 PM
Another local taking a second dip at Fun Fun Fun Fest (QRO photos at FFF ‘08), Austin’s Octopus Project come back for a third time. One of the few instrumental indie bands that’s as riveting to watch as any with a singer (QRO photos at a festival), Octopus Project bring a refreshing élan to post-rock electronica, such as 2009’s Golden Beds EP (QRO review) and 2010’s HEXADECAGON audio-visual project. They’re also known for their wide range of instruments (and the fact that everyone seems to switch around what they’re playing each time), from guitar to theremin (QRO photos outdoors). And they bring come class whenever playing outdoors (QRO photos), thanks to their suit & ties – and the Yvonne Lambert’s ballroom gowns.
Trust, 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Class Actress, 3:45 PM to 4:25 PM – QRO album review
Nite Jewel, 3:05 PM to 3:40 PM – QRO photos at a festival
Nicky da B, 2:25 PM to 3:00 PM – QRO photos
baauer, 1:45 PM to 2:20 PM
A.Dd+, 1:10 PM to 1:40 PM
Feathers, 12:35 PM to 1:05 PM
American Royalty, 11:50 AM to 12:30 PM – QRO photos outdoors
Turbonegro, 8:50 PM to 9:50 PM
While Sweden & Denmark engage in indie-pop & atmospherics, and Iceland spins off into strangeness & volcanoes, Norway is still the home of the harder fare in Scandinavia, seemingly running all the way from death metal to black metal. Turbonegro (QRO live review) do keep up the hard side, but also bring in punk and even glam (QRO photos at a festival).
|Fucked Up, 7:55 PM to 8:45 PM
While Holy Fuck (QRO live review) lost the Polaris Music Prize in 2008, that kind of a name didn’t stop Fucked Up from winning it the following year with Chemistry of Common Life (though it almost derailed The Pool Parties at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn – QRO photos), and the band followed that up with singles collection Couple Tracks (QRO review) and last year’s concept rock opus, David Comes to Life. Whether their hardcore music lives up to praise rarely given to hardcore is still up for debate, but what isn’t is how nuts the crowd goes (QRO photos at a festival) for this act out of Toronto (QRO photos outdoors), with singer/frontman Damian Abraham bringing it, shirtless and crazy (QRO photos at a festival).
|Lagwagon, 7:00 PM to 7:50 PM
It’s now been over two decades for California punk outfit Lagwagon (QRO live review), and while they’ve never broken into the big-time, have developed a dedicated underground following.
|Between The Buried and Me, 6:05 PM to 6:55 PM
Raleigh heavy metal band Between the Buried and Me come to Fun Fun Fun Fest behind last month’s The Parallax II; Future Sequence.
|The Briefs, 5:10 PM to 6:00 PM
Seattle punk rockers The Briefs channel the spirit of ’77 on this year’s Singles Only Box Set.
|Japandroids, 4:20 PM to 5:05 PM
Vancouver garage-rock guitar-and-drums (QRO photos at a festival) outfit Japandroids have moved from festivals up north to those in America (QRO photos at a festival) & Europe, and are one of the best guitar & drums duos out there (QRO photos at a festival). They come Fun Fun Fun Fest behind their new Celebration Rock (QRO review).
|Valient Thorr, 3:35 PM to 4:15 PM
Screw Avenger Chris Hemsworth – the real god of thunder is Valient Thorr (QRO photos), who have been bringing the thunder ever since the dawn of the new millennium (QRO photos).
La Dispute, 2:50 PM to 3:30 PM
Liturgy, 2:05 PM to 2:45 PM – QRO review
Cult of Youth, 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Pallbearer, 12:55 PM to 1:25 PM
Cheap Girls, 12:20 PM to 12:50 PM
Flesh Lights, 11:50 AM to 12:15 PM
Black Moth Super Rainbow, 9:00 PM to 9:50 PM
Mixing electronica, psychedelica, trance, indie, and more is Black Moth Super Rainbow (QRO photos), touring behind the re-release of 2007’s Dandelion Gum, as well as their last original, 2009’s Eating Us (QRO review). The Pittsburgh act is as comfortable in front of alternative crowds as indie (especially when they’ve got a man in a monkey suit – QRO live review), and so is a perfect fit for Fun Fun Fun Fest.
|Atlas Sound, 7:55 PM to 8:40 PM
Bradford Cox of Deerhunter (QRO live review) was one of the busiest people in indie-rock in 2008, putting out not only two Deerhunter records, Microcastle (QRO review) & Weird Era Cont. (QRO review), but also his first solo record as Atlas Sound (QRO live review), Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel (QRO review), with tracks like “River Card” (QRO video) & “Winter Vacation” (QRO video). While Deerhunter eased up a bit the following year, Atlas Sound kept going with Logos (QRO review) and last year with Parallax (QRO review), as well as touring (QRO photos from 2009), including festivals like Fun Fun Fun Fest ‘09 (QRO photos at a FFF ‘09), where the expansive ambient rock of “Logos” (QRO video) can “take it to the fields” (QRO live review).
|…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, 6:50 PM to 7:35 PM
Austin’s own indie-rock veterans (QRO photos) return home to play Fun Fun Fun Fest for a second time (QRO photos at FFF ’08) – right where they belong (QRO photos in Europe). Just out with Lost Songs, their follow-up to last year’s Tao of the Dead (QRO review) and 2009’s The Century of Self (QRO review), Trail of Dead always bring it live (QRO live review), but expect something extra for the hometown fans (QRO photos).
|Titus Andronicus, 5:45 PM to 6:30 PM
Straight outta Jersey comes Garden State pridesters (QRO photos outdoors at a festival) Titus Andronicus (QRO photos at a festival), who were hitting all fifty hard (QRO photos out-of-state) even before (QRO photos at a festival) the release of their Civil War-inspired The Monitor (QRO review), and now bring it outdoors (QRO photos outdoors).
|Doug Benson, 5:10 PM to 5:40 PM
While he first got notice on programs like Best Week Ever, comedian Doug Benson has since made his own name, primarily in hilarious regular podcasts like Doug Loves Movies and The Benson Interruption.
|Eugene Mirman, 4:40 PM to 5:10 PM
The alt-comedy world of today gets a whole lot of exposure at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012, including the man who maybe did more than anyone else to found it, stand-up artist Eugene Mirman (QRO photos).He’s no stranger to sharing a stage with musicians, such as opening for She & Him (QRO live review) and previously (QRO photos) for the first performance by Julian Plenti (QRO live review of that show), a.k.a. Paul Banks (see above) of Interpol (QRO live review).He’s also no stranger to festivals, as he’s thrown his own comedy festival in Brooklyn for years now (QRO recap).
|Har Mar Superstar, 4:10 PM to 4:40 PM
Somewhere between solo singer/songwriter, pop-star diva, and Ron Jeremy lies Har Mar Superstar (QRO photos). Sean Tillmann adopted the persona to underground acclaim, especially in Great Britain, as well as becoming spokesman for Vladivar Vodka and Lynx Deodorant. He’s also written songs for the likes of Jennifer Lopez & Kelly Osbourne, and Britney Spears’ management’s rejection of “Tall Boys” only brought him to make his own version, for 2009’s Dark Touches.He returns to FFF for a second year, and not only also plays late night, but hosts as well (see below).
Duncan Trussell, 3:45 PM to 4:10 PM
Ramin Nazer, 3:20 PM to 3:40 PM
Mortified, 2:35 PM to 3:20 PM
NOLA Comedy Hour, 1:40 PM to 2:35 PM
Veggie hot dog eating contest, 12:55 PM to 1:35 PM
Jake Flores, 12:40 PM to 12:50 PM
Kat Ramzinski, 12:30 PM to 12:40 PM
New Movement Sketch Comedy Troupe, 11:50 AM to 12:30 PM
Just because the sun sets doesn’t mean Fun Fun Fun is done for the day – as there’s a slew of nite shows before, after, and during FFF ’12:
Alamo Drafthouse – 6th Street
Doug Benson, 11:00 PM
Doug Mellard, 10:00 PM
Cadence Weapon, 1:00 AM
Clemits, 12:00 AM
Spz Chaote, 11:00 PM
P-Tek, 10:00 PM
Friday – Hosted by Joe Sib
Kevin Seconds & Kepi Ghoulie, 1:00 AM
Blag (Solo), 12:00 AM
Scott Reynolds (ALL), 11:00 PM
Joe Sib, 10:00 PM
Saturday – Hosted by JT Habersaat
Old Man Markley, 1:00 AM
Larry & His Flask, 12:00 AM
East Cameron Folkcore, 11:00 PM
Say Hello to The Angels, 10:00 PM
Cheap Girls, 12:30 AM
The Front Bottoms, 11:45 PM
Foreign Mothers, 10:45 PM
Dirty Ghosts, 10:00 PM
Thursday – Hosted by Har Mar Superstar
SSION, 10:00 PM
Har Mar Superstar, 9:00 PM
Mustard Pimp, 8:15 PM
House Of Ladosha, 7:30 PM
Lucero, 10:45 PM
Pujol, 9:45 PM
Frank Smith, 9:00 PM
Balmorhea, 10:45 PM
Ramona Falls, 9:45 PM
The Black Swans, 9:00 PM
Braid, 1:00 AM
Regents, 12:00 AM
Deathfix, 11:00 PM
Tiny Empires, 10:00 PM
Learning Secrets, 2:00 AM
Trust, 1:00 AM
Tanlines DJ Set, 12:15 AM
Onuinu, 11:30 PM
Boy Friend, 10:45 PM
Glitoris DJ Set, 10:00 PM
La Migra, 1:00 AM
Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, 12:00 AM
((sounder)), 11:15 PM
Les Rav, 10:30 PM
Fatback Circus, 9:45 PM
Pyramid, 9:00 PM
Muchos Backflips, 1:00 AM
The Preservation, 12:00 AM
Shivery Shakes, 11:15 PM
Gabe Hascall of The Impossibles, 10:30 PM
Holy Wave, 9:45 PM
Turntable.irl, 11:30 PM
Burning Love, 1:00 AM
Power Trip, 12:15 AM
Fight Amp, 11:30 PM
Enabler, 10:45 PM
Curse The Heavens, 10:00 PM
Retox, 2:00 AM
Regents, 1:00 AM
La Dispute, 12:15 AM
Sainthood Reps, 11:30 PM
Concrete, 10:45 PM
Naw Dude, 10:15 PM
baauer, 12:30 AM
Hobo D, 11:45 PM
SoccerMom, 10:45 PM
Videoing, 10:00 PM
Mohawk – Indoor
Thursday – Hosted by Chaos In Tejas
Terrible Feelings, 1:00 AM
The Mind Spiders, 12:00 AM
The Impalers, 10:00 PM
The Wiccans, 9:00 PM
Sisu (Sandy of Dum Dum Girls), 12:45 AM
Cheap Curls (Katie formerly of Dum Dum Girls), 11:30 PM
Devin, 10:30 PM
Yukon Blonde, 9:30 PM
Saturday – Hosted by Stereogum
Cult Of Youth, 12:45 AM
Daughn Gibson, 11:30 PM
Marriage, 10:30 PM
David Liebe Hart, 9:30 PM
Class Actress, 12:30 AM
Belaire, 11:30 PM
Lean Hounds, 10:45 PM
Hume, 10:00 PM
Mohawk – Outdoor
Thursday – Hosted by Chaos In Tejas
Superchunk, 10:00 PM
Imperial Teen, 9:00 PM
Joyce Manor, 8:00 PM
Surfer Blood, 11:00 PM
Seaweed, 10:15 PM
Fidlar, 9:30 PM
Black Moth Super Rainbow, 11:30 PM
A Place to Bury Strangers, 10:30 PM
Casket Girls, 9:30 PM
Thursday – Hosted by Austin Psych Fest
Indian Jewelry, 12:30 AM
Christian Bland & The Revelators, 11:30 PM
Rishi, 10:45 PM
Holy Wave, 10:00 PM
Fungi Girls, 9:30 PM
Damien Jurado, 1:00 AM
Yellow Ostrich, 12:00 AM
Sundress, 11:00 PM
Oh No, Oh My, 10:00 PM
Franki Chan DJ Set, 2:00 AM
Nite Jewel, 1:00 AM
A.Dd+, 12:00 AM
Kreayshawn, 11:00 PM
Naytronix, 10:00 PM
Peelander Z, 12:30 AM
Electric Eel Shock, 11:30 PM
Toys That Kill, 10:45 PM
Mumiy Troll, 10:00 PM
Black Tusk, 1:30 AM
Liturgy, 12:30 AM
Royal Thunder, 11:30 PM
Lord Dying, 10:45 PM
Gypsy Hawk, 10:00 PM
Red 7 – Indoor
Karaoke Underground, 12:30 AM
Penguin Prison, 1:30 AM
Icona Pop, 12:45 AM
Bob Mould DJ Set, 11:45 PM
Anamanaguchi DJ Set, 11:00 PM
American Royalty, 10:00 PM
Blind Shake, 1:30 AM
Turf War, 12:30 AM
Broncho, 11:30 PM
Grape St, 10:45 PM
Dikes Of Holland, 10:00 PM
Camp X-Ray, 12:45 AM
Skycrawler, 11:45 PM
Wet Lungs, 11:00 PM
Venomous Maximus, 10:15 PM
Burnt Skull, 9:30 PM
Red 7 – Outdoor
Dwarves, 12:30 AM
Krum Bums, 11:30 PM
American Sharks, 10:45 PM
Died In Custody, 10:00 PM
Friday – Presented by VICE
Baio of Vampire Weekend DJ Set, 12:00 AM
VICE: Toy Selectah, 11:00 PM
Mexican’s With Guns, 10:00 PM
King Tuff, 2:00 AM
Intelligence, 1:00 AM
Destruction Unit, 12:00 AM
Spray Paint, 11:00 PM
Ceremony, 12:15 AM
Bleached, 11:30 PM
Violent Bullshit, 10:45 PM
Old Poets, 10:00 PM
Astronautalis, 1:00 AM
Boom Baptist, 12:00 AM
Dee-1, 11:00 PM
Space Camp, 10:00 PM
Nicky da B, 11:00 PM
Vockah Redu, 10:00 PM
Christeene, 8:00 PM
The New Movement
Rog Gagnon, 11:40 PM
Chris Trew, 11:30 PM
Cassidy Henehan, 11:20 PM
Ashley Barnhill, 11:10 PM
Joe Faina, 11:00 PM
Brendan K. O’Grady, 10:50 PM
Sophie Johnson, 10:40 PM
Christina Parrish, 10:30 PM
Cyrus Cooper, 11:40 PM
Mickey Henehan, 11:30 PM
Andrew Polk, 11:20 PM
Andy Najera, 11:10 PM
Seth Cockfield, 11:00 PM
Matt Wayman, 10:50 PM
Scotland Green, 10:40 PM
Dane Faucheux, 10:30 PM
Duncan Trussell, 11:00 PM
Cris Cubas, 10:00 PM
For festival website, go here: http://funfunfunfest.com/