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Monday, August 24, 2015

The Highs and Lows of L.A.’s FYF Fest

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Last year, L.A.'s FYF Festival received a lot of attention for its massive failure in executing the basics of festival coordination. There were water accessibility issues, crowd control fails, and even crossfitters were driven halfway to tears about shin-splintering distances between stages (OK fine, maybe not the crossfitters — those people are nuts). But coming off the heels of the logistical nightmare, the Fuck Yea Committee needed to make 2015 a comeback year. So we went down to L.A.’s Expo Center to see how they did — and to experience the highs and lows of the fest.

Biggest Stampede of the Weekend: Run The Jewels
  • Kristina Bakrevski
As the sun dropped behind the main stage Saturday evening, so did the bass. All eyes in the vicinity darted to the megatrons, which flashed the Run The Jewels signature logo. The sight of the logo urged the herd of festival attendees to shuffle as fast as they could toward the stage. Several lanky gentlemen passed me in full sprint, elevating the general sense of urgency to full stampede levels. “We’re about to fuck your shit up,” Killer Mike said, warning us all to batten the hatches for the storm RTJ were about to bring. “Put away your extended selfie-sticks, the expensive sunglasses your parents bought you. If you just got injured recently, nobody wants that colostomy bag exploding... I respect your injury but pee is pee.” The audience happily obliged.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

9 Reasons to Head Down to L.A. And Attend FYF Fest Next Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 11:42 AM


Yeah, that's right, we want to convince you to take the trip down to big, scary Los Angeles. You can do it! I mean, have you seen the lineup?! (If you wanna cheat, you can just scroll to the bottom of this post and look at it.)

We're smack in the sweet spot of California's summer festival season and the next big one up is L.A.'s badass FYF Fest next weekend. I've been going for the last few years and have been treated to killer acts in the past like Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Blood Orange, Darkside, Four Tet, Flying Lotus, My Bloody Valentine... interest piqued now, yea? 

The venue moved last year from State Historic Park to the L.A. Sports Arena & Exposition Park and it's all kinds of cool. With that, here's nine reasons why you should consider getting the heck out of town for a weekend (if having something cool to put on your SnapChat isn't reason enough).

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

BREAKING: Outside Lands Lineup Changes

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 1:36 PM

  • Jenn Five

Sad news and happy news at the same time to report here. 

Rockin U.K. band Wolf Alice will be playing Friday's 4:30 p.m. slot at the Panhandle Stage now. The band will be filling in for Alvvays, who got hankered down with visa issues when trying to leave their home in Canada. 

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Moment of Truth: Outside Lands Hip-Hop Factoids

Posted By on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 10:09 AM

  • from "Alright" video

There's 5 hip-hop acts at Outside Lands Festival this year. Sorta sad... I know, but to the festival's credit, the slate is very top-heavy. With that, your resident hip-hop encyclopedia (Moment of Truth) has put together some curiosities and cuts surrounding these artists, so you can be more informed about who's makin' you bounce at Golden Gate Park this weekend. Check it:

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Moment of Truth: The Top 5 Rhymes at the Art of Rap

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 9:53 AM


Is this real life? Is that lineup for real? I mean ... how can this be possible? Pardon me while I gather myself here, but a group of promoters led by Ice-T, is bringing The Art of Rap Fest to Northern California and Southern California for two days only and this Sunday, July 19, the Festival makes it's way to Shoreline Amphitheatre. In honor of a lineup that is nothing short of ridiculous, here's some favorite bars from five of the legends (real talk) appearing on stage at the fest:

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Weekend Concert Picks: Waterstrider, Phono del Sol, and FEELS 3

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 10:11 AM


This is a ridiculous weekend for live music in San Francisco — especially Saturday. So we've taken the liberty of laying out three kick-ass events, that are A) Awesome B) Cheap C) not-sold out and D) Don't overlap. Are you ready? Here we go:


KALX and OIM Records presents Waterstrider w/ The Seshen & Foxtails Brigade at Great American Music Hall

We're big fans of the East Bay indie scene and Waterstrider has been buzzing all year. The Oakland band will be playing songs off its new album Nowhere Now, but keep your ears peeled for "Frayed" off of the OIM Records compilation. (In fact, the evening is a celebration of that very compilation's vinyl release.) Also on the bill, is SF's indie-soul explosion, The Seshen, who is oh so sweet, and the up-and-coming chamber pop band Foxtails Brigade. It's a solid primer for the weekend with three quality local bands at the always lovely Great American Music Hall for less than $20. Get there!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tanlines' "Palace" Video Is Required Viewing Before Heading to Phono Del Sol

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 12:05 PM

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Phono Del Sol is next weekend, July 11, at Potrero Del Sol Park. But before you head over there to catch some tunes and grab a bite to eat, you need to watch Tanlines' new video for "Palace."

The electronic indie rock duo kept the Netflix theme from its hilarious website going by enlisting the help of Natasha Lyonne (from Orange Is The New Black) to star in the new video alongside Alex Karpovsky (from Girls). The video follows the couple through its various disputes, moments of reconciliation, and fantasies in a way that's both humorous and poignant. It also pokes fun at the idea that Tanlines frontman Eric Emm looks exactly like Karpovsky.

Check out the video, and its highly danceable, melodic, synth-heavy tune below. My favorite part is the one involving extension chords:
Tanlines play Phono Del Sol next Saturday, July 11. Tickets are $30-$60.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Stern Grove Fest 2013 Lineup: Deltron 3030, Shuggie Otis, SF Symphony, and More

Posted By on Wed, May 1, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Ahhh, free concerts at Stern Grove.
  • Ahhh, free concerts at Stern Grove.

Warm(er) nights and light evenings mean a number of things in San Francisco, and one of them is that it will soon be time to spend your Sunday afternoons relaxing on a lawn in Stern Grove, enjoying good live music for the cost of nothing. Yes, folks, the Stern Grove Festival begins June 16, and organizers just released the lineup for this year. It includes soulful guitar genius Shuggie Otis, celebrated NorCal hip-hop outfit Deltron 3030, Kronos Quartet, the SF Symphony, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs (!), and more. And yes, every one of these shows is free.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Furthur Cancels Bottle Rock Napa Valley Set After Bob Weir Collapses Onstage

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Furthur's Phil Lesh (left) and Bob Weir (right) performing at Outside Lands in S.F.
  • Furthur's Phil Lesh (left) and Bob Weir (right) performing at Outside Lands in S.F.

Bay Area jam outfitFurthur just announced that it will cancel its set at next week's Bottle Rock Napa Valley music festival in the wake of frontman Bob Weir's onstage collapse. The band, which features Grateful Dead co-founders Weir and Phil Lesh, had been scheduled to headline the first night of Bottle Rock on Thursday, May 9. No replacement act has been announced.

Weir collapsed during a Futhur gig in Port Chester, N.Y. last Thursday night, but appeared to be fine during an Atlantic City show two days later. A statement released today, however, says Weir will not be able to perform for several weeks:

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Woodsist Festival Announces 2013 Lineup: White Fence, Foxygen, Fresh & Onlys, and More

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 9:30 AM

White Fence performing at Woodsist in 2012.
  • White Fence performing at Woodsist in 2012.

Considering the setting and the bands, the annual Woodsist Festival at Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur is one of the coolest and most un-festival-like festivals in Northern California. Organizers (((folkYeah!))) just released the lineup for this year's festival, as well as new dates, which should make it easier to find lodging in high-demand Big Sur. Artists performing this year include White Fence, Foxygen, Skygreen Leopards, Real Estate, the Fresh & Onlys, and, of course, Woods.

See also: Live Review: Thee Oh Sees, Real Estate, and a Bunch of Cool Kids Relax in the Redwoods at the Woodsist Festival

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