FYF Fest: The Strokes

One of the most anticipated performances of FYF since their name was announced on the lineup was The Strokes. Only recently have they started playing shows again ending a three-year tour break and after being fashionably late, they started pumping out the tunes. The 17-song-set had something for every fan, with hits spanning across all five albums and stage presence reminiscent of their past performances with leather jackets and messy hair. While most seasoned artists grow tired of playing their hits, The Strokes fed into the fans’ requests for the classics and didn’t disappoint. 

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens

FYF Fest: Haim

The only female-fronted band to take on (and ultimately shred) the FYF Main Stage was Haim, finally finishing up their tour circuit for their debut album Days Are Gone with this performance. While many in the crowd were trying to squeeze in and get a spot for The Strokes performance right after, it’s safe to say they were visibly impressed and enjoying the unique and fearless sisters taking time out for drum solos, jam sessions, and asking everyone in the crowd to “shake their asses and grind” to their new single “My Song 5.” As always, they did their hometown proud and definitely gained new fans in the process. 

Photos: Nikki Scoggins & Amanda Rae Stephens

FYF Fest: Boris

A double neck guitar, a gong, and tons of fog made Boris’ FYF set a sight to see and hear for metal-heads attending the festival. Once they start shredding, it’s hard not to respect their talent. Making the trip all the way from their home in Japan, they were warmly welcomed to the west coast and gave a performance complete with epic drum fills and head-banging jams. 

Photos: Nikki Scoggins 

FYF Fest: Future Islands

FYF third-timers Future Islands came rock the Main Stage on Saturday. Though frontman Samuel T. Herring announced his voice wasn’t up to par, there’s no way any of us would have noticed. Fans and wanderers were intrigued by this particular group of dudes in the lineup for a variety of reasons: great music, great lyrics, great dancing, etc. We were happy to have these guys play our House Party a couple weeks ago in Brooklyn and even happier to see them on this side of the U.S. playing favorites like “Back In The Tall Grass” and “Seasons (Waiting On You).” And to see Mr. Herring’s classic moves, of course. 

Photos: Nikki Scoggins

FYF Fest: Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks 

You should know that things are gonna get crazy when the drummer of Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks breaks one of his sticks within seconds of the first song. The band, consisting of Animal Collective’s Avey Tare, former Dirty Projectors member Angel Deradoorian, and former Ponytail drummer Jeremy Hyman, is true to their name, performing grungy tracks that were eerie-yet-captivating. The looping done by Deradoorian contrasted nicely with Hyman’s chaotic drum fills and Tare’s distorted guitar solos and apart from the cut-out faces of Kim and Kanye West crying in the audience, everyone else appeared to really dig the entire set. 

Photos: Nikki Scoggins

FYF Fest: Man Man 

One of the most visually entertaining performances of Saturday’s lineup was definitely Man Man. The members are seasoned pros in the art of costume-change, multi-instrumental performing, and getting the crowd up and moving. Instruments like the saxophone, trumpet, and xylophone were all big players in the unique sounds of Man Man’s set and frontman Ryan Kattner is never afraid to poke fun at himself, strutting around in fur coats and faking a fall in front of the stage, making the band even more like-able. 

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens

FYF Fest: Angel Olsen

Being the first act of a two-day festival may be daunting to some, but Angel Olsen entered the stage calm, cool, and collected. Her voice relaxed the sunburned concert-goers who were finding refuge from the sun in the dark Arena and the beautiful starry-night backdrop and disco balls created an interesting addition to her bittersweet-sounding tracks like “Hi-Five” and “Drunk and With Dreams.” She even gave the audience a little advice when feeling frustrated: just scream when you’re angry. While that definitely works, listening to Angel made us all a little less stressed and a lot happier yesterday at FYF. 

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens

FYF Fest: One Day, One Artist:
After a three-year absence from touring, The Strokes are back together performing all your favorites during a special headlining set at FYF Fest this Sunday. Plus, Julian will be playing a set with his Voidz and Albert Hammond Jr. will have a set of his own, both on Saturday. (So, FYF is pretty much a must-see for all you Strokes fans out there!) We’ve been hearing great things about their new live show as they’ve just performed an intimate gig at the Chelsea in Las Vegas Wednesday night, playing hits from their most recent record Comedown Machine and a few classics. Saying we’re beyond stoked is an understatement. 

FYF Fest: One Day, One Artist:

After a three-year absence from touring, The Strokes are back together performing all your favorites during a special headlining set at FYF Fest this Sunday. Plus, Julian will be playing a set with his Voidz and Albert Hammond Jr. will have a set of his own, both on Saturday. (So, FYF is pretty much a must-see for all you Strokes fans out there!) We’ve been hearing great things about their new live show as they’ve just performed an intimate gig at the Chelsea in Las Vegas Wednesday night, playing hits from their most recent record Comedown Machine and a few classics. Saying we’re beyond stoked is an understatement. 

vansgirls:

Vans Women’s FYF ‘14 Saturday Playlist
We’re getting more and more excited each day we creep closer to FYF 2014. Not only have we started planning out our wardrobe for the fun-filled weekend (denim shorts and a loose tank FTW!), but we’ve also started listing out which bands to see when, and a plan that includes us NOT losing our friends this year. To help get your blood pumped, here’s some of our favorite songs from the artists playing FYF on Saturday. Enjoy!

vansgirls:

Vans Women’s FYF ‘14 Saturday Playlist

We’re getting more and more excited each day we creep closer to FYF 2014. Not only have we started planning out our wardrobe for the fun-filled weekend (denim shorts and a loose tank FTW!), but we’ve also started listing out which bands to see when, and a plan that includes us NOT losing our friends this year. To help get your blood pumped, here’s some of our favorite songs from the artists playing FYF on Saturday. Enjoy!

FYF Fest: One Day, One Artist
Claire Elise Boucher is a woman of many titles including producer, visual artist, songwriter and music video director, but most people know her as Grimes. The Canadian musician combines her magnificent range of vocals, fairy-like effects layered over strong electronic beats, and a stage set-up that effortlessly transports you to another world to bring you a spell-binding experience whenever she performs. Grimes is more like a quadruple-threat, and it’s no wonder so many other artists want to collaborate with her like Bleachers, D’eon and most recently Blood Diamonds for her single “Go”. We know that her set at FYF will be as exciting and unpredictable as her hair color and can’t wait to see her this Saturday. 

FYF Fest: One Day, One Artist

Claire Elise Boucher is a woman of many titles including producer, visual artist, songwriter and music video director, but most people know her as Grimes. The Canadian musician combines her magnificent range of vocals, fairy-like effects layered over strong electronic beats, and a stage set-up that effortlessly transports you to another world to bring you a spell-binding experience whenever she performs. Grimes is more like a quadruple-threat, and it’s no wonder so many other artists want to collaborate with her like Bleachers, D’eon and most recently Blood Diamonds for her single “Go”. We know that her set at FYF will be as exciting and unpredictable as her hair color and can’t wait to see her this Saturday. 

vans:

Vans at 2014 FYF Fest - Los Angeles, CA

We’ll be hanging out at Exposition Park this Saturday & Sunday for the 2014 FYF Fest! You can find us in the vendor area with some goodies for sale. If you’re one of the first 300 people to the tent each day you can even grab a free pair of sunglasses, all you gotta do is ask. Don’t skip shopping at the Origami Vinyl pop up either. Pick up some rad records & get a free tote designed by our friend Michael C. Hsiung while supplies last. We’ve got two art installations going up on site as well. Just head to the spots on the map above marked ‘Vans’ to see what they’re all about. Go ahead, take the photo op & don’t forget to tag #fyfvans so we can check them out. Pro tip: Pick an art installation as a meeting spot for you and your friends. There will come a time in the night where your phone dies & you’ve all split up to separate stages. Avoid wondering aimlessly yelling Marco… you’ll probably get a lot of Polos but that ain’t gonna help you out. See you out there LA! Full details: fyffest.com

We can’t wait to see you all there! 

FYF Fest: One Day, One Artist
In the DJ and producer scene, you could call Jamie xx a game-changer. While given the tools to create massive and over-the-top productions for his tracks, the London producer (who is also one-third of The xx) instead decides to hone in on the subtle ticks and vibrations, sending listeners into a trance without even realizing it. It’s the lack of constant bells and whistles that allows his music to sink in and take control. This therapeutic effect is best represented by the video for his single “Sleep Sound” showcasing deaf dancers moving to the silence and negative space his music creates. Watch him continue to turn heads at his FYF set this Sunday. 

FYF Fest: One Day, One Artist

In the DJ and producer scene, you could call Jamie xx a game-changer. While given the tools to create massive and over-the-top productions for his tracks, the London producer (who is also one-third of The xx) instead decides to hone in on the subtle ticks and vibrations, sending listeners into a trance without even realizing it. It’s the lack of constant bells and whistles that allows his music to sink in and take control. This therapeutic effect is best represented by the video for his single “Sleep Sound” showcasing deaf dancers moving to the silence and negative space his music creates. Watch him continue to turn heads at his FYF set this Sunday.