FYF Fest: Grimes

Packing the Lawn stage for the first night of FYF was electronic princess Grimes. When dancers weren’t popping out from the sides of the stage, the one-woman show was spectacularly entrancing and fairy-like, with choreography accompanying every turn she made. It was safe to say that the Canadian producer had tons of fans out here on the West Coast and it was hard not to get elbowed in the ribs or inhale tons of smoke from everyone trying to get a look at the show. But it was well worth it when she played hits like “Genesis,” “Oblivion” and new single “Go” accompanied by collaborator Blood Diamonds, making the whole crowd go crazy for the full-on dance party. 

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens

FYF Fest: Thundercat

Thundercat brought back the definition of jam band to FYF this weekend. Frontman Stephen Bruner absolutely shredded his 6-string bass to bits during the often 7-minute-plus long songs while his bandmates kept the tempo jazzy and upbeat. It was hard to find a person in the audience not bobbing up and down or secretly wanting to steal the fox pelt on top of Bruner’s head. 

Photos: Nikki Scoggins

FYF Fest: Blood Orange

With a huge crew of musicians and dancers in tow, Dev Hynes of Blood Orange led the performance with finesse, bringing a polished funky sound everyone could get down to in between all the indie rock and electronic acts of the night. During hits like “You’re Not Good Enough” off of his 2013 release Cupid Deluxe, girlfriend Samantha Urbani would come out to amp up the vocals (and the cuteness). The hard-to-duplicate chemistry Hynes had with his whole team on stage ended up creating a enticing and cohesive performance at FYF on Sunday night. 

Photos: Nikki Scoggins

When there was downtime between FYF Fest’s many musical acts, there was still fun to be had taking photos in front of the art installations, grabbing a bite to eat or some dessert to munch on, and deciding what merch to buy from all the pop up shops around Exposition Park. 

Photos: 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!