Kimd - A New App for Concert Goers 

Consequence of Sound reported on a new app for your phone that can dim the brightness of the display so you don’t have to disturb others during concerts and shows. We’ve been starting to see that even artists are getting annoyed with how many phones are popping up out of the crowd and creating a disturbance for others so the makers of this app want to take a step in the right (and polite) direction. 

Kimd dims the brightness to 10% on your phone and also adds a “black veil with 30% opacity” so you can take photos and record video without causing a scene of your own. It also works like Instagram or Vine with one tap to take the photo and holding down the button to record video. 

Read more about the app and watch the trailer on Consequence of Sound.

FYF Fest: Earl Sweatshirt

Leave it to Earl Sweatshirt to pull a fast one on us and start off his FYF set on Sunday with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” inciting giggles and cheers from the audience. Although the young rap star just announced his break from non-stop touring since the release of his album Doris, he gave his all for his last performance at FYF and managed to put some smiles on the crowd after the day drama of long lines and way-too-hot temperatures. 

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens 

FYF Fest: Kelela

The LA electronic-R&B singer Kelela filled the Arena on Sunday for the second day of FYF with songs off her mixtape Cut 4 Me. Overwhelmed with the great reception from the audience, she stopped to reveal how much love she had for everyone and how far she’s come since working at a call center in the valley two years ago. Kelela had no problem getting into the zone with on-point vocals and danced all around the stage much like everyone in the crowd after she began her set. 

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens 

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: 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: 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

Kim Ann Foxman was our second performer of the night at our last House Party, serving up some intoxicating dance tracks for our audience. When she’s not at home in New York’s East Village, she’s traveling the world performing and collaborating with other talented artists in the house scene. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for her in the coming months as she hits up huge festivals in Europe and the UK

Photos: Bryan Derballa

Philadelphia DJ Dave P has been in the game for nine years running his own FIXED parties with his partner in crime JDH and making appearances at Coachella and FYF Fest. He got the night started off on a good foot and although we were bummed it was our last House Party of the summer, he kept things light and fun. 

Photos: Bryan Derballa

Opening our first House Party of the month last night was Mas Ysa, the project of Canadian composer and visual artist Thomas Arsenault. Arsenault fuses elements of pop, techno, and a range of recordings to create heavy, thought-provoking tracks and had no problem captivating our audience last night. 

Photos: Bryan Derballa