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: Slowdive

After 20 years since their last album release, Slowdive reunited for a special set at FYF this weekend. Their shoegaze sound is timeless and it seemed like a lot of attendees used the performance as a relaxation point in the midst of all the chaos of hot California sun, long runs in between stages, and never-ending food lines. But the band used the soothing tracks to their advantage, leaving everyone feeling more rejuvenated and even a bit nostalgic. 

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: 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: 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

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 

Tomorrow wraps up the 2014 Warped Tour and we’ve had an amazing time getting to know all the bands, especially the dudes of Every Time I Die. They’re currently rocking the Salt Lake City date right now and if you’re catching them at the final date tomorrow in Denver, be sure to make it into the pit, you don’t wanna miss it!

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens