FYF Fest: One Day, One Artist
After playing our House of Vans Boston and making an appearance at SXSW House of Vans with Tyler, The Creator, it was a no-brainer to place Earl Sweatshirt on the bill for FYF this weekend. The 20-year-old LA native, who already has his own label and is a prominent member of Odd Future, sounds way beyond his years, delivering tracks with a finesse that’s difficult to fabricate. In an age where young artists are starting to be taken more seriously, we’re glad Earl has stepped up to the plate and into the spotlight. But he still has time to be hilarious, especially on Instagram. Check out a couple snippets of possible new tracks for his upcoming album and watch him play FYF this Sunday. 
Photo: Jonathan Mehring, House of Vans Boston

FYF Fest: One Day, One Artist

After playing our House of Vans Boston and making an appearance at SXSW House of Vans with Tyler, The Creator, it was a no-brainer to place Earl Sweatshirt on the bill for FYF this weekend. The 20-year-old LA native, who already has his own label and is a prominent member of Odd Future, sounds way beyond his years, delivering tracks with a finesse that’s difficult to fabricate. In an age where young artists are starting to be taken more seriously, we’re glad Earl has stepped up to the plate and into the spotlight. But he still has time to be hilarious, especially on Instagram. Check out a couple snippets of possible new tracks for his upcoming album and watch him play FYF this Sunday. 

Photo: Jonathan Mehring, House of Vans Boston

Spin Showcase // House Of Vans // Charli XCX

Listening to this UK experimental pop artist is like getting a good sucker punch to the mouth filled bass synths and catchy hooks. You may know Charli XCX as featured on the dance pop hit “I Love It” with Icona Pop or recently seen paying homage to the 90’s classic “Clueless” featured on Iggy Azalea’s new video and single for “Fancy.” But the sassy lyrical bombshell commanded the SXSW Spin stage all on her own with songs off her current album True Romance

Flosstradamus Presents // House of Vans

No stranger to festivals, Flosstradamus has performed at the Ultra Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and Coachella, just to name a few. This time at SXSW, the Chicago-native DJs called the shots with their own featured showcase at House of Vans. Yep, that was us you saw dancing right in front.

Photos: Bryan Derballa

Vibe Showcase // House of Vans // Sage the Gemini

If “Gas Pedal” is any sign for what Sage the Gemini’s forthcoming debut album Remember Me has in store, the current hit won’t be the last we hear from the young Republic Records rapper. Featured with IamSu! and 2Chainz, Sage is already well-established in the rap community and didn’t disappoint at SXSW.

Vibe Showcase // House of Vans // Nipsey Hussle 

Not only is LA native Nipsey Hussle in the rap game, but he also has garnered an extensive acting resume from 2007 to 2010 including a role in Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s I Tried as “Little Ricky.” Releasing two greatest hits albums last year, it’s appropriate that his upcoming album be named Victory Lap.

photos: Bryan Derballa

Spin Showcase // House of Vans // Angel Olsen 

The edginess and twang of 90’s female rockers has been reincarnated in Angel Olsen. Don’t be fooled by her name, though her voice may sound light and airy, she isn’t afraid to call out past lovers and admit to full-on loneliness with tracks off her new album Burn Your Fire for No Witness like “Forgiven/Forgotten” and “Hi-Five.” The recording of these tracks is an unlikely breath of fresh air from the overproduced sounds on the airwaves today. In the tiniest and most packed room, Olsen pulled off a raw, unembellished sound at our SXSW Day Party.

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens

Spin Showcase // House of Vans // Dum Dum Girls

Known for their garage punk sound over the years, Los Angeles band Dum Dum Girls’ most recent release of Too True is a stream of dreamy 80’s revival with strong vocals from frontwoman Dee Dee Penny.  Incorporating an art aesthetic to the new material, an eerie short film for “Are You Okay” (directed by Brewer) was released March 6th, a definite must-see. Their discography shows the wide variety of talent they can (and have) achieved and the new album shows true maturity, especially in the songwriting department. Taking a detour from their current Too True tour, the Dum Dum Girls hit the Spin stage at House of Vans this past Wednesday.

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens

ATC Showcase // House of Vans // Jeremiah Jae

Although labeled as a hip hop artist, don’t be too quick to discredit Jeremiah Jae’s music upbringing. Son of a jazz musician as well as an avid fan of glam rock growing up, Jae brings all his influences to the table when creating albums like Raw Money Raps and his latest Rawhyde. Jeremiah Jae brings a fresh sound to the R&B genre and electrified the ATC SXSW stage last tonight. 

Photo: Bryan Derballa

ATC Showcase // House of Vans // Band of Skulls

Beginning recording in their father’s studio back in 2008, it didn’t take long for Band of Skull’s music to pick up speed. After being featured as iTune’s Free Single of the Week followed by a place on the Twilight New Moon Saga soundtrack, the indie/garage rock band have been well-received by critics from their UK home of Southampton. 

Photo: Bryan Derballa

Windish Showcase // House Of Vans // Jungle 
The U.K.’s best kept secret last year was ready to show their faces at SXSW. For fans of Disclosure, Jungle is an electronic dance duo more concerned with making sure you hear the music than knowing what their faces look like. A Daft Punk reincarnation, if you will. But after listening to hits like the soul-infused “Busy Earnin” or the funky dance tune “Lucky I Got What I Want,” you’ll think you were transported back into the groovy days of the 60s and 70s. 
Photo: Bryan Derballa

Windish Showcase // House Of Vans // Jungle 

The U.K.’s best kept secret last year was ready to show their faces at SXSW. For fans of Disclosure, Jungle is an electronic dance duo more concerned with making sure you hear the music than knowing what their faces look like. A Daft Punk reincarnation, if you will. But after listening to hits like the soul-infused “Busy Earnin” or the funky dance tune “Lucky I Got What I Want,” you’ll think you were transported back into the groovy days of the 60s and 70s. 

Photo: Bryan Derballa

Windish Showcase // House Of Vans // Lee Fields and the Expressions

A veteran performer with a career of 43 years and counting, Lee Fields entered the R&B scene when it was just beginning. Touring and playing with the likes of Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon, and the Hip Huggers, it’s no wonder that Fields has a true passion for artistry and performing. Plus, he can totally rock those checkerboards.

Photo: Bryan Derballa