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05 Sep

By Malvina Rincón

FYF Fest took place over Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles. It was two days of eclectic music in the sun in one of the most musically gifted cities in the country. Despite ironic clothing choices (i.e. Hawaiian shirts) paired with equally ironic dance moves (i.e. The Running Man) from some hipsters, the audience was diverse and as warm as the weather. The DYI spirit of the festival, which has been running since 2004, did not go unnoticed as the line-up reflected how non-mainstream bands are still capable of forming interest for their music and creating legitimate fanbases. There was something for everybody and room for discovery as the following shows a sampling of what the weekend had to offer.

Day 2

(photo credit: Marcello Ambriz)

Aesop Rock

On the last day of FYF Fest, a large crowd gathered around the Hill St. stage for Aesop Rock. A hip-hop act at a primarily indie music event is almost always seen as one of two things – a breath of fresh air or a novelty act. Unfortunately for Aesop Rock, L.A. is a smoggy city and fresh air is hard to come by. The beats were catchy enough and the rhymes weren’t half bad. Yet, it all seemed too gimmicky. When you start playing games with your audience from the stage, such as “What‘s your favorite letter?” and “Let’s bring out this guy and cut his hair as we rap”, there is something other than the music that the audience is made to focus on. Perhaps it’s necessary because without the games, the audience might actually realize that they should have opted for another stage.

(photo credit: Marcello Ambriz)


The heavy metal/hardcore band veterans, Converge, seemed to please the audience at one of the smaller stages at the festival. Their bass-heavy songs had heads banging throughout their set. Main singer, Jacob Bannon has a kinetic energy. He runs from one end of the stage to the other before delivering intense vocals which impressed those in attendance. The rest of the band could not equal Bannon’s energy, yet they were literally bouncing on the stage, which fed into the audience’s energy. Surely this is a good thing.

(photo credit: Marcello Ambriz)

Against Me!

It’s always a good sign when people are literally running to a stage to see a band. I found myself doing the same as I heard the catchy beat of Against Me!’s “Don’t Lose Touch” getting louder as I neared the stage. I would like to think that it wasn’t because everybody wanted to see what the band looked like now that main singer Tommy Gabel is Laura Jane Grace, but I’m sure there were more than a few curious in the crowd.

As if reading the audience’s mind, Grace went into a new song, “True Trans Soul Rebel” that will be on the new Against Me! album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The lyrics are telling as Grace sings “You should’ve been a mother/You should’ve been a wife/You should’ve been gone from here years ago/You should be living a different life.” It’s a testament to Grace’s personal lyrics and powerful delivery. The dedicated Against Me! fans embraced the new songs the same as old classics like “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong”, which meant crowd surfing prevailed during the band’s set. The screens on either side of the stage showed the fans singing along to every single word of every song as they surfed on a wave of hands. It was a heart-warming to see Grace smile on as she witnessed that sight.

(photo credit: Marcello Ambriz)

Paul Banks

Dressed all in black, Paul Banks took the stage in one of the smaller stages at the FYF Fest. As the main singer of Interpol, it would be expected that a large stage and larger crowd would be expected. Yet, neither was the case. The crowd was a mix of people who were obviously dedicated Interpol/Paul Banks fans and those just interested in seeing what Banks outside of Interpol would sound like. There shouldn’t have been much of a surprise, since he sounds a lot like the main singer from Interpol.

Guitar in hand, Banks was confident on stage as he was backed by a talented band that brought out a much clearer energy to the songs from his debut solo album as Julian Plenti. He also treated the audience to new songs – “I’ll Sue You”, “Paid for That”, “Arise Awake”, “Over My Shoulder”, and “Young Again”. The music is broody with a hint of contentment, which was visible in the slight smiles he would give the audience. Perhaps it was the beautiful summer night that made Banks’ disposition so cheery, but for the audience, his velvety voice on set closer “Summertime is Coming” is what made the summer night majestic.

(photo credit: Marcello Ambriz)


The Brooklyn-based band has a plethora of categories in which their music can be placed, but the audience at the main stage on Sunday at FYF Fest didn’t seem too bothered. As soon as the group hit the stage, the crowd started dancing. Taking from their past and most recent albums, Yeasayer has an interesting selection to choose from to make a setlist. Main singer, Chris Keating’s vocals can range from poppy to soulful and the same can be said for the musical arrangements, as different musical genres can be found within one song. Switching vocal duties with guitarist, Anand Wilder also made for a nice change as Wilder’s vocals made some songs dreamy and added to the eclectic nature of the band’s set.

Going with the summer theme of some of the bands, Yeasayer was not left behind. The band’s “Wait for the Summer” proved to be the ultimate crowd pleaser, as it elicited big cheers from the audience. The mix of Middle Eastern and Latin rhythms with a psychedelic twist sounded much bigger in a live setting than on their debut album. The smile on singer, Chris Keating’s face could not have been wider as he continuously declared his love for Los Angeles. Before the night was over, he confessed his love once more and, perhaps swayed by the audience’s reception, he declared a love so strong for the city that he confessed to deciding to move soon. Wow, so I guess Yeasayer really is that into you L.A.

(photo credit: Marcello Ambriz)


Something must be said for a festival that makes Beirut a headliner on the last day of said festival. The guys from the band may not have even believed it themselves when asked, but such are the beautiful, eclectic workings of FYF Fest. A band like Beirut, with their melodic influence on the music scene, would not be the obvious pick for a festival to end their weekend. Most festivals aim for a big, pompous ending. Yet, this choice suited the festival perfectly and it worked like a charm.

As main singer Zach Condon took the stage and greeted the crowd, he was met with genuine cheers and the band went straight into the perfectly lovely “Santa Fe” from the band’s last album The Rip Tide. As Condon sang in his innocence-tinged voice, the lyrics could have easily been switched from Santa Fe to L.A. It seemed like a homecoming of sorts. Even though Condon’s music is very much rooted in New Mexican and gypsy influences, the L.A. audience connected with it in a very real way. I overheard a guy telling his friend “How does everybody know the words?” I wanted to turn around and tell him that not everybody knew them… but they did know them, even if they didn’t know them before. Something about the subtle way the horns come in and fill the night air as Condon sings “Well it’s been a long time, long time now” on “Nantes” made everything seem so possible, like knowing songs you didn’t know you knew before.

Beirut’s set also proved to be a first as I had never experienced an audience cheering as a tuba comes on stage (as carried by band member Ben Lanz). That’s an incredible accomplishment in itself. Making the tuba an instrument worthy of admiration is a testament to Beirut’s talent. The set consisted mostly of material that utilized the horns as the main instruments. Yet, a welcomed surprise came in “My Night with the Prostitute from Marseilles” as it broke up the setlist with something that had people, including Condon, dancing before heading into the last song, “The Gulag Orkestar”, which showcased the gypsy influence in Beirut’s music. When the set came to an end, Lanz addressed the audience and expressed something everybody that weekend was thinking: “You’re so lucky to have this festival. It’s awesome.”

Until next year FYF Fest.

21 Aug

Yeasayer performed “Longevity” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Watch it below and pick up their new album Fragrant World on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

01 Jun

Following previously announced dates in June, Yeasayer is pleased to announce the North American leg of the “Fragrant World Tour.” Starting this July, Yeasayer has scheduled performances across the U.S. and Canada, including a special show at Rumsey Playfield as a part New York City’s SummerStage concert series. Full tour dates dates below, tickets can be pre-ordered from the band here.

The expanded summer tour comes on the heels of the announcement of Fragrant World, the band’s new album due out August 21st on Secretly Canadian. Produced by the band, Fragrant World is seething with sonics that construct eleven outstanding tracks that act together and also in a solo existence. The Brooklyn trio’s first single off the album, “Henrietta,” is now available for download here and available for purchase on iTunes here, as well as at other major online retailers.

Earlier this month, the band originally sent 200 random fans physical CDs of “Henrietta” and encouraged them to share and trade the track. Yeasayer wanted the fans to experience the music first and told them so in an accompanying letter. The track went up a few days after being mailed and was picked up across the world in an organic viral method.

North American Tour Dates
6/19: Richmond, VA @ National #
6/20: Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #
6/21: Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theater #
6/22: Nashville, TN @ Cannery #
6/23: Louisville, KY @ Headliners #
6/24: Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theater #
7/31: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
8/1: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
8/2: Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
8/3: Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
8/4: Montreal, QC @ Osheaga
8/14: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
8/21: Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
8/22: Chicago, IL @ The Vic
8/24: Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
8/25: Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
8/26: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
8/27: Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
8/29: Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl
8/30: Seattle, WA @ Neptune
8/31: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
9/1: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
9/3: Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
9/5: Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
9/6: Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
9/7: New Orleans, LA @ Republic
9/8: Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
9/9: Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
9/11: Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
9/12: New York, NY @ Rumsey Playfield (Central Park SummerStage)
11/14: Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
11/16: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

# w/Delicate Steve

29 May

Yeasayer is on a sold out club tour across the nation. They played back to back nights this week at the Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater on Monday and Tuesday night. Our photographer Marcello Ambriz was at the show on Tuesday and got some cool shots of the band. Check them out below:

24 May

Yeasayer debuted their new song “Devil and the Deed” on Conan tonight.

Watch the video and pick up their current album Odd Blood on iTunes, Amazon MP3 (Only $5), CD, Vinyl

06 May

THE FLAMING LIPS are pleased to announce two very special consecutive and thematic evenings of spectacular sights and sounds under the banner of “Everyone You Know Someday Will Die,” at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA. Tues, June 14th, will feature a performance of The LIPS classic 1999 album, THE SOFT BULLETIN, in its entirety along with other sonic delights. Wed, June 15th, will feature THE LIPS interpretation of Pink Floyd’s 1973 evergreen landmark album, THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, plus assorted aural pleasures guaranteed to loosen your wig.

Two day pass tickets go on sale today: Friday, May 6th, 2pm (PDT). Single show tickets go on sale: Sat, May 7th, 2pm (PDT). Tickets are available at

Two day pass tickets are $80 each, while single show tickets are $40 each. 2 tickets per person / per household purchase limit.

Please note that a Special Ticket Bundle Fan Package will be available for $160.00, which includes a two day pass and an Exclusive Flaming Lips (life size) Gummy Skull with USB drive featuring “The Soft Bulletin: Live La Fantastique de Institution 2011″ available for this event only. These are very limited and will disappear fast. Additional info can be found by clicking on these links:

Two Day Passes

Tuesday, June 14th – The Soft Bulletin

Wednesday, June 15th – Dark Side of the Moon

In addition, THE LIPS have added yet more dates to their current summer tour. Complete list of confirmed dates are as follows:

Fri May 13 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
Sat May 14 Nelsonville Music Festival Nelsonville, OH
Sun May 15 The National Richmond, VA
Tue May 17 Fillmore Charlotte, NC
Wed May 18 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Thur May 19 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Fri May 20 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
(Special performance of “The Soft Bulletin” and more)

Sat May 21 The Hangout Festival Gulf Shores, AL
Thu May 26 Primavera Festival Barcelona, Spain
Sun May 29 Sasquatch Festival / The GorgeGeorge, WA
(Special performance of “The Soft Bulletin” and more)

Sat June 4 Forbidden Fruit Fest. Dublin, Ireland
Sat June 11 Harmony Festival / Sanoma Santa Rosa, CA
Tue June 14 Hollywood Forever Cemetery Hollywood, CA
(Special performance of “The Soft Bulletin” and more with special guest
Marnie Stern)

Wed June 15 Hollywood Forever Cemetery Hollywood, CA
(Special performance of “Dark Side Of The Moon” and more with special guest
Marnie Stern)

Fri June 17 Cosmopolitan / The Pool Las Vegas, NV
Fri- June
Sun 24-26 Dave Matthews Band Caravan Atlantic City, NJ
(LIPS to appear ONE night Only — yet TBC)

Thur June 30 Eden Project St. Austell, Cornwall, UK
Fri July 1 All Tomorrow’s London, UK
Parties/Alexandra Palace
(Special performance of “The Soft Bulletin” and more)

Sat July 2 Jodrell Bank Observatory Cheshire, UK
Tue July 5 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest Ottawa, ON, Canada
Thur July 7 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL
(Special performance of “The Soft Bulletin” and more)

Fri July 8 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL
Sat July 9 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
Sun- July
Mon 10-11 Dave Matthews Band Caravan Chicago, IL
(LIPS to appear ONE night Only performing “Dark Side Of the Moon” and more
— yet TBC)

Wed July 27 Bank Of America Pavilion Boston, MA
Thur July 28 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
(w/ Weezer & Yeasayer)

Fri July 29 Nikon and Jones Beach Wantagh, NY
(w/ Weezer & Yeasayer)

Sun July 31 Osheaga Festival Montreal, Canada
(Featuring a special performance of “The Soft Bulletin” and more)

Wed Aug 3 Red Rocks Amphitheater Morrison, CO
(w/ Primus – Special performance of “Dark Side Of The Moon” and more)

Thur Aug 4 Harrah’s Council Bluffs Council Bluffs, IA
Fri Aug 5 Kanrocksas – Kansas Speedway Kansas City, KS
Sat Aug 6 Brady District Block Party Tulsa, OK
(w/ Primus, MuteMath and more)

Sat Sep 10 Hopscotch festival Raleigh, NC
Telluride Blues & Brews
Fri Sep 16 Festival Telluride, CO
As you’ve heard via Wayne’s Coyne’s colorful tweets, the band have already released their first new studio recordings since 2009′s EMBRYONIC, beginning with the digital 12 part single, “TWO BLOBS F**KING,” released on Valentine’s Day, Feb 14th, and available on YouTube now.

A very limited edition, self-released 4-song 12″ color vinyl single followed in March and new songs with THE LIPS collaborating with Neon Indian and featuring the tracks: “Is David Bowie Dead?,” “Alan’s Theremin,” “You Don’t Respond” and “Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth Part 2.”

April saw the release of the first-ever Gummy Skull with different flavored Gummy brain inside the skull (life-sized, completely edible and weighing in at over 7lbs of chewy goodness) which houses a USB drive inside the brain with four new and exclusive songs: “Drug Chart,” “In Our Bodies, Out Of Our Heads,” “Walk With Me,” and “Hillary’s Time Machine Machine.” These are soon to be rare so check for details.

Warning! You may wish to consult a registered physician before attempting to consume several pounds of congealed corn syrup, sugar, citric acid and vegetable oil in a single serving as 29g of carbohydrates at approximately 2500 calories may cause undesirable and unhealthful results. Side effects may include: dizziness, bloating, sweating, vomiting, temporary food-induced coma-like inability to move from the sofa or floor, discoloration of the teeth or bowel movements of an unusual hue. For best recommended results, immediately place USB drive into a compatible playback device set to maximum volume. Instant boogie will ease physical discomfort and enhance a heightened sense of euphoric well-being. Good luck.

Lest we forget the April 16, Record Store Day release of: “HEADY NUGGS: THE FIRST 5 WARNER BROS. RECORDS 1992 – 2002″ comprised of the complete recordings of: HIT TO DEATH IN THE FUTURE HEAD (1992), TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE SATELLITE HEART (1993), CLOUDS TASTE METALLIC (1995), THE SOFT BULLETIN (1990), and the Grammy Award-winning, YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS (2002).

Much, much more to be revealed soon. Until then, visit:

16 Feb

The Chicago indie-rock band Smith Westerns have added some new tour dates. The band is currently in the middle of a sold out headlining club tour. Next, they’ll play a few shows with Wilco before heading out west with Yeasayer. The Smith Westerns are also confirmed to be playing at this year’s Bonnaroo Festival.

Check out all the dates below the “Weekend” video

Smith Westerns – Weekend from Fat Possum Records on Vimeo.


02/16 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret %
02/17 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe %
02/18 Boise, ID – Neurolux %
02/19 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court %
02/21 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge %
02/22 Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar %
02/23 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room %
02/24 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club %
02/25 Madison, WI – The Frequency %
02/26 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle % -SOLD OUT-
02/28 Toronto, Ontario – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern %
03/01 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa %
03/02 Boston, MA – Great Scott %
03/03 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge % -SOLD OUT-
03/04 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel %
03/05 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory % -SOLD OUT-
03/16 – 03-19 Austin, TX – SXSW
04/25 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
04/26 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
04/28 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
04/29 Raleigh, NC Kings Barcade
04/30 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
05/02 Montgomery, AL Montgomery Performing Arts Centre #
05/03 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre Mobile #
05/04 Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree !
05/05 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s
05/06 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater #
05/07 Denton, TX University of North Texas Main Auditorium #
05/08 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom #
05/11 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
05/21 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern ^
05/22 Pomona, CA The Glass House ^
05/24 Hollywood, CA The Music Box ^
05/25 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore ^
05/29 Quincy, WA Sasquatch Festival
06/03 Columbia, MO The Blue Note ^
06/06 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre ^
06/09 – 06/12 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo

# = w/ Wilco
% = w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra
! = w/ Jeff The Brotherhood
^ = w/ Yeasayer

15 Feb

Yeasayer have listed some tour dates on their website for their upcoming late spring tour. Yesterday, the band also posted a Free Valentine’s Day EP for download (via SKoA Blog via Prefix) that included a video for “I Remember” (watch it below).




MAY 25 at THE FILLMORE in SAN FRANCISCO, CA* buy tickets














JUNE 16 at 9:30 CLUB in WASHINGTON, D.C.



07 Feb

The 10th anniversary of Sasquatch! Music Festival will proudly feature:

Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse , Wilco, The Flaming Lips (performing The Soft Bulletin & more), The Decemberists, Bright Eyes, Iron & Wine, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Bassnectar, Robyn, Flogging Molly, Death From Above 1979, Pink Martini, Cold War Kids, Old 97’s, Ratatat, Wolf Parade, Chromeo, Guided By Voices, Yeasayer, Beach House, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Local Natives, Matt & Kim, Deerhunter, Mstrkrft, Trailer Park Boys, Sleigh Bells, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, Skrillex, Tokyo Police Club, Fitz & The Tantrums, !!!, Archers of Loaf, Against Me!, The Thermals, Best Coast, CSS, Surfer Blood, Jenny & Johnny, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Head & The Heart, Bonobo (DJ Set), City and Colour, Reggie Watts, K-Os, Gayngs, Tim Minchin, The Drums, The Radio Dept, Young the Giant, The Antlers, Sharon Van Etten, Villagers, Stornoway, Aloe Blacc, Black Mountain, Moondoggies, Noah & The Whale, Sam Roberts Band, Secret Sisters, Twin Shadow, Das Racist, Wye Oak, Tig Notaro, Wheedle’s Groove, Smith Westerns, Rival Schools, Foster the People, Alberta Cross, S. Carey, White Denim, Washed Out, Gold Panda, Dan Mangan, Axis of Awesome, The Globes, Cotton Jones, Jaill, Mad Rad, Basia Bulat, Other Lives, The Bronx, White Arrows, Pepper Rabbit, Talkdemonic, Rebecca Gates and The Consortium, The Young Evils, and more!

Following last year’s fastest sellout ever, record attendance and rave reviews from national media, Sasquatch adds a fourth day and celebrates its 10th year of being what SPIN hails as “a pick-your-poison selection for your party at the edge of the earth,” May 27-30 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge in Quincy, WA.

Esurance, the direct-to-consumer personal car insurance company, will return in 2011 as the title sponsor for the Sasquatch! Music Festival. A green sponsor of the event since 2007, Esurance will continue its ongoing drive toward a planet-friendly festival. Following on the success of 2010′s carpooling initiatives, the eco-conscious insurance company will again provide this year’s concertgoers with multiple ridesharing opportunities through partner Zimride. Esurance also plans to implement new programs aimed at maximizing the concert experience for music lovers, while continuing to promote a more sustainable event.

After a successful 2010 partnership with Sasquatch, Honda returns for 2011 with the Honda Bigfoot Stage and Honda Zone. The Honda Zone will feature the all-new Civic along with the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe. The Honda Zone will be an attraction offering festival goers activities and prizes. Additionally, Sasquatch’s carbon offsets will be provided by Honda through Carbon Harmony.

11 Aug

Here’s Yeasayer’s Lollapalooza performance .


1. Tightrope
2. Wait for summer
3. Rome
4. 2080
5. Grizelda
6. Sunrise
7. O.N.E.
8. Mondegreen
9. Madder Red
10. Ambling Alp