Los Angeles’ FYF Fest goes down this weekend at L.A. State Historic Park, and the short-and-sweet two day festival’s blessed with one of the best fest lineups this summer, and stages named after the characters from HBO’s iconic “Sex and the City.” You can still get tickets, so start considering taking this weekend off, taking the car for a tune-up, and driving down to California. We won’t see you at this one, but couldn’t resist giving you a handful of recommendations. Be warned – there are some heart-rendering conflicts ahead, because we love every band on this bill like we love breathing.
3:20-3:55 Waxahatchee @ Miranda Stage
Kicking off your weekend with a Saturday afternoon set from Waxahatchee allows you plenty of time a pre-fest brunch, sure, but it’s also the perfect way to ease into the festival spirit. Plus, we think it’s kinda perfect that Katie Crutchfield and her band will take to the stage named after SATC’s most sarcastic, witty character.
4-4:30 Metz @ Charlotte Stage
OR Mikal Cronin @ Carrie Stage
The first of many conflicts FYF serves up this weekend is the one between Metz and Mikal Cronin, and what you choose kind of depends on how you like your rock music. If you like it sunny-side-up and possibly with a side of Ty Segall, you should probably check out Ty collaborator and garage-pop maestro Cronin’s set, but if you aren’t too hot to mosh, Metz is a must.
5-5:45 Ty Segall @ Charlotte Stage
Everyone should see Ty Segall once in their lives, and as a bonus he’ll probably play some stuff from his new record Sleeper with his always-great band. Life hack: if you skipped Mikal Cronin’s set in favor of Metz’s, you’ll probably get to see him play bass here.
6:30-7:25 The Breeders @ Carrie Stage
Yeah, we know this is at the same time as Toro Y Moi’s set on the Charlotte Stage, but you definitely have to see the Breeders play their 1993 classic Last Splash in full. Not only is it one of the best alt-rock records ever, we’ve heard glowing reviews of the band’s twentieth anniversary live shows.
7:55-8:45 Deerhunter @ Carrie Stage
Just camp out in front of the Carrie Stage for a while, because Deerhunter’s up next, and you never, ever, ever want to miss an opportunity to see any of Bradford Cox’s bands, if only because you never know when you’ll get an hour-long cover of “My Sharona.” Also, Deerhunter’s just a great band who made one of our favorite records of 2013 so far; we wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to see them play it.
8:45-9:30 Thee Oh Sees @ Miranda Stage
OR Dan Deacon @ Charlotte Stage
Whatever happens, you’re gonna be doing a lot of cathartic dancing and sweating between 8:45 and 9:30. It just depends if you want to do it to Dan Deacon’s brilliant array of weird sounds and interpretive dance instruction, or to Thee Oh Sees’ brain-melting psych onslaught.
9:15-10:10 TV on the Radio @ Carrie Stage
The late-evening lineup on the Carrie Stage seems to just be The Best American Rock Bands Around Right Now Show, so you’re gonna want to wander back for TV on the Radio.
10:45-midnight Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Carrie Stage
You could try and see Death Grips on the Miranda Stage, but they probably wouldn’t show up, so stick with the more reliable Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who are probably more fun anyway.
3:15-3:45 Fear of Men @ Charlotte Stage
Again, the festival’s left you time for brunch, so down some bloody Mary’s and let’s get going, with a sure-to-be-great afternoon set from Fear of Men, one of our favorite up-and-coming guitar bands.
3:35-4:20 Mac Demarco @ Miranda Stage
Mac Demarco’s another dude whose performances you just don’t want to pass up in case he does something crazy. But saying you should only be psyched for his inevitable antics is unfair – Demarco’s assembled a talented, fun band, and their music will fit perfectly under the afternoon L.A. sun.
5:20-6 How to Dress Well @ Samantha’s Tent
OR Kurt Vile @ Carrie Stage
These two are like apples and oranges, so it’s hard to recommend one over the other – if you feel like carrying over your lackadaisical sunny buzz from Mac Demarco, stick with Kurt; if you feel like pretending you’re in a dark club, hit up Samantha’s Tent for a set from How to Dress Well.
6:05-6:45 No Age @ Charlotte Stage
Local boys No Age just put out a fantastic new record, An Object, so this set’s sure to be nuts. Wear close-toed shoes, shove up front, and sing along.
7:10-8 !!! @ Charlotte Stage
Stick with Charlotte to recover from No Age’s set with !!!, who will also be delivering new material from their 2013 record THR!!!ER. They’re probably the best live dance-punk band in the game, so you’ll want to check it out for sure.
8-8:50 Beach House @ Carrie Stage
It’ll be a bit of a shock to the system, but head on over to the Carrie Stage after !!! for Beach House’s yearning, beautiful, super-chill jams to wind down your evening.
9:20-10:35 MGMT @ Carrie Stage
AND/OR Omar Souleyman @ Samantha’s Tent
AND/OR Les Savy Fav @ Miranda Stage
AND/OR Solange @ Charlotte Stage
Voila, FYF’s most impossible decision – do you stick around post-Beach House for MGMT, who will likely play a set heavy on the new material? Do you wander over to Samantha’s Tent to see Syrian techno king Omar Souleyman? Do you head over to the Miranda Stage to see Les Savy Fav, the New York dance-punk group whose live show is legendary? Or do you hit up the Charlotte Stage for a set from Solange, who’s assembled a talent-packed band to perform her new material? Carrie Bradshaw would say to follow your heart.
10:45-midnight My Bloody Valentine @ Carrie Stage
Thank god MBV are closing the festival, because after this, it’ll be hard for you to hear anything anyone says to you at work on Monday. Regardless, the shoegaze pioneers set’s an absolute must-see.