FYF Fest 2013 Day Two Recap: My Bloody Valentine Battle Sound Issues, Baroness Bounce Back + More
On Sunday (Aug. 25), the second and final day of FYF Fest 2013, many fans on hand for the L.A. event fell into one of two camps. First, there were those that pretty much only cared about My Bloody Valentine, playing SoCal for the first time since 2009 and promoting one of the year’s most talked-about albums. Then, there were those that didn’t care about MBV — or at least didn’t care enough to stay out until 1AM on a work night.
As for which side was right, well, that’s a matter of who you ask. MBV’s sound crapped out three times, and some fans were angry about beer being cut off at 10:30PM, before the legendary sheogazers even started playing. Even so, some insist the set was a transcendental experience. One thing everyone can agree on, however, is that FYF Fest ran smoother this year than ever before. The event sold out, and were it not for a dust problem, there would have been almost nothing to complain about. Scroll down for photos and a recap of Sunday’s highlights.
Best Hair (Updated):
After Saturday, we awarded “best hair” honors to Chaz from Toro Y Moi, but Solange’s Lisa Simpson-esque styling was funky and fun and arguably better. Even with the crazy ‘do, the charming young singer looked as beautiful as she would’ve with a more conservative cut. Solange’s acts is half built on her style and stage presence, and since she’s so damn likable, folks on the fence about her songs are likely to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Comeback of the Year: Baroness
MGMT would win this award at any other festival, as the band people seem to love to hate was actually quite pleasant in their sub-headlining slot. They displayed a colorful light and projection system, enlisted Henry Winkler to play cowbell and served up most of their hits, including ‘Time to Pretend’ and ‘Electric Feel,’ which went over well with the skeptical audience. But Baroness, who missed last years fest after a near-fatal bus accident that caused months of cancellations, are back to full strength as performers, and they absolutely crushed their sunset slot in front of a supportive audience. A metal band for people with less extreme tastes, Baroness performed as if they’re more aware of life’s precarious balance, and they left all of their energy on the stage.
Most Likely to Succeed: How to Dress Well
This one could have gone to Beach House, whose popularity is immense, or even Chelsea Wolfe, who managed to make personal, cerebral songs work in the summer heat. But How to Dress Well is remarkable in the live setting, where mastermind Tom Krell’s songs lose much of their studio gimmickry and become regular old songs. And it turns out his regular old songs are pretty incredible. Krell sings with real emotion and guts, unafraid of missing a note. It’s refreshing to see, and that’s why the crowd gets behind him rather than standing around with arms crossed.
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