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Fun Fun Fun Fest (Dan)

November 6, 2015

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It’s Fun Fun Fun weekend! This is the 10th year of the festival and the eighth year I’ll be attending. With three festival days plus four “Nites” of shows there is a shitload of great bands to choose from this weekend. I’ll be spending the majority of my time at the Black and Orange stages but with FFF, there is no wrong way to go. All stages and each day are stacked with great bands and artists. Here are a few of my recommendations:

Friday:
Mikal Cronin

Creepoid
Future Death
Parquet Courts
OBN III’s

Saturday:
A Giant Dog

Joanna Gruesome
Speedy Ortiz
Fuzz

Sunday:
together PANGEA

Crooked Bangs

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Show Of The Week

November 4, 2015

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This week I’m cheating and counting Fun Fun Fun Fest as the “show” of the week.  Sorry not sorry!

During the day head down to the fest and see SOTO favs like Chvrches, Future Islands, Toro y Moi, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong, Parquet Courts, Doomtree, Speedy Ortiz, Slow Magic, Joanna Gruesome, Bill Callahan, A Giant Dog, Tele Novella and tons more, and then bounce out of the park in the evening and go engage in the FFF Nites shows (see down below for recommendations).  Passes on sale now.  Do it.

Below are my Laird-approved FFF Nites shows!  You will more than likely find me at one or all of them every night, so be sure to say hello.  By the way, don’t forget that if you have a FFF pass, you get in for free!

Thursday:
- Slow Magic, Giraffage, Daktyl, Bayonne, Slooom at the Parish
- King Khan & BBQ Show, The Bad Lovers at The Sidewinder
- Converge, Nothing, Creepoid, Cult Leader at the Mohawk

Friday:
- Fuzz, Mikal Cronin, OBN III’s at the Mohawk
- Title Fight, Alex G, Girlpool at 611 E. 7th St. (Red 7)
- La Dispute, Pity Sex, Wildhoney, Joanna Gruesome at 611 E. 7th St. (Red 7)

Saturday:
- Future Islands, Alvvays, Moving Panoramas at The Sidewinder
- Viet Cong, Future Death, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes at The Sidewinder
- Fucked Up, OFF!, Mutoid Man at 611 E. 7th St. (Red 7)

Sunday:
- Doomtree, Har Mar Superstar, Protextor at The Sidewinder
- Parquet Courts, NOTS at the Parish
- Speedy Ortiz, Think No Think at 611 E. 7th St. (Red 7)

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The Julie Ruin (Dan)

October 16, 2013

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Now that ACL is over and we all survived (I hope), it’s time to look forward to the next music extravaganza – Fun Fun Fun Fest! You probably haven’t looked at the full schedule yet, but when you do, highlight the set times for The Julie Ruin. I pinky promise that you will NOT be disappointed.

The group is lead by Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill and Le Tigre), one of the most fascinating figures in punk rock history. She has been a role model and inspiration for bands from Nirvana to Sleater-Kinney to Pussy Riot. In March a new documentary on Hanna premiered at SXSW. The Punk Singer chronicles her enormous influence on the riot grrl movement, her activism, her marriage to Adam Horovitz (a.k.a. Ad-Rock) of the Beastie Boys, and her battle with late stage Lyme disease.

Hanna’s fight against Lyme disease ended Le Tigre and forced her to take significant time off from music. Fortunately, she is healthy again and back with a new band. Last month The Julie Ruin released their oh-so-excellent new record, Run Fast. It’s a fascinating blend of tracks which are raucous, a little messy, and always fun. It features sing-along tracks like Oh Come On (one of my favorite tracks of the year), Party City and Stop Stop as well as a sweet summer jam (South Coast Plaza). It possesses the punk rock attitude you’d expect from Hanna and it’s hard not to love such a quirky and entertaining album. And as great as they sound on record, they are even better live. Just one more reason to snatch your tickets for Fun Fun Fun Fest while you can.

:The Julie Ruin – Oh Come On:

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Happy Metal Fun Fun Fun Time (Chuck)

November 1, 2012

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I didn’t get to do an ACL Fest preview for you this year, because they suck and have no metal in their lineup. I guess the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cannibal Corpse don’t usually play together, but then again that is the essence of this weekend’s Fun Fun Fun Fest 7. Weird collisions of music on several different stages all mashed into one festival, last year SLAYER headlined and this year Run DMC, totally insane.

I enjoy this snarky little festival of cool more than any other I have ever attended. The audience listens to live music regularly, they don’t just go to a festival every year, they go out every week and listen to music. It creates a completely different atmosphere of enjoyment that no other ‘fest’ has been able to emulate. So this month’s playlist are the bands I am focusing on the primarily metal Black stage. Some new music from Converge and BTBAM and favorites from Refused and Tomahawk, hope you enjoy!

:Between The Buried And Me – Extremophile Elite:
:Valient Thorr – Red Flag:
:Converge – Coral Blue:
:Turbonegro – Every Body Loves A Chubby Dude:
:Kvelertak – Nekroskop:
:Torche – Roaming:
:Municipal Waste – Mind Eraser:
:Tomahawk – God Hates A Coward:
:Napalm Death – More Than Meets The Eye:
:The Sword – Apocryphon:
:Pallbearer – Devoid Of Redemption:
:Refused – Refused Are Fuckin Dead:
:Red Fang – Prehistoric Dog:

Chuck hosts NO CONTROL Radio every Friday on 101.5 KROX in Austin, and he programs an HD2 stream of pure metal. Feel free to get in touch with him via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.

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The Midgetmen (Album Premiere)

October 30, 2012

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The Midgetmen are one of those Austin bands that you just have to love.  They work hard, they play loud, and they’re just as quick to mock your existence as they are to support it.  If you ask me, those are all great traits to have for just regular life, but they’re perfect if you plan on covering (and officially recording) all of Weird Al’s Dare To Be Stupid.  Do people even cover parody albums?  Why again is this happening?

Because why the hell not, that’s why.

That’s long been the Midgetmen’s approach to everything, and their little cover adventure has put the slop-punk act in a damn good spot.  They’ll be kicking off Fun Fun Fun Fest on the Yellow Stage at 11:50am this Friday, and all of Dare To Be Stupid is debuting here at Side One Track One.  One of those actually matters, but who’s counting.

Now, before you move on to checking out the album there’s a few things I need you to do.

1) Turn the volume on your speakers way up.

2) Open a beer.

3) Download the title track and sneak it into every mix from here out.

4) Open another beer.

5) Read Midgetmen bassist/vocalist Marc Perlman’s Dare To Be Stupid ramble.

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The Midgetmen always knew we’d turn into a huge successful festival band, similar to Widespread Panic where tens of thousands of lily white Americans with little rhythmic skills would awkwardly sway and twirl to our tunes. It just happened to take us a full decade, yet we still don’t have a tune with any redeeming rhythmic qualities. We’ve spent the better part of 2012 learning (and The Midgetmen always use the word “learning” in the loosest manner possible) all of Weird Al’s Dare To Be Stupid, recording it, and then re-learning it for Fun Fun Fun Fest and we’re flattered that anyone would actually be awake early enough on a Friday morning to come watch the spectacle. And playing on the “comedy stage”? A wiser man than us once said that it’s all comedy. And he was correct.

The dozens of people who have paid attention to our modest attempts at this “being in a band” thing over the past decade know that The Midgetmen don’t really like to half ass things even if we’re in it just for free beers and a fun time. We could have spent way more time on the recording of Dare To Be Stupid to get the vocals better, the rhythm tracks like a metronome, and the mic placement perfect but does anyone actually want The Midgetmen’s version of Chinese Democracy? (Don’t answer that, because we’ve got to leave something in the tank for year #20) What we’ve recorded — the entirety of Dare To Be Stupid capped by a self parodying medley of our own songs called Hooked On Beer in a nod to Weird Al’s Hooked On Polka — seems like the perfect way to cap 10 years of free beer and musical stupidity: It’s a thank you to ourselves and our fans.

Yes, we just thanked ourselves. Before we thanked you.

Just wait for year #11, #15, and #20.

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:The Midgetmen – Dare To Be Stupid:

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10 Artists You Need To See At Fun Fun Fun Fest

October 29, 2012

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Fun Fun Fun Fest takes over Auditorium Shores this weekend, and I’m pumped.  Like every year, the festival is packed with a large variety of acts that must been seen.  Refused, Santigold, Explosions In The Sky, Run DMC – these are just a few of the big names that will be delighting the masses.  As I noted, though, the lineup is stacked, and that means there will also be quite a bit of good music going on during the afternoon.  Below you’ll find the 10 bands that I think you should head out early to see.  Enjoy.

PS – Tickets are still available!  Also, the FFF Nites are going to be killer.  Check out the list of acts here.  The shows are free if you have a Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband.

Japandroids

Celebration Rock is quite possibly the best rock release of the year, and I know these two guys put on a great show.  Combine those two things with the rowdy attitude (from the artist and the crowd) that tends to come with the Black Stage, and it’s possible that the world will catch on fire.  I can’t wait to see what happens.

:Japandroids – The Nights Of Wine And Roses:

Japandroids play the Black Stage at 4:20pm on Sunday.

Icona Pop

This pop duo put out one of the year’s catchiest tracks, and they’re riding a fairly large wave of buzz.  Time to see if they’re worth all the attention.  I’m hoping they are, as it could make for a really entertaining show.

:Icona Pop – I Love It:

Icona Pop play the Blue Stage at 1:50pm on Friday.

Bleached

I saw this band at SXSW, and I came away fairly impressed.  Their sound is of the simple, straightforward retro pop variety, but they work it and put on an upbeat show that will surely play well amongst the chaos of Fun Fun Fun Fest.

:Bleached – Searching Through The Past:

Bleached play the Orange Stage at 2:10pm on Sunday.

Fidlar

This list isn’t in any particular order, but if it was I’d probably put Fidlar near the top of it.  They’ve released so many good songs in 2012, and I must hear them all live.  Or, if anything, I at least want to hold a drink high in the air as the band plays Cheap Beer.

:Fidlar – Cheap Beer:

Fidlar play the Black Stage at 1:05pm on Friday.

Baauer

To be honest, I don’t know much about this act.  I can only say that Harlem Shake is one hell of a banger, and I have to see how the crowd handles it.  I predict a dance party that will be spoken of for years to come.

:Baauer – Harlem Shake:

Baauer plays the Blue Stage at 1:45pm on Sunday.

Yellow Ostrich

This band has been mentioned so many times around here that I’m sure you already had plans to see them.  RIGHT?  If for some crazy reason you didn’t, be sure to go.  They have a large handful of stellar songs in their repertoire, and I always find their live sets to be very good.

:Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner:

Yellow Ostrich play the Orange Stage at 12:30pm on Friday.

Fang Island

I’ve been wanting to see these guys play for a long time.  Their recorded stuff is full of energy, and they seem like a band that will own the festival setting and do something fun.

:Fang Island – Asunder:

Fang Island play the Orange Stage at 1:35pm on Sunday.

The Helio Sequence

I imagine that many of you are already very aware of the Helio Sequence, but they’re playing so early in the day that I wanted to make sure to highlight them.  Also, their latest album, Negotiations, is a good one, and I can’t wait to hear the new songs live.

:The Helio Sequence – Hall Of Mirrors:

The Helio Sequence play the Orange Stage at 2:10pm on Saturday.

Astronautalis

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this guy twice, and both times I wanted to find him after his set and give him the best high five possible.  He’s an absolute blast, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he came out of Fun Fun Fun Fest with a new legion of fans.

:Astronautalis – Dimitri Mendeleev:

Astronautalis plays the Blue Stage at 4:55pm on Friday.

Torche

I’ve grown to like Torche because of their most recent album, Harmonicraft.  They do catchy, anthemic metal tunes that are fun to sing-a-long to, and I expect they’ll make for a nice change of pace on the Black Stage.

:Torche – Letting Go:

Torche play the Black Stage at 2:15pm on Friday.

HONORABLE MENTION – The Midgetmen

Because sometimes the world is just crazy enough that covering Weird Al’s Dare To Be Stupid will land you a spot at a large festival.  Nailed it!  I’m super excited for these local guys to be playing (and kicking off, actually) Fun Fun Fun Fest.  I’ve seem them do the aforementioned covers before, and they’re actually pretty good.

On a related note, tomorrow I’ll be premiering a downloadable track and a full stream of the Midgetmen’s cover of Dare To Be Stupid!  Be sure to drop by and check it out.

The Midgetmen play the Yellow Stage on Friday at 11:50am.

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