Posted in music | pictures on September 6, 2011

photos by Nathanael Turner

Descendents
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Punk rock long ago transcended class, age, gender and ethnicity to become a signifier not necessarily of outward rebellion but of the symbolic, crazy-on-the-inside variety. That sense of internal defiance continues to permeate the entire underground and has become a secret handshake that united not only the artists who made traditional-ish punk rock over the course of 10 hours of the FYF -- the Descendents, No Age, Off! among them -- but from a wildly divergent cast of in-yer-face artists including beat makers Nosaj Thing and Dan Deacon, the deeply sensual, self-referential house music of New York's Chromatics and Glass Candy, and the catchy, arena-aspirant bands like Broken Social Scene.

"It's a punk rock festival. That means we're going to play ... in the wrong key," declared Guided by Voices singer Robert Pollard during his band's sturdy, hook-infused rock set featuring acrobatic kicks, monster choruses and a sexy girl delivering between-song lighted cigarettes to guitarist Mitch Mitchell.

But Pollard missed the point. As anyone who roamed downtown's Los Angeles State Historic Park on Saturday could see, punk no longer means inept, either on a musical or festival level. It means being inspired and maybe a little irrational, like festival founders Sean Carlson, Phil Hoelting and Keith Morris. It means realizing strengths and weaknesses. It means pushing at the edges like L.A.-based instrumental Nosaj Thing, who fused the deep, penetrating bass of dubstep with touches of skewed Aphex Twin breakbeat rhythms to create architecturally sophisticated sound structures as solid as they were abrasive. Or it means setting up gear in the crowd like electronic/serialist/rhythmatist Deacon to make sounds so driving and strobing that the level of crowd surfing reached Nirvana-like proportions. [LA Times]

You saw the Future Islands shots. Here are some more of a bunch of the acts that played FYF Fest in LA on Saturday (9/3). No Dead Milkmen, Kid Dynamite or Guided By Voices, but a bunch of other stuff below...

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Comments (20)

first! assholes

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 8:28 PM

there are more pics of the crowd than of the bands.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 8:36 PM

yeah, these pics are horrible

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 8:57 PM

i hope girls are great live i'm going to see them on the 23rd

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 9:00 PM

So stoked for Descendants on the east coast....

Posted by blag | September 6, 2011 10:45 PM

oh shit, descendants at roseland is sold the fuck out! glad i got my ticket :)

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 10:54 PM

8:28 PM has a fist up his asshole? Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 11:44 PM

Just so the crowd knows, those dust clouds of sandy dirt are actually virus's dropped from govt. helicopters so enjoy it while you can kids. Its part of the MK reunion project.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 11:47 PM

Descendents in Philly is gonna be dope.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 11:56 PM

No ... punk means being inept.

Posted by Fuck Punk | September 7, 2011 1:54 AM

W#hen I was really young there was something a little scary about going to shows or bars full of punks. You look at the sea of tools at this show and it's hard to do anything but laugh at them.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 2:26 AM

really really wanted to fly out for this.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 2:46 AM

Is the Girls singer wearing pajamas?

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 7:38 AM

weak

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 9:16 AM

There was a couple of people with giraffe masks on. Cause thats what kinda party it was. It was funk-freaky like that.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 9:28 AM

SCENE STYLE REPORT!

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 9:44 AM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/fyfest/2011/133.jpg

This kid is pointing towards where his mom is picking him up

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 11:09 AM

DILGCENDENTS

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 1:36 PM

Two Door Cinema Club is playing the Studio at Webster Hall on 9/14

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 2:43 PM

I want to go.

Posted by Greg | February 10, 2014 7:37 PM

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