Posted in music | pictures on August 26, 2014

photos by Adela Loconte

The Strokes / Grimes / Boris
FYF Fest 2014
FYF Fest 2014
FYF Fest 2014

[Slowdive's] entire audience appears to be holding its breath, immersed in the British shoegaze band's ocean of sound. The three guitarists--Neil Halstead, Christian Savill, and Rachel Goswell--are urged on by the warm throb of Nick Chaplin's bass and the vigorous drumming of Simon Scott. It's a relief to hear a drummer at the festival who isn't playing in boring old 4/4. Goswell, resplendent in a silver dress and smiling shyly, sings the hook to "Crazy for You," its circular guitar figure still captivating 20 years later. Unfortunately, her pretty voice sounds paper thin in the mix of "Machine Gun" but the reverb-y guitars sound great. During "Souvlaki Space Station," left-handed Savill plays a solo in which his slide guitar sighs as if in post-coital bliss.

One wonders whether most of these teens and twentysomethings have any idea who Slowdive is. After all, the band broke up--or, more accurately morphed into Mojave 3--when many of the attendees were in diapers. Is Slowdive cashing in on the reunion dollar or will they produce new material? One hopes for the latter. The band's multiple guitargasms are indescribably majestic and beautiful. The five-piece doesn't take the opportunity to play "Visions of LA," but "Alison" and a cover of Syd Barrett's "Golden Hair" end the set on a highpoint. Before they depart, Goswell announces they'll be back in November. Can't wait. [Under the Radar]

LA's 2014 FYF Fest went down over the weekend (Saturday, 8/23 & Sunday, 8/24) with a killer lineup that included Phoenix, The Strokes, Interpol, Grimes, Slowdive, Slint, The Blood Brothers, Future Islands, Against Me!, Ty Segall, Boris, Run the Jewels, Darkside, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Haim, Murder City Devils, Four Tet, The Bronx, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Joanna Gruesome, Angel Olsen and many more. We've got pictures of a handful of the bands from both days, in this post.

More pics, with a stream of a new song by rapper Kosha Dillz where he namedrops 60 bands that played FYF, below...

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DAY 1 (Saturday)

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Connan Mockasin

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Slint

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Real Estate

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Albert Hammond Jr.

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Future Islands

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Julian Casablancas

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Interpol

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Boris

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Grimes

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Phoenix

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DAY 2 (Sunday)

Joanna Gruesome

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Kindness

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Presidents of the United States of America

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The Bronx

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Blood Orange

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Murder City Devils

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Haim

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The Strokes

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Comments (29)

Why is that chick against literacy?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 5:55 PM

uh who is that dude in the last three pictures--- certainly not julian casablancas....

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 5:57 PM

Heard it was a complete shit show... Glad I didn't attend that clusterfuck..

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 6:20 PM

GRIMES was there! Damn.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 6:40 PM

No pictures of the massive line? Some people waited 2-3 hours to get in on Saturday. One of the (indoor) stages was closed off due to capacity.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 6:41 PM

Nice shirts, Julian.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 6:52 PM

5:57 - Yeah...looks like the singer of Deafheaven.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 7:13 PM

5:55 - I'm sure it says "illiteracy" but you can't see all the letters. Personally, I wish she was wearing no shirt at all. Wowza!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 7:17 PM

Thank you, BV, for not sending one of your shitty photographers to Sleep last night. They are beyond annoying, and would have been creemed in the pit, gear smashed, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 10:25 PM

M O R E

G R I M E S

P I C S

M O T H E R F U C K E R S.

I' M

N O T

A S K I N',

I' M

T E L L I N'.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 10:59 PM

julian looks terrible...absolutely terrible

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 11:06 PM

The Strokes have always sucked, kids. Always.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 11:57 PM

I'm no Grimes sympathizer, but at least she wore that Tar Sands shirt. A solid move.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:38 AM

Totally neglected Todd Terje -> Caribou two best sets of the weekend

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:42 AM

Spencer shaved his beard, the power has been lost!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 8:50 AM

GRIMES lookin' fierce. And adorbs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 9:13 AM

spencer is almost unrecognizable without his beard. also he looks thin.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 9:57 AM

Grimes looking cute....

If you're into used up heroine addicts

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:14 AM

looks like Grimes stole the show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:24 AM

Too bad there's no mention of Built to Spill, the best live act on this bill. They shred over campy garbage like Kindness and Connan Mockasin.

Blood Orange guy looks like an extra from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air or Different World. It's fascinating how popular the Strokes still are, collectively and individually. Goes to show what one classic record will do for you. Set these dudes up for life.

Looking forward to checking out Slowdive in the Fall.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:40 AM

^ racist fuck

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:51 AM

Thanks for the photos of the snack bar. Seems like the FYF was well stocked with Phyto-Nutrients

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:05 PM

I dunno 11:51... kind of agree that his get-ups are 80's sitcom ridiculous and there's nothing racist about that. The PC police need to chill. On a lighter note, that babe from Joanna Gruesome looks fantastic in these shots.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:08 PM

Caribou was terrible and Built to Spill was pretty boring. The real missing pictures are of The Blood Brothers and Deafheaven.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 2:19 PM

11:40 = 1:08

dude, there are not that many people reading BV these days, at least change the way you write (yes, it's that obvious)

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 3:19 PM

lol blood orange guy does look like a jig from any rando 1990 nbc sitcom

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 5:22 PM

Haha 2:19 you just outed yourself as having terrible taste in music

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 5:30 PM

Loving Haim! They're fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2014 4:31 PM

Julian is the greatest. You idiots are jealous.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2014 11:29 AM

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