Recap: FYF 2012

We spent the weekend at LA State Historic Park for the two-day music festival. Yep, we're tired.

Tuneage // Virginia Ibarra // 09/04/12
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The crowd at the Sleigh Bells performance. By Paley Fairman
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M83 performing on the Main St...
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The term ‘Indian Summer’ doesn’t even begin to describe the heat waves that happened during the FYF two-day music festival (formerly known as the F*** Yeah Festival) this weekend, but that didn’t stop thousands of music fanatics from heading over to the Los Angeles State Historic Park to catch their favorite artists performing live. With Golden Voice acting as ringleader for the second year (yes, the same as Coachella!) we saw a variety of our favorite artists in the amazing lineup, from up-and-coming indie rock bands such as The Orwells and Papa to FOAM’s playlist-alum like The Growlers and Fidlar to popular headliners such as M83 and The Faint.

So the question is, who killed it? While it really depends who you ask, we're going with the following based on pure...well, entertainment.


Fidlar: We couldn’t understand a thing that came from Fidlar frontman Zac Carper’s mouth between songs, but we couldn’t help but to smile and giggle! The band, known for their Cali-native garage-punk style, played surprisingly early but nevertheless provided an evening worthy performance.

Future Islands: The band who killed it last year did it again! Samuel T. Herring’s intense stage presence made the crowd go wild by energetically performing his poetic song "Give Us Some Wind." We swooned.

Sleigh Bells: The flashing lights, the extremely loud beats and Alexis Krauss wildly jumping around and screaming into the audience made for an unforgettable performance.

M83: Despite a huge crowd, watching this band alone made up for the cost of the ticket! The light show was incredible, the jazzy snippets they're known for were stellar and the crowd was in unison the entire time.


Nick Waterhouse: You’ve heard the California-based musician before, you just don’t know it yet (hint: a particularly jazzy Audi commercial). Nick Waterhouse is amazingly fun to look at—a cute and talented musician who makes us want to follow him around like crazy fan girls. Our favorite song? “I Can Only Give You Everything” which pretty much sums up his performance quite literally.

Dinosaur Jr: The alternative rock band was a major attraction for all the hardcore rock fans. They only do rock and they do it so well! They ended their performance with a cover of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” and boy, did they give it a twist!

Health: Blame the The Max Payne 3 soundtrack—the audience waited all day for this band to go on and they did not disappoint!

Yeasayer: Two words: Light Show. The band—who caused cyber havoc with their internet scavenger hunt for their new album, Fragrant World—pulled off an amazing light show with prisms reflecting odd, distorting faces, all while they crooned favorites like "Henrietta" and "2080."

We can’t wait until next year for FYF. All we have to say is, F*** yeah! Check out more of our snaps on Tumblr and by following us on Instagram @foammag!

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