Los Angeles‘ FYF Festival has had the indie music scene hooked since origins in 2004. This year the festival has lured some sick names and up-and-coming performers for the 2014 festival. Bigger acts like The Strokes, Pheonix, Haim, and Blood Orange are exepected, along with more experimental artists like Jamie xx, Flying Lotus, Darkside, and Kelela. About 20,000 music lovers will link up at the LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park for FYF on August 23rd and 24th. Since every musical festival has more acts than any one person can sort through every name, FDRMX has put together of some of the coolest acts heading to the West Coast. Scroll through and add your suggestion in the comment section below.
This one’s kinda special, considering it’s one of Darkside’s last performances as a duo. Darkside is the psychedellic duo of guitarist Dave Harrington and electronic producer Nicolas Jaar. When they teamed up as Darkside, they created one of last year’s best albums Psychic, and routinely delivered jaw-dropping live shows, so they’re definitely worth checking out. You can listen to their latest release “What They Say” here for a taste.
Marc Demarco is worth checking out, in part just because he’s a weird dude, and you never know what he’ll pull onstage. He never takes himself too seriously, which FDRMX witnessed at the 4Knots Festival this summer. On top of this, his sophomore effort was positively received, his world tour is selling out, and songs like “Blue Boy” are perfect for an end of summer festival vibe.
Jamie xx is the mastermind behind The XX’s moody production, and has blossomed into a respected solo producer, though he has yet to release a full LP. He’s impressed critics and fans this year with a handful of tracks released through Young Turks (also home to rising star FKA Twigs). Singles like “Sleep Sound” (with this creative music video) and “All Under One Roof Raving” are easily some of our favorite electronic releases of 2014 this far.
Kelela’s momentum continues to build since her stunning debut mixtape “Cut 4 Me” earlier this year. We’ve seen her perform live, and can vouch for her soulful vocals and love for the audience. As an LA native, she’s likely to give a heartfelt performance. Her entire mixtape is available for free download here, and is definitely worth a listen.
Daphni is better known as Caribou. Daphni serves a moniker for the the more dance-orientated electronic music from the producer. We honestly don’t understand why he feels the need to go by two names, but his talent is undeniable and many of Daphni’s tracks are infectious and innovative rhythms. Our favorite so far is “Yes, I Know,” a pulsating electronic track with an incredible bassline, which you can listen to here.
To state the obvious, it’s also absolutely worth seeing The Strokes and Pheonix. Most won’t need any convincing; they both have reps for consistently awesome live performances at festivals like this year’s Governor’s Ball in New York. The festival goes down on the weekend of August 23rd and 24th at LA Sports Arena And Exposition Park.