Another festival runneth over, this time bringing a slew of acts from the FYF Fest in LA (August 24 and 25) to Las Vegas. And unlike with Coachella's spillover, there's no overlap with the fest itself, so you won’t even have to pick between the two. Here’s the breakdown:
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
If you missed this gig—or if you want to relive Karen O’s crazy—check out our review and photos here. Monday, August 19, Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool.
The Georgia boys drew acclaim across the board for their latest release Monomania, but it’s their live shows—full of unpredictable antics from frontman Bradford Cox and lots of big, reverb-heavy guitar—that truly set them apart from scuzzy indie-rock brethren. Thursday, August 22, Hard Rock Cafe (Strip).
Fans of earnest ’90s indie rock shouldn’t be disappointed by these upstate New Yorkers . Their sweet, power chord-laced garage pop borrows from fellow FYF artists The Breeders, with some touches of Blue Album-era Weezer thrown in for good measure. Thursday, August 22, Backstage Bar & Billiards.
They probably won’t play “Kids,” but there will be plenty of other synth-happy psych-rock jams for you to get down to, including some tunes off of their upcoming self-titled third album. Monday, August 26, Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool.
They call Ernest Greene’s dreamy synth-pop “chillwave” for a reason, and even on a hot night in Downtown Vegas, it’ll be hard not to feel like you’re at the beach kicking back to tracks from his latest record, Paracosm. Just close your eyes and feel the breeze. Tuesday, August 27, Beauty Bar.
The prog-metal heroes round out Vegas’ FYF mini-fest. The band made headlines last year after they were nearly killed in a horrific bus crash, but there’s far more to them than that. Read on in our interview with them. Wednesday, August 28, Backstage Bar & Billiards.