Fun Fest Interviews: Ex-Cult

unnamedIt’s really hard to believe, but Fun Fest is just a short two weeks away now and it’s time to start doing some prep work.  As usual, we’ll be offering up some interviews, band previews, tips, photos, and anything else we stir up on our crazy minds.  Today we shall begin our coverage with a quick interview spotlighting Memphis punk band Ex-Cult.  We’ve been fans of this band for awhile so naturally we’re excited for this one.  Follow the jump for interview.

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Video Premiere: Spider Bags

10_700_700_521_spiderbags_900pxSpider Bags put out an incredibly underrated album entitled Frozen Letter this August on Merge.  Some great tracks are hidden in there, including this one called “Summer of ’79”.  Many of you may have heard the tune before, but today I’m excited to be premiering a video for the rockin’ song.  It’s a live version of the track so you can see and hear the band in all it’s punk rock stylin’ glory.  Follow the jump for video.

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FFF9 & Nites Schedule Is Live

en-iphone-portrait-screen3_74_png_185x500_q85Iffin’ you have Android or teh Apples, you can now download the FFF Fest app. The Schedule is up now and you can start arguing over what bands will tear your posse apart.

We also now know what will be on the menu for fest goers; Austin’s Pizza, Bananarchy, Black Sheep Lodge + Haymaker, Burro Cheese Kitchen, Cazamance, Chi’Lantro, Frank, JuiceLand, Kebabalicious, Mighty Bird, Skull & Cakebones, Tamale House East, The Salt Lick, Tiff’s Treats, Vegan Yacht, and Whole Foods.

Head to the App Store or Google Play or the FFF9 website for the stare and compare.

The Nites Are Free!

Nites_Poster2014Fun Fun Fun Fest has announced the Nites lineup. Free to all wristband holders, with the USP folks getting to cut lines.

This year’s lineup features: Dinosaur Jr., MSTRKRFT, Guided By Voices, Foxygen, Mineral, Rocket From The Crypt, Meat Puppets, Angel Olsen, Courtney Barnett, Dum Dum Girls, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Octopus Project, Gorilla Biscuits, Deafheaven, Blood Brothers, Metz, Pallbearer, Negative Approach, The Dictators NYC, King Tuff, Sick of It All, Iceage, Knapsack, Gardens & Villa, Z-Trip, Majical Cloudz, 7 Seconds, Tinariwen, Forward (Japan), Power Trip, Bob Moses, Iron Reagan, MC Chris, Riverboat Gamblers, Neil Hamburger, Cass McCombs, The Jazz June, and lots more!

Click here for the big line up list.

Upbeat Dance Number from Yelle

yelleI have absolutely no idea what this song is saying.  I’m actually okay with that, just getting absorbed in the frivolous feeling that comes with jamming to this new track from Yelle.  I’m not going to lie to you though; I have a feeling that if this were sung in English, this would be a pretty big club hit all over the United States? Does the usage of French excuse it from the trappings of radio friendly hits? For me, yes…and no.  I can excuse it, as I actually sought this tune out.  That and sometimes I’m realizing that as much as I want to be a critic, it’s better if I just give in and let myself have a bit of fun from time to time.  You can check out the full album, Completement Fou on September 30th via Kemosabe Records. The group will also be in Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest, you know, if you’re in Austin and into our string of great festivals.

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FFF9 Aqua Olympics Announced

fff9 water olympicsThe chill bros and bro-ettes at Fun Fun Fun Fest have release some details on this year’s Aqua Olympics.

Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.
DJs: Flying Turns
4pm – 8pm
Registration @ 4pm (first come, first served)

You will need to start practicing now for Paddle Board Joust, Paddle Board Relays, the Belching Contest and the Celebrity Tug-of-War. I am not sure they will use celebrities as the rope for the tug or if you will be joined by celebrities. If that wasn’t enough to witness, the lake jump ramp will be back as well as the usual camp challenges like the balloon toss and sack race. …and of course they will have the taco cannon! You could win passes of all flavors and Fest Merch.


New Music from Reputante (FFF Fest Act)

reputanteOkay, so maybe it’s just a tad early to start prepping your ears for Fun Fun Fun Fest, but this song is just too good to resist posting it right now.  Reputante will be heading into town in November, and they’ll be bringing a relaxed bit of swagger, a la the old school vibe of the Strokes.  There’s that same hint of drunken indifference in the vocals, though there’s more polish then Casablancas ever offered.  If they’ve got tunes this catchy, then we’re in for a great treat when they play our favorite little festival.  See if you dig this tune.

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Ticket Giveaway: Parquet Courts @ Red 7 (5.29)

chaosChaos In Tejas might have scaled things back a bit this year, but the folks that brought you that festival are bringing you some great shows next week.  One of the highlights is the show that features Parquet Courts, Radioactivity and Beth Israel over at Red 7Parquet Courts are known for killer live shows, and people are drooling in anticipation for their upcoming record, Sunbathing Animal…out on What’s Your Rupture in June.  But, just because these guys are great, doesn’t mean you should sleep on the opener Radioactivity.  The band made up of former Marked Men released an excellent self-titled LP last year, with another one rumored for this year.  It’s going to be an incredible show, and you can win a pair of tickets free!

Leave a comment about the band you’re most looking forward to at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014. I’ll pick my winner from there. Click HERE for the line-up.  Contest ends Monday at 12 Noon.


Download: Parquet Courts – Borrowed Time [MP3]

Fun Fun Fun Fest Announces Lineup!!!

FFF9_poster_(2)_(1)I’m supposed to be watching the Los Spurs game, but the world can’t wait to hear the great news about Fun Fun Fun Fest.  There’s heavy hitters like Mineral, Nas, Dinosaur Jr, Death Cab for Cutie, Neutral Milk Hotel and more.  But, as they always do, there’s some great emerging artists we’ll keep you up to date with like King Tuff, Majical Cloudz, Courtney Barnett and Angel Olsen.  Click HERE for the full line-up…tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am right here.

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