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This year's FYF Fest in Los Angeles not only reeled in a stellar lineup and the freshest music, it also featured some unique fashion trends. From the fashion-forward to the retro influenced, check out our recap of the most interesting styles to grace the FYF festival grounds. 


Day 1

The first day of FYF Fest came with a tight line-up, a new venue (Expo Park) and music lovers in their finest gear. Throughout the crowd, it was obvious no pattern was rocked more than the once lowly tie-dye. At FYF it showed up on bold tees on both men and women, with additional nods on dresses, socks, and scarves on women. 

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Day 2

The 90s-fication of the 20-teens continues with the resurgence of overalls at FYF Fest. Sunday brought more hot weather and a plethora of baggy vintage overalls with a distinct patina, worn (mostly) by the fairer sex. Words not usually associated with each other: sexy, baggy, and well-worn. Yet, these ladies mix up the perfect proportions and get it exactly right.


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About the author: Based in SF, Mai deeply obsesses about music, fashion, art and social justice. Chances are high she's photographed someone you know for her seven year old street style site, fashioni.st. More info than necessary can be found about her, here: about.me/mai.

From the underground to the inescapable, our roundup of new music that must be heard…Lauryn Hill, The New Pornographers, and more.


Track: “Black Rage” - Lauryn Hill

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As a volatile summer comes to an answerless end, Lauryn Hill breaks her silence with “Black Rage”, a previously unreleased track that delivers the news the media won’t report. Like Jay-Z did more than 15 years ago with “Hard Knock Life”, Ms. Hill recontextualizes a Broadway standard for a world apart from the Midtown marquees, shaping her rueful lyrics and crackling voice to the ominously sweet melody of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things”. Read the lyrics while listening to the track at Lauryn Hill’s website.



Album: Brill Bruisers - The New Pornographers

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Vancouver’s New Pornographers have extended their catalog of ersatz, irresistible Britpop with Brill Bruisers, their first new record in four years. Teeth-grindingly witty power-pop abounds, with tracks like lead single “War on the East Coast” and “Another Drug Deal of the Heart” delivering the goods to twitchy Pulp and Blur addicts, but the album peaks with the frayed-nerve momentum of “Born with a Sound,” where Black Mountain’s Amber Webber joins in to summon the inseparable optimism and regret of a survive-and-advance all-nighter.




Track: “There’s a Girl in the Corner” - The Twilight Sad

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Halloween arrives early for fans of Glasgow’s The Twilight Sad, who have released a characteristically gloomy single, “There’s a Girl in the Corner,” in advance of their mouthful of a new album, Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave. Like most emotionally explicit, goth-leaning synth pop, this one ratchets up the mood to a slightly ridiculous intensity while, mysteriously, retaining its glorious power to bum you out.



Track: “Chasing Control” - Dreamshow

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According to his helpful Facebook page, New York guitar dude Dreamshow likes Pete Doherty--and, like Pete Doherty, he must really like Julian Casablancas, who casts a long shadow over the gravelly wailing of Dreamshow single “Chas​​ing Control.” The vocal similarities are beyond eerie, and the lack of biographical details about the artist (I just gave out all of them) invites enough speculation to warrant more than a few listens. 



About the author: Spencer Shawcross is a freelance writer in San Francisco. He hearts the TL and its many music venues. 

Whether you're a born and raised local or a lost Bay Area transplant looking to find the best tunes in the city, we've picked out this week's best live shows in our home town of San Francisco for you to check out.


The Presidents of the United States of America + July Talk at Slims (Wednesday) 

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Peaches come from a can, they were put there by a man, in a factory downtown. If I had my little way, I'd eat peaches every day... I could go on but I think you may get the idea. The mid-90's warriors are back with a new album. If you're looking for a fun throwback come for the Peaches, Lump, Some Postman, and Dune Buggy sing-alongs and stay for the recently overlooked albums.


Bells Atlas + Guy Fox + Brass Magic at Rickshaw Stop (Friday)

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Here's your powerhouse local show of the week with acts that have managed to put on a more dance fueled show than their last each and every time. All three bands cross the bridge from their home base of Oakland to bring a collective combination of afro-soul, indie-rock, a lot of funk attitude and an excess of horns to start the night. Start listening to some Guy Fox now so you can blend in with their die hard fans singing along to every song.


Leopold and His Fiction + Bonnie & the Bang Bang + Clockwise at DNA Lounge (Friday)


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Now Austin based Leopold and His Fiction knows how to make raw blues rock and, just as important, groom a mustache. This will be a worthy way to cap off your Friday if you can survive the rock assault from acts one and two. Bonnie and the Bang Bang are a growing local group to watch (Crowd favorite track: "Play dead"). Clockwise is loud, dramatic, and will make you second guess you aren't watching an area performer.


Luke Sweeney + Magic Trick + Will Sprott at Brick and Mortar (Saturday)

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Local singer songwriter Luke Sweeney releases his new record Adventure: Us full of his summer ready folk pop sensibilities. Filling out the night is the well crafted storytelling of Magic Trick and Will Sprott (of The Mumlers). This collection is great if you are looking for a show combining rock and folk without yelling it at you. Though much of the bill's material lays on the softer side past, performances prove the leading men always remain engaging.


Bombino + Waterstrider + Harry Duncan at The Independent (Sunday)

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Bombino list their genre as Desert Rock and would make a fitting soundtrack for a high speed chase across any desolate land. The Niger band return to the bay to cap off the week playing off last years Nomad release (Recorded by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys) filled with hypnotizing guitar jamming. Berkeley's Waterstrider fits in well with their falsetto vocals leading the charge among the percussion heavy 5-piece.


About Mike: Habitual Bay Area show-hopper and new music junkie. Currently Artist Relations at DeliRadio and occasional DJ at KALX. Follow the music based ramblings on Twitter.

Music from this week that channels your feelings and speakers from 0-100 like the famous words from your boy, Drake.


“Bang Bang” - TREE

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With all the terrible news happening around the world, Chicago’s finest TREE really broke it down in a song called “Bang Bang”. Just 20 seconds in the track, TREE surrenders his passionate soul cries of what’s happening around us while a verse of “bang bang” repeats and adds depth to the tear-jerking production from Noah Sims. 



“Switch Hitta” - Alex Chapman

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Rising above New York’s daunting underground is a rapper named Alex Chapman. In his most recent song, Chapman teamed with producer Nar on “Switch Hitta”-- a track title about chasing after straight men with threatening atmospheric beats whiffing in and out of Chapman’s sultry rhythm as he explains how he’s going to steal your man.


“oicu” - Kelela x Le1f x P. Morris

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Produced by P.Morris, rapped by Le1f, and sang by Kelela, this trifecta in “oicu” is as intimidating as it sounds. A collaboration from LA to NY meets to find two strong vocalists carrying their distinctively forward R&B personalities on a thin layer of intricate liquid dance production-- find yourself feeling some type of way on this track.



“Our Love” - Caribou


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Earlier this summer, Caribou teased us with his forthcoming record by releasing the first single called “Can’t Do Without You”. Following that delivery, the title track of the album Our Love is now available and it meets all expectations of finding love on the dancefloor. Those two romantic words of “our love” slowly lead you to a flawless breakdown halfway through the track where the energy and tempo just keep ascending to higher and lustier altitudes.


About the author: Briana Cheng has a lot of feelings that she sometimes writes about but mostly she takes twitter screenshots of online dating apps, follow her @banacrisp.

On its 10th year, Afropunk is returning to festival grounds and bringing Trash Talk, Lianne La Havas, SZA, Bad Brains, DJ Sliink and many more for a perfect celebratory weekend that’s coming up on August 23rd and 24th.

Afropunk is a cultural movement that gathers a strong community of alternative minds and the festival began in 2008. Recognized as the “most multicultural festival in the US” (New York Times), we are all invited to meet at Commodore Battery park to enjoy a great selection of live music, delicious food vendors and a police free skate zone. You can RSVP on their site and even purchase fast passes for an easier access into the park.


To get ready for this weekend, we asked a few artists performing about what Afropunk means to them. Check out what Cakes Da Killa, TECLA, UNIIQU3, Shabazz Palaces had to say and listen to the playlist we made of who you should see!


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“Afropunk to me is a no-holds-barred pilgrimage for those who live life on the other side black experience; an experience and way of thinking that isn't always showcased in the media or appreciated by outsiders but is typically appropriated.” - Cakes Da Killa


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“To me Afropunk represents the evolution of change, creativity, rebellion, and innovation created by people of color in music. It has become more than a platform for people of color to share their art with the world, but rather a way to highlight the musical revolution to which we have contributed since the first negro spiritual melody was born, the first beat was spit out of someone's mouth rather than a drum machine, the first improvisational solo to a once structured song form, the first DJ scratch, the first skat, the first stage dive with mic in hand, and beyond. These acts of rebellion are now all musical staples, and we, the afropunk family, will always strive to create the unimaginable.” - TECLA


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“What's great about Afropunk is that it gives you the other black experience that you don't get to see on the media. We're the rebels with a cause and it's amazing how people of all ages, races and sexual preferences can come together for the sake of art. Afropunk has always encouraged people to embrace being THEMSELVES and I'm really happy to be apart of the movement!”- UNIIQU3


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“What it means to me: the kindred of any time always naturally find each other. Colluding to participate in revery. Proving sacred spaces still exist.”- Ishmael from Shabazz Palaces



About the author: Briana Cheng has a lot of feelings that she sometimes writes about but mostly she takes twitter screenshots of online dating apps, follow her @banacrisp.


So, youve got your wristband on and youre counting down the days until the FYF Fest at LAs Exposition Park. Sure Interpol, Chet Faker and Mac DeMarco are must-sees, but how 'bout some of these other names? Is it worth it to go early to catch some of these other acts? The answer is yes. 


Here are some not-to-be missed acts playing FYF Fest:


DarksideSunday, August 24th

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Electro mathletes got their panties in a bunch when Psychic, the 2013 album from Darkside - a collaboration between Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington hit the decks. With an album of protracted beats challenging the bounds of patience, the current tour was an opportunity to see this super duo perform. The recent announcement that this will be the last time the two will tour as Darkside, has made their set a must see. 



Slowdive - Saturday, August 23rd

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It makes sense that a band known for 1990s shoe gazing might re-emerge to play festivals at a time when the selfie/navel gazing generation is ready to see them perform. Slowdive's gorgeous lushness is a perfect accompaniment to their gauzy vocals, a fitting threesome with the warm night in Los Angeles. Look forward to swaying to songs from 1995s Pygmalion as the band shreds through their fuzzy riffs on stage, never once looking up.



Benjamin Booker - Sunday, August 24th

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Benjamin Booker is a rock and blues troubadour with a mouth full of marbles. Obviously raised on a healthy diet of punk rock, Booker doesnt shy away from singing about the drudgery of living. Channeling an almost gospel vibe at a place where it might intersect with rock guitar, blues vocals and punk drums, his first television performance made David Letterman proclaim, “My God!” (And you know, Letterman has got to be an atheist.) Hard to argue with that type of endorsement.



Kelela - Sunday, August 24th

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Kelela has an ever morphing voice that weaves stories for the listener. Accompanied by beats, blips, chimes and bass lines by turns, her pulsating R&B mesmerizes. Last year, under stars in Pioneertown, she took an audience for a brief sojourn into the Joshua Tree desert, punctuating the darkness with her ethereal vocals. This time, shell have a bigger stage to fill and more people to pull along, but with a hometown advantage, her performance is sure to shine.



Julian Casablancas + the Voidz - Saturday, August 23rd

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Familiarity breeds nonchalance and Julian Casablancas is written into our collective unconscious as the voice of The Strokes. Which makes the decision to perform with his solo project, Julian Casablancas + the Voidz, as well as with The Strokes at the same festival is a stroke of genius (bad pun intended). Curiosity and comparison will abound, making the audience the winner because Casablancas gives it his all. Lucky for us, this time, it means double.


About the author: Based in SF, Mai deeply obsesses about music, fashion, art and social justice. Chances are high she's photographed someone you know for her seven year old street style site, fashioni.st. More info than necessary can be found about her, here: about.me/mai.