Six Bands You Can’t Miss at FFF + All Our Festival Previews Linked in This Post

A fan during Slayer's performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Photo by Bryan Parker.

A fan during Slayer’s performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Photo by Bryan Parker.

We’re killing all the birds with one stone. Today, the fest is upon us. To celebrate and send you off with the knowledge you need, we’re bringing you a list of six bands you can’t miss. If you don’t see any other acts at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014. These are the ones to catch. If you still haven’t bought a ticket, you can get them at the door, and we highly recommend doing so. Listen: we write about a lot of music we love. We write about music we like and respect but don’t necessarily love. Fun Fun Fun Fest is far beyond and of that. We adore and treasure this festival. It won’t be oversold. It won’t be annoying. And every band booked is solid. Seriously, as a genuine plea out of love of all things music, you should be at this fest. We hope to see you there. Below are links to our previously run preview posts, followed by today’s list of the six you can’t miss.

FFF 2014: Courtney Barnett Interview

Eight Must-see Bands Only Playing Nites

Seven Acts Playing Early You Might Miss

Lukas Read’s Ultimate Can’t Miss ’em List

Streaming Soundcloud Playlist of FFF 2014 Artists

And today’s list of the six bands you absolutely should not miss.

1. Neutral Milk Hotel – Sunday – Orange Stage

These creators of weird and wonderful indie-rock vanished from music for a decade. It could very well happen again, so seeing them should be a must. Not to mention the fact that their shows are cathartic and beautiful. These songs belong to everyone.

2. Iceage

This Danish punk band doesn’t come this way much and their new record is phenomenal.

3. Nas

Are you kidding? A rapper this legendary celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever released. Don’t be stupid.

4. Run the Jewels

This is one of hip-hop’s most exciting acts right now. Classic sounds with excellent lyricism that empowers individuals and challenges political structures. Killer Mike and El-P know what they’re doing.

5. Yo La Tengo

Something of a personal favorite here–they had to be on the list. Yo La Tengo has given us some of the most diverse and consistently astounding records released in the last decade or so. These folks are legends.

6. Majical Cloudz

For a while I kind of hedged my recommendation on this band, whose stark stage performances reflect their austere, minimal pop. But there’s something in frontman Devon Welsh’s intense, immediate deliver that’s undeniably transfixing.

About author
Bryan Parker is a writer and photographer living and working in Austin, TX. He is the founder of blog Pop Press International and print journal True Sincerity and recently released his first book, a volume on Beat Happening in the 33 1/3 series.

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