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Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Modest Mouse

King Diamond was the name on everyone’s lips Saturday night. Many moseyed around the fest sporting painted faces in tribute to the Danish metal god, but an army of Modest Mouse devotees swarmed the Orange stage early for the Washington Staters. Frontman Isaac Brock, clad in a beanie and cactus print shirt, walked on to open the dreamy “The World at Large.” Read More | Comment »

Earphoria 12:04PM Sun. Nov. 9, Neph Basedow

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Girl Talk

Is Gregg Gillis finally getting bored of all this? The mash-up pioneer’s Girl Talk served as gatekeeper for the hyperactive, genre-compressing movement that’s become a way of life in 2014, but he hasn’t put out a proper full-length since 2010. Read More | Comment »

Heretic Pride 11:45AM Sun. Nov. 9, Luke Winkie

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: King Diamond

King Diamond hates his grandmother. Read More | Comment »

Kicked in the Teeth 11:27AM Sun. Nov. 9, Adam Ganderson

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Nas

Headliner Nasir Jones has flourished as the archetypal MC – one of the standard bearers of hip-hop. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of unparalleled debut Illmatic, the Brooklyn-born rapper gave a colossal, pinch-yourself performance that doubled as celebration of a still-thriving career. Read More | Comment »

Ill Communication 11:00AM Sun. Nov. 9, Kahron Spearman

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: First Aid Kit

Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit, sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, captivated an Orange stage throng early Saturday night with translucent harmonies and jangly guitar. Backed by drums and pedal steel, Johanna bruises the keys, whipping her golden tresses wildly with the beat. Her sultry drawl makes the perfect foil to Klara’s acoustic twang. Read More | Comment »

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom 10:39AM Sun. Nov. 9, Nina Hernandez

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: New Pornographers

The New Pornographers promised us a celebration. Their Fun Fun Fun set Saturday gave us one. It wasn’t a raucous, collegiate fete. More like the kind your once-crazy friends throw past their party prime. Read More | Comment »

La Vie en Rose 10:19AM Sun. Nov. 9, Abby Johnston

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Courtney Barnett

“I much prefer the mundane,” Courtney Barnett concluded drily on “Avant Gardener,” breakout track from recently repackaged double EP A Sea of Split Peas. Easy to understand how her droll delivery atop sparse, raw rhythms would make one wonder how the Australian songwriter’s charming but unusual delivery style might play to a festival crowd. Read More | Comment »

Southside of the Tracks 10:01AM Sun. Nov. 9, Doug Freeman

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Gary Numan

Research on well-being in the U.S. indicates unhappiness peaks in a person’s 50s. Don’t fault UK legacy act Gary Numan for his embrace of onetime protégé Trent Reznor’s trappings on last year’s Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind). His industrial catharsis proves a healthier choice than bottling it up. Read More | Comment »

If You Have Ghosts 9:35AM Sun. Nov. 9, Greg Beets

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: King Tuff

Behold the birth of a new musical genre: Stoner Pop. Read More | Comment »

Napalm Heart 9:20AM Sun. Nov. 9, Tim Stegall

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Fat White Family

“That was short but sweet,” opined one young woman after Fat White Family’s truncated set. The British sextet had obviously drawn the shortest straw when it came time to recalibrate the Black stage, already running late only an hour past doors on Saturday. Read More | Comment »

High Bias 9:05AM Sun. Nov. 9, Michael Toland

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: 2 Chainz

When 2 Chainz hits Nice Kicks on Guadalupe, he draws a line of fans and sneaker junkies around the building. Though the Georgia fast talker’s been flirting with shoe fashion and comfort food cook books, Friday night at Fun Fun Fun Fest he reminded the Blue stage exactly how he earned those chains. Read More | Comment »

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom 2:05PM Sat. Nov. 8, Nina Hernandez

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Alt-J

Opening with the slow pulse and hushed trill of “Hunger of the Pine,” complete with its Miley Cyrus sample, set the tone for Alt-J’s contorted headlining set Friday. In fact, dramatic musical dynamics were about the only movement onstage, with the UK quartet standing stiffly clad in black like an Eighties arthouse act. Read More | Comment »

Southside of the Tracks 1:14PM Sat. Nov. 8, Doug Freeman

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Judas Priest

Says a lot about a band when their new material, normally the worst part of any show, doesn’t measure up to its classic hits, yet still sounds better than most songs made by people half their age. So it goes with true pros hitting targets with their eyes closed. Judas Priest has been doing it a long, long time. Read More | Comment »

Kicked in the Teeth 12:55PM Sat. Nov. 8, Adam Ganderson

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Ginuwine

Arguably the most interesting addition to the Fun Fun Fun schedule, Ginuwine gave an equally fascinating performance to a large, somewhat bewildered crowd at the Blue stage Friday. His set survived on nostalgia and multiple rounds of crowd-baiting three-card Monte. The takeaway? “Wow, that happened.” Read More | Comment »

Ill Communication 11:59AM Sat. Nov. 8, Kahron Spearman

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Sun Kil Moon

“What’s the name of that fucking band playing,” challenged Mark Kozelek to an uneasy crowd clearly familiar with the frontman’s recent beef with the War On Drugs. “Just kidding, whatever you’re called,” he waved toward Run the Jewels’ concurrent set. “I love you guys.” Read More | Comment »

Earphoria 11:43AM Sat. Nov. 8, Neph Basedow

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Run the Jewels

El-P was dead in the water. An old-school hard knocks MC thrust into the Vine era, he watched his life’s work – the precocious, antisocial Definitive Jux label – dissolve into thin air. Killer Mike, a fine MC whose claim to fame was deep ties to Outkast, wasn’t faring much better. Then 2013 arrived and these two unlikely heroes banded together as Run the Jewels. Read More | Comment »

Heretic Pride 11:27AM Sat. Nov. 8, Luke Winkie

Fans Wait Hours to Enter Fun Fun Fun Fest

Midway through Fun Fun Fun Fest’s first day, the grounds felt unusually spacious. Stage views were great and no lines at the bar. It was ideal. Except for the thousands of fans waiting outside in the will call line, which, at 5pm, extended down Riverside, across the South First pedestrian bridge, and onto Cesar Chavez all the way to Congress Ave. Read More | Comment »

Playback 10:45AM Sat. Nov. 8, Kevin Curtin

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Jello Biafra & Guantanamo School of Medicine

Blue skies and agreeable temperatures did little to temper Jello Biafra’s vitriol Friday afternoon. His voluminous fount of hardcore polemics can’t be separated from the now historic emergence of Reaganism, but modern times continue to provide ample fodder for the template. Read More | Comment »

If You Have Ghosts 10:00AM Sat. Nov. 8, Greg Beets

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Pallbearer

Despite the storm of critical praise for its 2012 doom debut Sorrow and Extinction, Pallbearer turned in a lackluster set at its Fun Fun Fun Fest christening that year. The Arkansas quartet returned Friday with equal acclaim for its mighty ‘n’ melodic follow-up, Foundations of Burden. That translated into shivers of anticipation at the Black stage. Read More | Comment »

High Bias 9:47AM Sat. Nov. 8, Michael Toland

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Sohn

Sound woes early at the Blue stage kept the early afternoon crowd waiting. Twenty minutes into Sohn’s allotted set time, the only sounds the fashionable crowd that had turned out for the Vienna producer could make out were Peelander-Z screaming about tacos all the way from the Black stage. Read More | Comment »

La Vie en Rose 9:20AM Sat. Nov. 8, Abby Johnston

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