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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.

2:05PM Sat. Nov. 8, 2014, Nina Hernandez Read More | Comment »

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.

1:14PM Sat. Nov. 8, 2014, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

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.

12:55PM Sat. Nov. 8, 2014, Adam Ganderson Read More | Comment »

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.”

11:59AM Sat. Nov. 8, 2014, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

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.”

11:43AM Sat. Nov. 8, 2014, Neph Basedow Read More | Comment »

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.

11:27AM Sat. Nov. 8, 2014, Luke Winkie Read More | Comment »

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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.

10:45AM Sat. Nov. 8, 2014, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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.

10:00AM Sat. Nov. 8, 2014, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

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.

9:47AM Sat. Nov. 8, 2014, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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