Fun Fun Fun Fest Preview: Austin in the House
Midgetmen (Fri., Yellow stage, 11:50am) Veteran PBR rawkers perform a whole set of Weird Al songs.
Not in the Face (Fri., Orange stage, noon) Explosive guitar/drum duo with deep country roots and heartfelt songwriting.
Orthy (Fri., Blue stage, 12:30pm) Ian Orth, of DJ duo Learning Secrets, channels a heavenly wave of deep electronic music with a live backing band.
Residual Kid (Sat., Black stage, 11:50am) FFFF's youngest band amps loud and grungy.
The Golden Boys (Sat., Orange stage, 11:50am) No one cuts through the bullshit of genres to rock like the Boys' Top 10 2012 release, Dirty Fingernails.
Love Inks! (Sat., Blue stage, noon) Love Sherry LeBlanc's sexy, nonchalant delivery, Ink the locals' semi-electronic minimalism.
The Young (Sat., Black stage, 12:20pm) The heavy, hypnotic guitar interplay between hush-voiced Hans Zimmerman and Kyle Edwards on Matador debut Dub Egg leads potent songs to expansiveness.
Riverboat Gamblers (Sat., Black stage, 4pm) Tight, clever, melodic – explosive – guitar-driven punk found on recent career high The Wolf You Feed.
Flesh Lights (Sun., Black stage, 11:50am) A frantic mixture of punk and vintage garage with equilateral chemistry.
Hundred Visions (Sun., Orange stage, 11:50am) Intricate guitars, funk back-beats, and operatic vox.
Ume (Sun., Orange stage, 12:25pm) Angelic Lauren Larson leads this nationally buzzing trio's cranked-up rock.
Balmorhea (Sun., Orange stage, 1pm) Combine chamber music, the instrumental landscaping of Ennio Morricone, and prog-rock climaxes, and you've got new LP Stranger. Pronounced "Bal-more-ay."
The Octopus Project (Sun., Blue stage, 5:20pm) Stunningly creative and instrumentally impressive, this partially electronic, mostly instrumental, fully eclectic gang executes a joyful live show.
... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead (Sun., Yellow stage, 6:50pm) Ambitiously epic and tenaciously progressive songcraft give legs to TOD's lyrical social commentary.
Black Angels (Sun., Orange stage, 7pm) Modern psych flag-bearers dilate your eyes with pulsating bass, wavy reverb, and mesmerizing vocals.
Explosions in the Sky (Sun., Orange stage, 7:55pm) Intricate guitar journeys swelling into heaviness speak for themselves.