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Saturday FFF previews

Fri., Nov. 8, 2013

Merchandise

2:40pm, Orange stage

Merchandise remains a compelling anomaly, not only for the trio's emergence from Tampa, Fla.'s typically hardcore scene, but also for their genre-shifting wrangling of noise-infused punk and brooding dark-wave ballads. Following last year's excellent sophomore LP, Children of Desire, new EP Totale Nite careens stylistically behind Carson Cox's Britpop romanticism. – Doug Freeman

Flatbush Zombies

3:15pm, Blue stage

"What you gonna do when them zombies come for you," asks Brooklyn rap trio Flatbush Zombies on "Death," lead single from recent mixtape Better Off Dead. Rappers Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and producer Erick Arc Elliott have a penchant for D.R.U.G.S., plus a style reminiscent of Brooklyn predecessors Heltah Skeltah with a touch of Gravediggaz-stye horrorcore. Get your zombie survival kit ready. – Thomas Fawcett

Chelsea Light Moving

3:40pm, Orange stage

What do you do when you're in the midst of a very public divorce in your mid-50s, and unable to record with the band that made you an icon? The answer was simple for Sonic Youth captain Thurston Moore, who simply geared up a new quartet to make the same careening experimental rock he always has. The resulting Matador debut, Chelsea Light Moving, flexed "liberation and noisy calibration" in March at SXSW. – Luke Winkie

Geographer

4:45pm, Orange stage

Mike Deni's soaring vocals push full-throttle against this S.F. trio's guitar and synth pulse on 2012 sophomore full-length, Myth. With Animal Collective-styled rhythms that contort in skittering electronic patterns like on "Kaleidoscope," Geographer caches an emotion and depth that still rings through the eclectic driving beats accentuated by Nathan Blaz's warped cello arrangements. – Doug Freeman

Subhumans

5:20pm, Black stage

The best of the UK anarcho-punks, more akin to Flux of Pink Indians than predecessors like Crass, Subhumans arrived characterized by the urgent, socially charged lyrics of whip-smart, crooked-haired frontman Dick Lucas, who helped establish the intellectual viability of crust-punk culture. Their second LP, 1983's From the Cradle to the Grave, which they'll be performing in its entirety, boasts a 16-minute title track that's like the Ulysses of Eighties punk. – Kevin Curtin

Quasi

6:25pm, Yellow stage

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss' formation as Quasi, the seminal Portland, Ore., duo returning with ripping, lo-fi ninth LP Mole City (Kill Rock Stars). The album roils loose with a raucous energy that takes stock of the pair's past catalog across the epic 24-track offering, while still pushing playfully forward in new directions. – Doug Freeman

Body count/ice-T

6:25pm, Black stage/ 8:45pm, Blue stage

Ice-T's metal crew Body Count played Austin's Back Room – now the site of Emo's – on Jan. 2, 1993. Riot on. Within two years, Jersey-born, L.A.-trained jewel thief and gangsta rapper Tracy Lauren Marrow, now 55, fell in with Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, who's employed him as Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola on TV's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since the millennium. With his first CD since 2006 due anytime, Ice-T goes Ice Cube: big- and small-screen star back on the mic. – Raoul Hernandez

Deerhunter

7pm, Orange stage

As typical with all things involving Bradford Cox, Deerhunter's sixth LP, Monomania, is a work of stunning contradiction. It's the newly retooled Atlanta outfit's most ambitious album, with huge riffs and hooks that swing for the rafters, and its most abrasive, recorded on a couple of 8-tracks and blaring permanently in the red. Live, Deerhunter sound bigger than ever. – Austin Powell

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