Fun Fun Fun Fest Preview


Career Criminal

12:30pm, Stage 2

The house band for Austin hardcore haven Red 7, Career Criminal is grounded by manager Jared Cannon and a few veteran cronies, dropped somewhere between the Jam and Agnostic Front. It's poetic justice played fast and loud. Expect a new LP on local imprint Shattered World Records and a Mexican tour with the Krum Bums and Konflicto next year. – Austin Powell

Attack Formation

1pm, Stage 1

Ben Webster's local troupe loves to cram the noise onstage: They jump and shout, blast some trumpet, and trade the mic. It's a spasm of avant-garde eclecticism run through an Austin filter. The AF rotating door is about inclusion, so you never know who might show up to play hints of latest LP We Are Alive in Tune (Australian Cattle God). – Darcie Stevens


1:45pm, Stage 3

Mothfight's experimental pop maelstrom is as much a visual experience as an auditory assault, the music married to elaborate artwork and often spectacular local productions like last month's Victorian pageant at Mohawk. Their newly released Hopscotch 7-inch (Natrix Natrix) punctuates Arcade Fire shouts into sing-song choruses and a bed of electronics and distortion. The resulting chaos holds through the sheer centripetal force of the group's energy. – Doug Freeman

Complete Control

2:05pm, Stage 2

Splitting the difference between classic SoCal punk and the Clash, from whom the band takes its name, Complete Control rattles off machine-gun riffs with relentless proficiency. Following 2004's riotous debut, Reaction, the Austin fourpiece held its own on a split EP, Death Can Wait, with TKO labelmates the Krum Bums, proof positive that the local punk scene is alive and well. – Austin Powell


2:40pm, Stage 2

Cerritos, Calif.'s blistering first-wave hardcore heroes have been decimating eardrums and hammering sternums to dust for close to 30 years. Both the late John Peel and KROQ's Rodney Bingenheimer enthused over CH3's stripped-down guitar assault back in the day; now that they've officially reunited, minus that pesky Fear of Life, maybe it's time for you to invest in some Kevlar outerwear. – Marc Savlov


3:20pm, Stage 1

With all three members of the Champaign, Ill., outfit having previously cut their pop chops together in Absinthe Blind, it's no surprise that Headlights' 2006 debut LP, Kill Them With Kindness (Polyvinyl), felt maturely formed behind the boy-girl harmonies of Erin Fein and Brett Sanderson. Augmenting the guitar and keyboard melodies with occasional string arrangements, the songs are expansive without loosening their core simplicity, and a follow-up is expected next year. – Doug Freeman

Don Caballero

4pm, Stage 1

Before Ian Williams' brilliant Battles take the stage, his former bandmate Damon Che kids the kit with Don Cab, Pittsburgh's time-changing, instrumental fourpiece that taught a million indie kids how to count. This is no What Burns Never Returns – guitarists Williams and Mike Banfield split long ago – but Che's still there to play in his skivvies and put on a show with 2006's heavy continuation, World Class Listening Problem (Relapse). – Darcie Stevens

Youth Brigade

4:10pm, Stage 2

It's been exactly 25 years since brothers Shawn and Mark Stern founded the L.A.-based Better Youth Organization label and launched not only the careers of Social Distortion and 7 Seconds but also their own Youth Brigade. 1983 LP Sound and Fury remains a boisterous punk touchstone, crammed with oi!-influenced choruses, SoCal guitar squalls, and more smarts and heart than anything heard since. – Marc Savlov

Clap! Clap!

4:45pm, Stage 3

Even before dropping their self-released debut, You Love This!, earlier this year, San Marcos' Clap! Clap! had established themselves as the premier purveyors of dance rock within the local scene. While You Love This! unveils an impressive sophistication, the eight-member ensemble, driven by the vocals of guitarist Josh Mills and complete with designated dancers and clappers, is still best experienced live. – Doug Freeman

I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness

4:50pm, Stage 1

Entrenched in the Eighties underground where dark pop electronics and guitar engage, I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness' full-length debut, 2006's Fear Is on Our Side (Secretly Canadian), traded the more danceable beats of their eponymous 2003 EP for epic droning textures. After a brief hiatus and new fatherhood, the local quintet returns armed with new songs. – Doug Freeman

Poison Idea

5pm, Stage 2

Portland, Ore.'s heaviest band (literally – late guitarist Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts and singer Jerry Lang both weighed more than 300 pounds), Poison Idea laid the Pacific Northwest's politi-hardcore foundations. Formed in 1980, their 1984 vinyl slab, Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes, set the breakneck speed, and '86's full-length classic, Kings of Punk, clocked it. They've re-formed again, sans Roberts, in support of a new split 7-inch. – Audra Schroeder

Mates of State

5:40pm, Stage 1

As lo-fi lovers and new parents, organist Kori Gardner and drummer Jason Hammel are literally Mates of State. Former Kansans and San Franciscans, the couple relocated to New Haven, Conn., a couple of years ago, right around the time they released their fourth LP, Bring It Back, on respected indie factory Barsuk. All the familiar elements are there: back-and-forth vocals, eccentric phrasing, and lyrical earnestness. – Melanie Haupt

Car Stereo (Wars)

5:45pm, Stage 3

To call him a masher is an understatement; Christopher Rose samples more songs than the Paul's Boutique sessions. His recent debut, The Bandit, mixes it all: Third Eye Blind with 50 Cent, Eazy E with AC/DC. Stay tuned during his set, and he might just drop the much-discussed "Ghostface Observatory." – Chase Hoffberger

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

6:30pm, Stage 1

While Ted Leo's political punk anthems remain indie's progressive conscience, his songwriting sets him apart. The blistering "Bomb. Repeat. Bomb." from the Pharmacists' fifth effort, Living With the Living (Touch & Go), explodes with his trademark urgency, but the Irish lilt of "A Bottle of Buckie" and reggae shot of "The Unwanted Things" queues Leo in the tradition of Joe Strummer and Billy Bragg. – Doug Freeman

Riverboat Gamblers

6:50pm, Stage 2

What more really needs to be said about the Riverboat Gamblers? The Denton-bred, Austin-based punks stole the show at the inaugural Fun Fun Fun Fest last year and have toured the country three times over since the release of fourth album To the Confusion of Our Enemies (Volcom). Even Spin has taken note, heralding the Gamblers' "True Crime" as one of the essential punk songs of 2006. – Austin Powell


8pm, Stage 3

Between running both Mad Decent Records (his label) and Hollertronix (his club night), Philly's Diplo somehow finds time for his turntables. The DJ's sound is frantic, fast, and sometimes an absolute mess, combining Eighties pop with the dirtiest crunk, Miami bass, and Baltimore club. His 2004 LP, Florida, echoes RJD2, but his more recent work with M.I.A. defines his eclectic sound. – Chase Hoffberger

Cat Power & the Dirty Delta Blues Band

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8:40pm, Stage 1

Chan Marshall's come a long way from her notoriously dyspeptic live shows. After her 2006 breakdown following the release of The Greatest, Cat Power returned with a vengeance, crooning with Al Green's Memphis band, doting on Chanel, and, most recently, leading the Dirty Delta Blues Band, which includes the Dirty Three's Jim White and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's Judah Bauer. Her signature voice returns as well on a second covers record, the upcoming Jukebox (Matador). No more tears. – Darcie Stevens

Sunday Schedule

Stage 1

1:00 Attack Formation

1:35 Birds of Avalon

2:10 The Cave Singers

2:45 Celebration

3:20 Headlights

4:00 Don Caballero

4:50 I Love You but

I've Chosen Darkness

5:40 Mates of State

6:30 Ted Leo & the


7:35 Battles

8:40 Cat Power & the Dirty Delta Blues Band

Stage 2

12:30 Career Criminal

1:00 Heart Attacks

2:05 Complete Control

2:40 CH3

3:20 The Saints

4:10 Youth Brigade

5:00 Poison Idea

6:00 Lifetime

6:50 Riverboat Gamblers

7:35 Against Me!

8:40 Murder City Devils

Stage 3

1:00 Rae Davis

1:45 Mothfight

2:45 Ocelot

3:45 Ocote Soul Sounds

4:45 Clap! Clap!

5:45 Car Stereo (Wars)

7:00 MC Chris

8:00 Diplo

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