Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Saturday Listings
FFF Saturday by the blurb
Fat White Family1:10pm, Black stage
Part fucked-up Jesus & Mary Chain, part beyond-wasted Mark E. Smith, and all ragged-ass squatter in rock & roll's sub-basement, Fat White Family doesn't screw about when it comes to dicking around. Homemade debut Champagne Holocaust can't decide if it's punk, psychedelia, or simply noisy folk racket, and that's the way this South London gang likes it.
– Michael Toland
Glassjaw2pm, Black stage
A hardcore act with an obvious soft spot, these New Yorkers proved influential with their only two full-lengths, 2000's Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence and 2002's Worship and Tribute, which stood monumental to the forthcoming emo-core tidal wave. Since then, the quartet, fronted by well-ranged singer/screamer Daryl Palumbo, has offered just two measly EPs, but remains a solid live draw.
– Kevin Curtin
San Fermin2:30pm, Orange stage
The project of Brooklyn composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin's eponymous debut last year exploded with intricate orchestration winding between the countering vocal contributions of Allen Tate and Lucius duo Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. Ranging from the National's dramatic pull to tight pop beats and harmonies bursting against Sufjan-inspired arrangements, San Fermin melds behind the rich range of Ludwig-Leone's vision.
– Doug Freeman
METZ3pm, Black stage
Toronto power trio Metz took indie rock tastemakers by storm in 2012 with an eponymous Sub Pop LP and a refreshingly uncomplicated noise rock attack. Work on the follow-up began this fall, so for now satisfy yourself with another one of the group's incendiary live explosions.
– Michael Toland
Tinariwen6:15pm, Yellow stage
Godfathers of Malian desert blues, Tinariwen twist a swirling mix of guitar hypnotism that invokes the vast open space of the Sahara. Their nomadic Tuareg people have been wandering sands for centuries, but political upheaval brought the Grammy-winning eightpiece to California's Joshua Tree to record sixth LP Emmaar. Last month revealed the spectacular outtakes, fireside jam sessions packaged as Inside / Outside: Joshua Tree Acoustic Sessions. – Thomas Fawcett
Sick of It All6:30pm, Black stage
You'd think hardcore bands would burn out/fade away fast. Sick of It All approaches its 30th year with no sign of slowing down. New LP The Last Act of Defiance retains all the righteous fury of classics Scratch the Surface and Blood, Sweat, and No Tears. Those touchstones will be the heart of its performance, as the band celebrates their 20th and 25th anniversaries, respectively. – Michael Toland
Modest Mouse8:30pm, Orange stage
With no new releases since 2009 EP No One's First and You're Next, the Washington state trio has nevertheless remained festival circuit staples, co-headlining Coachella and Hangout Fest in addition to Saturday's slot. Isaac Brock maintains indie label Glacial Pace, on which the group reissues a number of its early recordings this fall. – Neph Basedow
Girl Talk8:45pm, Blue stage
Gregg Gillis' Girl Talk has become something of an institution here in Austin. The Pittsburgh mash-up maestro seems to end up on the FFF bill every year, and his heroic performance at UT's Forty Acres Fest left an indelible mark on every millennial. He's stepped away from his laptop recently, instead opting to produce beats for Philadelphia hardhead Freeway. – Luke Winkie