Saturday Fun Fun Fun Fest Blurbs

Saturday's top FFF picks


La Dispute

1:20pm, Black stage
There's no replacing the long-absent Fugazi, but this Grand Rapids quartet engages in a similar mash-up of dissonance and melody, leavening clashing guitar lines and hardcore shouts with dreamy jangle and narrative spoken word on its latest LP, 2014's Rooms of the House. A perfect bridge between Nineties kids-turned-adults and modern emo teens. – Michael Toland


2:10pm, Blue stage
Raise a toast to Shamir Bailey, who debuts at FFF on his 21st birthday. Although not yet able to legally enjoy the vices of his hometown Sin City, Shamir's full-length debut, May's Ratchet – on hip UK indie XL Recordings – lit up many a club dance floor and landed him a coveted spot on Marina & the Diamonds' current worldwide trek. – Abby Johnston

Cass McCombs

6:35pm, Yellow stage
Seven discs of freak folk since 2003 moaned and writhed like twice that number until 2013's fecund Big Wheel and Others peaked the Bay Area alterna-bard by peeling out a double disc of psychedelic roots reveals as raw as Lennon and every bit as fearless and self-excoriating. December follows up with A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk. Before Austin's Shakey Graves, there was Cass McCombs. – Raoul Hernandez

Gogol Bordello

7:15pm, Black stage
New York transplants Gogol Bordello hit Auditorium Shores just before taking off on a North American tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike, which the rotating cast of gypsy punk bandits will play in full. Live wire wildman Eugene Hütz gets full-on Russian, so "Start Wearing Purple." – Abby Johnston


7:25pm, Blue stage
Montreal electronic queen Claire Boucher pulled a Beyoncé lite on third full-length, Art Angels. Follow-up to 2012's acclaimed Visions, it was officially announced two weeks before dropping on the Friday of FFF. Surprise, yes, but not its off-kilter dance pop, recorded at her new home in L.A. with mucho live instrumentation. – Abby Johnston

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