I was all up in the grill of Austin’s Auditorium Shores this past weekend enjoying the extreme and often hardcore offerings of this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. Headlined by the likes of Public Enemy, a diva-esque and dissappoointing Danzig, Spoon, Slayer and Passion Pit, the festival was a blast. One of my favorite sets from the weekend was the Friday night performance from Seattle’s Murder City Devils. Above, there’s a video of a pretty awkward interview with the band. I’m not familiar with ATX Music Mag, but it sounds decent enough. Perhaps I shouldn’t judge it based upon this interview alone. Below is a clip from the performance that really busted the stage to pieces. The clip itself has horrible audio, but it was taken from a camera that basically held itself about two inches above my head, as I was in the pit area taking phots just in front of this specific cameraman. Plus, you at least get an idea for the type of fire these guys threw at the audience, even if the audio isn’t great. Later in the week, I’ll have a few thoughts on the performances and items from the weekend that really left an impression.
Look. We talked about this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin already. We talked about how the line-up is as quirky and killer as any other festival of it’s kind. Eschewing much of the mainstream acts that understandble help fill up the ACL’s and Bonnarroos of the world, FFF Fest relies on an intoxicating mix of indie, metal, hip-hop, comedy and electronic music to bring in masses that might be a tad more discerning.
Well, if getting to see Public Enemy, Passion Pit, Slayer, the Joy Formidable, Reggie Watts, a reunited Hum, or Neon Indian wasn’t incentive enough, the after parties slated for the fest in various venues will be absolutely free for FFF ticket-holders!
Honestly, it doesnt even make sense. Not from a standard commercial sense, at least. I’m sure the people who need to make the money are making it, but us consumers are so used to getting screwed on ticket prices, service fees, parking costs and astronomical beer prices that it’s jsut hard to imagien so many shows will be included in the price we already paid.
Oh. You want to know who you’ll get to see for free? A ton of bands that aren’t actually playing at the fest, that’s who. Also eschewing teh typical, big festival model of hosting after-shows with bands already on the bill, FFF is bringing in the likes of the Felie Brothers, Dead Confederate, Old Man Malarkey, The Thermals, Kool Keith, Ty Seagall, Mates of State and Thee Oh Sees. These are bands that would headline their own club dates just about anywhere in the country, and they’re just being added onto your list of bands to see. For no extra charge. Just mosey into venues like Beerland, The parish, Club DeVille, and The Mohawk, among others, and get your after-hours groove on.
Not much needs to be said. Take a look at the poster which shows a seriously insane line-up. Over the course of the past few years, the Fun Fun Fun Fest has grown into a serious contender for one of the more entertaining festivals in not only Austin, but in the country. Transmission Entertainment seems to take festival booking to a fun, wild new level with each year.
As you might imagine, given our propensity to enjoy music festivals in the ATX, we’re planning on covering this one pretty heavily, so buckle up, it’s going to get all kinds of festivalicious up in here over the next couple of months….