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Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
FYF 2016: Grace Jones plays a set for the ages

James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem was the headliner at FYF Fest on Sunday. But he knew his place in music history. 

“If you missed Grace Jones, you [screwed up],” the LCD Soundsystem frontman said, minutes into his band’s set. “We used to get booked as the cleanup act, where the headliner would play, and then we would play for all the people who were too [messed] up to go home.

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Weezer to have rare club appearance at the El Rey for a cause

Weezer fans will be afforded the rare opportunity to see the arena-playing band in a little club -- and write off the ticket at the end of the year, to boot. 

Monday morning, Santa Monica's best rock band announced that on Nov. 3 the band will perform at the El Rey. Tickets went on sale Monday morning.

Like most rare things, the opportunity may set you back some money. But the cause is worth it.

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The 2016 VMA arrivals: fantasy frocks, cause awareness, and the shirt gets kicked to the curb

The arrivals at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night seemed to have something for everybody — except the dress-shirt industry.

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FYF Fest impresses in sound, but feels on the precipice of change

FYF becomes practically its own city when it takes over Exposition Park each summer. But the fest, like much of L.A. in general, may be hitting its gentrification phase.

On one hand, 38,000 well-heeled, beautifully dressed local music fans happily paid $217.83 for general admission tickets and $361.68 for VIP perks.

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Kendrick Lamar thrills an adoring hometown crowd — and conquers at least one skeptic at FYF Fest

For a superstar, coming home means being embraced by those who’ve loved you longest. But it can also mean encountering those who remember that you weren’t always a superstar.

That’s what Kendrick Lamar was reminded of Saturday night at FYF Fest when the celebrated Compton rapper briefly got into it with someone in the audience near the end of his headlining performance.

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Kamaiyah delivers on rap buzz on FYF's opening day

Kamaiyah was among the early standouts of day one of FYF Fest on Saturday. 

The rising Oakland rapper, during a tight, bounce-heavy 30-minute set, controlled FYF’s so-called “club” stage. 

Flanked by towering banana plants, hanging foliage and disco balls (the decor offered an appropriately beachy club vibe) Kamaiyah moved a packed tent with an eclectic and energetic mix of wistful ’90s-inspired hip-hop

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