Mikal Cronin delivered catchy, acid-drenched rock, the Underachievers sampled the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," Flag tore through Black Flag's "Gimme Gimme Gimme," TV on the Radio offered hard new material, Los Angeles beat producer
We'll have a full review later of the FYF, which continues Sunday with performances by, among others,
1. The magnificent soul singer
2. Those looking for evidence that the annual FYF Fest had hit an afternoon peak found it during songwriter Ty Segall's set. As he and his band, all seated on stools, pushed a hard-strummed acoustic guitar-driven song, the crowd up front was dancing frantically. Suddenly, a pair of pants flew up from the pit, floated in the air, legs akimbo, then drifted back into the crowd. Up they flew again, and you had to wonder about the potentially trouser-less dancer below. Was he or she so lost in the moment that the pants just had to go? I'd wager yes.
3. As washes of smoke and vapor drifted over the crowd, Brooklyn rap duo the Underachievers roamed the stage offering rhymes from their breakout mixtape "Indigoism." The most surprising turn was when, during "Gold Soul Theory," the two started rapping to a creeping, slowed sample from the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." Hard-core fans echoed every line, the most reassuring of which was in the final hook, which highlighted divine creativity, or, as they rapped in unison, "the golden gift that's trapped up in your mind."
4. During a break in Torrance hard-core punk band Joyce Manor's tough set, unfortunately shortened by technical difficulties, a moshing fan screamed up from the pit that he'd lost his phone. While technicians worked on a powerless amp, singer/guitarist Barry Johnson asked to crowd to keep an eye out. Ha. Yeah right. A few minutes later, though, as the band tore through scream-along punk and the fans slammed and crowd-surfed, a single-arm shot up from the mess, holding a Samsung. Crisis over -- though whether the phone survived the stomping feet is another issue.
5. TV on the Radio has been dormant for the past few years as members worked on other projects. The band, though, returned to the main stage with a typically confident, and notably hard-edged, performance. Doing old and new songs -- the band is teasing new work, though hasn't announced a new album -- the best New York band of the decade offered a triumphant return.
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