PREVIEW: 9 Must-See Bands @ FYF FEST 2012

The Orwells

Saturday, September 1st

The Orwells || 12:30pm (Spring St. Stage)

It’s going to take some fortitude, but those getting to the fest in time for the opening set will be rewarded. You won’t be drinking (legally at least) with the members of The Orwells after their show – as they are all recent high school graduates – but you will need some down time after their youthful, punk/psych/garage performance. Following their first record and a buzz that is growing by the day, this band as much as anybody on the bill, is going to be excited to have your attention for a half hour. School is out.

Recap of The Orwells earlier this summer at LA House Party

FIDLAR || 1:25pm (Spring St. Stage)

FIDLAR, short for “F It Dog Life’s A Risk”, is a local punk band with a talent for crafting anthems. With songs like “Wake Bake Skate”, the group brilliantly taps into a rebellious, skate influenced culture. In familiar punk fashion, the band conveys a happily directionless sense of disregard (as do their fans), and with a sizeable local following, this show is guaranteed to get a bit rowdy. For assimilation purposes, bring a denim jacket to this afternoon set.

Cloud Nothings || 4:35 p.m. (Spring St. Stage)

The Growlers || 10:40 p.m. (Hill St. Stage)

M83 || 9:25 p.m. (Main St. Stage)

Refused || 10:55 p.m. (Main St. Stage)

Sunday, September 2nd

White Fence || 1:40 p.m. (Hill St. Stage)

Adding to the San Francisco contingency, this throwback rock ’n’ roll group, fronted by Tim Presley, emits a psychedelic sound that is hard to pin down. With elements of folk, garage, and punk, Presley does not shy away from experimentation and is an artist who clearly makes records the way he wants. It feels a bit unpolished on first listen, but the White Fence songbook is a carefully constructed body of work, with an emphasis on lyrically sound, exploratory songs. This is a can’t miss for fans of nostalgic folk-rock fans.

Allah-Las || 1:25 p.m. (Main St. Stage)

Dinosaur Jr. || 6:55 p.m. (Main St. Stage)