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Cultivora's 5 Top Picks for FYF Fest 2014

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on August 19, 2014

Run The Jewels at Sasquatch! 2013 by Kelsey Stoulil


Los Angeles, California -- There're are a couple obvious must-see acts at FYF Fest this weekend - basically anyone on the first two lines of the poster. You have to be in the audience for headliners Phoenix and The Strokes and for standouts Interpol, Slowdive, Haim, and The Blood Brothers, but what about those acts that'll open for them? 

We broke down the 5 FYF Fest artists we can't wait to see in Los Angeles' LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park this August 23-24. Some are probably names you're familiar with, but a couple are new this festival season though are causing some serious buzz anyway. Once you pencil these acts into your schedule, stream them along with the rest of the FYF lineup in our comprehensive playlist to the festival over on Spotify


5. DARKSIDE 


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It seems as though Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington only just teamed up for their DARKSIDE side project, but they're already calling it quits. The duo announced their last show will be in New York City this September, so their FYF Fest appearance may very well be the last chance West Coasters will get to witness them live. Breakup aside, if their set at Helsinki's Flow Festival is any indication, their performance Sunday will be another jaw-dropping experience. 

DARKSIDE will play Sunday at 8:15pm on The Arena Stage. 


4. CARIBOU 



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While Dan Snaith's Caribou has been a decade-long solo studio project in its recording, it's anything but live. Taking over percussion on stage, Snaith is joined by Ryan Smith, Brad Weber, and John Schersal for a full band and an immersive live experience. His current tour precedes the release of Our Love, the follow-up to 2010's Swim, so we're hoping to hear new singles "Our Love" and "Can't Do Without You" in addition to a sprinkling of his extensive discography. 

Caribou will play Saturday at 8pm on The Arena Stage. 


3. RUN THE JEWELS 



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Run The Jewels is the hip hop buddy comedy we've all been waiting for. Rappers El-P and Killer Mike teamed up for the project in 2013 when they released a self-titled album as a free digital download. El-P himself has said of the pairing, "You're not expecting at 35 to meet your best friend. It's really hard to say no to Mike. He's like the cuddliest, smiliest bastard on the planet." Needless to say we're stoked to see how the bro love will come off on stage between the pair. 

Run The Jewels will play Saturday at 7pm on The Trees Stage.


2. DEAFHEAVEN



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Deafheaven have been a band since 2010, but their Black Metal music only truly reached the masses (or, at least, the festival masses) with the release of Sunbather late last year. Their early afternoon set at Governors Ball was one of our 10 favorite sets so you can bet we'll be up front and center again keeping our festival mosh pitt etiquette in mind. 

Deafheaven will play Sunday at 11pm on The Lawn Stage.

1. BENJAMIN BOOKER 



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If you want your hair to be raised due to soulful singing and raw, frenzied guitar-strumming - or are at all a fan of the Blues - Benjamin Booker has to be at the top of your FYF schedule. The New Orleans based artist has been making waves with the release of single "Violent Shiver" and, with his debut album dropping today, it's just the beginning for this young star. 

Benjamin Booker will play Sunday at 3:30pm on The Lawn Stage.

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