Goldenvoice's FYF Fest is quickly becoming one of the most noteworthy music festivals in California, often drawing crowds comparable to Outside Lands and Coachella. Since the purchase of the festival by Goldenvoice the lineup has diversified from its roots in hardcore, but FYF organizers still take great care to book a bill of artists who are pushing their respective genres. While this year still isn't featuring Frank Ocean as the headliner, the bill is pretty stacked. Take a look at our picks for best undercard acts at this year's festival.
Ty Segall & the Muggers Ty Segall has served a lengthy term as the garage rock hero of the greater Los Angeles area. The multi-instrumentalist often that often shames his contemporary rockers with his industrious work ethic, sometimes releasing as many as three full-length records in a single calendar year. This time, the FYF veteran Ty Segall is returning to the L.A. stage with his new band the Muggers in support of his latest record Emotional Mugger.
DIIV Following the release of DIIV’s 2012 debut Oshin, we’ve heard many conflicting and fruitless reports from frontman Zachary Cole Smith and other official DIIV representatives about a followup release, until this year's sophomore effort Is the Is Are. It’s been a tough year for the group with the cancellation of large section of the European leg of the group’s tour, due to health issues of band members, but the group is back in tip-top shape for their highly anticipated Saturday set.
Classixx This synthpop duo began as a childhood friendship between Michael David and Tyler Blake in suburban Los Angeles. Now they're taking one of the city's biggest stages. The Future Classic signees write dance music with a playful bounciness that makes it almost too accessible for them to fit properly on an Insomniac festival bill. Their dance tracks are refreshing and feature vocalists from Passion Pit to T-Pain.
Hop Along The Philly-based band’s 2015 Painted Shut made many year-end lists for its uncanny coupling of grunge and folk elements and of course frontwoman France Quinlan’s beautiful almost pained vocal rasp. Quinlan has an electric aura in her live performances. This will be Hop Along's second year in a row at the FYF.
Sheer Mag Also from hailing from Philadelphia, this gang of five punks have been gaining a lot of attention recently for their three lonely 7-inches on their Bandcamp page. The group's style is a blend of a traditional "fuck off" punk aesthetic obvious the high-levels of distortion and other sonic abrasions (not to mention the namelessness of their recordings) paired with a blaring Motown revival influence, often found oozing prominently featured hi-fi guitar melodies and Tina Halladay’s enormous vocal presence.
Kamaiyah 2016 has been the year of Kamaiyah. March saw the release of her ‘90s R&B-infused debut mixtape A Good Night in the Ghetto. The Oakland-based rapper has been turning the heads of critics and hip-hop giants alike, with YG conscripting her along side Drake for a feature on his new single “Why You Always Hating?”
Preoccupations The past few years have been a precarious and explosive journey for the Canadian neo-punk group Preoccupations. Originally gaining indie prominence for their two mixtapes, the band had to change their name from Viet Cong after releasing their debut record of the same name, after being dropped from a show at Oberlin College and receiving many other vocal allegations of cultural insensitivity. Don’t worry. That move may not have been the most punk thing to do, but their music still is. September will see the release of their second studio album Preoccupations, and it will be filled with every inch of punk aggression, noise and Matt Flegel's vocal drone present in their previous releases.