This morning Los Angeles’ FYF Fest announced it’s line up. The two-day fest will feature headliners Yeah Yeah Yeas and My Bloody Valentine. Some other familiar faces have made the small print including Devendra Banhart, Toro Y Moi, STRFKR, Thee Oh Sees, Nosaj Thing, Foxygen, MGMT, Beach House, The Melvins, Les Savy Fav, Antwon and more. The fest also boasts some comedians. For more festival information visit FYF Fest website.
One of the biggest difference between Coachella and Stagecoach is the beer gardens, or lack there of.
Where Coachella had three main gardens plus two tented areas (Heineken tent and Red Bull’s Speakeasy) Stagecoach is a free for all, which surprisingly makes for easier access and calmer areas.
Coachella’s gardens were packed with little hang out area where Stagecoach beer serving areas were relatively empty and free.
Midday the guitarist known for his work with the Foo Fighters swung by the press tent for a quick chat.
“Today, I just kind of expected there would be no body there but it turned out great,” said Shiflett. “It was great, better than I expected.”
Early in Justin Townes Earle’s set, the southern crooner dedicated a song to his mom singing “Mama’s Eyes.”
Earle is son of alt country singer Steve Earle, who, it is said, left Justin’s mom when he was 2 years old. “Mama’s Eyes” seems to be a tribute to his upbringing and ultimately of course his mom.
“Rolling Stone” Magazine has been quotes saying that Justin has grown into a musician to rival his father.
The Westbound Rangers opened the Mustang stage today playing some of their classics including “One of These Days” and covering Coldplay’s “Clocks.”
The group also thanked their car Crosby the green hornet saying “he thought it was funny to have a faulty oil light go off” making them stop in Arizona but that they “got him under control.”
The pitfall about opening Stagecoach on Saturday is that people are hungover and likely not out on the field, that and its hot, sweltering hot.
A 12:45 p.m. performance is right in the heart of the heat. Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants took the stage anyway at the Palomino.
And while their honky tonk jams had the small crowd dancing it was hard to ignore the heat. Shiflett even joked saying he told himself he wouldn’t complain about the heat but that there should be some fans on the stage.
The Little Willies opened to a half-empty but filling tent on Friday evening. Norah Jones’ voice is unmistakable as she thanks the crowd for coming to the band’s tent.
The band plays a number of catchy fun tunes all to something reminiscent of old New Orleans blues meets Nashville country. “Tennessee Stud” was a danceable treat where “Love Me” showcases Jones signature bluesy chops backed with a little twang.
Jeff Bridges surprisingly is not in full Kris Kristofferson costume today as he took the Palomino stage. Instead the dude dons a straw hat, sunglasses and a salmon colored button up.
One of his earlier songs included slow jam “Hold On You” by John Goodwin, which would normally chill folks out but instead made the crowd more enthusiastic.
Complete with band The Abiders, Bridges says his set is all about friendship and that he met a lot of his buddy’s during the filming of “Heavens Gate” where they “jammed hard in between sets.” Continue Reading
Today he opens to an enthusiastic crowd jamming out “The More I Look,” a catchy, percussion-heavy, anthemic tune. Next up is quick tempo “It Ain’t No Crime.”
Nichols encourages “get up California” as his fans trickle in. Then thanks them as he reminisces about 2002, playing crowd favorite “The Impossible.”
The Steel Wheels took the Mustang stage late Friday afternoon. The quintet, sharing a single mic, barber-shop style, woke up the crowd singing, “There ain’t nothing you have that you can’t lose.”
The band is at Stagecoach for the first time playing tracks from their recently released 2012 record. Their title track is dedicated to a friend Keith, who had a moment where he almost took his life jumping off a bridge but decided otherwise at the last minute.
“Lay Down, Lay Low” is a soft, melancholy track with all four guys harmonizing the chorus, and well-received by the crowd.
Following up the slow song, the group breaks out the banjo. Trent Wagler, the bands lead vocalist, mans the banjo for a rendition of “Love You Like I Should” breaking out into a jam session complete with some hoedown moves from the crowd. Continue Reading