Fun Fun Fun Fest X Preview: Black Stage

In a town with about 6,000,000 special events, it takes a lot to stand out. Fun Fun Fun Fest (FFF) makes sure there’s never a dull moment by booking some of the most innovative and cutting edge acts in music, comedy, and extreme sports. If you consider yourself a fan of comedy, music, extreme sports, professional wrestling, air sex, weddings officiated by hardcore legends, or just getting smashed and taking in the beautiful Austin skyline, FFF is for you.  

This month, we’ll be previewing Fun Fun Fun Fest 10  and discussing who we’re excited to see stage-by-stage. Hopefully, we’ll dissuade you from doing something lame like NOT GOING TO FFFX Nov. 6-8.


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Instead of spending lots of money traveling Eurasia or whatever just go see a Gogol Bordello set. It’s about the same tbh. Gogol Bordello shows are always a party, and if you don’t have a good time, you’re a broken person. [FFO: B.O., a great time]

If you need a decent interplanetary love story that spans 6 or 7 albums (shit, I lost count), Coheed and Cambria are probably for you. If you’ve never heard of them, these guys have released some of the most important rock albums in the last 10 years. Despite the extreme reactions Claudio’s voice generates, they have a rabid fanbase. Once you’re in, you’re in. I’ve seen Coheed about 7 times, and I’m excited to do so again. I’m definitely going to be in my feelings during this set. [FFO: Possessed ten speed bicycles, Rush, and finally finding out what a shabutie is]

NOFX is one of the most important pop punk bands ever if not the most important. They’ve been doing this for almost 30 years, which is like Methuselah-level in punk years. They were my favorite band in high school, and you can probably find notebooks back home with their name scribbled in them over and over again. I first saw them at Warped Tour in 2002, and I was never the same. I stopped trying to be Jimi Hendrix, and I started trying to be El Jefe. I never stopped trying to be Jefe. [FFO: Abusive frontmen, trying to convince people they’ve still got it.]

If your first reaction to Drive Like Jehu‘s “Here Come the Rome Plows” isn’t trying to fight the nearest person, I don’t know if you’re really alive. In this time of emo band reunions, Drive Like Jehu has been one of the last holdouts. For whatever reason, they’ve not yet capitalized on this perfect storm of GenX nostalgia and millennial curiosity. Well, that changed this year when they announced a reunion tour. They won’t be bringing a giant organ with them, but I’ll try to find a way to have fun anyway. [FFO: ROME PLOWS ROME PLOWS!!, aggressive emo swaying]

Converge makes me very aggressive. I work a lot on my aggression. A Converge set is not for someone working on their aggression issues. I will be at the Converge set not working on my aggression. Converge’s set at FFF8(?) was one of my favorites of that year. They are refreshingly brutal and honest. [FFO: really great album covers, more aggressive emo swaying than before]

FFF really went all out on the emo this year. I would characterize La Dispute as Slam Dance Poetry. This is corny, but their first album Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair helped me get through so much crap I was trying to wade through. La Dispute’s catalogue is the perfect ode to the emotional 20-something. [FFO: mewithoutYou without all the God stuff, small hands]

Title Fight is one of my favorite bands at the moment. They’ve changed so much since The Last Thing You Forget. They were angry and trying to figure out their place in the world. When Hyperview dropped this year, we had an almost completely different band on our hands. They were contemplative. They were morose. Hell, I even heard a Title Fight song in a Starbucks for the first time. Their catalogue may have multiple personality disorder, but they’ve always felt genuine in their musical exploration. [FFO: The number 27, secret societies]

My main goal when I see Head Wound City is to not lose my hearing. [FFO: Losing your hearing, AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!]

Want to see all these great bands and more? Get three-day, single-day passes for Fun Fun Fun Fest X at their site: Passes also get you access to FFF Nites events the week of the festival.

Let us know who you’d love to see on the BLACK STAGE if you got to go or are going to FFF in the comments. 


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