Rocks Off's Picks For This Weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest
First off, the entire Rocks Off team agrees unanimously that we are all excited to see Run-D.M.C. at this year's edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, even though writer /photographer Marco Torres has already seen them this year at Jay-Z's Made In America Music Festival.
Photo by Marco Torres
Rocks Off has collected our picks for FFFF before we head west to cover festival for you all here in Houston. Don't worry, you guys are getting plenty of FFFF runoff in town, with Converge, Tomahawk, Against Me!, Public Image Ltd., Rakim and Kreayshawn making it into the Houston city limits.
BOB MOULD: My experience with Bob Mould is completely the opposite of my experience with Santigold. I'm not super-familiar with his work, either solo or with Husker Dü, but what I have heard I've liked, and I've never seen him live. The guy is the kind of legend I put into the same category as Mike Watt, and his voice is instantly recognizable, so I'm looking forward to the experience of seeing him in concert. He's also doing a DJ set on Friday night at Red 7 which could be interesting -- he's somewhat well-known as a DJ in Washington D.C. (5:05 p.m., Orange Stage) BRITTANIE SHEY
Photo by Groovehouse Santigold
EARTH: Earth's ambient, vocal-free doom-metal sounds like mountains being pulverized into dust. The brainchild of Dylan Carlson, the man who helped Kurt Cobain buy the shotgun that ended the grunge movement, Earth's catalog has the capability of entrancing and inspiring whatever beast it is that is in you. 2005's comeback disc Hex (Or Printing in the Infernal Method) is a staple of my record collection. Earth's inclusion on the FFFF bill makes me wish that Swans and Sunn0))) were also on board. Maybe next year. (6:45 p.m., Yellow Stage) CRAIG HLAVATY
SANTIGOLD:To be honest, I just basically love her (above) and everything she's done. Her last two albums are steller and represent such a range of musical influences that you almost never know what a show will be like (short of the ever-present Santigold dancers). And even though I saw her just a few months ago at House of Blues, I can never seem to get enough of Santigold. (7:40 p.m., Orange Stage) BRITTANIE SHEY