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Six acts you can't miss at Fmly Fest

Six acts you can't miss at Fmly Fest

As far as marathon music events go, L.A. locals would be hard-pressed to find a more physically draining, aurally diverse experience than Fmly Fest. The festival, encompassing more than 45 bands and solo acts over two days at two different locales, is a cross-pollination of artists from all over the city.

The event is the brainchild of Cameron Rath, founder of Fmly, a tight-knit organization specializing in D.I.T. (do-it-together) community music and art events in various parts of the country. It's an offshoot of the Fmly Ride, an open, monthly bike ride/band bonanza that hosts as many as 300 cyclists on a trail of mini concerts at random, makeshift stages around Mid-City. Usually, all that's needed for a show is an open slab of concrete for a stage and a place to fire up a solar-powered generator for the amps.

Fmly Fest provides almost the same experience, only at two stationary venues with two main stages and a couple of smaller makeshift venues. The celebration begins at 3 p.m. Thursday and carries on until well past midnight Friday. In addition to the bands and solo acts, there will be community workshops presented by Lincoln Heights venue HM 157, Pehrspace programmer Sean Carnage and others.

There's a lot to see and hear. And if you don't plan on hanging out for 10 hours each day to catch everything, there are at least a handful of acts each night that definitely qualify as "unmissable." In an effort to help you help yourself, we've jotted down a list of six acts that provide all the essential ingredients for a potent Fmly band: copious amounts of indie cred, an intriguing artistic style and a dash of sweat-drenched nihilism. All the details of the festival are available on the Fmly site. To check out our cheat sheet, read on.

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Fidlar premieres video for 'Wait for the Man,' plays the El Rey Tuesday

Know thyself. I imagine Fidlar isn't that well-versed in Socrates, but the band's members get the gist. See their influences: "Coors Light, King Cobra, Four Loko, Jameson, Taak, Steel Reserve, Natural Light, Bud Light, Miller Light, Bud, Miller, PBR, Taurino, Joose, JD, Evan Williams, Benders, PARTY, Simpler Times, Coors, 211, Mickeys, OE."

Their band interests are: to party and play music, but mostly to party. So you can guess what's included in the new video for "Wait for the Man." Cartoon vomit and shattered bottles of Jack Daniels. Dancing girls and loud guitars. There's even a cartoon outline of Beavis and Butt-Head that passes by in the epileptic blink of an eye.

The statement accompanying the Ryan Baxley-directed clip goes: "The concept for this video is based on stock footage and it's generic purpose.  We took footage of what a music video is 'supposed' to look like and ridiculed it.  The drawings were inspired by the ads you see on the street or in subways, where people have scratched or drawn mustaches or other things like that on top of them.  So that's what we did to this footage,  frame by frame."

Like Hanni El Khatib, Best Coast, Wavves and plenty of other bands operating in Los Angeles, Fidlar channels both early rock and roll and punk rock, and dynamites that combination with adrenaline and abraded rawness. The song is a two-minute burner, all power chords and swagger. This sort of tune that makes you want to buy the strongest speakers money can buy, crank them up to maximum volume, buy a 24-pack of Bud Lite, invite some friends over, and terrorize your neighbors.

Or you can just catch Fidlar on Tuesday night, opening for a band with an unprintable name at the El Rey.

You can watch the video by clicking here. (Note: contains adult language.)


Fidlar on the roof

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Photo: Fidlar. Credit: Fidlar Facebook


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