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Los Angeles’ FYF Fest was one of the more stylistically diverse festivals of the year. Its lineup blended major headliners (Phoenix, the Strokes, HAIM) with some of the best electronic musicians in the world (Flying Lotus, Todd Terje, Four Tet), and managed to throw in some choice heavier stuff (Boris, Deafheaven), hip-hop (Earl Sweatshirt, Run The Jewels), reunions (Slowdive, the Blood Brothers), and more (Grimes, Mac DeMarco, Angel Olsen, Real Estate, etc). Like the great California burrito, it is a hodgepodge of different ingredients, and once wrapped up into a single package, it goes down real easy. Check out our nine favorite sets from this year’s festival in the gallery above.

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  1. That Blood Orange live set is NO JOKE. Went to see him at Coachella earlier this year because I liked “Cupid Deluxe” enough, but ended up grooving to the ENTIRE set. Incredible performers in that band, totally deserving of a #1 slot.

    Speaking of dancing, my friend sent me a video link to Todd Terje’s performance at the Oya festival. Talk about a marathon dance set! Most notably is at the 44:00 mark when he transitions into “Johnny and Mary” and BRYAN FERRY comes out to sing with him live. That live performance of the song gave me literal goosebumps and I highly recommend it:

    Side Note: No news on The Blood Brothers reunion?

    • Yes to Blood Orange. Uncle Ace is a monster of a song live.

    • Yeah the Blood Orange set completely caught me off guard! I usually go into a festival with an idea of what I’m most excited for or a prediction of what might be my favorite (like Kanye at Outside Lands recently). But here I wasn’t even sure I was going to see Blood Orange, but ended up being completely blown away.

      I didn’t end up seeing the Blood Brothers! I wanted to see Darkside because I never had. I guess I chose the breakup show over the reunion show since the Blood Brothers will have a lot of other stuff happening. So I did Darkside and then ended up staying for John Talabot, who I didn’t include here, but was fantastic and doing a lot of new material. I definitely went into the festival planning on covering the more electronic side of it, but I totally understand that a lot of people were really excited about that reunion.

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