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15 Acts You Need to See at Fun Fun Fun Fest 

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Saturday, November 8

12:10pm - Blue Stage - Zorch

Austin's own Zorch has been making freak-out psychedelic electronic amazingness for years now. The duo of Zac Treager and Shmu has exhibited a madcap grooving giganticness in their sound and the praise they've been getting recently has been heartwarming. They're on the new Flaming Lips Sgt. Peppers tribute album, they kicked Marijuana Deathsquads’ work up a notch, they're one of those bands in Austin who impress immediately and who you should see whenever the opportunity arises.

2:30pm - Yellow Stage - W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell is witty, earnest, attentive, and an outsider. His comedy, particularly his short-lived but frequently poignant FX (because Bell was not yet an established enough name to function as the flagship to an entirely new channel in an ever-saturated cable market) late night show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, often deals with race in America in that its a factor in life like many other factors. Bell's scrutinizing spotlight on that and other pressing issues provides a fascinating glimpse at a critical mind and just how much laughing at it all can help.

3:00pm - Black Stage - METZ
This band is loud. Like, Spinal Tap turning the amps up to 11 loud. Their self-titled release of 2012 was ear-shattering brilliance with a raucous compositional energy to match the decibel count. They're so loud and intense, one could hardly call them Canadian. Such boldness seems downright uncharacteristic. Nevertheless, if decorum is defined by the crowd determining what is or is not polite, perhaps blowing out the eardrums of everyone at Black Stage would seem like the most kind thing to do.

5:15pm - Black Stage - The Black Lips
Atlanta's Black Lips always bring the party. Their twangy, bluesy sound are just plain fun to listen to, whether live with all the fanfare and rambunctiousness that TBL shows are known to have, or recorded, like on their latest album, Underneath the Rainbow. They make an atmosphere conducive to singalongs and heavy drunken swaying. Act accordingly.

8:30pm - Orange Stage - Modest Mouse
Modest Mouse hasn't released a collection of work since the EP they released back in 2009. Their last proper album was back in 2007—We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank—and still, it's kinda exciting seeing these guys on the bill, isn't it? Their work has always brought a rollicking good time throughout the late '90s and '00s. Even their occasional festival dates over the last five or so years have reportedly pretty fun. Modest Mouse on the Orange Stage at FFF seems like it was some sort of event concocted in a lab when you think about it.


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