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Five highlights from Day 2 of FYF 2013 (and Henry Winkler cameo!)

August 26, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 26--The 10th annual FYF Fest concluded Sunday night with the shimmering feedback of My Bloody Valentine, which echoed across the Los Angeles State Historic Park and no doubt ruffled neighbors blocks away.

We've already offered a few highlights of Saturday's roster, but below are five of the best moments from Sunday's lineup.

1. Debuting material from their forthcoming third album, New York duo MGMT offered a set that mixed their singalong anthems -- "Kids," "Time to Pretend" and "Electric Feel" -- with their newer, more psychedelic guitar and beat-based music. The kids sang the gems by heart, and danced along to their newer stuff while surreal computer-based imagery swirled on the big-screens. The highlight: a cameo by Henry Winkler. Yes, you read that right. Winkler came out to play giant cowbell on MGMT's new single, "Your Life Is a Lie."

2. Despite a long delay before taking the stage, the Syrian singer Omar Souleyman delivered hard, throbbing electronic tones that used as a springboard traditional rhythms beefed up with bass, which Souleyman bellowed over. Passerby did a double take: the tent had been home to more traditional beat-based music most of the weekend. But that didn't stop them. The singer played music from his new album, "Wenu Wenu," which was produced by Kieran Hebden, a.k.a. Four Tet, and the tent's population gradually expanded.

3. Experimental metal band the Melvins have been playing festivals for years; I once saw them on a back-to-back bill with Motorhead at Ozzfest that remains the hardest two hours of rock I've ever experienced. They're pros at this, and their double-drummer, bass and guitar lineup was loud, fast, tight. It was especially gratifying to hear the soothing sounds of Beach House drifting from the other end of the park -- and then have it blown to bits by the Melvins' "A History of Bad Men."

4. The long-running New Jersey trio Yo La Tengo -- shown above in a Vine -- played a sunset show that highlighted its many strengths. Whether ballads sung by singer/drummer Georgia Hubley, wending guitar songs fronted by Ira Kaplan or some weird combination thereof, the band illustrated their willingness to plumb the depths of music and emotion. On the wondrous "Ohm," they delivered a hypnotic tangle of guitar lines that bounced around the Chinatown warehouse district surrounding them.

5. Speaking of echo: Beach House. The duo eats and breathes the stuff naturally, so when they're performing within such a hard-surfaced area, sound bounces, creating natural reverb. When Beach House's singer Victoria LeGrand lifted her voice during one of the band's many similarly textured songs, that voice carried through ears way beyond the FYF's gates. That is, until it was confronted with the Melvins' furious soundwaves.

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