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words by Randy Cremean


In celebration of their 10th Anniversary, the folks at Fun Fun Fun Fest have booked an incredible lineup for 2015. We're talking so epic your head will explode from trying to manage schedule conflicts. Soundcheck is here to help keep your dome in one piece. We'll be offering our recommendations for each day. Our tastes tend towards camping on the Orange Stage, so consider yourself warned.

Orange Stage

Headlining the Orange Stage on Friday, this UK trio have avoided the dreaded sophomore slump by recently releasing Every Open Eye, a confident and polished followup to their hit debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe. Front woman, Lauren Mayberry, has developed into a dynamic presence on stage as well as a refreshing voice on women's issues in the media.

ScHoolboy Q
Blue Stage

If synth-pop isn't your thing, head over to the Blue Stage for the West Coast hip-hop of ScHoolboy Q. The L.A. rapper's album, Oxymoron, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with his breakout hit, "Collard Greens", featuring Kendrick Lamar.

King Khan & BBQ Show
Yellow Stage

This love child of Mark Sultan (BBQ) and King Khan (Blacksnake) features garage rock that's a blend of doo-wap and punk. Guaranteed to get you moving in the close confines of the Yellow Tent.

Cheap Trick
Orange Stage

You might be inclined to write off Cheap Trick as a legacy act cashing in a check, but these Rock Hall of Fame nominees still put on an incredible show. Rick Nielsen is one of the best guitarists in the world and shares a chemistry with singer, Robin Zander, not seen in many newer bands. You'll be surprised by how many songs you know and love from these power pop legends.

Benjamin Booker
Yellow Stage

This guy is going to be huge. He's in the vanguard of a new generation of roots musicians who are replacing kitsch with the gritty ethos of days past; sweaty nights spent drinking, dancing, fighting and fucking. Booker is a force of nature, so let yourself get caught up and blown away by his music.

Orange Stage

ANTEMASQUE is the new band from The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler Zavala. Travis Barker of Blink-182 is the drummer. Need I say more?

Blue Stage

You really don't want to miss the rowdy performance art of Peaches. The Berlin-based electropop artist is sure to pull out all the stops for Austin. Wear your tightest, shiniest lycra and revel in the intellectually and sexually stimulating experience that is Peaches.

Toro Y Moi
Orange Stage

Chaz Bundick, AKA Toro Y Moi, is a chameleon. He seems to switch genres with every release, but through it all, he maintains a consistently high level of quality with smart. chilled out tunes.

Tig Notaro
Yellow Stage

If you are a fan of dry, deadpan humor, you'll love Tig Notaro. If you are a fan of brave, unrelentingly honest people who bring attention to social issues like surviving cancer and a double mastectomy, then you'll love Tig Notaro.

Parquet Courts
Black Stage

Yeah, the Pavement comparisons are still apt, but Parquet Courts have released two incredible LPs (Sunbathing Animal, Light Up Gold) and a great live album recorded at Jack White's Third Man Records. They are getting smarter, more structured and more confident with each release, forging a unique identity on the modern soundscape.

Viet Cong
Orange Stage

Their self-titled debut is one of our favorite 2015 releases. Viet Cong's highly dynamic post-punk sound offers surprises at every turn and is infinitely replayable. 

Bomba Estéreo
Blue Stage

According to the band's founder, Simon Mejía, the band's name (which translates into English as "stereo bomb") is a Colombian term for "a really cool, awesome, bad ass party". And that's exactly what you will get from Bomba Estéreo. It's electronic dance music with deeply rooted Latin flare and it will have your hips swaying.

Eugene Mirman
Yellow Stage

 You may know him as the voice of Gene Belcher on Bob's Burgers or a variety of characters on beloved Cartoon Networks shows, but Eugene Mirman is also a criticall-acclaimed stand-up comedian and writer who has opened for The Shins, Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo, Gogol Bordello, Andrew Bird, and Cake. His intelligent and highly absurdist take on comedy makes him a must-see for us.

Mikal Cronin
Orange Stage

Mikal Cronin is, in my opinion, one of the finest writers of pop rock songs in this generation. Though his newest release, MCIII, feels like a slightly diminished retread of 2013's classic, MCII, Cronin and band kick everything up a notch in a live setting, perhaps reflecting their genesis and ongoing participation in the garage rock scene that's turned out Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, King Tuff and Meatbodies. If you can't make it to the park early, Mikal is playing with FUZZ (Ty Segall) at Mohawk on Friday night.

Mutoid Man
Black Stage

They're on Sargent House, so you know they're amazing. Mutoid Man is the latest project from Stephen Brodsky of Cave In and seamlessly blends prgressive metal with no-holds-barred hard rock. It's fun and it will melt your face.

Bayonne (Roger Sellers)
Blue Stage

Bayonne is the new stage name of Roger Sellers, who is not a DJ. Rather, Sellers is a producer and musician who crafts intelligent and exquisitely-layered pop songs. He's recently to signed to Mom+Pop Records, who will be giving his debut LP, Primitives, a well-deserved wider release.