• Photo Diary: Fun Fun Fun Fest

    As one of the most important festivals of its kind, Fun Fun Fun has a reputation for adding up-and-coming artists from punk, hip hop, indie—even comedic backgrounds—and leveling them side-by-side with some of the greatest acts to come before them; and this year's 10th annual festival did not disappoint. 

    We asked Texas-based music photographer Faith Silva to capture this weekend’s Fun Fun Fun Fest as she saw it, both on and off the stage. From live sets by Toro Y Moi and Rae Sremmurd, quiet moments with GZA, TOPS, and Neon Indian, and the one below of Ty Segall as a big creepy baby, check out Faith's photo recap from Austin this past weekend. 
    Photos by Faith Silva

    Ty Segall—who steps down from his lo-fi leadership to play drums in his doom-rock project, Fuzz—helped set the pace for the group (which includes bassist Chad Ubovich, above), who played songs from their newest LP, II, to a raging Austin crowd. 

    A quiet moment with GZA before his solo spoken word set early on Saturday. Later, he joined (a few of) the members of Wu-Tang on stage to spray champagne and run through hits from '90s on—"Gravel Pit" included. 

    Early on in September, we asked Alan Palomo how it felt to perform on a U.S. stage again as Neon Indian, after a few years' hiatus. "I had this complete amnesia to what it was like to be on tour throughout the years that I was doing this other stuff and slowly writing the record. It felt pretty surreal," he told us. If that was still the case at this weekend's festival, he didn't show it as he bellowed through "Annie" and other dance-heavy hits from his newest, VEGA INTL. Night School LP. This guys is a natural performer. 

    Fuzz-master Chad Ubovich ready to take the stage. 

    The last album Chaz Bundick put out was this year's What For?, which he started writing entirely on guitar. This was a different process for his Toro Y Moi project, being that his previous records were more synth-oriented. This weekend was proof that he's able to do pretty much whatever he sets his mind to, and do it better than most. 

    Patrick Jeffords, Toro Y Moi

    We're still not 100% sure what this was, but it certainly looked interesting enough to photograph. 

    The hip hop duo behind "No Flex Zone" take a moment away from their high-energy stage performance (above) to pose for the camera. Thank you, Rae Sremmurd. 

    Mikal Cronin 

    Patrick Jeffords, Toro Y Moi