FPSF 2017: Day 1 Picks

Who: Hurray for the Riff Raff
What: Lyrical Folk-Blues
When: 1:20 – 2:10
Where: Budweiser Stage
Why: Alynda Segarra began her music career by running away from her Bronx home at 17 years old, and she’s come a long way since then. Segarra has released multiple albums as Hurray for the Riff Raff, toured the country and wrote a song dubbed “The Political Song of the Year” by Ann Powers of NPR. On her most recent album, The Navigator, Segarra embraces her Puerto Rican roots to tell a story about intersectionality and finding freedom through her poetic lyrics and her passionate vocals.
How: Come early and be awake because it’s going to get woke.

Who: Khruangbin
What: 1960s Thai Funk
When: 1:30 – 2:10
Where: Saturn Stage
Why: Well, for starters, they’re local! But, they’re instituted an international presence, which makes sense, given that their name is Thai for “engine fly” or “airplane.” Their music is mostly instrumental with a lot of guitar grooves and funky bass lines.
How: In a dreamy, euphoric state of mind. It’s going to get groovy.

Who: Anna Lunoe
What: Electronic Music Goddess
When: 4:10 – 5:00
Where: Mercury Stage
Why: Anna Lunoe has established her place in electronic music history. Not only does she manage a global radio show where she hosts all your favorite DJs called HYPERHOUSE, she turned it into a full-on tour cycle. Last summer, Lunoe became the first female solo act to play the main stage at EDC Las Vegas, and earlier this spring, she threw down at Coachella, and she’s expected to do so again tomorrow.
How: Make sure you hydrate before this one, you’re going to be dancing up a sweat.

Who: Grouplove
What: Upbeat, indie-rock band
When: 7:50 – 8:40
Where: Saturn Stage
Why: After 2011’s Never Trust a Happy Song, we knew we liked Grouplove. I mean, who doesn’t scream sing all the word’s to Tongue Tied. But, Grouplove proved that they’re more than just a one hit wonder. 2013’s Spreading Rumors continued the momentum and provided perfect summer tunes. Now, after their latest album, Big Mess, Grouplove is back with more quirky, upbeat hits, and they’re here to stay.
How: Energized. Grouplove is for sure going to bring the energy and engage the audience.

Who: Cage the Elephant
What: Rockstars
When: 9:30 – 11:00
Where: Saturn Stage
Why: Cage the Elephant’s live show is insane. They rocked our world at FPSF 2015, and we’re ready for more. Lead singer, Matt Shultz, dances around the whole stage — and sometimes the crowd — while still managing to flawlessly belt the band’s celebrated jams. Speaking of celebrating, Cage the Elephant recently won a Grammy for their latest album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, which was produced by the Black Key’s Dan Auebach. We’re not too surprised, though, because Cage the Elephant has been making hits since their first album in 2008.
How: Ready for all hell to break loose. Cage the Elephant’s spirit is infectious, so get ready to dance to and scream-sing all your favorite songs.