Hailey Simpson

Now attending college at UC Berkeley, Hailey's main passions in life are attending every concert she possibly can while keeping up with her studies, drinking copious amounts of Philz Coffee, and spinning tunes on her college radio station KALX.
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas’ long-anticipated debut record shines with vocal prowess but remains subpar in other areas.
Returning for its 11th run this week, Los Angeles’ annual FYF Fest has consistently embraced another three-letter acronym–the DIY aesthetic. Ten years ago, organizer Sean Carlson started the festival at 18 as a means to channel his boredom into something tangible. The first FYF (Fuck Yeah Fest) Fest was a one-day affair taking place in a couple of small venues in the heart of Echo Park, with 15 local bands on the bill. The next years saw the organizers experimenting with the festival’s format–in length (from one day to two to three and somehow back down to one), in the addition of comedy acts (Sarah Silverman graced the FYF 2 bill), eventually down to location, when they relocated to the LA State Historic Park in 2009 to accommodate the growing festival. Ten years and another venue change later (this year’s festival will take place at the LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park), the festival has grown considerably but still keeps to its local roots. This year’s FYF fest boasts a lineup of 59 bands (upon the departure of Death Grips due to their post-breakup cancellation) spread out among two days and strong ties to the community, including a diverse cornucopia of local food vendors like Kitchen Mouse Cafe and Donut Friend.In the spirit of the festival taking place this weekend, we decided to compile an A-Z list of artists you should check out at this year’s festival (if you happened to snag a ticket before it sold out). Disclaimer: this isn’t a complete, 26 point list, since there just weren’t any bands playing that started with Z (and about 7 other letters). But we got close! Check out our recommendations below.
On their 20th release, Shonen Knife delight with sticky sweet rock ‘n’ roll and clever, silly lyrics.
La Roux’s highly anticipated sophomore record falls prey to the bland pop model.
Bedroom pop genius dazzles and depresses with his emotionally honest pop sensibilities.
The band’s fourth LP is a pleasantly cacophonous sonic attack that takes shoegazing to the next level.
A winning mix of lush piano-driven dream pop with some darker undertones.
On her debut record, Lyla Foy crafts lush and well-rounded electro-pop brimming with heart and warmth.
On their 7th studio record Mess, Liars craft a dark dance epic that descends into madness.
On their 4th record, noise-rock trio Cloud Nothings triumphs sonically and emotionally.
Three albums in, the Ontario-based quartet falls prey to bland pop structures with a few glimmers of potential buried deep within.
LA-based noise pop trio Cherry Glazerr channel their youthful energy into a refreshingly genuine debut record.
Swedish electronic project ceo returns with grandiose electro-pop that strikes a balance between playful flourishes and dark edges.
Los Angeles-area garage rock outfit Together Pangea find the sweet spot between angsty fun and mature introspection on third LP.
San Francisco psych-pop duo Painted Palms channels pop heroes past and present on their debut LP.