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FYF Fest, Los Angeles’s annual Labor Day-weekend punk and indie festival, has gone through several evolutions throughout its existence.  First, the festival organizers acronymized the event’s original name— Fuck Yeah Fest— in order to decrease the vulgarity.  Then the festival moved to downtown L.A.’s Historic State Park, which led to a disorganized and dusty first experiment in that location.  Organizers improved upon that festival’s low points with a stronger event last year.  And this year, the festival has reached its biggest point yet.  It’s now two days rather than one— it takes place September 1st-September 2nd in the same location.

Modern rap superstars like Eminem, Kanye, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg and respected hip-hop legends like De La Soul and Nas are consistently represented at the main music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Coachella and Bonaroo.

But Murs’s Paid Dues event is the best festival that focuses exclusively on hip-hop, bringing the genre’s respected elders, popular heavyweights and young MCs together at one event.  The lineup for this year’s edition of Paid Dues has been announced, and it includes Wu Tang Clan at the top of the bill.  Various Wu Tang members typically make an appearance at the festival, but it’s been a while since the whole crew performed there together.

For the past 22 years, local alternative rock station KROQ has been organizing annual events around the holiday season, dubbed “Almost Acoustic Christmas” (which, during the live performances, translates to “not acoustic at all”).   These events showcase the groups that are typically played on the station.  Today, KROQ announced the lineup for night one of the two day event.  Performing at the Gibson Ampitheatre on December 10th will be Young The Giant, 311, Social Distortion, New Found Glory, Incubus, Chevelle, Bush, and Blink-182.  These choices are not surprising, as they compose the 90s and 2000s-era bands that have consistently earned significant airplay on alt-rock stations around the country, especially KROQ.  Young The Giant is perhaps the only unexpected choice, considering the group is relatively young.  KROQ usually reserves night 2 for the younger, less established alt-rock groups.