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Fun Fun Fun Fest packs a punch, whatever your tastes

Three-day, four-stage Fun Fun Fun Fest offers rock, punk and metal as well as hip-hop, comedy and even pro wrestling

Staff Writer
Austin 360

With huge classic acts including metal legends Slayer, Public Enemy, a set of Misfits songs from Glen Danzig and plenty of newer heavy hitters including Lykke Li, Okkervil River and Black Joe Lewis, Fun Fun Fun Fest is three days' worth of big this year. As in the past, the stages are loosely separated into indie rock (orange stage), punk and metal (black), hip-hop/electronic music (blue) and a wild card of professional wrestling and comedy (yellow), with the proverbial something for everyone, even classic country from Austin's Crooks. The fest also features plenty of fresh blood French electronic artist M83 and Austin-based talent psych-rockers Shapes Have Fangs. There's even a set of spoken word poetry from hardcore icon Henry Rollins. Use our guide to get set for a lot of music and other weirdness this weekend at Auditorium Shores (or watch from home on Pitchfork.com) and bring something to cover your face, because it's probably going to be pretty dusty.

— Peter Mongillo

Friday: Headliners and highlights

-- Blue stage (by Peter Mongillo) --

Public Enemy: 8:30 p.m.Feature: Public Enemy's decades of beats

Four Tet, 7:35 p.m. British electronica producer that draws from hip-hop, jazz, techno and folk.

Spank Rock, 6:45 p.m. "Party Rap" from Baltimore-based DJ Naeem Juwan.

Omar Souleyman, 3:30 p.m. Syrian musician who mixes traditional folk music with hypnotic dance beats has a not-to-miss live show.

-- Orange stage (by Peter Mongillo) --

Passion Pit, 8:30 p.m. Boston indie pop group first showed up in Austin during SXSW with a bedroom EP and quickly blew up after that with high-flying synth anthems.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: 7:35 p.m. Feature: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah back in action

The Thermals, 4:45 p.m. Portland-based indie rock/punk trio have cleaned up their sound a bit in recent years but still make driving, punk-influenced rock.

Cloud Nothings, 2:20 p.m. Breezy indie rock from Cleveland-based Dylan Baldi; for fans of Real Estate and lo-fi inclined indie rockers.

-- Black stage (by Joe Gross) --

Danzig Legacy, 8:15 p.m. Glenn Danzig playing Misfits songs. Nuff said.

Murder City Devils, 7:20 p.m. Frantic garage punk, soaked in beer, tattoos and organ. Feature

From Ashes Rise, 2:45 p.m. Grimly anthemic, galloping hardcore from this reunited Portland, Ore., band.

Total Control, 12:55 p.m. Stellar Australian punk that isn't afraid of either obscure New Wave albums or prog rock.

-- Yellow stage (by Brian Gaar) --

Reggie Watts: 7:15 p.m. If you haven't seen Watts yet, now's your time to redeem yourself. He made a splash last year opening for Conan O'Brien's roadshow and he's been in comedy orbit ever since. It's hard to describe his style, but I'm gonna go with "improvised" and "magical." He's like a big unicorn. Just go.

Matt Bearden: 6:35 p.m. The godfather of the modern Austin comedy scene, Bearden brings the goods every single time he's on stage. Whether he's telling an LSD story from college or trying to rationalize that with being a new dad, Bearden is one of the greatest Austin products of all time.

Jake Flores:1:25 p.m. One of my current favorites. When Jake is on stage, all the other comics pay attention.

Maggie Maye: 12:30 p.m. So awesome that Maggie is on this show. Maggie is really the total package — she looks great and is a strong writer and confident performer. She will probably be famous one day, so check her while you can.

Saturday: Headliners and highlights

-- Blue stage (by Peter Mongillo) --

Major Lazer, 8:45 p.m. Diplo and Switch, DJs behind M.I.A.'s uber-popular sample of the Clash's "Straight to Hell" from "Paperplanes."

Neon Indian, 7:50 p.m. One-time Austinite Alan Paloma continues to churn out psychedelia marked by underwater samples and '80s FM sound effects.

Rakim, 6:10 p.m. Rap legend known for his complex rhyming skills.

Wugazi, 3:45 p.m. DJ mashup of - you guessed it - Fugazi and the Wu-Tang Clan.

Purity Ring, 1:30 p.m. Melodic electronic music from Corin Roddick and Megan James.

-- Orange stage (by Peter Mongillo) --

Spoon, 8:30 p.m. Hometown favorites with a sound that ranges from Krautrock to R&B haven't played a single North American show in 2011, so this will be big for fans looking for a fix.

Lykke Li, 7:25 p.m. Swedish pop phenom combines experimental beats, elements of '60s psych rock and electronic music to make always-catchy, sometimes-sad dance music.

M83, 5:35 p.m. Spearheaded by French indie pop musician Anthony Gonzales, M83 is spacey electronic rock, much of which would be at home in the work of John Hughes, who Gonzales has said is an influence.

Tinariwen, 2:30 p.m. Malian band formed in the late '70s has moved toward powerfully restrained acoustic music on their latest albums, which include collaborations with members of TV on the Radio and Wilco's Nels Cline.

-- Black stage (by Joe Gross): --

The Damned, 8:45 p.m. The first UK punk band to release a single continues in some form.

Hot Snakes, 7:50 p.m. Reunion show from frantic guitar pounders, featuring members of Drive Like Jehu, Rocket from the Crypt, Obits.

Deathgrips, 1:55 p.m. Skittering electronic music like a roach crawling across the floor at 4 a.m.

-- Yellow stage (by Brian Gaar) --

Donald Glover: 4:10 p.m. And not just because "Community" is a funny show. Glover's had a meteoric rise, getting a writing gig with "30 Rock" almost immediately. But he has stand-up chops, too. Saturday.

Sunday: Headliners and highlights

-- Blue stage (by Peter Mongillo) --

Odd Future, 8:45 p.m. Controversial rap group known as much (perhaps more) for their stage antics as their music.

Diplo, 7:50 p.m. DJ behind Mad Decent label who gained widespread popularity working with M.I.A.

Del the Funky Homosapien, 6 p.m. Iconic West Coast rapper who got his start in the early '90s.

-- Orange stage (by Peter Mongillo) --

Slayer, 8:15 p.m. "Big Four" metal gods bring the festival to a new level this year.

Hum, 6:45 p.m. Illinois indie rockers, who got their start in the early '90s and had a hit with "Stars," make music that is droning and explosive.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, 5 p.m. D.C./Jersey punk veteran has released consistently good, politically charged solo material that stretches out into the worlds of power pop, folk, reggae, noise and beyond.

The Budos Band, 4:10 p.m. Staten Island instrumental band drawing from Afro-pop, funk and soul.

-- Black stage (by Joe Gross) --

Blonde Redhead, 8:45 p.m. Increasingly keyboard-driven indie rock trio dates back to Clinton administration.

Black Lips, 7:50 p.m. Indie rockers who have never quite figured out they play garage or psych or punk or what.

Eyehategod, 4:30 p.m. New Orleans sludge, the sound of no hope.

Schmillion, 12:30 p.m. Former Austin Girls' Rock Campers make awesome.

-- Yellow stage (by Brian Gaar) --

Master Pancake's Video Jukebox: 6:15 p.m. It's Master Pancake. How can this NOT be good?

The Kenny ‘K-Strass' Strasser Yo Yo Exstravaganza: 4:35 p.m. Strasser made a name for himself with his videos goofing on local newscasts. They became hits on YouTube (because everyone likes to see morning news anchors be mocked). I have no idea what Strasser will do here, but I'm trusting that it will be good.

Doug Mellard: 4:15 p.m. A pillar of the Austin scene who now lives in L.A. Mellard's high energy is perfect for these kinds of shows. He will destroy and you will be there to witness.