Dead Man's Bones is the appropriately haunting moniker for the captivating musical duo of Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields. Their shared fascination with ghosts, monsters and zombies merged with a love for artists such as The Shangri-Las, The Shags, The Cure, Sam Cooke, The Misfits, James Brown, Joy Division has given birth to a haunting and beautiful sound as exemplified on their recent album self titled album. Recent performances have resembled an atmospheric vaudeville revival featuring a full children's chorus, strange marionettes and a gaunt magician. A snippet from a recent live review at Examiner.com, "The music reminded me of the wild west had it been portrayed in a sadistic romance novel... The vocals were chilling and just when I thought the show couldn't possibly intrigue me more, up from below climbed a local children's choir that sang backing vocals for each song... In essence this particular concert was the very thing I needed."
The extraordinary musical virtuosos of Philadelphia's Man Man create an infectious rhythmic noise that defies easy categorization. A glorious mix of vaudevillian doo wop, kinetic punk energy and rousing funk, they are the unlikeliest yet undeniably potent party band. Yet each show leaves blessed out audiences chanting for more. As reported by Pitchfork, "Dressed in white shorts and white shirts and sporting white and red face paint, they begin to blow, hit, pinch their instruments creating a noise that pulses out from the huge speakers near the stage, the audience jumps in excitement. What sounds like chaotic instrumental warm-up soon finds its rhythm and its beat; three minutes later, a song is complete. ... You'll find yourself moving and shaking along to the music they're beating life into, and watching them with a smile on your face, knowing that if given another chance you'd go see them live again."
The FYF Fest will take place September 4th at the Los Angeles State Historical Park 1245 North Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. For more information, go to: http://www.fyffest.com/