Why should Phoenicians care about a festival that's happening nearly 400 miles away, in rival territory no less? Some of you diehard sports fans are probably groaning that we're featuring a music festival in the hometown of the dreaded Lakers, Kings, and Bruins. The short answer is My Bloody Valentine, The Breeders, and FLAG -- these bands won't tour in Phoenix anytime soon, and Southern California isn't that far away.
We shouldn't feel too left out, because it's not as if My Bloody Valentine is going to tour the rest of the United States, either, in support of its latest record, MBV.
The festival in question? Los Angeles' FYF Fest, one of the best ones going. Homegrown festivals like McDowell Mountain Music Festival are starting to hit their stride by moving to downtown locales and featuring renowned headliners like The Roots and The Shins, but the Valley of the Sun has yet to perfect the local music festival while maintaining a national appeal.