Considering FYF is itself a pseudonym (for F*ck Yeah Fest), maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that all four acts spilling from the two-day, LA-housed FYF Fest (September 1-2 at State Historic Park) into Las Vegas this holiday weekend are solo artists with wacky stage names. But we are, ’cause it’s weird, right? None of the bands (Refused, Dinosaur Jr.). Nobody who plays under a real name (James Blake, Paul Banks). Pseudonyms, all.
King Tuff (August 30, 9 p.m., $5, Beauty Bar)
Garage-rocking singer/guitarist Kyle Thomas also holds down a spot in J. Mascis’ band Witch and records for Sub Pop. In other words, this King’s real royalty.
Kishi Bashi (August 30-September 1, 8 p.m., free, Chandelier at Cosmopolitan)
Experimental-pop man K Ishibashi is a sometime Of Montreal member and violinist for Regina Spektor and Sondre Lerche. He and Thomas could collaborate and call it King Kishi. Or Tuff Bashi.
Twin Shadow (August 31, 10:30 p.m., free, Book & Stage at Cosmopolitan)
Electro-pop wizard George Lewis Jr.’s latest album, Confess, got the Best New Music stamp from Pitchfork. That oughta be worth at least one more shadow.
Aesop Rock (September 1, 9 p.m., $18, LVCS)
Hip-hop heads have been waiting for Ian Matthias Bavitz to come to town for years. Yep, that’s his actual name. We wish he’d been born Aesop Rock, too.