By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
Arts journal Arthur launches its first-ever music festival this weekend(Sun.-Mon.) at Barnsdall Park. The venue is fitting: ArthurFest’s guiding aesthetic is way earthy/arty/hippie/ psychedelic — in keeping with childhood memories of the many mime, tumbling, magic and pottery workshops we took up on Barnsdall hill in the sweaty ’70s. (And oh! the puppet shows!) You might even say ArthurFest dwells in a psychic dimension where the spirit of early ’90s indie rock makes peace with its hippie stoner parents.
In short, a pot habit will serve the festgoer well.
The hippie vibe is not only evident in the music — it’s also a structural thing: A number of the bands on the bill are known as “collectives” (see blurbs). In the words of Arthur editor/festival curator (and L.A. Weekly contributor) Jay Babcock, “These bands are groups working together toward a common goal. They are small collectives. And in this, their form, function, and content are instructive — and progressive. In an increasingly atomized Krew Kut Klan cubicle world of alienating bottom-line drudgery, the small collective chasing the muse is the real alternative.”
You’re blowing our minds.
('Fraidy? Cat Power)
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