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Music, West Coast Sound No, Seriously, There Were Drones at Coachella

No, Seriously, There Were Drones at Coachella

Remember our April Fool's post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out we were prophetic. Those hovering propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella. They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performances by MGMT, Outkast and others. So what's the deal?  Don't...…
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Music, West Coast Sound How Dangerous Is Coachella, Really?

How Dangerous Is Coachella, Really?

On Thursday, Coachella attendee Kimchi Truong died after an apparent overdose. It's believed to be the first death tied to the giant annual festival since 2008 - though the actual number is hard to ascertain, since the Riverside County Coroner's Office says it does not track them. But as always happens when a young...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Coachella Attendee Dies After Apparent Drug or Alcohol Overdose

Coachella Attendee Dies After Apparent Drug or Alcohol Overdose

A Coachella attendee overdosed and died last weekend, L.A. Weekly has learned. Goldenvoice released the following statement: Last weekend, a festival attendee suffered an apparent drug overdose. The individual was seen by on-site medical staff and later transferred to JFK Memorial Hospital and later to Desert Regional Medical Center. We...…
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Music, West Coast Sound F-Yeah! It's the 2013 FYF quiz!

F-Yeah! It's the 2013 FYF quiz!

Strap on your party hats! FYF Festival goes down this weekend, August 24 and 25, at L.A. State Historic Park. But that's all we're going to tell you -- test your festival knowledge with our annual FYF SAT below:…
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Music, West Coast Sound Here's How Not to Act at Coachella

Here's How Not to Act at Coachella

The crowds at Coachella this year have been by and large well-behaved. Still, between the heat and the beer, there's a tendency for crowds to get reckless, and we've seen a slew of downright disrespectful behaviors this year. Here are five of the worst -- as well as some tips…
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Music, West Coast Sound F-Yeah! It's the 2012 FYF Quiz!

F-Yeah! It's the 2012 FYF Quiz!

See also: *Our FYF 2012 Review *Our slideshow from FYF Fest 2011: Death From Above 1979, Explosions in the Sky, Descendents, Simian Mobile Disco and More FYF Fest is upon us! With a second day added this year -- it's tomorrow, Sept 1 and Sunday, Sept 2 at L.A. State…
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Music, West Coast Sound Why Is Frank Ocean's Coming Out a Big Deal, But Not Syd the Kyd's?

Why Is Frank Ocean's Coming Out a Big Deal, But Not Syd the Kyd's?

*Our review of Frank Ocean at The Wiltern, 7/17/12 *Syd the Kyd on Odd Future, Her Sexuality and Why She Hates the Word "Lesbian" Earlier this month, rising R&B crooner and Odd Future member Frank Ocean came out of the closet. (More or less.) Since then there's been an outpouring…
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Music, West Coast Sound Coachella Wins Again: Councilman Drops Tax Proposal

Coachella Wins Again: Councilman Drops Tax Proposal

See also: Coachella Organizers Threatening to Take 2014 Off and Move the Festival Elsewhere The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will remain in Indio, at least for now. City Councilman Sam Torres, who last month proposed an admissions tax that would cost promoters Goldenvoice an estimated $4 million to…
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Music, West Coast Sound Coachella Organizers Threatening to Take 2014 Off and Move the Festival Elsewhere

Coachella Organizers Threatening to Take 2014 Off and Move the Festival Elsewhere

Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs World's Douchiest DJs: The Top Five Ten EDC Girls Who Are Out of My League Interview With a Raver Who Wears Electrical Tape on Her Boobs The 2013 Coachella could well be its last in Indio, say organizers, due to their opposition to…
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Music, West Coast Sound Los Globos Under Fire: Residents Complain of Noise, Urination, and Public Sex

Los Globos Under Fire: Residents Complain of Noise, Urination, and Public Sex

See also: Los Globos Gets A Hip New Reinvention Less than a year after Sunset Junction went down in flames, Silver Lake's music scene is again the subject of civic tension, as its neighborhood council has threatened to bring down the Los Globos nightclub. Owner Steven Edelson purchased the venue…
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Music, West Coast Sound Syd the Kyd on Odd Future, Her Sexuality and Why She Hates the Word "Lesbian"

Syd the Kyd on Odd Future, Her Sexuality and Why She Hates the Word "Lesbian"

*The Internet's Video That Outraged One Corner Of The Lesbian Community *Top 20 Worst Bands of All Time *Top 20 Sexiest Female Musicians of All Time *Top 20 Greatest Musicians of All Time, In Any Genre In this week's cover story, we kick it with Odd Future members Syd the...…
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Music, Odd Future's Syd the Kyd Joins The Internet

Odd Future's Syd the Kyd Joins The Internet

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Music, West Coast Sound World Famous V.I.P. Records Closes

World Famous V.I.P. Records Closes

For this week's feature story, we wrote about the impending demise of World Famous V.I.P. Records in Long Beach, which once boasted a dozen branches and was instrumental in the rise of West Coast hip-hop. Now it's official: the store took down its iconic sign last Monday, Jan. 2, just...…
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Music, World Famous V.I.P. Records To Close

World Famous V.I.P. Records To Close

It's a smoggy afternoon in Long Beach. World Famous V.I.P. Records sits tucked in a strip mall off Pacific Coast Highway, its façade marked with sun-bleached outlines of album posters. The store's iconic record-shaped sign still stands tall, though it could use a paint job. Speakers in the doorway, meanwhile,...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Drinkify: We Get Drunk To See If It Actually Works

Drinkify: We Get Drunk To See If It Actually Works

We at West Coast Sound love little more than good tunes and good booze. So, when Drinkify dropped earlier this month -- an Internet app that suggests cocktails to sip while listening to your artist of choice -- we were intrigued. So much so that we bought a whole shopping...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Pixies - The Music Box - November 19, 2011

The Pixies - The Music Box - November 19, 2011

The Pixies The Music Box November 19, 2011 If you're just learning that indie rock deity the Pixies were in town last night, there's no need to cry -- most folks didn't know about the gig either, as it was announced exclusively in emails to fans through the band's website...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Sunset Junction Ticketholders Plan Class-Action Lawsuit

Sunset Junction Ticketholders Plan Class-Action Lawsuit

It's been nearly three months since Sunset Junction was canceled, but most people still haven't gotten their refunds. Frustrated ticketholders are now taking steps to file a class-action lawsuit against the Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance, whose founder and organizer Michael McKinley has been AWOL since late August, when the festival's...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Did Odd Future Member Left Brain Slap A Female Photographer? One Witness Says No

Did Odd Future Member Left Brain Slap A Female Photographer? One Witness Says No

11/7 UPDATE: Photographer Amy Harris has decided to press charges against Left Brain. He faces six months in jail and fines of up to $1000. 10/31 UPDATE: A photographer at the event named Skip Bolen says that Left Brain did, in fact, hit Amy Harris, as well as another photographer...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Ximena Sariñana on Boys, Bands and Why The Valley Trumps Echo Park

Ximena Sariñana on Boys, Bands and Why The Valley Trumps Echo Park

See also: Ximena Sariñana: An Indie-Pop Star In Mexico, Anonymous In L.A. Last week we told you about Mexican indie-pop star Ximena Sariñana, who just embarked on her first American headlining tour as part of her U.S. crossover attempt. Ahead of her Wednesday appearance on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic," here...…
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