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Music, West Coast Sound Nocturnal Wonderland Was So Much Better Than Last Year

Nocturnal Wonderland Was So Much Better Than Last Year

Nocturnal Wonderland San Manuel Amphitheater 9/5/14 This year's Nocturnal Wonderland could win an award for most improved rave. The festival, held at San Bernardino's San Manuel Amphitheater for its second time, underwent a few crucial upgrades: They main stage was moved to a more centralized location, the walkways were improved, and...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Hard Summer Unlikely to Return to Whittier Narrows Next Year

Hard Summer Unlikely to Return to Whittier Narrows Next Year

When L.A. State Historic Park underwent renovations earlier this year, the Hard Summer festival was forced to move to a new location. They chose Whittier Narrows Recreation Center in the San Gabriel Valley. Reviews for the new spot were mixed; it's further out, but a much bigger space.  But according...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Best Snaps From EDC

The Best Snaps From EDC

As we reported a couple months ago, this year you could watch all of Coachella from your couch, online. As for EDC - held over the weekend in Las Vegas (here's our full coverage) -  you could digitally witness the goings-on as well, via the "vanishing message" app Snapchat. But it was totally...…
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Music, West Coast Sound 10 Unforgettable People at Lightning in a Bottle

10 Unforgettable People at Lightning in a Bottle

Lightning in a Bottle isn't like many music festivals, where the main focus is on the performers. No, at LiB, your fellow attendees are just as as integral to the experience. Over the weekend, food snobs, hardcore ravers, all-around eccentrics, and many more walked the grounds of the Lake San Antonio...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Woman Tasered at Lightning in a Bottle

Woman Tasered at Lightning in a Bottle

A festival-goer was tasered by police at Lightning in a Bottle tonight, just after 6 pm. According to people in attendance, the woman was wielding a knife and waving it at the crowd at the music and arts festival, which is being held this weekend at San Antonio Recreation Area,...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Ravers in Native American Headdresses: Should This Be Happening on Tribal Land?

Ravers in Native American Headdresses: Should This Be Happening on Tribal Land?

Though sports teams using names, gestures, and uniforms offensive to Native Americans has been a subject of debate for many years, the issue of ravers wearing garb inspired by tribes has flown largely under the radar. Despite criticism from various media outlets (including the Weekly), the practice has only seemed...…
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Music, West Coast Sound What's New at Lightning in a Bottle This Year?

What's New at Lightning in a Bottle This Year?

Lots of changes are in store this year at Lightning in a Bottle, which runs tomorrow through Monday. For starters, the DoLab-run music and arts festival has moved north to the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, California, following an undercover police sting at last year's Lake Skinner incarnation. We spoke to Dede Flemming, a DoLab co-founder, about...…
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Music, West Coast Sound What Music Do Frat Guys Like?

What Music Do Frat Guys Like?

Frat guys were once thought to be the Neanderthals on campus, particularly when it came to their cultural tastes. But you'd be surprised the kind of music you hear at fraternity parties today - it's often more Low End Theory than fratstep.  To wrap our heads around what the bros are into, we...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Why the Do Lab Is the Best Thing About Coachella

Why the Do Lab Is the Best Thing About Coachella

It's the coolest outdoor spot on the Coachella grounds - literally. Misters and water guns help you beat the heat while you dance your little behind off to thumping electronic music.  So, what's not to like about the Do Lab stage? Lots, apparently. See also: Everything You Need to Know About...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Ack! Every Store at the Mall Is Pandering to Coachella-Goers

Ack! Every Store at the Mall Is Pandering to Coachella-Goers

If you think Coachella is mainly about the music you're naive; it's become one of SoCal's most highly-anticipated fashion shows. Say what you want about the styles - the floppy hats and the garlands and those gosh darn spirit hoodies  - but Coachella most certainly has a "look." Once upon a...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Kings of Leon - The Forum - March 21, 2014

Kings of Leon - The Forum - March 21, 2014

Kings of Leon The Forum 3/21/14 Visuals of Bettie Page and black and white porn films jiggled on the jumbotron Friday night Caleb Followill belted out the chorus of Kings of Leon's latest single, "Supersoaker." Along with Followill's rough, soulful voices and the cascading stage lights, every component of the show came together...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Miley Cyrus - Staples Center - 2-22-14

Miley Cyrus - Staples Center - 2-22-14

Miley Cyrus Staples Center 2/23/14 You've heard of  Miley Cyrus? This is what she has said about her Bangerz tour, which came to the Staples Center on Saturday night: "Even though parents probably won't like this, my show is educational for the kids - they're going to be exposed to art most people...…
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Music, West Coast Sound St. Lucia - El Rey Theatre - February 11, 2014

St. Lucia - El Rey Theatre - February 11, 2014

St. Lucia El Rey Theatre February 11, 2014 Last night, St. Lucia made the El Rey look and sound like an '80s-themed Caribbean vacation. Thanks to their mostly-upbeat and synth-pop infused tunes, the indie outfit's first L.A. show of their headlining tour was a warm escape from the SoCal winter...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Evolution of Rave Fashion

The Evolution of Rave Fashion

When deciding what to wear to a rave, it helps first to consider your objective: Do you want to look hot? Dress for the weather? Express your personal style? Or should your outfit simply complement the drugs you plan to do? Since raves kicked off in late-1980s England, fashion trends have...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Hey You Wannabe DJ With the iPod: Quit Sabotaging the Party!

Hey You Wannabe DJ With the iPod: Quit Sabotaging the Party!

There are party fouls that can be forgiven--like peeing in the indoor plants or having sex in the host's bed. But unplugging the host's playlist and putting on your own? Now that's fucked up...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Why the Katy Perry Movie Is a Classic

Why the Katy Perry Movie Is a Classic

Ah, July 2012. A time when we thought it was still slightly possible that Mitt Romney would be our next president. But something equally unlikely happened that month: The Katy Perry hagiography, Katy Perry: Part of Me, came out, and it was amazing. No seriously, hear us out...…
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Music, West Coast Sound This Guy Played Will Ferrell's Jazz Flute Solo in <em>Anchorman</em>

This Guy Played Will Ferrell's Jazz Flute Solo in Anchorman

Katisse Buckhingham starred as the kid who gave Alyssa Milano a hickey on Who's the Boss. It gets better: He also played flute and saxophone on The Chronic. Actually, it gets even better than that: He recorded Will Ferrell's jazz flute solo in Anchorman. (The scene is below.)...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Band That Succeeded Almost By Accident

The Band That Succeeded Almost By Accident

The members of Wildcat! Wildcat! sound like a choir of indie rock angels. Their self-titled EP, released this summer, features delicate harmonies, subtle bass lines, and flurries of playful keyboards. The group released a pair of tracks on SoundCloud early last year, and played a show not long after at...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Why Is Rave Fashion Such a Disaster?

Why Is Rave Fashion Such a Disaster?

Anyone who's been to giant electronic dance music parties knows that "rave fashion" is something of an oxymoron. Traditionally, raves are a space people can be free to wear whatever they want. That's great! Except, not really, because it makes horrible fashion mistakes acceptable. And so you see Rastafarian colors...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Lorde - The Fonda - 9/24/13

Lorde - The Fonda - 9/24/13

The Fonda 9-24-13 Better than: Most anything you've ever heard from a 16-year-old girl. Every iPhone in the house was up and Instagramming when Lorde began to sing the first few lyrics of her hit song "Royals." Her performance of the minimalistic, bass-pounding jam was exceptional; the only thing that...…
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