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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Coachella

Becoming a Member of Lucent Dossier Is Not Easy

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Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 11:44 AM

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Chris Victorio
Jordan Wentz doing the splits, handling fire...just another day on the job.
This year, Lucent Dossier celebrates its 10th anniversary at Coachella. Honestly, we couldn't imagine a festival season without them. For the uninitiated, this traveling tribe of dancers, aerialists, acrobats, clowns and carnival freaks are the heart of the Do Lab, one of the Indio festival's many staples. And tonight, you can see them have their most triumphant Coachella moment to date as the Gobi tent's closing act at 11:10 p.m.

See also: Why the Do Lab Is the Best thing About Coachella

Created by stage director/performer/mother hen/goddess Dream Rockwell, Lucent's renowned stage show is made up of some pretty undeniable talent. But if you think that these performers popped out of the womb knowing how to twirl fire and mesmerize a crowd, guess again.

On Friday night, we snuck backstage to get an inside look at the craziness of Lucent's first show of the weekend. 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Do Lab

Why the Do Lab Is the Best Thing About Coachella

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Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 8:10 AM
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  • Colin Young-Wolff
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 Coachella 2014

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

JOSH "CURIOUSJOSH" REISS
  • Josh "CuriousJosh" Reiss
The electronic music festival Lightning in a Bottle went down this past weekend at its new home at Lake Skinner Recreational Area in Temecula, hosting some 14,000 camping, sweaty, underclad people. With daytimes temperatures in the high nineties and nighttime temperatures damn near perfect, an intergenerational crowd enjoyed music, meditation, yoga, live painting, theater, healing arts, and something called "gong therapy."

It was all quite hippie; no corporate sponsors, free water, organic food, no security guards eagerly searching our bags for contraband. Attendees could even bring in their own alcohol. All of which may have been why everyone was constantly hugging and telling each other how beautiful and loved we all are (which was actually really nice).

But it also made for some pretty out-there conversational snippets, which sound pretty funny being taken out of context!

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

Do Lab

The Do Lab Is Releasing a Huge Stash of Concert Recordings

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Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM

CREDIT: JOSH "CURIOUS JOSH" REISS
  • Credit: Josh "Curious Josh" Reiss
Music festival schedules are such that you can never see everyone you want, because many artists are performing at the same time. But the Do Lab -- whose Lightning in a Bottle event has just kicked off in Temecula -- is soothing our collective angst with the release of a new Soundcloud series called In the Lab. It consists of electronic music set recordings from Do Lab events going back to 2010, including Lightning in a Bottle, The Do Lab Presents club nights in L.A., their annual stage at Coachella and last year's Great Convergence event in Egypt.

"Basically," says the Do Lab's Jordan O'Neill, "we've been recording every single performance we've had since 2010."

See also: Music Festivals Are Environmental Disasters. What can be done?

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bizarre Ride

Nicolas Jaar: Bleary, Spectral, Alien

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Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.]

Trying to describe Nicolas Jaar's music yields only doughnuts, a string of zeroes, an increasingly round-a-bout dance of adjectives and antecedents. It is dance music inflected with Ethiopian jazz, Chilean techno, '90s trip-hop, and American experimental minimalism. It's full of samples that you can't quite put your finger on.

A few years ago, Jaar began making music that mastered the use of negative space. In a culture increasingly prone to pornographic detonations in electronic music, Jaar seems more alien than anachronism. Before he was old enough to legally sip Rioja, his style emerged fully formed: immensely patient, subtly psychedelic, bleary and spectral.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Do Lab

Lightning in a Bottle 2013 Lineup Announced

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Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

JOSH "CURIOUSJOSH" REISS
  • Josh "CuriousJosh" Reiss
The lineup for Lightning in a Bottle 2013 is out!

This year's electronic-heavy festival will feature headliners Nicolas Jaar, Rusko, Tycho, Emancipator, Griz and Paper Diamond.

Ten GIFs of Ultra Ravers Shaking Their Shit

As exclusively reported by West Coast Sound in January, the fest is going down in a new location in Temecula this year.

It will take place later in the summer than it has in years past.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Do Lab

The Do Lab's Trip to Egypt Was Some Sort of Revolution + Exclusive Video

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Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

CREDIT: GALEN OAKES, COURTESY OF THE CONFLUENCE
  • Credit: Galen Oakes, courtesy of The Confluence
Between political strife, rioting, demonstrations and the general cultural upheaval caused by the aftershocks of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the country seemed like a less than ideal location for a music festival and sightseeing tour put on by a group of Americans. Yet, nearly 300 people, mostly of them from Southern California, flew to Cairo late last year to take part in the Do Lab's winter solstice event The Great Convergence.

In the planning stages for nearly a year, the itinerary for the trip included visits to ancient sites throughout the country and lectures and panel discussions by Egypt experts Dr. Carmen Boulter and geologist Robert Schoch. The music event (held in front of Great Pyramids, no less), featured sets from Beats Antique, Random Rab, Apparat, Eskmo and Bluetech. The eight day trip ended with a cruise down the Nile.

It was to be a once in a lifetime experience. Everyone told them not to go.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Do Lab

Lightning in a Bottle 2013: New Location, New Dates Announced

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Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Lake Skinner - AARON GAUTSCHI
  • Aaron Gautschi
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Annual music and arts festival Lightning in a Bottle is relocating to Riverside County this summer, West Coast Sound can exclusively report. In a vote yesterday, the Riverside County board of supervisors approved the application to hold Lightning in a Bottle 2013 at Lake Skinner County Park. The four day festival, which has taken place at Orange County's Oak Canyon Park since 2009, was forced to find a new home due to zoning changes at that location.

See also: The Do Lab Built a Massive SoCal EDM Community

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Do Lab

The Do Lab Built a Massive SoCal EDM Community. Next Stop: Egypt

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Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Left to right: Dede, Jesse and Josh Flemming - KEVIN SCANLON
  • Kevin Scanlon
  • Left to right: Dede, Jesse and Josh Flemming
It's a hazy afternoon in early fall and the three brothers Flemming are working from home. In the living room of a converted Venice duplex, Jesse and Dede flip through invoices and stacks of library books written by radical Egyptologists. Out back, Josh paints bamboo panels with his girlfriend. For the better part of a decade, the Flemmings have been known to the Los Angeles electronic dance music community as founders of the Do Lab, the exuberant collective of artists, builders and promoters that has improbably jelled into a lucrative event-production enterprise.

Dede, the youngest at 31, is the one with his feet on the ground. The business works, he says, because his brothers have the vision and he takes care of the logistics. "We have these roles," Dede says, "so we can support each other."

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