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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Festivals

Weezer to Headline Burgerama Four in 2015

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Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 8:21 AM
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Burger Records is growing fast. In 2013 alone, they put out 300 or so releases (more than just cassette tapes), while their annual festival, Burgerama, managed to triple its attendance from 2013 to 2014. Now, they've booked their biggest show to date: Burgerama Four, headlined by Weezer, Ty Segall, and Fidlar — with an assorted cast of characters that includes a rare appearance by psychedelic godfather Roky Erickson, U.K. post-punk legends Gang of Four, Ariel Pink, J Mascis and what's sure to destroy at least a portion of the internet: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

For those who've never been to a Burgerama, the two-day festival is like Cypress Hill's SmokeOut meets Gonerfest, and now, a Gen-X thrift store version of the Warped Tour. The two-day festival will take place on March 28 and 29 at the Observatory in Santa Ana. Last year's event was held on three separate stages (indoor and outdoor), but no word yet on what this year will look like. 

With Weezer headlining Burgerama Four, it looks like Burger Records is on the tipping point of becoming a bit more well, big time in 2015. 

Here is the lineup for Burgerama Four:

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Electric Daisy Carnival 2015 Announces Dates, Tickets On Sale Dec. 1

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Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 3:00 AM
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Insomniac Events has announced the 2015 dates for Electric Daisy Carnival, the EDM festival that, with over 400,000 attendees last year, can now plausibly bill itself as "North America's largest music festival."

The 19th annual EDC (and fifth since the festival moved to Las Vegas from its original home in Southern California) will take place June 19-21 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Tickets will go on sale the Monday after Thanksgiving, Dec. 1, at noon Pacific Time. Three-day tickets will start at $329 plus service fees and can be purchased via LasVegas.ElectricDaisyCarnival.com.

In case you're not excited enough about this news, be sure to watch the seizure-inducing hype reel below. See you in Vegas!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Festivals

At Camp Flog Gnaw, There Was No Escaping Tyler, the Creator

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Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 4:00 AM
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In its third edition, the Odd Future-curated Camp Flog Gnaw has steadily become one of the most anticipated events on the late-autumn concert calendar. On an idyllic Saturday afternoon, Tyler, the Creator and company turned the parking lot around the L.A. Coliseum and Sports Arena into a carnival ground with two music stages.

With the event’s growth in popularity, it’s expanded and become more ambitious with its execution. Camp Flog Gnaw is the rare event that's able be family-friendly and raucous at the same time.

Here’s what we loved about the 2014 edition of the mini-festival.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

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October 25, 2014


At a time when music festivals are a dime a dozen, it's hard to build one that stands out from the ever-growing crowd, or can compete with larger local festivals like FYF and Burgerama. Now in its third year, the Beach Goth party, hosted by Southern California's own favorite somber surf-rockers the Growlers, is a contender for best boutique festival of the year.

With acts that spanned from precarious pseudo-'70s rockers Foxygen, to Alice Glass of the recently split experimental electro-punks Crystal Castles, to GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, the main Beach Goth and Observatory stages were incredibly diverse. 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Festivals

Top 5 Bands to See at This Year's Culture Collide

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Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 4:00 AM
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[Update: For today only (Friday, Oct. 17), Culture Collide is offering 2-day wristbands for only $10, while supplies last. Visit the ticket booth at Taix to score your tix.]

Now in its fifth year, Culture Collide continues to be a kind of international Echo Park Rising. It's still accessible at $30 dollars for a three-day pass, and like Echo Park Rising, the festival takes over Sunset Boulevard with enough music, craft beer and munchies to cause a riot. 

But Culture Collide also offers a unique element of discovery that's now missing from major music industry gatherings like SXSW. This year alone, you'll be wigging out over avante-garde EDM from Israel and Korean rock 'n' roll that doesn't sound like homogenized, plasticky K-Pop — minds blown, right? 

In all, over 60 bands from around the world will invade Echo Park for three days, October 16-18. Which means there's a lot to see when you're not getting blitzed in the beer garden — or trying to figure out what an Aussie BBQ is without missing the next set. But that won't happen, because you'll just take this list with you. Here are the five acts you simply cannot miss at this year's Culture Collide.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Festivals

Best and Worst of Supersonico Festival 2014

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Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM
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Supersonico is the festival the alt-Latino scene in Los Angeles has been waiting for. Many are calling it the “Latino FYF," the “Latin Coachella,” and even the U.S. version of "Vive Latino." Los Angeles hasn't seen anything like it in at least a decade. 

Saturday was a sunny, cool day with a mostly Latino crowd of about 10,000, who were visibly excited to be there. No one was afraid to get down to a little cumbia or hip-hop when the moment called for it. There were teenagers, twenty-somethings, and an older crowd that was drawn mostly by the big name headliners of Café Tacvba, Calle 13 and indie hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux. 

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Festivals

Here’s Who to See at the Supersonico Festival

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Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 4:30 AM
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For years, Latin music fans have been wishing for a Coachella-like festival in Los Angeles. It seems like a no-brainer, given how many Latinos live in the area and the impact that’s had on the local cultural scene.

Finally, local indie label Nacional Records and Goldenvoice put their heads together to present Supersonico at the Shrine Expo Hall and Grounds this Saturday. When the festivals lineup was first announced, it seemed like a cruel joke, too good to be true. Almost like one of those fake Coachella lineups you see before the real one is revealed.

We hope Los Angeles sells this thing out to prove Supersonico’s need to return. 

Below you’ll find our specific suggestions for who you should check out.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Festivals

Grading This Summer's L.A. Music Festivals

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Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 4:30 AM
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It's a great time to live in L.A. As we've said before, our fair city is the best for music, period. But when it comes to festivals, there are perhaps too many. In fact, there were so many this summer that is was hard to keep up. And they're getting ludicrously expensive. 

Assuming you have the do-re-mi, what separates a good festival from a bad festival? In a word: curation. If the artists on the bills made sense together, the festivals worked. If they didn't, the festivals sucked.

Using this yardstick, here are our grades for a bunch of them. 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Festivals

Best and Worst of the Sunset Strip Music Festival

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Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM
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The Sunset Strip Music Festival took place this weekend, and it was the most diverse incarnation yet, with more DJs, dancing and funky beats than ever, including a hip-hop stage curated by Murs. Still, the festival's heart remained with the L.A. rockers. 

The festival has had a troubled few years, and Sunset Boulevard itself is in transition. The event reflected this. Here are our picks for the best and worst of the weekend.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Festivals

Murs Brings Hip-Hop to the Sunset Strip Music Festival

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Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 4:30 AM
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When it comes to hip-hop festivals, Murs has the Midas touch.

In 2006, the rapper had the crazy idea to create Paid Dues, an all-day, outdoor live music event packed solely with underground hip-hop acts. Not only did the inaugural concert sell out, it spawned a 10-city tour the following year. With its bill ballooning to include artists like Macklemore, Juicy J and the whole Top Dawg Entertainment crew, last year’s Paid Dues was the biggest and most profitable to date.

No wonder the Sunset Strip Music Festival, which has been dogged by rumors of financial distress, asked the L.A. native to curate its hip-hop stage this year. And he’s delivered: The diverse roster includes a little something for every hip-hop head, from DJ Quik and Bun B to Riff Raff and Iamsu.

In advance of the event, we talked to Murs about SSMF’s troubles, being a daddy, why Paid Dues was cancelled this year — and if it will ever come back.

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