Keith Plocek

Jalama Beach; Credit: Pierce Martin/Flickr

Discover the Secret Surf Spot That’s a Coastal Camping Dream Come True

Surfers know that L.A.'s population boom has led to overcrowding on beach and in our ocean. But drive a few hours north, up to the Central Coast, and the options for surfing solitude open back up. Add in some camping, and you can fall asleep to waves crashing without shelling out the typical cost of beachfront property....
Chet Faker is up there somewhere. At least that's what I was told.; Credit: Mathew Tucciarone

I Saw Every Single Band at FYF Fest on Saturday

Big music festivals almost always require tough decisions. There will be two-hour chunks in which you care very little about any of the bands playing on umpteen stages — and then, bam, three of your favorites are playing at the same time in the three different far-flung corners of the......
Itchy-O invades Los Globos.; Credit: Photo by Keith Plocek

32-Piece Band Itchy-O Almost Outnumbered the Crowd at Los Globos

The show begins like a strange protest in an absurd country. Veiled women walk into the room carrying septagram-bedecked banners. Then comes a masked dude on an adult-sized tricycle, loaded up with speakers, followed by other masked men carrying more speakers on their backs. Each of these rigs is self-powered,......
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