Over the last seven years, the Sunset Strip Music Festival has gone from veteran, hard-rock Strip bands to indie-oriented, international acts whose reputations weren't established 30 years ago. The intention of the festival remains the same: the preservation and promotion of the legendary, raunchy reputation of the Strip. Festivalgoers will oscillate between the Roxy, Whisky A Go Go and three outdoor stages, one of which is curated by Murs and features hip-hop. Australia's Empire of the Sun brings its Technicolor production to headline Sunday, offsetting homegrown Jane's Addiction's gritty and visceral presentation headlining Saturday. Strip originals L.A. Guns grace the Whisky stage on day one, which also features modern-day rockers Nightmare and the Cat and rabble-rousing MC Riff Raff. On day two, soul crooner Mayer Hawthorne contrasts against the party-starting Destructo, the soft pop of Sweden's Tove Lo and the electropop of the U.K.'s Fenech-Soler.
Sat., Sept. 20, 2 p.m., 2014
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