Music Festivals

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Despite low attendance, Melvins, Deafheaven, Deerhoof and more bands give 100 percent at Indigo Music Festival

Deafheaven at Indigo Music Festival Indigo Music Festival took its inaugural spin at the Observatory in Santa Ana this past Saturday. Initially announced as a two-day festival with a badass lineup that featured acts such as The Melvins, Rocket From The Crypts, Blonde Redhead and The Black Angels, the festival quickly slimmed down to just […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival becomes Odd Future’s incredible mecca at LA Coliseum

The 3rd annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival took over the LA Coliseum Saturday, and I wish it had lasted more than one day. Packed with carnival rides, a skate park, artisanal (and not so artisanal) foods and designed-to-lose carnival games (with real-life swindling carnies!), you couldn’t hit everything if you tried, to say nothing about […]

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Foo Fighters close final day of Life is Beautiful on an ultimate high

“We haven’t played here in a long f*cking time,” Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl said early on in the final performance of Life is Beautiful’s three-day festival in downtown Las Vegas. “So you know what that means? We are about to play a bunch of songs we normally don’t get to play. And we’re going […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Beach Goth 3 unravels at The Observatory with its biggest and best lineup yet

Foxygen Every 15-20 years, Orange County blows up in an eruption of young bands. Young bands who become tastemakers for the rest of the country, their generation and indeed, the world. What is it about Orange County that spawns these movements? Is it the suburban setting and overflow of empty garages, which demand to be […]

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Life is Beautiful day two ruled by rap, balanced by Lionel Richie, and blown away by Flaming Lips

Outkast hadn’t played Las Vegas in more than a decade when they headlined Saturday’s Life is Beautiful smorgasbord on the second day of the downtown Las Vegas festival. Outkast had made the festival rounds on their reunion this year, to mixed results. Their week one Coachella set was knocked for being a bit shaky, but […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Life is Beautiful day one capped by — what else — a Kanye rant

Downtown Las Vegas’ second-year music festival Life is Beautiful kicked off Friday capped by a typically awesome and rant-filled Kanye West set. Now three days after being just two in its inaugural year, the festival has grown in more than just length of time. The festival grounds felt like they have doubled in size and […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Moon Block Party 2014: An epic and intimate party of psychedelia and more at Fairplex Pomona

Spoon It’s hard for me to say anything negative about this year’s installment of Moon Block Party. After all, there is nothing more pure than a collective of artists banding together to organize a festival purely out of a love for music. I could go into depth about the sometimes suspect sound, that-most vendors ran out […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Supersonico Festival brings thousands to the Shrine, merging fans across Latin indie genres

Opening a new platform for Latin alternative music, Supersonico Fest took over every corner of The Shrine Auditorium and Expo, showcasing an amazing lineup of bands and DJs representing global bass, rock, hip hop, dancehall, EDM, pop, ska, flamenco, and more from across the globe. This epic musical trip around the world all popped off during a one-day […]

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Sunset Strip Music Festival Day 2: Out with the old, in with the new

After lamenting the demise of the Sunset Strip in my review of day one, I took note of the fact that lineups between day one and day two were perfectly crafted for two very different types of audience. While day one catered to rock and roll purists, day two focused on the future of music […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Sunset Strip Music Festival Day 1: saying goodbye to the old strip

I felt a strong urgency to attend this years Sunset Strip Music Festival. With so many changes happening in the area, it’s hard to see anything left of the Sunset Strip I grew up with. Like most things Los Angeles, investors and city planners have their sights set on a historic slice of the city […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Made In America Los Angeles Reviewed: the good, the bad and the fugly

This past weekend marked the inaugural Made In America festival in Los Angeles. Though this festival has been running the past few years in Philadelphia, the promoters undertook a huge effort in running one in the heart of downtown LA, with City Hall serving as the backdrop to a main stage that would showcase the […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Deafheaven transforms FYF crowd into a group of feral banshees

Sometimes it’s pretty cool when you don’t have enough writers credentialed at FYF Fest to cover the entire event. Why? Because we get to pluck our favorite Tweets and Instagrams from the fans themselves. That’s exactly what we did for Deafheaven’s moving and memorable performance. Our photographer had covered both of their FYF shows, but our […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Murder City Devils bring out the punk dancing and crowd-surfing at FYF

Sometimes it’s pretty cool when you don’t have enough writers credentialed at FYF Fest to cover the entire event. Why? Because we get to pluck our favorite Tweets and Instagrams from the fans themselves. That’s exactly what we did for Murder City Devils‘ incredible set. Our photographer had covered their performance at The Trees stage, […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |