Music Festivals

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Sia steals show from headliner with once-in-a-lifetime performance to Coachella

Renowned Aussie singer-songwriter Sia hasn’t performed a full show hardly anywhere in years. When she was announced as part of Coachella’s bill this year, she was instantly on most people’s can’t-miss lists for the weekend. On Sunday, she more than justified the hype with the kind of performance that people will be talking about for […]

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Grimes battles Guns and Roses for Coachella crowd, takes fans into the Belly of the Beat

Pushing through the body aches, inevitable soreness, and ritualistic hangovers of the previous night, festival-goers made their enthused return to the Empire Polo Fields for Coachella’s second day. The atmosphere was a veritable powder keg, with the catalyst being the rock-’n’-roll  dominated day to ensue and eventually explode spectacularly with Guns and Roses headlining slot. […]

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Diarrhea Planet at Do512 showcase at Barracuda shot by Maggie Boyd
SXSW 2016 (Saturday): HINDS, Diet Cig, Formation make up for line-wasting time

The one big drawback of SXSW is that you could potentially wait in a line for three or more hours for a really hyped event, think you’re going to get in, and then get royally effed over and left in the cold. This is what happened to me on my last day of SXSW 2016 […]

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Lightning Strikes at SXSW (Friday) shot by Maggie Boyd
SXSW 2016 (Friday): Willie Nelson’s party weathers the storm; CHVRCHES, Deftones rock SPIN showcase

Friday was a wild day for SXSW goers everywhere. The afternoon came and went without issue, but when the evening started rolling in, a nasty storm came along with it. All outdoor showcases were postponed and later shut down due to the weather. I myself was nowhere near Austin at the time, instead an hour […]

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Gallant at John Legend SXSW Showcase shot by Maggie Boyd
SXSW 2016 (Thursday): John Legend, Loretta Lynn, Gallant, DMA’S sparkle

Thursday at South by Southwest, we got to take in a diverse range of acts spanning a multitude of genres, including acts ranging from heavyweights like John Legend, Loretta Lynn and The Kills to up-and-comers like Gallant, Vince Staples and DMA’s. John Legend not only topped a SXSW showcase this year, but he showcased some buzzy […]

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Kacey Musgraves at Spotify House
SXSW 2016 (Wednesday): Kacey Musgraves, Charles Bradley, Julien Baker bring variety and good feels

Wednesday at SXSW we covered quite a bit of ground, hitting showcases all over downtown Austin featuring acts like Kacey Musgraves, Charles Bradley, BORNS, HAELOS, Anderson .Paak and a slew of other awesome acts. Check out our full coverage of the day! Things got started over at the Waterloo Records’ first showcase. There were some […]

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Jack Garratt at Spotify House shot by Maggie Boyd
SXSW 2016 (Tuesday): Big Boi, St. Lucia, Kacy Hill, Jack Garratt leave lasting impressions

Ah, Austin. It’s good to be back inside your town for South by Southwest (SXSW), and you really knew how to officially kick off the music portion of your epic city-wide festival, didn’t you? We got around quite a bit, and it’s only the beginning. Be sure to check in on our daily coverage if […]

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Chet Faker misses mark at CRSSD Fest; Gorgon City, Tycho bring the fire

Sunday night, it was up to Aussie electronic artist Chet Faker to close the second spring edition of San Diego’s CRSSD Fest. ODESZA had set the bar high the night before with a rousing headline performance. Could Chet Faker aka Nicholas Murphy match the Seattle duo’s intensity the following night? Unfortunately for those who stayed, […]

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ODESZA proves headliner-worthy at San Diego’s CRSSD Spring Fest

Now in its second year, San Diego’s CRSSD Fest at Waterfront Park made the jump this weekend from being one of the best-kept secrets to being a legitimate powerhouse of a second-tier music festival. The twice-a-year fest — which takes place in both March and October — was a sell-out and tickets on the secondary […]

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Julian Casablancas, Die Antwoord close out much-more organized Beach Goth day 2

Beach Goth day 2 at the Observatory in Santa Ana was a bit more organized than the previous and featured a couple of interesting performances from its biggest names. They had more security setup to make getting into the festival a quicker experience than the previous day. What took hours on Saturday took minutes on […]

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Grimes
Grimes, Warpaint, Mac DeMarco save Beach Goth day 1, marred by disorganization

Beach Goth was a huge clusterf*ck, but it wasn’t without its high points. Grimes, the multi-talented musician who seems to do everything herself, debuted four new songs on the first night of the two-day festival that took place at the Observatory in Santa Ana. But before that performance, there were headaches galore. I showed up […]

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Festival Supreme 2015 thrills and disappoints, all at the same sweaty moment

Amy Poehler’s 15 minutes at Festival Supreme It was hot. I mean like, not-good-for-our world hot. But that didn’t stop fans from enjoying the festivities at Festival Supreme this past Saturday at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo. We weathered the heat sweating like pigs in a blanket, but it was all worth it. Well, most […]

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Pennywise, Bad Religion, NOFX and more punk bands weather the heat at It’s Not Dead Fest

Punk’s not dead! That is a true statement because there were about 22,000 of them standing, walking, moshing, and surfing crowds in the sweltering, heat this past Saturday at San Manuel Amphitheater for It’s Not Dead Fest. I had planned on getting to the festival a little later, once the heat died down a bit, but since […]

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