Music Festivals

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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, 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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Kendrick Lamar, surprise Killers set, Halsey and Death Cab for Cutie cap off Life is Beautiful

Kendrick Lamar The third-annual Life is Beautiful Festival in downtown Las Vegas saved some of their best tricks for last. Kendrick Lamar topped off a weekend that included many memorable performances. Perhaps it was perfectly fitting that Kendrick — perhaps the hottest thing in rap today — would close out a festival that is clearly […]

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Duran Duran, Metric, Clean bandit deliver top Life is Beautiful day two sets

Night Terrors of 1927 Day two of Life is Beautiful was the most jam-packed day of the downtown Las Vegas festival schedule-wise. It makes sense. People that drove in from LA or flew in from elsewhere get to enjoy a full day’s worth of music whereas the other two days are sometimes eaten up by […]

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Stevie Wonder, Hozier, Thievery Corporation and more mesmerize day one at Life is Beautiful

Photo via Life Is Beautiful Life is Beautiful was genius to book Stevie Wonder. The downtown Las Vegas festival — now in its third year — kicked off the first day of their three-day festival with the first legacy headliner they’ve ever booked. It’s those types of acts that will make it stand out and […]

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The Killers, Grace Potter, Ben Harper and more close inaugural KAABOO Del Mar with a bang

The Killers The final day of the inaugural KAABOO Del Mar brought its largest crowd of the weekend as it was topped by a performance from The Killers, one of the biggest American rock bands out there today. Brandon Flowers has been in heavy support of his solo record, with very few dates in the […]

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Zac Brown Band, Counting Crows, Spoon, The Roots highlight wide array of musical offerings at KAABOO Day 2

Day two of KAABOO Del Mar featured a diverse string of musical acts, from rock to hip-hop to electronic. One of the interesting things about this festival is how little of the latter two genres it offers. Rodrigo y Gabriela made magic on the main stage with their Spanish guitars, blending flamenco with rock seamlessly. […]

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No Doubt, Snoop Dogg, Foster The People highlight day one of inaugural Kaaboo Music Fest

The Revivalists Against the backdrop of a uniquely picturesque Californian landscape–crystal blue waters along coastal cliffs on one side and sun-kissed palms on the other–KAABOO Del Mar was unveiled to fans as a proud testament to the inherent beauty of the nearby beach community. But the celebration that began Friday afternoon at the Del Mar Fairgrounds […]

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