What Happens When Rabid Concert Goers Get Old?

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By: Liz Ohanesian

Ten years ago, if I made a trip to the Smell, I would have made a detour or two to pick up friends. We would have searched for the last remaining parking spot near a street light, walked to the club huddled in a group and met up with a few other pals as we lit up cigarettes in the alley behind the venue. After the show, there would likely be a warehouse party to visit, and we would have to hit up some seedy all-night eatery before night's end. We wouldn't head home until at least 2 a.m., probably later depending on how much action we could find.

But that was when we were in our 20s, before the weddings and the kids and the demands of a steady day job.

On my last trip to the Smell, I went solo. My husband had plans with old friends. The one pal who I thought might want to go with me was otherwise occupied.

Maybe I should have called the night a bust and stayed home with Netflix, but ParallaxScroll, who was playing that night, had caught my ear thanks to someone much younger than I am, and checking out live music and club nights is part of my job. In various different capacities, this has been part of my job since I was 19, but a lot changes when you're nearing the end of your 30s.

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10 Signs You're Too Old For Coachella

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You tell 'em, Grandpa!
Age, of course, is a state of mind. But it's easy to feel like you've aged 30 years after three busy days at Coachella. Whether you've gone to the festival since the first year in 1999 or just started going a few years ago, the festival can feel a bit, well, different than when you were in your teens and 20s. If so, you might want to check and see if you just might be getting too old for this shit.

See also: Coachella 2014: The Band and Drugs Pairings Guide

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Millennials, Why Can't You Party More Like Gen Xers?

Ian Witlen
The stage is THAT way. Jeez.
By: Liz Tracy
Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you -- #realtalk -- you do not know how to party.

And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods but that the fridge will be so packed with Miller High Life that it won't totally close. But then I get there, and there's artisan, sprouted, gluten-free hummus with homemade organic cheese sticks and vegan crackers for dipping. And no one looks like they're having fun.

Meanwhile, partying with Gen Xers is the best ever. There's never any food beyond a bag of Doritos, an old pizza, or Taco Bell someone grabbed at the end of the night. There are bongs everywhere, but people are dancing, and someone's getting a blowie in the bathroom. There's going to be a fight. Not just skinny straight guys throwing shade but a bloody nose, "bitch, I'ma kill you" fight. There's nothing good to drink, but there always something to drink. There is a naked guy at the party, and you're probably going to make out with his friend. You will talk to strangers, and there's always good music.

Rip me to shreds in the comments, but someone had to say it. For the millennials who want to party right, here are some new rules for you.

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Best of HARD Summer, Day 1 - Los Angeles State Historic Park - 8/3/12

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Matt Oliver / OC Weekly

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*HARD Summer vs. Nocturnal Wonderland--Which One is Better?

Friday night at the Los Angeles Historic Park, HARD Summer kicked-off it's fourth annual electronic dance music festival filled with banging DJ sets and some epic band gigs. The festival, now expanded to two days, celebrates some of the biggest names in dance music, dubstep and electro while glorifying the old-school house heads and giving 18-and-over kids something to look forward to. The main thing that made Friday night different from Saturday's is the anti-mainstream aspect which allows for some severe dance offs and good vibes all around. Here's a list of highlights from Day 1 of the fest.

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Kaskade at Staples Center and Exchange LA--Which Show Was Better?

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Stilt Walkers Greeting Guests at the Staples Center

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Kaskade Talks EDC, Freaks of Nature Tour and Partying at Focus Tuesdays in OC

Kaskade invaded the West Coast over the weekend as part of his summer Freaks of Nature Tour with stops in LA, San Francisco and Las Vegas. We were lucky enough to attend both sold out shows in LA, first at Staples Center and then the after party at Exchange LA. Naturally, we couldn't help but compare the two to see which was better. For LA-based DJ  Ryan Raddon,  Freaks of Nature marks the biggest tour of his career with more than 50 North American shows playing at venues of all sizes from ballrooms, theaters and arenas. But which of his Saturday night gigs produced the best atmosphere and all around EDM show? Take a look at our notes and decide.

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Kaskade at Exchange LA

1.The Music

Winner: Exchange LA

If you are an electronic dance music junkie like us, then chances are you have already seen Kaskade this year at either Ultra Music Festival, Coachella and/or EDC. This is not including the countless times you made the trip to Vegas to catch him at Marquee. The FON Tour set at the Staples Center was very similar to his Coachella set with lots of predictable yet electrifying Kaskade mash-ups and edits of his hits. Don't get us wrong this set was banging and he played really hard for the LA crowd who loves to get down to the Swedish House Mafia and Knife Party bangers, but as EDM enthusiasts we love to hear new shit too. He did play an awesome new unreleased track "No One Knows Who We Are" and an Alex Gaudino "I'm in love" vs. Kaskade's "I'll Never Dream" mash-up that made us go bananas!

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Leo Dan Brings Latin Baby-Makin' Music to the West Coast Theatre


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Baby-making music, courtesy of Leo Dan

Southern Californian baby boomers got a nostalgic musical fix earlier this month when The Beach Boys, cruised into the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater for their 50th Anniversary Tour. On Friday, June 15, their Spanish-speaking counterparts will get their own trip down memoria lane, when--in a rare appearance-- music legend Leo Dan, performs at Santa Ana's West Coast Theatre. If you were born in the '60s or '70s, and your parents spoke Spanish, there's a possibility--nay, a likelihood-- that you were conceived while one of Mr. Dan's tunes played on the AM radio.

In the English-speaking world, the '60s represented a time of social unrest as the so-called innocence of the 50s was fading out. Although there were plenty of tunes documenting these transitions, a lá Bob Dylan and Jim Hendrix, there was still room for the love-making ballads immortalized by the likes of Marvin Gaye. Pop music at the time balanced between socially conscious protest anthems and the romantic melodies that the carnal hormones commanded.

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Top 10 Things About Covering Music for OC Weekly

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Here's my dream interview, still
Nine years ago, I was in this wannabe new-wave band based in Santa Ana. Back then, our big goal in life was to get featured in OC Weekly. The band imploded, as bands are wont to do, way before we even got a concert listing in the Calendar section (not even a Locals Only, sob!). The funny thing was, when the music editor job came up two years ago, the fact that I played at places such as the Gypsy Den and DiPiazza's and rehearsed in a warehouse in Santa Ana (we even played the first OC Music Awards showcase ever!) gave the hiring powers-that-be the impression that I knew enough about Orange County music to give me the job.
I took it gleefully, of course, knowing my life would be a whirlwind of awesome: free shows and new music, VIP passes to festivals and secret shows. I never anticipated how much work it would be: the sleepless nights writing Top 10 lists, editing concert reviews at 2 a.m., chasing down Bradley Nowell's friends and family two days before we went to press. Still, it was all worth it.
Along the way, I got married and started a family, giving birth to the cutest baby boy IN THE WORLD. My priorities changed, and I realized I needed a grown-up job. So now I leave the Weekly for a job at a university, taking with me only boxes full of concert stubs and shelves overflowing with promo CDs. That, and enough awesome music memories to last a lifetime.

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T.S.O.L.'s Greg Kuehn Talks About His Punk Rock Progeny FIDLAR: "I took Max Downtown to get a fake ID because I get it, he's an adult, he should be able to hang out at a show at least"

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Greg Kuehn and his sons from FIDLAR, Elvis and Max

So Fidlar (acronym for Fuck It, Dog, Life's A Risk)  have been dubbed LA's next big thing, and their scuzzy punk-surf-garage sound have been inciting near riots in many hipster enclaves. And when we find out that guitarist-songwriter Elvis Kuehn and his brother Max are the progeny of Greg Kuehn, keyboardist of the legendary punks T.S.O.L., it all makes sense. Loud music, punk rock, crazy nights--it's in their DNA.
And yes, you could also make the case that Fidlar's success was meant to be. Even before the Kuehns hit puberty, Elvis, 21 and Max, 20, had already played with punk legends like the Adolescents, the Adicts and the Germs. Now that they've signed a record deal with Mom & Pop, and are hitting Santa Ana for the Burger Records show at the Observatory on Saturday, their dad Greg talks about just how proud he is of his children.
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Musical Makeovers: Why They Suck


If you haven't seen Lady Gaga's latest video, "You and I", in which she transforms to look like a dude, then you were probably confused by last night's opening of the VMAs. Yes, Lady Gaga can play a convincing roughed-up guy, but her chameleon skills aren't easy to come by. It doesn't matter how many stylists you have, how many producers work for you, or how much dough the record label throws your way, because ultimately if you don't have the chops don't bother changing your look (it won't help). With out a doubt real iconic artists, like Lady Gaga, Madonna, and David Bowie, have the talent to pull off different styles and branch out to different genres. Some pay off and some definitely don't.

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Top 5 Defining MTV Moments (If You Were A Teen In The '90s)


Most people who grew up in the early '80s were lucky enough to witness MTV's revolutionary images but for many of us, who were just in grade school at the time, the cutting-edge visuals that appeared before us were too conceptual for us to comprehend.

It wasn't until the early '90s (when we were allowed more TV time) that we could really sit and process the music videos, and were able to differentiate our musical tastes. Also, by this time MTV's original programming had began to launch several new shows, so MTV wasn't just a musical haven but was slowly becoming a mecca for all things cool and thought provoking.

So while the generation before us had Michael Jackson's "Thriller," we had yet to experience high-budgeted, mega, videos until way later. And that was just the beginning.

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