Today's Band T-Shirt Trends Are Getting Ridiculous and Awesome

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By: Jamie Lees

Band shirts used to be a way to easily identify other members of your tribe. It was a method of claiming allegiance without saying a word, a way to help find other like-minded people. People wore their love on their sleeves, quite literally. Back in the day you couldn't just creep on somebody's FaceSpace profile or look up their online playlists to find out their tastes in music, so kids who wanted to rep their favorite band had to wear the dang shirt. I know when I was a young lass, I was certainly intrigued by any gentleman wearing a Dinosaur Jr. t-shirt. (Bad move. Most dudes who like Dinosaur Jr. are emotionally damaged beyond repair. I am prepared to argue this point at length.)

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The Fashion of Stadium-Folk Bands, Ranked Worst to Worstest

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Fashion offenders Mumford & Sons
By: Luke Winkie
We all know the current trend of snotty white-people stadium-folk sucks. That's something near-universally agreed upon within critical circles. It's hard to take a single note of the stuff seriously, enough to make you reconsider the entire influencing legacy of Bob Dylan. But one thing that's been underrated in our anger is just how poorly these bands dress. It's not just bad style, it's bad style with an attitude. It's statement-fashion as nuanced as a 15-year old in a Jack Skeleton hoodie. This free pass stops right here, as we've ranked all the bands associated with Nickelback-folk by their attire from worst to worstest.


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Rave Fashion Is a Mess These Days

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By: Mary Grace Cerni
Anyone who's been to giant electronic dance music parties knows that "rave fashion" is something of an oxymoron.

Traditionally, raves are a space people can be free to wear whatever they want. That's great! Except, not really, because it makes horrible fashion mistakes acceptable. And so you see Rastafarian colors mixed with nipple pasties mixed with Hello Kitty gear and tutus. You see Hindu symbols mixed with Native American headdresses, fuzzy boots and neon. And somehow people manage to be naked on top of all that.

Ack!

Below, we run down some specific raver fashion faux pas and tell you how to fix yoself.

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Six Handmade Mens Rave Accessories You Really Must Own

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Custom Mouse Head Costume by creativemind88 on etsy.
The summer rave season will be here before you can charge your LED hula hoop! Here are some of our favorite handmade accessories for our O.C. men to wear. Be sure to check out last week's Raver Girl Accesory post.

You'll be a hit with fellow deadmau5 fans in this Custom Mouse Head Costume by creativemind88 (above).

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Six Handmade Raver Girl Accessories You Really Must Own

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Music festival Flower Crown by BudgetWeddingBouquet on etsy
The summer rave season will be here before you can charge your LED hula hoop! Here are some of our favorite handmade accessories for our O.C. ladies to wear. And men, don't worry--we'll post rave wear and accessories for you next week.

Bonus: You can sport this daisy flower crown by BudgetWeddingBouquet (shown above) at raves this summer and at Coachella 2014.

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Halloween Costumes You're Guaranteed to See This Year

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Jena Ardell

Story and Illustrations By: Jena Ardell

Each Halloween you see scads of folks wearing the same costumes. Last year it was the damn black swan, and meanwhile Slash and the LMFAO guys seem to turn up annually. So this year we're handicapping the proceedings. You can pretty much bet you'll see some of the following music-related costumes when you hit the town. And, just in case you want to jump on the bandwagon yourself, we've also included some pros and cons of each.

See Also:
*Here's What a Stereotypical K-Pop Fan Looks Like
*Five Celebrities Who Actually Became Adult Film Stars
*10 Best Hipster Halloween Costumes From the Growlers Beach Goth Party


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Audrey Napoleon, EDM's Electro Queen, Went From Performing in Malls to Producing Her Own Clothing Line

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Matt Oliver / OC Weekly
Audrey Napoleon

See Also:
*Eric Prydz & Audrey Napoleon - Yost Theater - 8/16/2012
*Being Underrepresented, Female DJs Say There's No Crying in EDM
*Slideshow: Identity Festival 2011 - The Crystal Method, Jason Bentley, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki & More

The LA-based DJ/producer Audrey Napoleon is one of the few females on the Identity Festival roster and in the electronic dance music scene today. Following the release of her debut EP Ornamental Egos in July, Audrey has been on tour for the past four-and-a -half weeks playing the album for fans and bringing her underground pop sound to the stage. She played at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana right before the legendary Eric Prydz took over OC on Wednesday evening. We caught up with her backstage before the show to talk about the tour, her fans and future projects.

"Art came to me as a child," says Napoleon. "I grew up in a very creative environment. My dad plays trumpet and drums." She used to sing and do performances at the mall and it was only natural for her to continue into performing and becoming an artist. "I grew up listening to Depeche Mode, The Cure and Kraftwerk," says Audrey. She explored progressive dance music, minimal and many other genres before arriving at her signature sound. "Underground Pop is the dark side of techno that I really love and everything I love about pop music fused together," explains Napoleon.

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Ten Things Your Lollapalooza Outfit Says About You

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Photo by Erik Hess

BY REED FISCHER

Now more than ever, Lollapalooza is a mélange of different fashion decisions to accompany the varied musical offerings crammed together throughout Chicago's Grant Park. When EDM butts up against metal, alt-country, and whatever the hell you'd call Die Antwoord, there's really no wrong way to dress. Still, too many attendees tend to stick to boring, functional attire to them through the weekend. None of those folks are rewarded here.


Here are ten examples of really letting your clothing do the talking, and we did our best to interpret.


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Retro Geek Nick Waterhouse Went From Being a Punching Bag in Orange County to a Trendsetter in GQ

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Geek chic is in.

Style has always played a major part in shaping Nick Waterhouse. The singer's retro geek chic look is in now, but that doesn't mean it was when he was growing up here in Orange County. In a story in this month's edition of GQ, the singer reveals he was bullied due to his appearance. "As a kid in Orange County, my look was such a radical thing," he told the men's magazine. "I was the only one wearing collared shirts, pegged pants, and leather shoes. I got accosted, beat up, called 'weirdo' and 'faggot.'"
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PeaceTreaty's Name Was Coined as a Joke By an Ex-Girlfriend -- But It Suits Them Perfectly

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Sure, Ryan Jaso may always wear black, but he has been managing electronic music artists for over four years now. He knows not only what kinds of threads his DJs look best in, but also what styles the fans who come to their shows love most.

He took his rock-star sense of style and opened a store to let you get in on the look. If you want an evening filled with fashion, art and music then we suggest checking out the one-year anniversary of Lobby and official launch of www.lobbystoreonline.com at the Lab in Costa Mesa tomorrow from 6-10 p.m. The official after party will be at Ten Nightclub in Newport Beach with electro house duo PeaceTreaty. We met up with PeaceTreaty and their cute pug Ziggy at the Lab to shop and talk dance music.

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