Burgerama: What Was Awesome, and What Was Meh

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Christopher Victorio
Random robot on stilts: Awesome.
By: Adam Lovinus and Lilledeshan Bose
Burgers, beer, bands and boobs--Burgerama 4 definitely brought the essentials. The sold-out two-day festival over the weekend at the Observatory also showed its ability to super-size itself with big-budget headliners while still keeping the local flavor of a packed parking lot festival filled with tie-dyed Burger ilk of all ages. Going into its fourth year, the fest wasn't short on growing pains as it continued to figure out the constraints of holding a massive festival in the middle of a business park. But a lot of what we saw throughout the weekend proved that in the cannon of OC festivals, the 'Rama definitely reigns supreme. Here's our take on what was awesome and what was just meh about Burgerama 4.

See also: Burgerama Becomes Bigger, Badder, and Beefier


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Burgerama Becomes Bigger, Badder, and Beefier

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Julien Kelly
Fidlar performing at Burgerama III
It is dinner time at the Burger Records bunker, the back-room living quarters that founders Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard fashioned behind their record store in south Fullerton. Peanut butter on whole wheat and a bag of Cuties mandarins are spread out on the coffee table next to tomorrow's outgoing mail, yellow envelopes full of cassette tapes. This is crunch time for the Burger boys, who are four weeks out from the biggest Burgerama yet.

"We are malnourished and sleep-deprived," says Rickard, leaning back in a folding chair in the office next to his bed, a couch nestled in the back corner of the space. It isn't so much the festival that is putting Rickard and Bohrman through the paces at the moment as it is coordinating Burger's presence at South By Southwest (SXSW). Anyone who has ever tried to coordinate anything at that annual conference in Austin, Texas, knows it is a logistical shit show. It is hard enough for one band to be in the right time and right place during that week; this year, Burger is coordinating 77 bands there.


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Riding Along With Dengue Fever's Chhom Nimol in Long Beach's Cambodia Town

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Taylor Hamby/OC Weekly
Nimol demonstrates krama scarves
Before she became the lead singer of the internationally known rock band Dengue Fever, Chhom Nimol lived in a gritty neighborhood most people in Long Beach (not to mention the rest of Southern California) might not realize even exists. It's called Cambodia Town and it boasts the largest population of Cambodians outside Southeast Asia and France. The neighborhood is easy to miss, stretching along the north side of Anaheim Street between Atlantic and Junipero Aves.

With the recent release of the band's fifth album, the wonderfully moody and psychedelic The Deepest Lake--which finds the band at the height of their songwriting and performing prowess--we figured it'd be a great time to check out Nimol's old haunts.

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10 People Who Won't Make It at Ultra Music Festival

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Marta Xochilt Perez
These ladies survived. Can you?
[Editor's Note: This week our sister paper Miami New Times is venturing out to Ultra Music Festival to surround themselves with next-level beats, kanji kids and PLUR vibes. Here is one of their many reports about the fest.]

Watching Ultra Music Festival's idyllic official after-movies, you might get the impression that UMF is some kind of utopian music-based society where the young and beautiful run only in slow motion, where everyone is welcome and everything is pleasant.

In some ways, this is true. You're more likely to have a good time than a bad one. But it is also possible to sabotage your potentially epic, super-memorable Ultra experience. Certain behaviors stemming from ignorance, naiveté, or just being kind of a party pooper can and will lead to a less-than-stellar UMF 2015.

Here are the 10 people who won't make it at Ultra Music Festival. Don't let yourself be counted among them.

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How Adam Lasher Became an Activist Through American Idol

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Mikl Sbh
On March 28th & 29th a two day festival will commence within Laguna Beach's iconic Sawdust Festival walls, but not without a little chaos along the way. The two-year old festival didn't gain a required city permit until late last week and by then the festival had lost support from its largest sponsor, Ivan Spiers, the owner of Mozambique. Spiers was responsible for curating the event with headlining acts Allen Stone, Smash Mouth, and Brett Dennen and when he walked the musicians followed.

The grounds, established in 1968, to educate the public and provide a sales outlet for unrestricted art will still house other much anticipated acts including Adam Lasher. We caught up with Lasher, a past contestant on this season's American Idol, to find out what he's been up to since we last spoke during Hollywood week. Lasher explains how he feels about the competition in hindsight and a newfound passion he gained since being a contestant on the show.


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The Best and Worst of Musink 2015

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John Gilhooley
Musink
OC Fairgrounds
March 20-22, 2015

By: Alex Distefano, Josh Chesler and Candace Hansen

Every spring, OC's diehard tattoo enthusiasts gather for a weekend of music, moshing and ink-slinging better known as the MusInk Tattoo and Music Festival at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. This year's fest, once again presented by drummer Travis Barker, promised another buzz worthy installment featuring over 50 renowned tattoo artists, vintage car shows, a half-naked Miss MusInk contest and performances by Rancid, Bad Religion, Blink 182 with new singer Matt Skiba, OFF! and more. This year's fest definitely left a mark. Firmly embedded in the cavalcade of rockabilly tough guys, punks, hardcore straight edge types and beautiful women, we made our trek through the madness to report on the good, the band and the ugly. Here's a quick recap of the Best and Worst of MusInk 2015. (Nate Jackson)


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Artopia 2015 Presale Starts Today!

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Ed Carrasco
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Artopia is officially making its return this spring and we want you to be ready. Because the Weekly's annual event celebrating creativity and high culture is never to be missed. Bringing together the best of what OC's art scene has to offer, this special evening always creates a feast for the eyes, mouth and ears. This year's Artopia is set in two large industrial warehouse rooms which will be transformed into an interactive art experience by featuring artistic food and drink samplings, live music and performance art, visual art, live painting and tattooing and 20 exhibits from local artists who won OC Weekly's The Creatives contest.The whole thing happens on May 2 at the Anaheim Business Expo Center from 6-9 p.m. and we've got you presale tickets ready to go. For more details on how you can get access to cheap Artopia tickets, follow us after the jump!

See also: Photos of Artopia 2014

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Desert Daze 2015 Lineup: Warpaint, Failure, RJD2 and Minus the Bear and More

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Mia Kirby
Warpaint
The lineup for this year's Desert Daze festival was just announced. Beloved LA bands Warpaint and Failure are set to headline the event along with RJD2, Minus the Bear, Dan Deacon and tons more. Once again, psych rock destroyers Dahga Bloom are on the bill repping OC along with LA-by way of South County band Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel. This year, Moon Block Party's annual full-day excursion out to the Sunset Ranch Oasis is pushed back to May 2 (though typically help in April). It'll continue to be a one-day, one-night event with camping available. Tickets are currently on sale starting at $55 for general admission. For full lineup, poster and event info, see below. Though we're sad that it won't technically qualify as one of our favorite Coachella parties this year, the decision to move it back on the calendar and further solidify its ability to stand on its own earns them thumbs up from us.

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Psycho California Lineup Announced: Sleep, Pentagram and Cult of Luna Headlining

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Diamond Bodine-Fisher
Pentagram
We're always talking about how there aren't enough good metal festivals around here. But fret no more, gentle headbangers--Psycho California is here!

Thief Presents is hosting the latest three-day celebration of doomy, heavy psych, sludge metal madness headlined by Cult of Luna (May 15), Sleep (May 16) and Pentagram, who will perform First Daze Here in its entirety (May 17). Check out the full lineup below.


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Punk Rock Bowling 2015 Full Lineup Announced

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Melissa Fossum
Punk Rock Bowling
Punk Rock Bowling 2015 announced the lineup for their 17th annual event, which will be headlined by Rancid, Dropkick Murphys and Refused from May 22-25 in Downtown Las Vegas. Other major acts on the bill include The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Murder City Devils, Conflict, and the newly-added OC legends, TSOL (in place of U.K. legends Discharge).

Weekend Passes and VIP tickets go on sale Saturday, January 10, 2015. Beginning at 1:00pm PST, you can purchase Punk Rock Bowling three-day festival passes for $120. For high rollers, a limited amount of VIP passes will go on sale at 5:00pm PST that same day. Individual day tickets go on sale Saturday, February 7 at 1:00pm PST.

View the full lineup after the jump.

See also:Top Five New Bands Playing Punk Rock Bowling

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