Nadia G is Causing a Riot With Food, Comedy and Punk Rock

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Jose Rodriguez
I can't make any promises about the sticky fingers.
Bad ass babe Nadia G is somewhat of a super woman due to the many avenues she occupies while wearing heels to die for. Some of the powers she's mastered include putting it down in the kitchen, rocking a stage, and kicking some jokes around, but now, she's adding another one: Festival superstar. The first ever Riot Grill is popping its cherry August 7th at The Regent with an all grrrl lineup that includes Babes in Toyland, Le Butcherettes, Slutever, and The Menstruators. It will also be hosted by comedian Sara Schaefer and will feature a pop up by Nadia G's Bitchin Kitchen. Sounds like crazy fun right? We were super pumped to get on Nadia's level for a chat and since we've talked with her before, we decided to make it completely rando this time because we remember a thing or two about how she rolls. And rocks. Effortlessly.

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What to Look For at the 2015 Gathering of the Juggalos

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Psychopathic Records
They're Throwing Another Party!
Grab the facepaint, Faygo and flagrant disregard for civilization, the 2015 Gathering of the Juggalos is upon us. For 16 years now, Insane Clown Posse and the good people clowns at Psychopathic Records have amassed a long weekend of sheer Dark Carnival absurdity, and this year's looks to be no exception. Emanating from Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, the 2015 installment's theme of "The Year of the Juggalo" could imply that this year's has some can't miss shenanigans. Here's our list of Five Things You'll See at the 2015 Gathering of the Juggalos.

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The Wet, Muddy Magic of Woogie Weekend

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Mary Carreon
Screw the rain, let's get Woogie!
Woogie Weekend
Oak Canyon Park
7/17-19/15

Woogie Weekend, the three day mini festival hosted by the Do LaB, took over the eastern hills of Orange County last weekend at Oak Canyon Park. Between four and five thousand people in attendance, the intimate hippie fest was filled with dreadlocked lovers from around the nation who came to get down to the Woogie vibes.

A circus-like energy flooded the grounds of the event, as massive kaleidoscopic structures in the shape of flames rose from the ground and people roamed the venue on stilts and trampoline spring shoes. Tie-dye tapestries--which might as well be considered the hippie flag--hung from tents, and the sour aroma of marijuana endlessly wafted through the campgrounds.

See also: Lightning Strikes Again at the First Annual Woogie Weekend


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Can a Sober Biker Festival Still Have Hell-Raising Fun?

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Freedom Coalition Fest 2015 photo by Scott Feinblatt
What would rock 'n' roll be without booze and drugs? That depends upon whom you ask. For some people, intoxicants are part and parcel of the rock lifestyle. For others, a clean and healthy lifestyle comes first, yet this does not prevent them from rocking; for, one doesn't have to hallucinate or artificially alter one's physiology in order to enjoy freedom -- especially if the freedom that's being celebrated is from dependence to such impairments.

This past weekend, Rock-N-Recovery Inc., a non-profit corporation dedicated to raising funds for drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation programs and treatment centers in California, held its seventh annual Freedom Coalition Fest. The event took place at the scenic Irvine Lake, in Santiago -- a location known by most southern Californian bikers, as it resides along one of the few great motorcycle / bicycle canyon roads in Orange County, Santiago Canyon Road. The festival featured live music, barbecue, a bike show, a kid zone, and vendors. Camping and fishing were available for additional fees.

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"Preachers of LA" Pastor Wayne Chaney Celebrates a New Chapter in Gospel Music

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Long Beach Gospel Fest
Pastor Wayne on Stage at the Long Beach Gospel Fest
For those who weren't already aware: Christians actually do like to party. And in Southern California, their festivals are some of the biggest summer events around. Case-in point: the 5th annual Long Beach Gospel Fest is taking over Marina Green Park this Sunday, commanding over 20,000 people for a day of worship, contemporary gospel music and, yes, lots of partying. Headliners this year include Mary Mary's Tina Campbell, Deitrick Haddon (also a star of Preachers of LA),Tasha Cobbs, Kierra Sheard, Jonathan Nelson, Myron Butler, Jessica Reedy, Brian Courtney Wilson and more.

The man behind all this righteous revelry is Pastor Wayne Chaney, one of the stars of Oxygen's hit show Preachers of L.A. Along with his wife Myesha, he first conceived the fest in 2009, after years of expanding Antioch Church in Long Beach. Aside from having a lively TV-ready personality, he also has a strong sense of how to present gospel music for a new generation of fans looking for something that speaks to them as young people and also speaks to God. We recently spoke to Chaney to get a glimpse behind the growing Long Beach Gospel Fest.

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10 Bands to See at Viva! Pomona Fest This Weekend

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Tony Accosta/Windish Agency
LA psych rock band Froth play this year's Viva! Pomona Festival
Viva! Pomona fest is back, one of the more exciting music festivals that locals and music fans from surrounding cities have come to appreciate as a yearly jaunt to discover new music from different parts of the world, placing Pomona on the musical map.

The lineup this year boasts a heavy number of Latin American groups, a move based on organizer Rene Contreras' working class roots, but there's still a range of different sonic styles to sink your teeth into. If many of the group names seem unfamiliar to you, or you're not sure who to check out at the two-day fest, here's a small sampler of some venerable musicians and what to expect.

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Viva Pomona! Brings Bi-Lingual Music to the Glass House

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Elisa Bergel Melo
Las Robertas, from Costa Rica, are one of many artists representing the new wave of Latino indie music at Viva! Pomona
By: Ivan Fernandez
Rene Contreras is no stranger to adversity. For the fourth year in a row, the short, skinny, curly-haired Chicano from Pomona will present the Viva! Pomona festival this summer. The two-day festival will bring nearly 50 artists to the Glass House, a lighthouse for the area's music scene, for an all-day, all-ages affair packed with national and international talent of the independent and small label variety.

The most difficult aspect in running and curating Viva! Pomona has nothing to do with logistics, although that remains a nightmare. Contreras has grown accustomed to the grind of curating the festival in DIY fashion with nothing but help from his closest friends. His toughest task has been explaining to the world at large how Viva! Pomona is a reflection of today's multicultural world, as well as a force with which to bridge Southern California's culturally and ethnically diverse communities.


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Lightning Strikes Again With the First Annual Woogie Weekend

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Daniel Zetterstrom
Ready to Woogie?
Lightning In a Bottle fans rejoice! This weekend, The Do Lab is making a triumphant return to Oak Canyon Park with a funky little festival dedicated to those who love to get their woogie on.

Woogie Weekend, a three-day extravaganza blending beats, food, yoga and live art, is an expansion of LiB's beloved Woogie stage. "The Woogie was built on great music, amazing people and radical self-expression," said Do LaB and LiB co-founder, Dede Flemming.

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We Traveled to ATP Iceland to See Iggy Pop. Why? Because It's Iggy Pop

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Richard Johnson
Iggy in all his glory!
By: Richard Johnson
Leave it to this infernal rag to celebrate last weekend's national holiday by leaving to go to another country. And not just any 'ol country. This year, All Tomorrow's Parties in Iceland (July 2-4) beckoned us with a far away adventure and a massive festival headlined by Public Enemy and Iggy Pop. Talk about a vacation for the ages! Not only that, but an entire NATO base filled with National acts and Icelandic buzz bands ensured that this would be one of the weirdest events we've ever attended. With visions of a shirtless punk legend dancing in our heads, we packed our bags and boarded a plane.

As we landed at Keflavik Airport and looked down over Iceland, our first impressions were that it looked more like we'd just landed on the moon or another planet--with moss covered lava rock going into mountains as far as the eye could see with very few trees. Yes, it was a bit surreal, but nevertheless breathtaking. From the time we exited the plane, everything seemed just a little different in Iceland. For one thing, there's no darkness this time of year, except for maybe a few hours a day.


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The Growlers Announced the Lineup for Beach Goth 2015 During "Secret Show" Last Night

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David Le
Leave it to The Growlers to make an old-school spectacle out of a still relatively new festival. Last night, the band held a ticket raffle for a secret show inside the Constellation Room at the Observatory--a warm up to the announcement of their fourth annual Beach Goth festival on October 24 and 25. The full lineup, featuring Grimes, Die Antwoord, Julian Casablancas, The Voidz and many more is listed on the flier below. In the new tradition of last year's fest (back when we wrote a cover story about the band), it's become a giant Halloween melting cauldron of acts that you'd probably never expect to see mashed together--putting The Aquabats, Riff Raff, Subhumans and Sir Mix-a-Lot next to each other on a flier seems so wrong but feels SO right! And it further attests to the Observatory's growing ability to craft its own mini Coachellas virtually at will.


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