Burger a-Go-Go Adds More Toppings To Its All-Female Fest

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Leonard Drorian
Bleached rocking out at last year's Burger a-Go-Go
Earlier this year, a fake poster advertising August's FYF Fest featured only female-fronted musicians performing at the event. Many people lauded the ambitious nature of the person who created the poster, though it wasn't what came to be.

However, the fact that it's a reality in OC is what makes Burger a-Go-Go such a refreshing event on the concert calendar.

When Burger Records co-founder Lee Rickard saw his vision blossom last year, he figured others would catch on to the idea of having only female-fronted bands perform at their own events--or, at minimum, there would be a change in the way festivals, mostly a boy's club, were booked. While Rickard and label boss Sean Bohrman have always put together diverse lineups for their events, including the label's signature Burgerama show, they are optimistic Burger a-Go-Go will continue to be radically different and special.


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FYF 2015 Finally Grows Up

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David Le
No lines. Plenty of food. Ample space. Shorter walking distances between stages. Plenty of activity. Believe it or not, we're not talking about Coachella, but instead the new and improved FYF Fest.

It seems that after last year's logistics debacle, the FYF Fest have finally put together how to create a concert experience where the positives finally outweigh the negatives. The event's 12th edition proves that FYF can be successful as it gradually drifts towards the mainstream. Calling it Coachella Jr. wouldn't be fair, however, that assessments isn't too far off.

Unlike last year, the in-festival experience was far better. Beginning with the more efficient entry way, FYF learned from the mistakes of its mistakes. Opening up the arena to fit an arena-sized crowd was a positive, as was lessening the clusterfuck by allowing two entry ways around the L.A. Sports Arena. Granted, this should be commonsense when you have more than 40,000 people in a given area, but hey, baby steps right?


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One Tribe Festival Performers & Focus DJs Create a Mix for OC Weekly

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Courtesy of INFAMOUS
Focus DJs: Josh Billings & Nonfiction
If you can get down with the finest acts in electronic music such as Kygo and Gramatik, dig activities like stand up paddle, peddle boats, swimming and yoga, and you are in need of a seriously stunning backdrop to redefine your dance floor experience then you're in for a treat-- it's called One Tribe Music Festival. Located on Lake Perris State Park in Riverside, ID&T (the producers behind TomorrowLand and Electric Zoo) and B3 Production (famous for their '90s events like JuJuBeats) have put together five stages and one Friday night camping experience with the Desert Hearts Crew featuring Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Deep Jesus, Marbs, Porkchop and guests Pumpkin and Diamond Saints to serenade you by the campfire.


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Jesus and Mary Chain Reflect on 30-Year Anniversary of Landmark Album

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Paul Khera
By: Mark C. Horn
In the post-punk days of the early 1980s, the music world and press got sucked into the vacuum that was new wave and its futuristic synthesized beats. Artists who fell under this broad and eclectic new genre differentiated themselves as much by their futuristic fashion (non)sense as by their actual experimental dance beats.

Brothers Jim and William Reid of East Kilbride, Scotland, were not interested in becoming part of this pop fad. In fact it made them sick to hear what was being played on Top of the Pops, as much of it seemed a matter of who could out-weird each other.


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Worlds Collide at Tiki Oasis

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Lina Lecaro
The Ding Dong Devils
By: Lina Lecaro

Tiki Oasis
Crowne Plaza Hotel
8/13-16/2015

Tiki culture celebrates all things tropical kitsch--from vibrant floral fashion to colorful rum cocktails--but there's a lot more to this scene than dress and drink. At Tiki Oasis, the biggest gathering of tiki heads in the country that just took over San Diego's historic Crowne Plaza this past weekend, music and art were not only highlights, they elevated the annual event to another atmosphere. Oasis takes on a different theme each year and 2015's was, fittingly, "Tiki in Outer Space," which not only allowed for some wild ComicCon-esque costumes, it also signified what's going on with the resurgence of this aesthetic itself. Once explored, most who visit the world of Tiki, never want to leave.

Hordes of Oasis' attendees (mostly from LA and OC, but some from all the around the world) took off work early to kick off the weekender on Thursday at San Diego's scenic Bali Hi restaurant, located seaside on SD's Shelter Island. A Polynesian buffet and live performances outdoors provided the perfect warm-up for the maelstrom of mai-tais, music, seminars and sales ahead the next few days.

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Berserktown Fest Forges Ahead at Its New Home in Orange County

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Courtesy of Graeme Flegenheimer
Dead Moon at the first Berserktown
As one of the brains behind local L.A. DIY venue The Church on York, Graeme Flegenheimer knows a thing or two about putting on shows. After last year's inaugural Berserktown Festival, Flegenheimer had high hopes for expanding his brand. Taking place at Los Globos in Silver Lake, Flegenheimer had grander plans for Berserktown's second edition. However, logistical and financial differences with his venue of choice, The Regent Theater, caused the Highland Park-dweller to find a new host for the event.

After tossing around ideas, Flegenheimer moved the festival from L.A. to The Observatory, a space that he says allow him build his brand and allow the event to grow properly.

"I heard about Jeff from Lee and Sean from Burger Records and told him about my situation and asked him if he'd be down to do this," he says. "He was super accommodating. Everyone in L.A. called me an idiot for moving it there, but I'm really excited. We're trying to bring a lot of fun to the space."

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Outside Lands is a Wino's Paradise

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Kevin Camps
Time to get Merloted
Over the weekend, Outside Lands--San Francisco's marquee music festival--served us more than just a quality lineup for its 8th anniversary. Beyond Elton John and Mumford and Sons their existed a place so apropos for San Francisco that one could not fathom it existing at a festival outside of the Bay Area; Wine Lands.

If there is something more San Francisco than spending $32 on an eight ounce glass of wine, we'd definitely like to know. With over 30 vineyards setting up shop in this wino's oasis one could spend a car payment and still have not even put in a dent in all of the options. Wine ranged from $2 to a one ounce taster to $32 for an eight ounce pour.

Inspired by this, I set out on Sunday with $50 hoping that I could further understand what makes something of such small proportions worth so much money and why I have been doing so wrong all my life by only purchasing Charles Shaw on a regular basis. Also I was hoping my media wristband could get me a few hookups. Spoiler alert: It did not.

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Video: Further Future is Las Vegas' Answer to the Typical Festival Experience

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Ellie Pritts
As the culture of spring and summer music festivals gets more bloated and overwhelming each year, it's become difficult to discern one from the other. Nearly identical lineups, experiences and locations are all starting to garner a certain amount of safety and same-ness. So it was nice to see, at least after the fact, that one of the farther flung festivals out in Vegas has already tried to establish itself as an antidote to all that. Last May, the Further Future festival on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in the desert just outside Las Vegas. While its probably even more of a trek for OC locals than EDC Vegas, Further Future--brought to us by the creators of Robot Heart (one of the better known camps at Burning Man)--has also shown itself to be in an entirely different world. They must be doing something right to already be named Best Music Festival of 2015 by Las Vegas Weekly their first year out of the gate.


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Spirits Haunt the Pasadena Convention Center during ScareLA

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Photo of ScareLA 2015 by Scott Feinblatt
Attendees of this year's ScareLA will now have to wait another two months until they can once again immerse themselves in the trappings of Halloween. This past weekend, the third annual ScareLA Halloween convention showed that there are no signs that interest in the spookiest of American holidays is dwindling. The decision of the convention's creators and programmers to move ScareLA from the LA Mart to the more sizeable and accessible Pasadena Conference Center, so they could add more events and activities to the cauldron, has paid off as Halloween aficionados responded by showing up in even greater numbers.

Naturally, as ScareLA expands and becomes more colorful, a few hitches are to be expected, but the eerie atmosphere that filled the convention center was generally one of joyful eeriness. As the doors opened at 11, on Saturday, some of the motley dressed folks in the slow-moving line of ticket holders, which stretched around the block, grumbled as they could not get in fast enough. Meanwhile, some of the performers and classroom presenters in the convention center's second building shuffled their feet wondering why their 11:30 programs had few to no attendees.

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Justin Wood Will Rock Your Comedy Body

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There's only one Justin Timberlake.
Good deeds don't go unnoticed and in our eyes, there is no better deed then serving our country. Justin Wood did just that with the US Army and even though technically his time in the military is over, it would seem that he can't stop serving. Case in point, he's taking part in the 4th annual Luispalooza Festival August 15th where proceeds will benefit Veterans suffering from PTSD at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. And even though LA is technically out of our fare OC, we wanted to do some good too by highlighting this event so we hit up Justin to combat a round of Quick Questions.

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