The Aggrolites to Headline OC Weekly Summer Fest 2014 at Newport Dunes June 8!

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Christopher Victorio / OC Weekly
Next month, the Weekly's ultimate beach party returns to Newport Dunes in celebration of our annual Summer Guide issue. And what better way to host a classy event on a hoity toity sandbar than with a stage full of dirty reggae? That's exactly what The Aggrolites intend to bring as the headliner for our second annual Summer Fest shindig on Sunday, June 8. Led by Jesse Wagner, the L.A. troupe continue their legacy as reggae's finest punk rock ambassadors.

They'll be supported by a horn-wielding army of local talent, including 9-piece ska/reggae band The Debonaires, bearded brown-eyed soul outfit Allensworth, ska punks the Originalites and alt-country outlaws Ted Z and the Wranglers with DJ Bobby Soul spinning all day long. The party goes from 12-5 p.m. And of course we'll have everything from water and sand games, contests, drink samplings, food trucks and more to keep you occupied when you're not busy skanking it up. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the children's charity, Boys Town California. Also, check out the new-and-improved beer garden, now with extra drink samplings. Tickets are currently on sale and range from $15 for general admission to $35 for VIP. Click here to get your tickets now and preview the live talent after the jump.

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Insects vs. Robots Bring a Revivalist Spirit to LA Psych Fest

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Rebecca Joelson
Venice-based experimental rockers Insects vs. Robots sparked attention six years ago in a church-turned-music venue called The Sanctuary in Santa Monica. The 100-year-old church offered them more than artistic freedom and killer acoustics, it evoked a reaction during their performances that encouraged their exploratory path into psychedelic folk-rock. The Sanctuary shows lead to a DIY warehouse festival and eventually landed them on stages at last year's Farm Aid, and Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit. Now set for their second appearance at The LA Psych Fest on Saturday, Insects vs. Robots continue to thrive in eclectic settings.

The inaugural LA Psych Fest kicked off in 2012, organized by Insects vs. Robots drummer Tony Peluso and LA underground music fixture Mikel Farber. Farber, who worked with IVR during their string of dates at The Sanctuary, founded the festival with Peluso and fellow organizer Ali Kellogg in hopes of bringing the spirit of the Austin Psych Fest to Los Angeles. This year, drummer Peluso stepped out of an organizing role to settle into the performance aspect of the festival.


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Burger a-Go-Go: A Punk Rock Lilith Fair?

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Leonard Drorian
Photo by Leonard Drorian Bleached at Burgerama III
By: Art Tavana
The fact that music festivals are full of dudes has been covered at length. Lilith Fair closed up shop in 2011, and, since it began in 1999, only 16% of the average Coachella lineup has been female-driven acts.

In the case of the first-ever Burger a-go-go, taking place August 2 at the Observatory in Santa Ana, the entire lineup is driven by women. Headlining are Best Coast and Dum Dum Girls, two bands that ushered in a female-rock revival in the late 2000s that today is a force in the indie scene. Joining the headliners are Bleached, who are on the verge of breaking out. Local favorites like Colleen Green and the Aquadolls are also on the bill.

We talked to Burgers Records founders Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard about how this all came together.

See also: Building a Better Burgerama


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The Must-See Bands of Desert Daze

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Angela Holtzen
The third annual installment of Desert Daze returns to Southern California this weekend, with more spaced-out desert rock than ever before. With a one-day schedule, presented by Moon Block Party, packed to the teeth with fresh tunes from here and abroad all for the sum of fifty bucks, it's no wonder that Desert Daze's popularity has increased tremendously since its 2012 inception. At least part of the reason is that Desert Daze--going down April 26 at Sunset Ranch in Mecca again this year--offers an affordable alternative to bloated Coachella ticket prices. But the surge in interest in the festival is primarily a direct result of the awesomeness of their bookers.

Desert Daze is packed with the cream of the crop of upcoming (and already-come-up) bands and artists that it would otherwise take a month of international club-hopping to see. With headliners Blonde Redhead, The Raveonettes, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, things are moving fast for Desert Daze. If you end up going--and let's be real; for fifty bucks you will--here are four acts you definitely want to check out.


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Twitter Had a Fun Time Talking Shit on Coachella

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Christopher Victorio
Pharrell stays happy...and hot.
The first weekend of Coachella is officially over. As always the Tweetosphere had plenty to say about it.

It's becoming common that Twitter keeps it vocal during any type of show and while there were a TON of tweets bitching that they weren't partying in the desert this weekend and constantly fawning over Vanessa Hudgens wardrobe choices (mostly from the hipster youth of America), the best of the best came from the cynical peeps who know better. Here's some of the best Twitter commentary about Coachella 2014.

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Funniest Coachella Craigslist Ads For Hookups and Casual Encounters

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Nanette Gonzales/LA Weekly
Looking for love
There's something undeniably erotic about Coachella. Perhaps it's the triple-digit heat that gets you hot and heavy, or maybe seeing some of your favorite bands all in one weekend gets your juices flowing. Or, most likely, you're in your twenties so you're perpetually horny by default.

But who has the time and energy to charm that cutie in front of you during the Replacements' set enough to ensure coitus? You have three short days here, so you gotta cut to the chase. Smart festival goers who think with their head hop on over to Craigslist for their festival, er, festivities.

Here are five of the most...interesting personal ads on the site from those looking for a little festival fuck.

See also: Coachella 2014 Band and Drug Pairings Guide

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Respect The Iron Sheik's Documentary

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Whether you've followed his career in wrestling or if you are following this master of hilarity threatening people with the "camel clutch" on Twitter, there's still much more to uncover about WWF legend the Iron Sheik. So much in fact, that he needed an entire documentary to fit it all in. At this year's Canadian International Hot Docs film festival (that runs from April 24 to May 4) they will feature a full-length doc about the one and only Shekie himself, aptly titled "The Sheik."

See also: Stop Being a Jabroni and Respect the Iron Sheik!

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Desert Daze 2014 Lineup Announced

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Angela Holtzen
The lineup for Desert Daze 2014 was just announced. For the third year in a row, the spring psychedelic mini fest brings the dry area outside Coachella to life with its sprawling roster of LA and OC artists along with a few major headliners. This year, Blonde Redhead, The Ravonettes, Autolux and Unknown Mortal Orchestra top the bill, slated for April 26 at the Sunset Ranch Oasis. Local acts include Allah-Las, The Cosmonauts, Kiev and many more. Full lineup and details after the jump.

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Konsept Goes Big with Arts & Music Festival in Downtown Santa Ana

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Tyson Pruong
Konsept, the local art collective that have kept a lasting influence over downtown SanTana's nightlife art scene, have come a long way from just being a rap duo shooting videos of their good deeds. Growing in size from two to nearly twenty members of artists, musicians, videographers, designers, and photographers, Konsept has overseen the growth of the city's artistic vitality and adapted with it, even helping to shape its current state of prosperity.

Tyson Pruong, leader and main voice of Konsept, is always quick to redirect praise and honors to the other members, whom he says are the real talents deserving of recognition. But one thing Pruong can readily admit for sure is that this has been Konsept's best year ever. With the trust of local gallery owners, bar owners and other artists, Pruong's been able to curate a series of art-slash-music showcases to bring his talented friends more time to shine in the spotlight with the "Konsept Presents" brand name front and center.

This Saturday during downtown art walk, Konsept will be hosting the biggest event it's ever produced. Not only will there be artists displays and a beefed-up music showcase, but also a chance to paint all over the walls of the venue space- just bring your own paint, guys.


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Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater -- 9/15/13

Mary Bell
Flight of the Conchords

Funny Or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival
September 15, 2013
Verizon Amphitheater

Yesterday, comedy nerds herded into the Verizon Amphitheater to check out the outstanding line up of the first ever Funny Or Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. With a lineup that included Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Conchords and Chris D'elia, it promised to be a night that comedy lovers would never forget. When the gates opened at 5:00pm, the long line --populated by folks from every imaginable walk of life-- filed in and got exactly what they were promised.

The crowd then filed past signs warning they'd be thrown out for taking photos or video, before cruising by $13 beers (just kidding, we stopped for one) and merch booths from the likes of Dish Nation, Marlboro, Twix. There was even a food truck. The show itself began on the "second stage" at 5:15 with Brody Stevens, who absolutely floored the crowd with hysterics.

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