The Best and Worst of FYF Fest 2014

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Another FYF Fest has come to an end. It's likely one that people will remember for a host of reasons, good and bad. After all, it's hard to forget those times in our lives when we've encountered a major growth spurt. That's exactly what Sean Carlson's annual festival endured over the weekend after moving from LA State Historic Park and settling on a newer, bigger location at the L.A. Sports Arena and Exposition Center. It doesn't take more than a few seconds on social media to see how the crowds and the press reacted to the changes. And while there's much to be discussed regarding how things went, we narrowed our praise and complaints down to a select few. Here's our recap of the Best and Worst of FYF 2014.

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The Best and Worst of Outside Lands 2014

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Now in its seventh edition, San Francisco's Outside Lands festival has become a reliable, regular staple on the summer festival calendar. Though it's not quite in the same stratosphere of Coachella, Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza, OSL has its own distinct quirks that reflect its Northern California home. This year's lineup was curated to reflect the eclectic nature of the city, with headliners ranging from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis one night, to Kanye West and Arctic Monkeys another, to lastly, The Killers and Tiesto the final evening. Besides the music, per usual, there was plenty of food samples, beer to guzzle and wine to sip. The culinary aspect has helped define the festival as a true arts festival. While we were up by the Bay, we took in the sights and sounds, and decided on what we loved and hated over the weekend.

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With Bleached, the Clavin Sisters' Rock 'n' Roll Story Gains Another Chapter

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A photograph of a woman adorns the cover of Ride Your Heart, Bleached's 2013 debut album. She's leaning out the window of a car's backseat, head pointed toward the wind. Her long hair is whipping in strands, totally obscuring her face. We don't know who she is or why she's here -- Bleached's Jessie Clavin has never known who the subject was either -- but Chloe Aftel's striking, blue-tinted photo instantly brings a few adjectives to mind: young, upbeat, hopeful, free. Even with such limited information, it's enough to start telling a story. "You look at the picture and you know there's more to this," Clavin says of the photo. "When I look at it, I feel like I'm looking at a snapshot of some really cool movie."


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Burger-A-Go-Go Shaping Up to Be a Fine Femme Fest

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Best Coast
The past few years have been kind to Lee Rickard and Sean Bohrman of Burger Records. Their Fullerton shop is a success, and Burger is becoming a sought-after label and brand. Just before the company's trademark Burgerama concert in March, though, Rickard scribbled an idea in the small notebook he uses to record passing thoughts: What if the label hosted a whole festival dedicated to female-fronted bands?

"I think it's going to be really inspiring to young people to see a ton of awesome female-dominated rock groups," Rickard says from a couch at Burger's headquarters.

Rickard and Bohrman threw out the idea to the Observatory, the site of many Burger productions. Rickard relied on his trusty notebook for his preliminary vision for the show when he spoke with Observatory personnel. The Santa Ana venue's team suggested an Aug. 2 show date; that Saturday was already slated to be headlined by one of the most recognizable female-fronted indie rock bands: Best Coast.

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The Best of Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014

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Metal heads from around Southern California poured into the fields of the San Manuel Amphitheater for the seventh annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Devore on Saturday. The eclectic mix of shredders, growlers, singers and headbangers prevailed over the crowd of 27,000 concertgoers on the first day of the tour. The Glen Helen Hills venue hosted a roster of 19 bands for the sea of people that nearly doubled in size compared to last year's attendance.

Orange County's Avenged Sevenfold headlined the main stage as the final act, preceding nu-metal giants Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium. A7X's nearly hour and a half set focused the band's latest release Hail to the King with a towering castle, flames, assimilated bomb blasts and a giant crowned skeleton revealed during the album's self-titled track. Prior to A7X's finale, the Coldcock Herbal Whiskey Stage and Victory Records stage hosted performances by other California bands and metal bands from a slew of different sub-genres. Here are some more of the highlights from the day:

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Pacific Festival: The Dunes 2014 Lineup Announced

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The lineup for this year's Pacific Festival: The Dunes has just been announced. Returning to Newport Dunes on August 16, the day-long, waterfront festival with an indie/EDM bent will feature performances from special guest Holy Ghost!, Miami Horror, Poolside, Cherry Glazerr and plenty more. This year, Pacific Fest (which goes from 1-9p.m.) also features a stage sponsored by A Club Called Rhonda. Full flier and details below.


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Funny or Die: Oddball Comedy And Curiosity Festival 2014 Line-Up Announced

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Coming off the success of last year, Funny Or Die's "Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival" is back! Being held at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre September 13th and 14th, the comedic line-up will sincerely blow any and every comedy lovers brain right out of their head!

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Motionless in White Prepare to Scare Up Another Big Performance at Warped Tour

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Wow, has it has been 20 years since the Vans Warped Tour started? Each summer for the past two decades, fans have been treated to a cross country trek, full of skateboarding, punk rock bands, and now an all encompassing eclectic mix of underground rock music, emo, indie, hip hop, ska, rockabilly, pop, metalcore, electronic and experimental artists. This year, the festival makes its mandatory local stop in Pomona, this Friday, June 20, at the Fairplex.

There will be many stages at this all day outdoor music extravaganza, and well over 100 bands performing. Some of the highlights include Everytime I Die, Falling in Reverse, The Devil Wears Prada, Atilla, Chelsea Grin, Born of Osiris, Parkway Drive, Terror, Finch, Less Than Jake and Yellowcard among so many more.

The Weekly got a last minute chance to speak to Chris Motionless, from the Pennsylvania-based metalcore band, Motionless In White, (performing on this year's Kia Soul Stage) about the this year's Warped Tour, the band's fondness for electronic and industrial music, Motionless In White's anticipated new album, and the experience working with CLOWN from Slipknot last year.


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OC Zine Fest Brings DIY Scribes to SanTana

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Yes, we can all agree that zines rule. Even millenials who grew up with smartphones and Tumblr can appreciate the tactile sensation of holding something creative that someone else made from scratch. Sure, you support them, but are you really 'bout this zine life? If so, the inagural OC Zine Fest is in dire need of your time and talent. The July 12 event, hosted at Diego's Downtown in Santa Ana from 11am to 5pm on July 12, encourages zine makers, distributors, artists, DIY print/press people to apply and showcase their handiwork. They've even had some apps come in from DIY cassette labels too, so they're super flexible and open to variety.


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Save $5 on OC Weekly's Summer Fest with the Aggrolites, June 8 at Newport Dunes

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With the Weekly's second annual Summer Fest just a few days away, there are two reasons you should be happy to read this post. Not only are we reminding you about our incredible Newport Dunes day party featuring the Aggrolites this Sunday (June 8), now you're getting the opportunity to save a little cash! In the spirit of summer slacking, we're offering a last minute $5 discount on admission tickets, which range from $15 for GA to $35 for VIP. In case you've been asleep all month, our party celebrating the annual Summer Guide issue promises to be one of the best days you have at the beach all year.

In addition dancing on the sand to the dirty reggae of The Aggrolites, you'll also get to enjoy sounds from 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.

The $5 ticket discount ends on June 7, which means you only have three more days to get your butt in gear. Find out how to get the discount after the jump!


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