Funny or Die's "Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival" Irvine Line-up Announced

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The Roast Master is in the house!
The good times are about to roll once again so grab your sunscreen and beer money because yesterday Funny or Die announced a list of dates and full line-up for their third annual Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. This year's event is co-headlined by Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer, and depending on the location, your funny bone will be further tickled by a rotating line-up of major players like Nick Kroll, Jim Norton, Michael Che, Dave Attell, Tim Minchin, Rachel Feinstein, and OMG so many more!

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Burger A-Go-Go 2015 Lineup Announced

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Aliya Naumoff
The Julie Ruin
While women dominate the charts, especially in terms of pop music, festival bills are still dominated by men. The gender gap isn't happening because there aren't enough female-fronted acts -- it's happening because rock & roll is still a boys' club that fears the power of a woman behind a guitar. A modern-day Lilith Fair may be the only way to level the playing field.

For the second year in a row, Fullerton's Burger Records has booked an all-star lineup of female-fronted acts that includes living legends like Kathleen Hanna and Kim Gordon, alongside younger garage rockers such as Cherry Glazerr.

The festival is headlined by Cat Power, U.K. pop star turned riot grrrl revivalist Kate Nash, the Julie Ruin (Kathleen Hanna's latest group), and Kim Gordon's new band Glitterbust, which includes Alex Knost of Tomorrow's Tulips.

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Ravers and Hippies At Electric Forest: A Culture Clash Waiting to Happen?

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Ben Westhoff
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Since its founding in 2008, Electric Forest has split the difference between jam bands and EDM. On Friday night Skrillex, playing a guitar, joined String Cheese for a medley of Doors' songs "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" and "L.A. Woman." It wasn't as bad as it sounds!

Though Bassnectar, Kaskade and Big Gigantic also headlined this year, String Cheese Incident was the true main event, playing the final three nights of the festival, with sets that were scheduled to run from three and a half hours to over four. The co-producers of the festival, Madison House Presents, are the Colorado-based jam band's management team, and String Cheese is the "original muse" of the event, in the words of festival PR.

See also: OC Couple Are Victims of Festival Hippie Profiling Driving to Electric Forest

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The Punk Rock Picnic Packs Up Early (And Probably For Good)

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Nate Jackson
The Meatmen
From the moment the Punk Rock Picnic opened its gates, the homegrown festival was faced with a Herculean task--it needed to be perfect. By punk metrics, that basically means open on time, have all the bands get to the stage when they're supposed to, don't charge us too much for beer, let us have our moshpits and give us our headliner. And for the most part, we actually got that. Had you left before the sun went down, you probably walked away thinking the whole thing had gone off without too many hitches. Hell, the fact that it happened at all should've been enough of a miracle considering what happened to the festival in 2013.

But most of what people who are anxious to talk shit on the festival will remember (whether they were there or not) is how it ended--withThe Cockney Rejects' singer Jeff Geggus getting on the mic to announce that the band would not be playing their headlining set because the festival was forced to pack up early.

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We're Still a Long Way From Being Realistic About Drug Use at Festivals

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Ben Westhoff
DanceSafe is at Electric Forest to help people stay informed about their drug use, but they aren't allowed to sell testing kits
We all know kids die at raves. It happens all the time, including most recently at EDC last weekend in Las Vegas.

That's where DanceSafe comes in. Founded in the Bay Area in 1998, the organization promotes healthy partying, particularly when it comes to the intersection of drugs and electronic dance music. They set up their yellow and black tents at tons of events around the country, and serve partly as on-site bad trip navigators.

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OC Couple Are Victims of Festival Hippie Profiling Driving to Electric Forest

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Flickr user Gabriel Saldana
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If you're headed to Electric Forest this weekend, you might not want to advertise it by decorating your car. Police are profiling the shit out of anyone driving in the greater Michigan area who looks like they might enjoy bass in their face.

Police representing numerous small Michigan municipalities -- and even as far away as Indiana -- seem to be stopping and searching anyone they think is headed to the EDM festival, which is located outside Rothbury, MI and goes until Sunday. It certainly doesn't help if you're driving one of those Scooby Doo-style psychedelic vans, with peace signs and whatnot. I saw a pair of those pulled over on Michigan highways 31 and 196. The dreadlocked, shirtless inhabitants had been evacuated from their vehicles and were standing by the side of the road, beside multiple cop cars with their lights flashing and police searching their vehicles.

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[UPDATE: With Video] A Day of Music Fullerton Shows Potential In Its Inaugural Year

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Brian Feinzimer
Audacity performing during Day of Music Fullerton

Fullerton Day of Music happened--a significant feat in and of itself for an inaugural event of this scale, with two dozen official stages and a few others that seemed to pop up busker-style along the streets of downtown Fullerton and Fullerton College.

Indeed, the event had a miniature SXSW feel to it. It seemed that one in three festival goers performed in some capacity on this warm, sunny Sunday, wheeling around stacks of gear on dolly carts, and backpacking their ax from venue to wherever they parked. A procession of kettle drums briefly stopped traffic on Lemon Street near the Plummer Auditorium.

See also: How Fullerton's Day of Music Was Inspired By the French

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Taste of Chaos Tour Returns Along with Brand New It's Not Dead Festival

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Andrew Youssef
Jimmy Eat World Headlines Taste of Chaos Tour 2015
Okay, we know summer kinda just started but here's two reasons you should already be looking forward to the fall. Warped Tour creator Kevin Lyman along with Mayhem Fest/Odd Ball Festival co-founder John Reese and Live Nation's Rich Best are unleashing a couple huge events in October: The return of the Taste of Chaos tour on October 3 and the first annual It's Not Dead Festival on October 10. Both are slated to be held at the San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds in San Bernardino. Tickets for both events go on sale this Monday, June 22. If you were looking for a reason to scream your head off, now's the time.

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Can The Punk Rock Picnic Really Be Revived?

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John Gilhooley
Which way to the mosh pit?
The organizers of the Punk Rock Picnic Music Festival knew that if they wanted a chance to get back into the public's good graces, it was going to cost them--big-time. In 2013, the festival was being promoted and run by local punk rocker Steve Smith, who turned it into one of the biggest boneheaded debacles in recent memory.

If you read our cover story about it a couple of years ago, you know that it was supposed to transform that year from a one-day backyard-style OC punk show into a hulking two-day event headlined by GWAR and Danzig aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach. But that's not how things turned out. Not only did Smith fail to secure the headliners (which were later changed to Anti-Nowhere League and DRI), but a planning conflict with an annual drag race and a financial dispute over the nonrefundable deposit with the onetime cruise ship resulted in him not even having a venue. The show was canceled the day before it was supposed to start. Ticket holders, vendors and bands were left wondering what the hell had happened to the money they'd paid. With no refund in sight, it looked as if the Punk Rock Picnic had been stolen from them.

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See Neil Young's Cinematic Side at Shakey Fest

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Neil Young completists, rock historians, and fans of underground cinema, gather ye round! Something rare and off-kilter is going down, and you're not going to want to miss it. For fifty years, Neil Young has been writing, recording, and performing in numerous genres of music, both as a solo act as well as with various groups; however, while most people can recognize some of his tunes; such as "Cinnamon Girl," "Heart of Gold," and "Ohio;" few are the individuals who are versed in his film catalog. This weekend, the Cinefamily, a Los Angeles nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the art and community of cinema, will be showcasing a series of films by and about Neil Young.

The series, called Shakey Fest, is named after Bernard Shakey, Young's filmmaking pseudonym, and it features a newly restored director's cut of Human Highway. The new cut of Highway, a post-apocalyptic musical comedy that was shot in 1982 and co-directed with Dean Stockwell, recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Once Hadrian Belove, the Executive Director and one of the co-founders of Cinefamily, became aware of the restoration, he contacted the film's distributor in the hope of featuring it in a film festival devoted to Shakey's works.


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