OC Zine Fest Brings DIY Scribes to SanTana

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Dustin Ames
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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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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