Festival Supreme - Santa Monica Pier - October 19, 2013

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Taylor Hamby
Tenacious D
Festival Supreme
Santa Monica Pier
10/19/13

The Festival Supreme hosted by Tenacious D (aka Jack Black and Kyle Gass) was held on Saturday on the Santa Monica Pier. Unfortunately, the choice of venue spelled trouble from the start for the first-year festival. After looking for parking for 30 minutes and then a long winded walk to the pier, I made it to what I'd call the "main venue." Aside from the festival crowd, the pier was predictably packed with tourists and people without tickets just hanging around clogging the entrance. Inside the gates it was even more crowded and it was clear they'd drastically oversold this thing. The sheer number of people at the festival made it hard to catch most of what fans wanted to see without the aid of a Jumbotron screen. Despite the crowds, I was willing to give the fest a chance and stick through it out through the good, the bad and funny.

See also: Photos of Festival Supreme

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Top Five Acts We Saw at HARD Summer

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Fabian Ortiz / OC Weekly
HARD Summer 2013

Now that we've finally recovered from our massive hangovers (and some serious dust winds) we've broken down the hottest acts of LA's biggest summer electronic music festival. An estimated 70,000 EDM fans flooded Chinatown and the Los Angeles State Historic Park for the sixth annual edition of HARD Summer. They came out in full force dressed to the nines with shirts, tattoos, logos and any other paraphernalia which idolizes their favorite artists. Yes the girls were adorned in little to no clothing with go-go like attire which includes flufflies and the tiniest bikini ever. Get over it already, it's part of the rave culture and as much as the HARD brand and their new Live Nation partners want to stem away from it, these are the fans from old generations to new who have helped cultivate the scene and pushed it to the forefront of mainstream music.

For every "raver" there were just as many hipsters, married couples, VIP bottle service types, bros and who ever else wanted to immerse themselves in the music that spreads far beyond the realms of the untz untz untz you hear on KIIS-FM. That's what makes EDM events unique and has had people of all walks of life enjoying them for decades. Despite the tragic death of one festival goer who fell into cardiac arrest on Saturday, the fest itself has managed to improv a lot from years passed. They also added carnival rides and bumped-up the production a bit as the brand is only continuing to grow and get better every year. So kudos Gary Richards, the festival founder. Instead of bitching about what we didn't like, we thought why not highlight some of the killer acts of the weekend. After all isn't it all about the music? (at least it used to be)

See also: Top Five EDM Shows in August

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HARD Summer 2013 Playlist: Tracks From the Five Acts You're Not Allowed to Miss

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Matt Oliver / OC Weekly
Fans at HARD Summer 2012
The largest electronic dance music festival in LA returns to downtown's Los Angeles Historic Park this weekend on Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th. The sold out sixth annual installment of HARD Summer will feature performances from today's leading EDM artist and hip-hop performers such as, Knife Party, Justice (DJ Set), a Duck Sauce reunion, Dog Blood, Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun live performance, 2 Chainz, Green Lantern, Zedd, Crystal Castles, Baauer, and Dillon Francis. Thousands of festival goers sporting their freshest festival steeze, favorite DJ shirts and little to no clothing will invade downtown as they indulge in their favorite music while overlooking the majestic LA skyline.

Accompanying the festival is the official after party held at Exchange LA, the former Los Angeles Stock Exchange Building turned nightclub for those wanting to keep the party going past midnight. The 21-and-over event will also feature sounds by Destructo (aka Gary Richards the festival founder) and friends. This years festival line-up features one of the most stacked ever, with everything from electro, house, dubstep, trap, deep house and techno to satisfy your EDM pallet. In an effort to get you pumped for the weekend we put together a short playlist of tracks and artist you may not be as familiar with, but we recommend should be on your radar this weekend. So crank up your speakers and groove along with us because we can't wait to party HARD with you!

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Música en Movimiento Festival Returns to Downtown SanTana This Weekend!

Categories: Music Festivals

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Joese Gloria
Putting the Movement in Music!
Hardworking grassroots cultural organizers, in an annual tradition, aim to bring the best activist music together in the heart of SanTana for an all day summer festival. This Saturday, Música en Movimiento returns to the parking lot at El Centro Cultural de México with a cadre of poets, artists, activists and bands ready to use their talents to help change the world around them.

In collaboration with Revolution at 33 1/3, a diverse array of genres are on deck to hit the stage. Among the assembled are longtime Los Angeles Xicano favorites Aztlan Underground and Quinto Sol who together serve as the hard-hitting headliner.

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Summer Guide 2013: Lux Interior & the Rev Horton Heat's Hootenanny Romance

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ART BY TRACE MENDOZA
CONCEPT BY TAYLOR HAMBY


[Editor's Note: Summer in OC is never just about the here and now. Once the weather starts heating up, we start migrating to our communal gathering grounds--the beach, Disneyland, Theo Lacy Jail--and all the memories of summers past start flooding in until you can't experience the present without longing for (or loathing) the past. But rather than write ponderous essays about our summers past, we Weeklings figured it would be better if we showed you those days. So behold pages and pages of comic strips, from the epic to the pathetic. Enjoy!]

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Raging With My Mom at Ultra Music Festival

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Fabian Ortiz
Lulu and Alejandra at Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival celebrated its 15th annual edition by expanding over two three-day weekends (a la Coachella) making it the largest electronic music festival in the US and the only one in the world to take place over two weekends. Acts included some of the worlds biggest EDM names such as Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris to non dance music artist like Snoop Dogg and Yesayer.

Overlooking the breathtaking downtown Miami skyline and marina at Bayfront Park, the festival brought over 165,000 dance music fans from all over the world - literally. The sea of participants adorned flags, shirts, hats and everything you could imagine to represent their hometowns, states and countries. Among those festival revelers was myself and my mother Lourdes whom I brought along for the ride so she could see for herself what the EDM festival craze is all about. Perhaps this adventure would bring us closer and maybe she won't think I'm so crazy for making the pilgrimage year after year to attend the biggest festivals out there. I know what you're thinking: "Wow this girl must be crazy." But in actuality it was her own adventurous spirit who wanted to join me. Perhaps it's where I get it from?

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Five Must-See Artists at Beyond Wonderland

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Matt Oliver / OC Weekly
Steve Aoki with Travis Barker at Beyond Wonderland 2012

This weekend, Insomniac takes its fourth journey down the Alice & Wonderland-themed rabbit hole to Beyond Wonderland Music Festival, held at the San Manuel Amphitheater after the city of San Bernardino complained from previous wonderland events at the NOS Events Center. Don't be fooled by the new location however. If anything, it means a new venue for Insomniac's CEO Pasquale Rotella to curate into a magical world filled with art installations, performers, rides and some of electronic dance music's biggest stars including David Guetta, Steve Angello and Afrojack. For fans excited to roam the hills of the San Manuel Amphitheater and discover its new found home, we have put together a list of five must-see acts amidst all of the heavy dose of spine-rattling basslines.


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Coachella "Leaks," Confirmations and Rumors

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Andrew Youseff / OC Weekly
Attendees at last years Coachella

It's almost crunch time and Coachella line-up announcements should come about at the end of the month. Yet, this still leaves a couple of weeks of fake-line up posters, rumors, speculation and "leaks" to go around the internet and spread like wildfire. Remember when we could buy tickets at the door the day of the fest? Yeah those were the good old days. Today we have to deal with sell outs, scalpers, fence hoppers, astronomical prices for lodging and sitting at the edge of our seats hoping that this years line-up will be worth all of the fuss (yet it always is, isn't it?). So what can we expect under the desert sun of the Empire Polo Field this year?

See Also:
*Five EDM Artists We'd Like to See at Coachella This Year
*The Top Five Rappers We'd Like To See At Coachella This Year
*S.S. Coachella: Top Five Moments of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll on Board


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Five EDM Artists We'd Like to See at Coachella This Year

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Courtesy of Kaskade
Ryan Raddon aka Kaskade at the Coachella Sahara Tent 2012


As the new year commences, EDM fans have one thing to look forward to and that's the start of festival season which kicks-off with WMC and Ultra Music Festival in Miami this spring. Though most people think EDM is in it's revival stage, the truth is the plethora of dance music at festivals has always been prevalent. The four-time Grammy Award winning electronic duo The Chemical Brothers have headlined the main stage at Coachella three times and deejayed several others. Not to mention super star DJs like Paul Oakenfold and Tiësto who have also graced the main stage. With rumors of the Rolling Stones headlining this year's Palm Dessert Fashion Week (as we like to call it) it's only natural for EDM which is at an all time high in popularity today to be the talk of fake line-ups and leaks.

The veteran German techno producer Paul Kalkbrenner already told PureVolume he is playing this year and we could not be more ecstatic. While OWSLA's (Skrillex's record label) Kill the Noise spilled the beans to Billboard Magazine he was bringing his dubstep and drum & bass sound to the fest. So who else is on our Coachella 2013 EDM wish list? If you are expecting Daft Punk guess again. You should have been at Coachella in 2006 with the rest of us who fell in love with house music back then ( I personally followed them around in 2007 during their Alive Tour to Chicago and Vegas as well). Today, we can wish for a road less traveled and hope the following acts come to the infamous Sahara Tent this year.

See Also:
*The Top Five Rappers We'd Like To See At Coachella This Year
*S.S. Coachella: Top Five Moments of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll on Board
*Markus Schulz - Sutra - October 30, 2012

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NYE EDM Festivals in 2012: Which One Was the Best?

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Shannon Nehls / OC Weekly
EDM fans ready for NYE


Who would have thought five years ago that super star DJ's like Above & Beyond, Ferry Corsten, Andy Moor, Sebastian Ingrosso, Laidback Luke, Calvin Harris, Avicii and Nero would be headlining separate major EDM festivals right here in California on New Years Eve? Since Insomniac Events and Go Ventures ended their partnership, the infamous Together As One NYE massive which was held in LA for 13 years has ceased to exist and major EDM events and festivals have been popping up in the surrounding cities for the past couple of years. This weekend we took a stab at attending OMFG! NYE at the San Diego Sports Arena on Sunday December 30th and then rushing back to OC for White Wonderland at the Anaheim Convention Center Monday December 31st in an attempt to compare which party was the best! Take a look at our notes and decide for yourself.

See Also:
The Top Five EDM Parties on New Year's Eve
White Wonderland 2013 @ Anaheim Convention Center (Semi-NSFW)
Go Ventures Officially Cancels Together As One, Draws Heat From Falsely Advertised Performer

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