10 Best Costumes at HARD Day Of The Dead

Timothy Norris / LA Weekly
Borgore in a Onesie at HARDDOTD2014

This weekend, HARD's Day of the Dead celebration took place at a new location at the Fairplex Pomona Saturday November 1 through Sunday November 2. Way better than its old home at the LA Historic Park, the new venue gave attendees plenty of space to explore the five stages, attractions and revel in the Halloween weekend hoopla. With one of the most staked line-ups of the year, the fest brought out a diverse crowd ready to see everyone from Deadmau5 b2b with Eric Prydz, Pretty Lights, Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, to Jamie Jones and RL Grime with Cam'ron.

With plenty of real womens' restrooms with toilet paper, warm beer gardens and free charging stations, everyone was in happy spirits and the good vibes were infections. But the best thing were the costumes. Stepping away from the usual sexy raver outfit that we see at most EDM events, the HARD Day of the Dead crowd really stepped it up with creativity and humor. Here were the 10 best people we saw over the weekend:

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Coachella 2014: Weekend One Party Recap

Ed Carrasco / OC Weekly
Guests at the Filter Magazine Kick-Off Party
Just because you didn't score a Coachella wristband this year, doesn't mean you had to miss out on the Coachella Valley fun. In fact there where are enough pool parties, day clubs, and after-hours events to keep you partying all weekend long while seeing some of your favorite acts on the Coachella bill outside of it's Empire Polo Field gates. As round two of the festival creeps up on us however, don't expect the party scene to be as grandiose as it was last weekend. Most of the lavish (and celeb-filled) soirees such as the Lacoste or Vestal Village only pop up on weekend one. Here's what we saw in the Palm Springs heat over the past weekend to give you a better idea of the Coachella party scene and maybe help you better plan your pilgrimage to the desert next year.

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Fred Armisen Brings a Live Portlandia Viewing to the Observatory

Charles Lam/OC Weekly

It's hard to name one other television show that has brilliantly crystallized the humor and absurdity of contemporary lifestyle trends than Portlandia. Created by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein--veteran musicians and close friends--the two pooled together their collective experiences of Portland and have generated a successful format for satirizing some of the most innocuous quirks about the city and the millenial generation as a whole.

Four seasons since their debut in 2011, Portlandia has become a cult hit with its iconic one-liners ("Put a bird on it!"), awesome guest stars, and various recurring characters played by Armisen and Brownstein, like the gender-swapping roles Lance and Nina, aging punks Spike and Iris, and of course, feminist bookstore Women & Women First owners Toni and Candace.Last Saturday night, Armisen came down to the Observatory in Santa Ana to extend to fans an exclusive first look of this season's upcoming episode 8, and engaged audiences in a hilarious Q&A session full of memorable moments and insightful answers.

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Sting and Paul Simon - The Honda Center - February 16, 2014

Katrina Nattress

Sting and Paul Simon
The Honda Center

Last month, Paul Simon and Sting spoke with Rolling Stone about their "On Stage, Together," tour. "We come from very different places, culturally," Simon explained. "Our voices are different, our accents are different, our sense of rhythms are different." And he's absolutely right. Where the beloved half of Simon & Garfunkel pulls influences from folk music and worldbeat, Sting's roots are in rock, pop, soul and reggae. To be honest, I wasn't quite sure how these two seemingly different icons could possibly pull off a collaborative tour, and to my delighted surprise, they proved to me that it can be done, and done well.

The duo began their set covering Sting's "Brand New Day," followed by Simon's "The Boy In The Bubble," with each musician playing his signature bass and acoustic guitar, respectively. From the first note of the first song, it was evident that this pairing was not by mistake. To an objective observer, it was impossible to tell which of the songwriters originally penned each track. They shared the reins on every song, taking turns singing verses and producing spectacular harmonies. Their chemistry was organic, and to someone who didn't know better, it would seem as though these two had played in a band together. It was like a reunion for a group that never existed.

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McCoy Tyner Quartet - Samueli Theater - 12/13/13

SJ O'Connell
Pianist McCoy Tyner turned 75 years old last Wednesday and his body reflected most of those years when he approached the piano on Friday night. Obviously, it is unfair to expect anyone to radiate the heat they were so famous for decades ago. No one has expected Willie McCovey to hit a home run since the Carter administration but they do like to see him step out on a field and wave his hat occasionally. This four night stand was Tyner's opportunity to wave his hat and bask in the glow of the adoration he rightly deserves, overcoming his limited mobility in order to entertain a rapt audience.

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Courtney Love - City National Grove of Anaheim - July 27, 2013

Daniel Kohn
Courtney Love
City National Grove of Anaheim

Say this much for Courtney Love: At least she gave it the ol' college try. Two songs into what was supposed to be a 90-minute set, the singer confessed to the audience that her voice was in rough shape and she wasn't sure if she'd make through the night. While some fans looked at each other with confusion mixed with some disbelief, the show went on.

Somehow, the metallic jumpsuit-wearing Love made the best of a bad situation and managed to play for little over an hour, trying to overcome her voice giving out. It's a shame that her voice didn't cooperate because this had the workings of what would been one the most pleasant surprises of the 2013 calendar thus far. Love's stellar backing band delivered with meaty guitars and a steady rhythm section that got out of the singer's way and allowed her to shine, if only things went according to planned.

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Twin Shadow - The Glass House - June 28, 2013

Katrina Nattress

Twin Shadow
The Glass House

Since George Lewis, Jr. released his sophomore album, Confess, under the moniker Twin Shadow last summer, he's been on the road virtually nonstop. On Friday night, the Los Angeleno by way of the Dominican Republic celebrated one of the final stops on his "True Story" tour at Pomona's Glass House.

Though Twin Shadow is technically a solo project, he brought along a full band during this tour, allowing him to focus on guitar and vocals while a bassist/keyboardist, synth player and drummer accompanied him. As a quartet, the band was able to pump more life and depth into the songs that comprise both of Lewis, Jr.'s albums.

After making the audience wait an extra half hour after the scheduled set time, Lewis, Jr. sauntered onstage in tattered jeans and an open trench coat with no shirt underneath (the rest of the band followed suit, but with garments under their winter wear), and the majority of the girls (and guys) screamed in delight, forgiving him for making them wait. They formally reprieved his tardiness as soon as he struck the first note of "Golden Light," the opening track off Confess. The crowd began to sing along to every word, allowing the opportunity for Lewis, Jr. to ask his fans to sing the last chorus for him, and as he swung his microphone, stand and all, out toward the crowd, "Some people say you're the golden light," echoed throughout the intimate venue.

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Father John Misty - The Glass House - June 22, 2013

Katrina Nattress

Father John Misty
The Glass House

It's been just over a year since Josh Tillman released his debut full-length, Fear Fun, under his new moniker Father John Misty, and in the past 365+ days he's lived out of a van, on the road, preaching his gospel of adulterous fun times to the masses. Fourteen months later, he's playing at Pomona's Glass House for the last night of a seemingly never-ending tour.

Almost exactly six months ago, Tillman and his band played at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre, and on Saturday night anyone who had seen his previous SoCal performance would note that he looked a little tired -- His curly locks drooped a bit lower; his beard was almost to the point of disheveled; he ditched his flamboyant suit for an innocuous plaid button-up and slacks; his face looked weathered -- but despite the physical repercussions of life on the road, the former Fleet Foxes drummer charmed and wooed this crowd like he's done to every other.

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Ink N Iron- Queen Mary - June 8, 2013

John Gilhooley
Ink N Iron (Day 2)
Queen Mary
June 9, 2013

Ink N Iron was in full swing by the time we arrived on Saturday afternoon. People were clearly excited to be there dressed up in their pin up outfits, showing off their tattoos or even getting some ink at the festival for the day that boasted punk icons Iggy and the Stooges, the Dead Kennedys, Rocket From the Crypt and many more.

It didn't seem to be as crowded this year in the ink area which was nice because we actually had a chance to look around the various artists booths without feeling packed inside like a can of sardines. Some artists, like Axl and Melanie from Inky und Stretchy in Germany, were excited to be able to come back to the ship/show to see bands and do some tattoos for some fans that had booked them six months in advance from a Utah convention.

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*Ink N Iron (Day 1) - Queen Mary - June 8, 2013

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Ink N Iron - Queen Mary - June 7, 2013

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Ink and Iron Festival
Queen Mary
June 7, 2013

Three days of punk rock, tattooed folks, custom hot rods kicked off on Friday with the majestic Queen Mary providing the scenic backdrop for the annual Ink and Iron Kustom Culture Festival. One couldn't have asked for more perfect weather as local heroes Sublime with Rome headlined the music portion of festival.

While it was disappointing that Bad Brains dropped off the bill and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings rescheduled their tour due to Jones's recent diagnosis of stage-one bile duct cancer, the rest of the line-up still had plenty to offer for those with eclectic tastes as Tijuana Panthers, He's My Brother She's My Sister, The Growlers, Wanda Jackson amd The Selecter.

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