Can You Guess the Genre?

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By: Luke Winkie
If there is one thing you can always blame music writers for, it's the utterly useless proliferation of genre tags into modern cultural dialogue. The construction of a genre can serve as hot branding for certain publications, it's why a site like Pitchfork was totally happy to nurture an imaginary "chillwave" scene which really only encompassed about five bands in five completely different parts of the world. The connectivity of the internet allows the idea of genre to bind our entirely asymmetrical music scene into something digestible. It's a vain attempt to give meaning and context to something that will always, always be hopelessly obfuscated.
To prove our point, we offer this quiz. Each question will feature three genres that we completely made up. The fourth is a genre legitimate enough to have its own Wikipedia page. Can you see through the fake bullshit to find the real bullshit? Good luck!


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S.S. Coachella: Top Five Moments of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll on Board

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Shannon Nehls / OC Weekly
The S.S. Coachella was held on the Celebrity Silhouette

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Goldenvoice's week-long music festival cruise to the Bahamas and Jamaica titled the S.S. Coachella anchored back in the Port Everglades of Fort Lauderdale Florida yesterday. It was only natural that the Coachella brand would jump ship on the cruise festival trend such as Mayhem Festival, Groove Cruise and Holy Ship and bring the festival experience to the high seas. Just like our OC and LA natives have been making the pilgrimage every year to the Indio desert for a weekend of scorching heat, outrageous partying and music madness since it's launch in 1999, plenty took part in the first ever S.S. Coachella. Sure, we wrote about how the line-up was a sinker a couple of months back, but we still couldn't help having FOMO (fear of missing out) if we didn't join on the inaugural cruise to the Caribbean.

Though it may have looked like hipster hell, it actually was one of the wildest times I've had this year since I lost my playa virginity at Burning Man. In a way the S.S. Coachella was like the Burn with an infinite array of possibilities - the only difference was this adventure took place on one of the most luxurious cruise ships and shared more of the eclectic music tastes of the Coachella crowd (and it's values). The Celebrity Silhouette is a 122,000 ton ship with everything from premiere suites, pools, basketball courts and grass on the top deck (yes both kinds of grass). Throw in some bands, DJs and you have a recipe for a lot of debauchery. We broke down the five highlights from our S.S. Coachella escapade while still nursing a massive hangover and attempting to get over the sea legs.

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Five Things an EDM Diva Learned at Burning Man

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Burning Man

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Burning Man is an annual event and temporary community based on radical self-expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Having conquered every other major music and arts festival in the US from Ultra Music Festival, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to Electric Daisy Carnival it seemed only natural that I was ready to embark on the journey to take on the 26th Annual Burning Man pilgrimage. On top of being a community of over 60,000 music and art aficionados it is a spiritual refuge where burners gather to reflect on their lives and mourn the loss of loved ones or other obstacles with the burning of the man (a giant wooden effigy in the shape of a man) and then the temple so beautiful it rivals many churches.

Burning Man takes place on a dry lake bed, a vast flat expanse of alkali salt called the playa. Two girl friends and I made the nine-hour drive to meet our three guy friends who drove an RV all the way down from Vancouver and another close girl friend who flew into Reno, Nevada. All sharing journeys of overheated cars and electrical problems on planes, I wish someone would have told us the journey to the playa would take an entire day. But we were finally together, brought some bad-ass army and Indian tribe outfits and stocked way too much vodka and beer with not enough tequila and Four Lokos. Living on an RV in Black Rock City made us the closest hippie family and taught us plenty of valuable life-changing lessons.


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Kaskade at Staples Center and Exchange LA--Which Show Was Better?

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Matt Oliver / OC Weekly
Stilt Walkers Greeting Guests at the Staples Center

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Kaskade invaded the West Coast over the weekend as part of his summer Freaks of Nature Tour with stops in LA, San Francisco and Las Vegas. We were lucky enough to attend both sold out shows in LA, first at Staples Center and then the after party at Exchange LA. Naturally, we couldn't help but compare the two to see which was better. For LA-based DJ  Ryan Raddon,  Freaks of Nature marks the biggest tour of his career with more than 50 North American shows playing at venues of all sizes from ballrooms, theaters and arenas. But which of his Saturday night gigs produced the best atmosphere and all around EDM show? Take a look at our notes and decide.

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Kaskade at Exchange LA

1.The Music

Winner: Exchange LA

If you are an electronic dance music junkie like us, then chances are you have already seen Kaskade this year at either Ultra Music Festival, Coachella and/or EDC. This is not including the countless times you made the trip to Vegas to catch him at Marquee. The FON Tour set at the Staples Center was very similar to his Coachella set with lots of predictable yet electrifying Kaskade mash-ups and edits of his hits. Don't get us wrong this set was banging and he played really hard for the LA crowd who loves to get down to the Swedish House Mafia and Knife Party bangers, but as EDM enthusiasts we love to hear new shit too. He did play an awesome new unreleased track "No One Knows Who We Are" and an Alex Gaudino "I'm in love" vs. Kaskade's "I'll Never Dream" mash-up that made us go bananas!

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Secret's Out: Some Members of Black Flag Will Be Playing GV30 Sunday

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Kinda?
UPDATE: And now here are the photos.

We promised you "surprise guests" in this week's cover story on Goldenvoice's 30th anniversary shows--and Black Flag has let the cat out of the bag on Facebook.



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Creme Tangerine Records To Hold 50% Off Sale on Halloween

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Screw you Christmas-- here's another reason why Halloween is the greatest holiday of the year. Creme Tangerine Records will mark down 1000's of LPs to 50% off for Halloween. Old school record players, 8 track players, tape decks, speakers, cassettes and 45s will also be included in the sale. The record store located in a turquoise vintage trailer in front of Urban Outfitters at the Lab in Costa Mesa will hold the sale from noon on Sunday to 9 p.m. on Monday.

Creme Tangerine opened earlier this year and is co-owned by local musician Parker Macy and Jonathan Staph. 


Charlie Sheen + Snoop Dogg = Winning

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Guess we had to go there. According to Consequence of Sound, Charlie Sheen is collaborating with Snoop Dogg and Filter's Rob Patterson on a track for his tour "Fastball: My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option Show."More »

Thank 7-Eleven for Chicano Music Heaven?

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7-Eleven: A one-stop shop for all your Chicano music needs!
Record stores in OC have been in decline this past decade. Tower Records is long gone and the block of the Virgin Megastore in Orange is a fleeting memory--but it's still forever captured in the Sasha Baren Cohen movie Borat. Independent spot Bionic Records once held three locations, but now shares a space with another store in Cypress. Even the last remaining national chains are struggling. FYE in Huntington Beach is having a major liquidation sale. Is there any hope for those of us who still want to buy music in a store instead of downloading it online? There is, indeed, a small glimmer when it comes to the multi-genre, multi-generational offerings of Chicano music!More »

A Perfect Circle Officially Off-Hiatus

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A Perfect Circle, 2004: Josh Freese, Jeordie White, Maynard James Keenan, James Iha, Billy Howerdel
After six years of being on hiatus, "supergroup" A Perfect Circle is officially--no, seriously officially this time--working together again. More »

Live Nation Tickets For $10--Today Only

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photo by Photography by Chad Sengstock
If you were dying to watch the Jonas Brothers, go to the Ozzfest and watch Dahga Bloom at the House of Blues but didn't have the cash, you're in luck. For today only, you can buy select Live Nation tickets to various Verizon Wireless Amphitheater and House of Blues Anaheim shows for only $10, without additional fees. The whole list of $10 shows after the jump:

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