"Music gives a soul to the universe and wings to the mind." -Plato.

EXCLUSIVE: Slightly Stoopid Added To Beachlife Line Up; Miles Doughty Interview

Earlier this year saw the announcement of Beachlife, Southern California’s newest music festival. The line up boasts legendary acts such as the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, Steel Pulse, Donavon Frankenreiter, Violent Femmes, and Grace Potter making for one of the regions most regarded festivals. And, today, the festival announced that Ocean Beach-based Slightly Stoopid will be added to the lineup, and will perform a majority of songs from their renowned "Acoustic Roots" record.

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats Reminds Us Psychedelia Isn't Always Rainbows

Psychedelia is often portrayed as colorful swirls of melting clouds and moments of synesthesia that change everything you’ve ever known about the physical world. But what about the darker side of psychedelics? And we’re not talking about the stigma—you know, like if you eat one piece of LSD you’ll turn into a fried potato that suffers from eternal acid-flashbacks. Rather, we’re referring to the heavier side of tripping made famous by bands like Black Sabbath; or Pink Floyd’s film adaptation of The Wall.

Desert Daze is a Place for Transcending Societal Bullshit

Desert Daze fills a disproportionately large gap in the cosmic world of music festivals. Instead of catering to the mainstream appeal of EDM-heavy dance parties, Desert Daze aligns with an ethos dating back to an era post-Summer of Love but pre-new wave. It’s a festival time-warp back to a period when fringed leather, psychedelic exploration, Les Pauls, and drum solos were inherent details of the culture. And that’s how it felt at Desert Daze a couple weekends ago.

Arroyo Seco Weekend’s Classic Vibe Helps Revive the Festival Landscape

On June 26, 2017, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers caused thousands to swoon with a 19-song headlining set at Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena. Little did anyone know they were actually witnessing history—no one ever does—as Petty died just a few months later. June 23 and 24 marks the second iteration of the festival, and this year’s lineup boasts a string of rock gods including Jack White, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. But if last year taug

LCD Soundsystem Vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs Was The Concert Of The Year

It was 7:15 p.m. on Friday, May 4, and it seemed as if the entire county of Los Angeles was sardined into the Hollywood Bowl. The crowd buzzed with an electric current even LA’s most apathetic cool kids could psychically perceive. It was impossible not to radiate: LCD Soundsystem and Yeah Yeah Yeahs were performing together for the first time, despite running in the same NYC indie rock circle. For those who’ve been fans since the early 2000s, it was a night of existential nostalgia; like scrolli

Coachella Sets The Standard Of Security In High Risk Festival Environment

It’s 90 degrees, and you’re waiting in line, except it’s more of a swarm of sweaty people herding toward the entrance, trying to get into Coachella. The wind stirs up dust, which blows in your eyes, sticks to your skin and coats your hair. A person passes out in line because of the heat. The medics and security come to help the potentially drugged, but likely sun-baked, dehydrated person. The herd of people pushes closer to the security personnel for a bag check in hopes to get in and begin thei

The Evolution Of Coachella's Campgrounds

It’s Saturday, May 1, 2004, and the desert heat is comparable to Dante’s eighth ring of hell. But the Pixies, Kraftwerk, Hieroglyphics, LCD Soundsystem, (old school) Black Keys and Living Legends played day one of Coachella, so it almost doesn’t matter. Radiohead closed out the main stage leaving those who witnessed the magic in awe, herding back to the campgrounds to ride out the high. ’04 was the second year camping was permitted, changing the entire dynamic of the festival. Coachella evolved

The Music Community Stood In Solidarity At Desert Daze Music Festival Last Weekend

The succession of tragedies over the last two months brought a dark, heavy cloud over humanity. Between the apocalyptic string of natural disasters, shootings, political bullshit and the death of beloved musicians, the need to escape reality has never felt so necessary. So Desert Daze, the free-spirited, rock n’ roll-forward music festival in Joshua Tree, came at an especially clutch time last weekend. Ty Segall, Budos Band, Iggy Pop, Liars and a host of other head bangers rocked the Institute

Additions To The Desert Daze Line Up Are the Makings for a Next Level Desert Party

“The day that we found out I was super, super sick and really under the weather,” says Phil Pirrone, recalling the moment he found out Iggy Pop confirmed a headlining spot at his festival, Desert Daze. “I yelped like a wounded animal—it was the only sound my body could produce. I called everybody that I love to tell them Iggy was headlining… and there were people basically in tears.” Desert Daze, the small, DIY festival that’s earned the reputation as the “anti-mega fest” and the “music lovers

Lightning in a Bottle Promotes "Harm Reduction" For Festival Goers

Sasha Rodriguez was 15-years-old when she went to Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 2010. After a night of experimenting with dance music’s beloved molly (MDMA, or ecstasy), Rodriguez overdosed and died at a nearby hospital. The repercussions of the incident banned EDC from LA forever and placed a dark cloud over the dance music culture and large music festivals in general. But her death also raised another important question: Are festival producers doing anything to h

Boogaloo 2017 Raged On In the Face of a Tempest

How do you Boogaloo? The DIY-vibe, mini-Burning Man art car fest happened last weekend at Oak Canyon Park in the heart of Silverado Canyon. And, honestly, there couldn’t have been a better time to host a festival at that beloved location. Right now Silverado’s the greenest it’s been in years and Irvine Lake is filled with glistening, cerulean water. The surroundings made Boogaloo 2017 extra magical—despite a wind storm that wiped out a few massive art installations and blew over a tree on Friday

Lightning In a Bottle 2017

Nearly 30,000 hippies, gypsies, healers and unicorns gathered over Memorial Day Weekend in Bradley, Ca, for the Do Lab's 14th annual Lightning In a Bottle Music Festival. The festival grounds radiated wild magic as fire spinners, stilt walkers and attendees dressed for the boho-apocalypse traversed the dusty land. But unlike years past, the lake bed was full adding a whole new dimension to LIB. "Liquid in Bradley," and "Lake In a Bottle" were the catch phrases around the lake. Lake aside, howeve

Desert Daze Gets Ethereal at the Institute of Mentalphysics in Joshua Tree

From the Empire Polo Fields in Indio to the Institute of Mentalphysics in Joshua Tree, the desert dripped with music last weekend. Desert Daze, thrown by Phil Pirrone and the Moon Block crew, took over the sacred grounds of the Institute of Mentalphysics for three days of rock n’ roll in the desert dust. The moon illuminated the night sky while a galaxy of stars accented her beauty, providing light above six thousand music lovers. Whether grooving to the psychedelic power of King Gizzard and the

Flying Lotus, George Clinton and Thundercat Fill the Hollywood Bowl With Funk of all Flavors

Brainfeeder at the Bowl (Flying Lotus, George Clinton and Thundercat) September 17, 2016 Hollywood Bowl The full moon hung over the tips of the pine trees creating a majestic atmosphere for Brainfeeder to take over the Hollywood Bowl last Saturday night. Brainfeeder, Flying Lotus' record label, boasts a roster of music's edgiest performers in the beat, jazz, funk and experimental scenes. Between Thundercat, the Gaslamp Killer and FlyLo, the show was an epic throwdown of Los Angeles natives sh

Dirty Beatles Bring Back Boogaloo Festival With the Spirit of Their Fallen Friend

“We were just a group of 14 little renegade campers going to Lightning In a Bottle, and that’s basically how this whole thing got started,” says Brian Crain, a co-founder of Boogaloo Music and Arts Festival. “We had a four-year-old staying in our camp and he kept repeating the words ‘dirty beetle.’ We all kind of laughed and thought it was a weird and funny name, but it stuck. It was because of that little kid, Liam, that we decided to name our camp the Dirty Beetles—and that was seven years ago

How Does a DJ Get Picked to Play Woogie Weekend?

Still experiencing Lightning In a Bottle withdrawals? If so, you're in luck! The Do Lab is returning this weekend to Oak Canyon Park for the second annual Woogie Weekend. But unlike last year's monsoonal rain party that shut down a stage by the end of the weekend (and had festivalgoers swan diving into mud puddles), the forecast predicts sunny skies with temperatures in the low-to-mid eighties all three days. The infamous slip n' slide is also making a triumphant return as well, along with an as

Incubus Played an Acoustic Set Last Night at The Bungalow in Huntington Beach

Last night saw the opening of a new, beachy bar-lounge in Huntington Beach. The Bungalow, owned by Brent Bolthouse—the same guy who owns The Bungalow in Santa Monica— sits on the second story of the newly built Pacific City and over looks PCH. But last night’s grand opening was more than just a bougie gathering of Orange County’s finest. At 10 p.m., Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger and Ben Kenney of Incubus performed a seven-song acoustic-set under the stars to a packed house of about 400 people. Be

A Long, Strange Trip: The Relationship Between Orange County and the Grateful Dead

The Dead's double-set performance on Tuesday night marked the very last time the band will ever play in Orange County. This news may be completely irrelevant to some, but for those who experienced the traveling circus first hand— last Tuesday's show at Irvine Meadow's Amphitheater was somber. Long haired hippies draped in swirling rainbow tie-dye held up the two-finger peace-sign with joints hanging from the sides of their mouths, while women in floral skirts with waist length hair danced twirli

I Got a Psychic Reading at Burning Man

It was 7:45 p.m. on Friday night, and the mystics, hippies and unicorns had begun their migration from camp to the depths of the playa. But instead of jumping on the nearest art car and catching a ride to the trash fence for a dusty dance party, I trekked across Black Rock City to meet a woman named “Galaxy,” or Natalie Villeda, the director of the Berkeley Psychic Institute. Burning Man 2015 had opened under a full moon, and I figured the lingering lunar energy would make a perfect setting for