Age Is Just a Number: 1960s Rockers Ace of Cups Are Jamming Harder Than Ever

We caught up with guitarist Denise Kaufman of all-female rock outfit Ace of Cups to talk LSD in the '60s, today's political climate, and what it means to be rocking out with her band at age 70. Acid. Hippies. Sex. Rock and roll. Haight Street. The ‘60s laid the foundation of the counterculture. It shaped art, music, politics, and created space for people to unify over issues preventing societal peace, love, consciousness, and community. Many of those issues — women’s rights, civil rights, free speech, corrupt government — are just as relevant today...

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.

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

The Best and Worst of Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018 – OC Weekly

It’s no secret that the vibe of a festival is the reflection of its surroundings. In the case of Arroyo Seco Weekend last Saturday and Sunday, its impossible to divorce the lush, laid back majesty of a Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Course from the spirit of this family friendly commuter Coachella. Over the weekend, powerhouse headliners Neil Young, Jack White, The Pretenders, Kings of Leon, Robert Plant and a host of others were offered up to entertain crowds for Arroyo’s sophomore year.

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

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 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

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.

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...

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.

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

Tiny, All-Ages Club Chain Reaction Celebrates 20 Years

Two girls in their late teens stand side-by-side at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, their arms resting against the front of the stage. The house lights have just come up, signaling the end of the opening act. The walls of the dark, no-frills venue are covered with band stickers and T-shirts—a visual testament to its rich music history. "Sam, is he on next?" the girl with Manic Panic blue pinup curls asks her friend, as a new group of musicians bring their instruments onstage. A young drummer with go

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, twirling topless around the lawn.

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

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...

The Vandals, OC Punk's Merry Pranksters, Claim a Place In the Coachella Sun

There are probably a few punks out in San Pedro who remember the first time the Vandals lived up to their name. It was sometime around 1982. The band's former lead singer Stevo Jensen was working as a janitor at Fountain Valley High School, where he used to steal formaldehyde frogs that were waiting to be dissected by students. However, during a gig at Dancing Waters, as the band banged out the power chords and thwacking drums of the song "The Frog Stomp.."
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