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As the time of year meant for letting loose and basking in the warm air and sunshine, summertime fun and music festival go hand-in-hand, complete with live music, dancing and general revelry. Lucky for us, the music fest circuit is kicking into high gear and L.A. is hosting some of the hottest ones this summer for your enjoyment. This year we have long-running festivals holding it down and a couple of newbies breaking onto the scene, all of which cover the whole music fest spectrum, from the unst-unst, rave-y, PLUR-filled ones to the psychedelic hippy-ish retreats. We've pored over the plethora of events and narrowed it down to the ones you can't miss, so pay attention as we guide to the best music festivals to hit this summer in the L.A. area.
Holy Ship!! brings together festive partygoers with some of the most creative DJ's in the world. Imagine shipping off to a private island in the Bahamas with Diplo, A-Trak, Skrillex and Justice. Well that's exactly what happened this past weekend on the 3 day party boat. Featuring artists from innovative music labels like Fools Gold and Mad Decent, the event has proven to be one of the most unique music festivals, and even inspired the SS Coachella cruise earlier in December. Click through to see some of the best Instagram pictures from the weekend and start making plans for the 2014 Holy Ship!!
Confession time: everyone who works in our office is older than 17, and it thus follows that we were slightly concerned about Day Two of HARD Summer after a Day One experience that was utterly brilliant. With the Joseph Kony of dubstep, Skrillex, headlining the day, would we find ourselves too old for HARD? Well, we needn't have feared, for as we discovered, HARD maestro Gary Richards has a gift for festival scheduling, the results of which were another perfect day of something for everyone, even jaded old 20-somethings like us. More»
With the crazy amount of parties, concerts and special events going on in town this past weekend, it would have been almost impossible for you not to find yourself in the middle of something exciting. But the hands-down epicenter of excitement in L.A. this weekend was undoubtedly HARD Summer, the 2-day EDM/electronica rave festival held at the L.A. State Historic Park. We've been hyping it up for weeks now, but with the dust still settling, we feel it's important to confirm that, true to our predictions, it was indeed everything we hoped for. More»
You might not realize it yet, but you're in a bit of a predicament this weekend. With an almost unbelievable amount of music festivals, big-name tours, free shows and local superstars all playing live in the next few days, how are you ever going to prioritize? Well, to help you get through this, we humbly submit another installment of Go See A Show, our picks for the most kick-ass live music to check out in the L.A. area this weekend. Consider it a public service from us to you. More»
If you've been following us on a daily basis these past few weeks, you know we've been feeling mighty generous with the giveaways. It's because we love you guys, of course, and we want you to all enjoy this summer as much as we do. Well, thanks to our friends at HARD and Mitch Schneider Organization, we're pleased to announce the winner of our HARD Summer ticket giveaway contest. We're guessing this lucky someone, who just won a pair of two-day passes to this weekend's show, just got a serious summer fun boost. More»
If you weren't already pumped for HARD Summer, hopefully our comprehensive guide to the annual two-day festival of cutting edge electronic music, hip-hop, dance and more has corrected you of your mistake. This is one summer music fest we don't want you to miss, so we're giving away a pair of two-day passes to one lucky reader—keep reading to find out how to win 'em!! More»
One of the drawbacks to many electronic music shows is that they take place indoors. As much fun as a club night with a major headlining DJ can be, a sweaty, claustrophobic indoor space is just kind of the wrong look when you're in the middle of a summer as beautiful as we've been having here in Southern California*. That's why we're beyond thrilled for next weekend (August 3 + 4)'s HARD Summer, Downtown L.A.'s annual massive rave-style outdoor music festival, which looks to seriously up the ante this year with 2 days of music across 4 stages and an insane lineup that should satisfy ravers, indie kids and even hip hop heads. Read on for the full lineup, set times and more! More»
A good idea, a lot of hard work, and the right attitude can go an incredibly long way, which is how online vintage retailer Nasty Gal went from a one-person eBay venture to an insanely fast-growing international business with hundreds of thousands of customers in just six years. Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso celebrated the site's recent redesign, launch of the Nasty Gal blog, and general success with a Sky Ferreira-hosted, Breakbot DJ'ed blowout at the Roosevelt's Tropicana Bar last night. More»
This weekend at Freak City, party-goers got way low and way interpersonal on the dance floor. While enjoying the endless supply of drinks, guests got down with their eighth grade selves and brought back the ever popular freak dance, hard. More»
Thursday, December 5
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