Burning Man

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2014

    Garden Beats

    OC Great Park Farm + Food Lab

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Finding Shoegazer's Paradise in the Old West

    Some of the best DIY festivals tend to have one thing in common: the adventure of getting there. The thrill of the trek was definitely on Tommy Dietrick's mind when he settled his Desert Stars Festival in the cactus and boulder-infested oasis of Pioneertown, at storied venue Pappy and Harriet's. Ove ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 29, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    How Brody Dalle Overcame Here Solo Career Stage Fright

    Before she hit the stage at Alex's Bar in Long Beach this past February, Brody Dalle was a wreck. Despite having played at stadiums and festivals, she paced back and forth with the anxious energy of a newcomer about to play her first gig. Yet in a sense, that's exactly what the veteran singer/songwr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Headhunterz Does Some #Selfie Reflection at Coachella

    On stage Willem Rebergen, better known as Headhunterz is revered as a hardstyle demigod who's bringing this unique genre of EDM to the masses with sets on the main stage of EDC Las Vegas to the Sahara tent these past two weekends at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. After closing out a sol ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 14, 2013

    Homeward Bound: 4,000 Miles at South Coast Rep

    Amy Herzog's play is a masterful treatise on the American left, past and present

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Five Things to Look Forward to at Nocturnal Wonderland

    The 17th installment of Insomniac's Nocturnal Wonderland happens this weekend at its new location at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino. Nocturnal puts an emphasis on the "dark and mysterious" side of Insomniac's Alice & Wonderland themed raves, which also include Beyond Wonderland, Escap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    "I'm Not a Virgin Anymore":The Best Overheard Quotes at Burning Man

    During Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada becomes a temporary community which comes together to host over 60,000 camping artists, DJs, rangers, volunteers and festival goers for an unrestrained, week-long celebration of culture, spirituality, art and music. With the freedom from currencies, corpor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Five Things EDM Festivals Can Still Learn From Burning Man

    In a new era of double-weekend extravaganzas, of-the-minute EDM rockstars and insanely overpopulated venues, the quality of the music festival circuit is always in question, even as it continues to expand. Those of us spending hundreds of dollars due to ever-increasing ticket prices are often underw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Your Shark Week Playlist

    Have you been feeling the excitement that makes someone want to do everything but get in the water? That's right chums, it's the most wonderful time of the year as Shark Week is upon us! For seven days, the fins fly high and the teeth regenerate as the Discovery Channel brings us the finest in shark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    The Five Best EDM Shows in July

    If you're an electronic dance music lover, we get that you're probably just recovering after an incredible week of parties during Las Vegas' epic Electric Daisy Carnival. Though the festival ended almost 10 days ago July is now upon us and it's time to think about what kind of trouble you can get in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    The Best and Worst of Electric Daisy Carnival

    If there is any lingering question about the mass popularity of electronic music, one need look no further than Electric Daisy Carnival. We'd be remiss to call EDC the "Woodstock of EDM," because even one of rock's most iconic festivals doesn't hold a candle to the production, logistics, and near in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2013

    Top Five Underrated Coachella Hang-Outs

    Last Weekend thousands of music fans gathered at the Empire Polo Fields to soak up the Coachella Valley rays, sink their feet in the lush grass and enjoy three days of sensory visuals, a sense of freedom, adventure and most importantly and eclectic mix of music. Though the festival offers revelers e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Five Must-See Artists at Beyond Wonderland

    This weekend, Insomniac takes its fourth journey down the Alice & Wonderland-themed rabbit hole to Beyond Wonderland Music Festival, held at the San Manuel Amphitheater after the city of San Bernardino complained from previous wonderland events at the NOS Events Center. Don't be fooled by the new lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Five Highlights From Nervo's West Coast Travels

    The past six months have been a whirlwind of success for the Australian-born NERVO twins. They were the only female DJs on the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, landing at No. 46, the third-highest new entry among EDM's elite. The only other female to ever make the list was Claudia Cazacu, who squeaked in at No. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Top Ten Finest Fashion Moments on the S.S. Coachella

    By: Liz TracyMost of the people we met on the S.S. Coachella had never been on a cruise before. Like us, they weren't so sure what to pack or how to dress for three days of awkwardly saying hi to their favorite bands on a floating building at sea. But, like the festival, the fans also brought their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Top Five Best and Worst Parts of Escape From Wonderland - NOS Events Center - October 27,2012

    This weekend, Insomniac Events hosted their second annual Escape from Wonderland music festival at the Nos Events Center in San Bernadino. The Wonderland parties have become a staple brand for the promoters and are becoming just as popular as Electric Daisy Carnival (their biggest event of the year) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Damian Lazarus Plays Music For 24-Hour Party People...Literally

    Revered as the man behind Resident Advisor's number one label of 2011, Crosstown Rebels, owner Damian Lazarus is bringing his deep house and minimal sounds to the US while making waves in LA. With the success of his "Get Lost LA" party, a festival in Playa Del Carmen on the horizon and the release o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    15 Burning Man GIFs That'll Make You Wanna Go Next Year

    By Josh "CuriousJosh" Reiss See Also:*Five Things an EDM Diva Learned at Burning Man*The Fantastic People of Burning Man*FYF Fest 2012: A Complex Portrait of the SoCal Music SceneEditor's Note: Maybe you didn't make the trek out to the the playa for Burning Man this year. Maybe you had even vo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Five Things an EDM Diva Learned at Burning Man

    See Also: The Fantastic People of Burning Man FYF Fest 2012: A Complex Punk Portrait of the SoCal Music Scene Insomniac Donates $115,000 From EDC Sales Burning Man is an annual event and temporary community based on radical self-expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Havin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

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

    See Also: Kaskade Talks EDC, Freaks of Nature Tour and Partying at Focus Tuesdays in OC Mark Farina & Colette - Focus' 9 Year Anniversary - 6/26/12 Coachella: Top Five Acts at the Sahara Tent Kaskade invaded the West Coast over the weekend as part of his summer Freaks of Nature Tour with sto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2012

    Literary Olympiad: Lists, Language, and Avoiding the Barbarous

    Lists are fun. I read a couple great ones this week, including The Progressive magazine's nine worst lobbyists. I've assembled some great ones this past week at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, where I've taken notes and share them with you here. The conference's unsavory and racist name, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    EDMbiz: When It Comes to Booking EDM Events, Pasquale Rotella says "Talent Means Nothing"

    With the title of the panel discussion sounding like the start of a bad joke, Five Promoters and an Agent Walk Into a Room, was unique opportunity to see the O.G.s of EDM sit down and have a civilized conversation (or at least try). After only a few questions from the audience, Insomniac founder Pa ... More >>

  • News

    May 24, 2012

    How to Make Real Absinthe

    [Summer Guide 2012] Make, then drink the real stuff!

  • Calendar

    March 1, 2012

    The Cacophony Society Zone Show

    Grand Central Art Center

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Fans Say the Darndest Things--To 'Simpsons' Creators

    ​The Simpsons' 500th episode is upon us. As tempted as I am to write about my favorite minor characters, couch gags, and guest stars, I suspect you're getting your fill of bloggers' opinions. Instead, I've collected comments from the show's writers, artists, and crew (past and present) about us, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    LA Records' Music Editor Has a Naked Scene in Cacophony Documentary (Presumably)

    ​If you recall, last week news blogger Matt Coker wrote that Vicky Baxter, executive director of Downtown Incorporated of Santa Ana, received a call from Homeland Security asking the Santa Ana Art Walk and Cacophony Society to explain themselves (!) before giving them the go ahead to display their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Cacophony Society Inclusion in Santa Ana Art Walk Rings U.S. Homeland Security Alarm Bells

    ​Is the ultimate arbiter of art and culture in the city of Santa Ana the federal Department of Homeland Security?Seems to be so based on a recent letter Vicky Baxter, executive director of Downtown Incorporated of Santa Ana, sent to Reverend Al Ridenour of Cacophony Los Angeles, a scheduled parti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Playground Festival at Irvine Last Weekend

    Kevin Lara/OC WeeklyThe Bravery--at least they showed up!​ Playground Festival Sept. 3rd-4th, 2011 Hidden Valley, Irvine What do you get when you mix together the leisurely spirit of the long weekend with about 300 high school kids, no-show performers and about 75 bajillion OC cops? You get th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Lightning in a Bottle: Here's What You Missed [VIDEO]

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​Urban Nomad, aka Jeremiah Alexis, presents exclusive video of Lightning in a Bottle for OC Weekly. We jokingly call it Burning Man Lite, but as you can see,  this Memorial Day weekend, Oak Canyon Ranch made the fest its own. After the jump, watch an interview wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Lightning in a Bottle's Jesse Fleming: This Year's Fest is Bigger and Easier

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyLast year at Lightning in a Bottle​It's safe to say that Lightning in a Bottle is one of my most favorite festivals of all time. Put on by LA-based art collective the Do Lab, the three-day event has an "art as an experience" vibe that fuses the accessibility of Orange ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 3, 2011

    'Wide Angle View' Shows the Personal Is Political

    The photojournalists of OCCCA's latest exhibition never stop working

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Lady Gaga at the Staples Center Last Night

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​Check out our Lady Gaga slideshow here!Lady GagaAug. 11, 2010Staples CenterLady Gaga's Monster Ball gets compared to many things: West Hollywood during Halloween, Burning Man, Mardi Gras. But what it's really like is Disneyland--a well-produced, flawless display ... More >>

  • Music

    July 29, 2010

    Concerts Everywhere

    [Mental Notes] If you didn't watch a show last week, you missed out

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Queensryche at the Grove Last Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​QueensrycheJuly 22, 2010The Grove of AnaheimSee the slideshow here!In truth, the idea itself--Queensryche hosting a cabaret to perform their music to--was admirable, and seemed, in all ways, to merit a new look at Geoff Tate & co.'s songs. Featuring burlesque and go-go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Over The Weekend: Lightning In A Bottle

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyHeadliners Booka Shade performed at Lightning in a Bottle on Friday​Check out our slideshow of Day 1 and Day 2.The Hype:  Ostensibly, LA's "electronic experimentalists" DoLab put Lightning in a Bottle together as the median between mainstream Coachella and the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    The Five Hardest Foods To Give Up For Lent

    tea_time @ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0​Ash Wednesday, lovingly known as Dirty Forehead Day, is this week. For Christians, this marks a time of penance and sacrifice before Easter. One of the common practices is to give something cherished up during Lent. Some things are very easy ("I won't eat frog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Dance Music Pick of the Week: Garth and Jeno at Focus

    ​Before Jay Denes' Naked Music label arrived from New York, there was a West Coast sound in dance music that was meatier, funkier, and more tribal. While the Naked sound set Kenny G.-like moods to a house beat, the pre-Denes flavors of left coast house music were heavily spiced by dub reggae and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Nixon, John Taylor and the Bohemian Grove

    Early 1990s Cave Man campers. Taylor is in red polo at far right, Nixon sits at left and Meese is behind him.In his August 2006 story "Bohemian Grove Exposes Itself!" the Weekly's Nick Schou interviewed an unnamed Orange County resident and former employee of the private, all-male, 2,700-acre forest ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 1, 2009
  • Music

    May 10, 2007

    Never Mind the Shit, Here's Coachella

    Is this annual desert festival an ordeal or orgasmic experience? Yes

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    It's a Living

    Fire Dancer

  • Music

    January 19, 2006

    Get Out!

    Yearn to Be Blown
    Nightlife & More: Jan. 19 - Jan. 26

  • Film

    April 15, 2004
  • Culture

    October 9, 2003

    School of Rock

    Mix master Hornbys Songbook

  • Film

    May 31, 2001

    Damn Dirty Remakes

    Summer flicks 2001