Warped Tour Announces Its End Next Year

2018 will mark the festival’s final treck

November 16th, 2017
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, News

After over two decades, the iconic Vans Warped Tour will end it will its run next summer. The annual festival traveled from coast to coast and featured alternative acts stretching across genres like punk, rock, pop, rap, indie and emo. Founder Kevin Lyman took to Warped Tour’s official site to reminiscence on some of the tour’s most memorable acts and the festival’s lasting impact on communities and fans nationwide.

Speaking with Billboard, Lyman reflected further on some of the contributing factors to the tour shuddering. He cited dwindling attendance for younger fans who prefer to stay indoors with their technology, and the public’s general fear for their safety after an uprise in violent incidents like last month’s mass shooting at the Route Harvest 81 Festival in Las Vegas or the bombing at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester earlier this year.

Hayley Williams of Paramore at 2011’s tour

Some of my fondest memories of music intertwining with summer come took place during Warped Tour. I saw bands like Paramore, My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy for the first time before they sold out giant venues. I researched fashion trends for Hot Topic, my summer job at the time. I competed (and lost) with my pop punk group for a coveted spot on the festival stage. 2011’s Los Angeles stop marked my first assignment writing for the LA Music Blog.

Ryan Key of Yellowcard performing in 2014 at Vans Warped Tour

Lyman hinted that Warped Tour may continue in some form in the future, saying, “The enduring spirit of the Vans Warped Tour remains as bright as ever, continuing to inspire creativity and ambition in new and exciting ways as we prepare for a 25th anniversary celebration in 2019.” A quarter of a century may be a new dawn for the tour in some iteration, but for now fans will look to 2018 for one last farewell sing-a-long with friends in the hot summer sun.

For more information on Vans Warped Tour:
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Astronautalis at the Resident

Rapper rocks the Resident

Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

Astronautalis is already a bit of a difficult artist to pigeonhole, but he seems, for the most part, to reside fairly firmly in the hip-hop camp. But only for the most part. His music so much more encompassing than simply hip-hop alone, as he incorporates everything from punk rock to indie to trap in a seamless amalgam. This made his signing and release with LA-based mostly-punk label Side One Dummy an interesting move for both artist and label, and his interesting choice of tourmate in former Fake Problems frontman Chris Farren.
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Circa Survive/Thrice at the Shrine

The Post Hardcore Legends Unite for 2 Night Stay

November 15th, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

The second of two nights at the Shrine for Thrice and Circa Survive’s coheadlining tour was as bone-shakingly great as was to be expected of the two titans of post-hardcore. Thrice was subdued, playing a loud-as-hell set with their big hits peppered through some of their deeper cuts. Surprisingly, the biggest audience response was from a back to back to back to back performance of the best of their Elements suite. Circa Survive, meanwhile maintained their unwavering reputation as one of the best live bands in the biz. Anthony Green is an absolutely captivating performer–so much so that my lens, I am sorry to say, rarely strayed from his catapaulting theatrics.
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Show Preview: Zac Brown Band @ The Hollywood Bowl

Down home Georgian country comes to LA!

October 27th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News

I first saw the Zac Brown Band live during the summer of 2015, when they were on their JEKYLL + HYDE album tour and hosting their famous “eat and greet” pre-show experience. Their concert was a fun, two hour long country sing-along, perfect for a warm summer night. Given the recent weather here in LA (autumn, where are you?) I don’t expect the Band’s upcoming concerts on October 28th and 29th (this weekend) at the Hollywood Bowl will be anything less than their summer-night-perfect!
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Preview: Sheryl Crow @ Fonda Theatre

The venerable singer/songwriter returns to LA

October 16th, 2017
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, News

There isn’t much more I can add to the impression that singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow is leaving on the world of music that my buddy Lex Voight hasn’t already stated when she was last in LA back in June. Indeed, the quantity and quality of her music from the 90’s right up until this year’s release of Be Myself is truly remarkable, and to get to see her live on a stage big or small is comparable to seeing a living legend. If you missed her in LA last time, you now have the opportunity for redemption.
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Preview: Moose Masquerade Ball @ Hotel Cafe

The annual Halloween ball heads to the west coast!

October 11th, 2017
David Fisch
Category: News

The Moose Masquerade Ball has become something of a “best-kept secret” of Halloween music-happenings in New York City for the past three years, and it happens to be the creation of none other than our previous Featured Artist Valerie Broussard and her brother Drew of The Public Theatre Organization. Now that Valerie currently resides in Los Angeles, she has decided to bring the evening event of music, costumes, and spooks to the West Coast.
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Interview with Desert Daze Founder Phil Pirrone

Joshua Tree fest enters its 5th year on Thursday

Jillian Goldfluss

Putting on a music festival is like producing a movie. It’s an arduous, stressful process. You’ve got to book the best celebrities on the budget you’re allotted, play logistical tic-tac-toe from one day to the next, put out fires that only lead to bigger fires, and get it all sorted before the release date. Then you cross your fingers, hope tickets sell, and pray that the audience enjoys the spectacle. It’s stressful as hell, and Desert Daze founder Phil Pirrone can’t get enough of it.

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Concert Preview: LJ Laboratory

The band formerly known as LEX opens up W Hotel

October 1st, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News

LA’s own LJ Laboratory is teaming up with W hotel for a music series. The band, formerly known as Lex, is a sci-fi synth alternative electronic act and while that may not necssarily be all the piques your interest, what will solidify the deal is that they are taking part in this series focused on bringing powerful, progressive women and musicians together and giving them a stage to shine on. LJ Laboratory (as Lex) played KAABOO last year, if my memory serves me right, and specialize in using analog vintage synthesizers. If you are interested in women in electronic music, production, or touring life make sure you get yourself to the W Hotel this week on October 5th. You can find info about the event the track “Humanizer” below.
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