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Symbiosis Gathering | Lineup | Tickets

 

After last year’s incredible experience, we’ve been hard pressed to find anything else quite like Symbiosis Gathering. It is perhaps the most relaxing and open culture we’ve ever been a part of. Lend it to the playa decompression vibes or end of summer last hoo-rah or what have you; it will always hold a special place in our hearts. And with 2016 being the last time it’s being hosted at the Woodward Reservoir (please let there be an ample swimming hole at the next venue!), there’s little in the way of deciding whether to go or not. That is to say, DO NOT MISS IT.

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The season of “get out and go” is nearing its end; the time to take a step back and wonder what has passed and what is next is nigh. Here are some auditory fare to help ease in the existentialism. Take ’em in with a nice helping of solitude.

 

Turvy Organ – 98 West

Following their stunning debut LP, Turvy Organ have trudged through despair to find the calculated despondence of new EP Divv//ecto. It’s good to see they still couldn’t care less.

 

LIFER – Nightlife

Have you ever been in a one life stand? LIFER is asking the right questions in ‘Nightlife’. New EP out on Forged Artifacts 8|19.

 

St. Francis Hotel – Mondello

St. Francis Hotel‘s debut is a soft and weary lilt through a tenebrous technicolor trance.

 

Obliques – Cut Me Loose (Ill Feeling)

These funky soul cats are helping change the adage to: trust in your in Obliques.

 

Shakes – Strange Tides

Stuck in limbo, Shakes‘ ‘Strange Tides’ is all bits catchy indie-pop swept up in the undertow of the complications of romance.

 

NOVAA – Rose

All is never lost. Angel-voiced NOVAA‘s Japanese inspired chill reminds us that “we’re made of heaven we just didn’t know”. More on the way from her.

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Woogie Weekend

 

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From July 8th through the 10th, a steady techno drone settled over Oak Canyon Park. It marked the second coming of Woogie Weekend. If Lightning in a Bottle is the well traveled eco-conscious older sister with worldy experience, then Woogie Weekend is the laid back little brother with really good music taste.

 

While LIB seeks to educate and inspire, Do Lab’s Summer campout instead focuses on calming and inviting atmospheres. Think grass, shade, fair weather, water sports, mini golf, hammocks, room for plenty of activities, and colorful decor to ease the eyes. Leisurely strolls and plenty of comfy seating set the tone for the camp-out chilling.

 

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Woogie Weekend | Lineup | Tickets

 

Summer is in full swing and if you’re planning to be in Oak Canyon Park this weekend, you’d be hard pressed to find yourself amidst a bad time. This is one stacked lineup. Below are several artists we definitely recommend you check out over the weekend in between all the activities. Honestly though, don’t miss anyone if you can help it.

 

Friday

DoubtingThomas
Preferring to stay out of the limelight, Doubting Thomas has slowly and surely come of his own with his unique approach to mystic and mellow minimal house sounds.

DoubtingThomas – The Changes

 

Extrawelt
This duo has been going strong for over 10 years; and for good reason. They consistently stay ahead of the electronic music curve in producing a deep and technical sound that never stales.

Stephan Bodzin – Blue Giant (Extrawelt Remix)

 

Mark Farina
The father of downtempo house meets acid goodness Mushroom Jazz. ’nuff said.

Mark Farina – C’mon Playa

 

Saturday
Beacon
This New York outfit melds sleepless city vocals with complex hypnotic elements to great effect. Playing live, they’ll be sure to set you in a most welcome spacey rhythm.

Beacon – Escapements

 

Oceanvs Orientalis
Straight from their mouths: Oceanvs Orientalis blends itself with the archaelogic tunes of mankind’s cumulative musical history and in this very context believes that “everything comes from the east”. Don’t miss out on their orchestral-dance style.

Oceanvs Orientalis vs. Heimat – Gardens of Bablyon

 

Oliver Huntemann
Perfectly seamless. German. Techno.

Oliver Huntemann – Kiez

 

Sunday
Kidnap Kid
Now in the full swing of his career, UK based Kidnap Kid has established himself as a standout in the emotional house scene. His sound takes on aspects of Balearic, Traditional, and Garage all to induce a stellar “get-lost-in-your-head” flow.

Kidnap Kid – Like You Used To

 

Rampue
After missing him at Further Future, we’ve had a Rampue sized hole in our hearts for his distinct minimal tribal techno style.
Once more with visa issues.

Rampue – Adagio for Phoenicopterus

 

Rodriguez Jr.
There’s never not enough room for Minimal Techno. And when it comes from this star producer (live!), there’s no reason to miss out.

Rodriguez Jr. – Capitelle

 

 

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UR Art is the brainchild of Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation), Philipp Jung (M.A.N.D.Y), and John Wander. The Santa Monica based Summer festival series is now in its third year and continues to draw attention to its message of sustainable power, artistic freedom, and community wellness. On top of that, the series features leading musicians from the deeper spectrum of house and techno under the open air of a beach city sun.

 

All of this is hosted inside Bergamot Station, a re-purposed train station now art center. This Sunday (July 3rd) will feature John Tejada, Hoj, Clint Stewart, and WXC (John Wander b2b Luke Cheadle). Come through to celebrate freedom, art, music, and social purpose.

 

John Tejada – Endorphins

Terrence Parker – Alarm the Sound (John Tejada Remix)

Clint Stewart & The Reason Y – Audable Flares

 

 

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Treasure Island 2016 is happening! For its 10-year anniversary, this lovely island festival was almost a no-go. Luckily, the city and event planners were able to make it happen. We can’t reiterate enough how great this compact festival is. 2 stages. 1 silent disco. No set-time over lap. Smaller crowds. A whole lot of sea breeze to cap off the indian Summer. The lineup this year is as exceptional as always; featuring artists from all across the spectrum.

 

 

Of all the festivals we’ve been to, this one is definitely among the easiest to survive and relaxing to be a part of. Tickets are still on sale! Do NOT miss your chance to go to this festival its last time on the actual island.

 

 

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Woogie Weekend | Lineup | Tickets

 

Now in its second year as a standalone festival, Woogie Weekend continues to gather artists that could hold their own on parent festival LIB‘s lineup. The event is even hosted at LIB’s former home: Oak Canyon Park, Silverado Canyon. Anyone who’s stopped by the Woogie stage at LIB knows the sound and the vibe: funky and carefree during the day; deep and dark at night. And this year’s lineup is definitely influenced by a playa touch. Luckily, there’s water all around to help manage that hot summer sun (or an unpredictable muddy cuddle puddle a la 2015).

 

The event runs July 8-10, 2016 with 2-day and Sunday tickets available, so there’s really no reason not to check out at least Sunday (Rampue, Rodriguez Jr., Kidnap Kid, and TEED are among our must sees of the weekend). With a lineup this good at a $160 all weekend ticket price, this is perhaps the most “worth it” festival bill we’ve seen this year.