Lightning in a Bottle 2019 boasts Disclosure (DJ set), Big Gigantic, Flying Lotus & more at a new location

Lightning in a Bottle - 2019 lineup

Lightning in a Bottle //
Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area – Bakersfield, CA
May 8th-13th, 2019 //

After a longer-than-expected wait, Lightning in a Bottle has finally given us the goods.

The “transformational festival,” which has become an excellent hangover cure for West Coast music fans shortly after Coachella, usually drops its lineup sometime in mid-January, but with new dates and a new location in Kern County holding things up, it took an extra month before we could learn more about who will be performing in 2019.

And boy, did The Do LaB go big for the 14th edition of its signature event, booking Disclosure (DJ set), Big Gigantic, Flying Lotus (3D) and Santigold to lead another outstanding lineup that comes to Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area in Bakersfield this May.

Let’s just hope leaving on Monday morning doesn’t take a mind-numbing five hours like it did once at San Antonio Recreation Area, the festival’s previous site in Bradley from 2014-18.

Now a staple in California’s expansive music festival scene, LIB took some more steps toward the mainstream a year ago after securing Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Zhu, Griz and Fever Ray to play its 2018 installlment, and it appears to have continued down that same path with Gramatik, Toro y Moi and Khruangbin on board for this go-around, which will not occur over Memorial Day weekend as has been the tradition.

Lightning in a Bottle 2019 - Phase 2 lineup

Other acts earning a spot on the Phase 1 roster include Rising Appalachia, Masego, ELOHIM, Cautious Clay, Jan Bloomqvist & Band, Channel Tres, Framworks, ÌFÉ, LUM, Mobley, Lane 8, DJ Koze, Damian Lazarus, Shiba San, Bedouin, Recondite (Live), Escapade (Walker & Royce + Ardalan), G Jones, The Polish Ambassador, OPIUO, CloZee, Shades, 1788-L and more.

UPDATE (March 5th): The Do LaB has announced the Phase 2 lineup for LIB 2019 with Ozomatli, Rising Appalachia, My Baby, Swingrowers, Próxima Parada, The Fungineers, Frameworks, Vokab Company, Balkan Bump and more all slated to perform across four stages. Check out the poster above for the rest of the bill.

LIB has received praise as one of the nation’s premier boutique festivals over the years, but that label has been called into question as sold-out crowds have become more of the norm. Meanwhile, prior mainstays like Lucent Dossier Experience and William Close & The Earth Harp Collective have also been recently absent as the fest’s organizers look to branch out.

Four- and five-day passes to LIB can be purchased here for $335 and $395, respectively, this Saturday, February 16th at 10 a.m. PT. As attendees have come to expect over the years, The Do LaB will also continue to promote the ideals of sustainability, social cohesion, personal health and creative expression through art, yoga, workshops and speakers.

Itching to attend LIB? Take a peek at our past coverage here.

SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Wye Oak at Great American Music Hall 7/15 (FRI)

Wye OakWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

Wye Oak with Tuskha //
Great American Music Hall – San Francisco
July 15th, 2016 //

Just a year ago, I was at Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle, hanging out at the main stage on an unlikely sunny afternoon. Joining an impressive lineup of artists — including Jamie xx, Father John Misty and Toro y Moi — for a relatively small music festival, Wye Oak took the stage and demonstrated a unique sound. Between the masterful guitar and vocals of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stuck’s simultaneous drumming and synthesizer work, the duo put on a captivating set that certainly won more than a couple new fans (myself included) that day.

Wye Oak have successfully carved their own path in the world of indie rock. The Baltimore duo have made a name for themselves with their increasingly ambitious studio efforts, from their 2011 breakthrough LP Civilian to their critically acclaimed 2014 record Shriek. With each record, their sound has matured more in form as they add new elements of vocal distortions, synthesizers and syncopated guitar melodies.

Though a standard strategy for mainstream artists like Beyoncé and Adele, Wye Oak dropped their new record Tween by surprise just a month ago. It is a tightly-knit, 10-track album that expands on the production style of Shriek and continues to demonstrate Wye Oak’s ambition as a band, an ambition that’s best captured in the swelling vocals and distortions of “Trigger Finger” and dragging guitar chord progressions guiding “Too Right”.

In a non-stop stream of indie-rock acts coming through SF, Wye Oak is a truly different kind of indie-rock band that is not to be missed live. This Friday, they will be taking the stage at the Great American Music Hall with support from Bowerbirds member Phil Moore’s electropop project Tuskha. Tickets are available for $23, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

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Wye Oak - Great American Music Hall

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BottleRock drops 2016 lineup, led by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Florence + the Machine

BottleRock Napa 2016 lineup

BottleRock Napa Valley //
Napa Valley Expo – Napa, CA
May 27th-29th, 2016 //

While everyone has been fixating on Monday night’s Coachella lineup announcement, which includes a reunited LCD Soundsystem and some form of Guns N’ Roses headlining the Indio festival, BottleRock Napa Valley was busy unveiling their own bill less than a day later.

The three-day festival in downtown Napa, which appeals to an older crowd than the aforementioned Coachella, announced its lineup early Tuesday and will welcome Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder and Florence + the Machine as headliners over Memorial Day weekend.

With more than 70 artists scheduled to perform across four stages, other noteworthy acts on this year’s lineup include The Lumineers, Death Cab for Cutie, Lenny Kravitz, Walk the Moon, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ziggy Marley, Grouplove, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gogol Bordello, Cold War Kids, Iration, Misterwives, Atlas Genius, Buddy Guy, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Pharcyde, The Joy Formidable, X Ambassadors, Ozomatli and Jamestown Revival.

BottleRock will also be bringing back and expanding its popular Culinary Stage that’s known for matching culinary stars up with celebrities, as last year’s festival saw Snoop Dogg teaming up with “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, January 7th at 10 a.m. here and start at $269 for a three-day GA pass. VIP passes will be sold for $619, and a three-day platinum pass is as much as $3,100.

So, as you get ready for your “first taste of summer,” go back in time with our 2014 coverage.

PHOTOS: Ozomatli, Bang Data at The New Parish 3/28

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By Steve Roby

Ozomatli with Bang Data, Kool Kyle
The New Parish — Oakland
Friday March 28th, 2014 //

Hats off to the talented folks at The New Parish for putting together a solid triple bill of entertainment.

Local DJ El Kool Kyle (Kyle Brinson) got the party started with a powerful ninety-minute set of hip-hop-infused Latin music. Kyle is no newcomer. In the 1980’s he toured with Run-DMC, and has since co-founded Baylando Records, a new independent record label focused on urban indigenous dance music. He celebrates 21 years of music making in the Bay Area.

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By 10pm, the crowd was ready for live music, and Oakland’s own Bang Data didn’t disappoint. The edgy Latin band features Deuce Eclipse on vocals, drummer Juan Manuel Caipo, bassist Marco Guzman, and Dave Lopez on guitar. They emerged in 2009 with their debut EP Maldito Carnaval, and followed up in 2012 with the full-length album La Sopa. Crowd pleasers at The New Parish were “Amor Califas”, “Don’t Know” and of course the self-titled “Bang Data”, which was featured on A&E’s Emmy Award winning television drama Breaking Bad. Keep a close eye on this band, and catch them next month at San Francisco’s The Independent on April 25th.


After a quick turn-around, Ozomatli hit the stage like a mad bull out of control. If you were on the second level overlooking the stage, you could feel the floor bounce as everyone jumped to the infectious beat. And when guitarist Raul Pacheco leapt into the crowd for an extended solo, the audience went nuts.

Ozomatli are currently on tour supporting their recent release, Place In The Sun (Vanguard/Caroline). This is the eighth album by the multi-genre, multi-cultural Grammy-winning band. Critics have called the record “funky, loud and fresh right from the start.”

The band will now prepare for a tour of Australia in April. They’ll be back in California come August, but no Bay Area dates are scheduled yet.

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Ozomatli with Bang Data, Kool Kyle (3/28) and La Misa Negra, DJ Julicio (3/29)
The New Parish — Oakland
March 28th & 29th, 2014 (Friday & Saturday) //

Get ready to start your weekend with the multi-Grammy winning band Ozomatli this Friday and Saturday at The New Parish in Oakland. The band is currently on tour promoting their recently released album, Place In The Sun.

Ozomatli burst onto the LA scene in 1998, and a year later were touring with Carlos Santana and won the Grammy for “Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album” for 2001’s Embrace The Chaos, and in 2004 for their album Street Signs.

Now’s your chance to catch Ozomatli for their only Bay Area appearance (March 28/29) before they head out to Australia. Ozomatli infuses a DJ party mix with dynamic live band chops and attitude that you won’t want to miss.

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WKEND MIXTAPE: Cut Chemist – American Pie: Fall Backwards

Cut Chemist

Los Angeles native Cut Chemist brings us this week’s mix with a deep blend of psych folk and rock selections. Created last fall to give thanks to the harvest of music that was recorded in this country, you’ll find an hour of music perfect for the season.

Cut Chemist is a founding member of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli. He is also a co-creator of Brainfreeze with DJ Shadow.

For more mixes from Cut Chemist check out his Soundcloud page.