Electric Daisy Carnival attendee's death under investigation

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Christopher Victorio
The Clark County Coroner is investigating the death of a 24-year-old who collapsed outside Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas Saturday morning.

An autopsy was being conducted this weekend, but results aren't yet available to the media, an official at the coroner's office told us. If drug use is suspected, it's likely that a cause-of-death determination will be put off until investigators get their hands on toxicology test results.

The raver, who collapsed outside the three-day festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, was identified as Montgomery Tsang of San Leandro, California.

By Dennis Romero

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Riot Fest 2014 schedule announced, single-day tickets on sale now

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Aaron Thackeray
Last year at Riot Fest
Riot Fest will return to Denver this fall with a lineup including the Cure, the National, Weezer, Wu-Tang Clan and more. It will take place over three days, from September 19 to 21, at May Farms in Byers.

Just now, the festival has announced each day's lineup and started selling single-day tickets, so you can start to make your plans. Friday's headliner is Weezer, Saturday's is the Cure and the National will headline Sunday. The full breakdown is below.

See also: More information about this year's Riot Fest

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival's longtime MC reflects on Colorado's most storied music fest

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Benko Photographics
New Grass Revival plays at Telluride in 1987.

The reach of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival extends down the mountains, across the country and around the globe. The weekend-long celebration of acoustic instruments, immaculate songwriting and untamed nature has brought big-name artists from around the world to its stage.

Next weekend, Telluride Bluegrass will celebrate its fortieth anniversary, with a lineup that includes Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Ray LaMontagne and more. To commemorate the milestone, the organization that puts on the festival, Planet Bluegrass, is releasing a book called Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 40 Years of Festivation. Featured in its 216 pages is an extensive collection of photos from throughout the event's history, as well as a series of essays by past performers like Chris Thile of Nickel Creek, Béla Fleck, Emmylou Harris and Tim O'Brien. The whole thing is held together by missives from Telluride's master of ceremonies from approximately 1978 to 2006, Dan Sadowsky, known to his friends and the "festivarians" as Pastor Mustard.


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Riot Fest 2014 lineup for Denver announced

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Aaron Thackeray. Full slideshow
Last year at Riot Fest in Denver.
Riot Fest has just announced its 2014 lineup, and it features Slayer, The Cure, Wu Tang Clan, Die Antwoord and more. The festival will make its second appearance in Denver (well, technically Byers, where the host May Farms is located) from September 19 to 21. A limited number of early bird tickets are $99.98 and on sale now.

Riot Fest will be considerably bigger this year than last in several ways: The Fest will be three days instead of two and feature four stages instead of three. They're also doubling the number of both camping spaces and carnival rides as well as adding a second VIP area and more shade tents. Some logistical concerns from last year have been addressed as well -- there will be free parking and organizers promise a reconfigured layout designed to help alleviate traffic concerns.

The rest of the lineup is below, along with some more information about this year's Riot Fest.

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The 2014 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival adds Randy Newman, Brandi Carlile and more

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From a YouTube video taken during the floods
Planet Bluegrass was underwater just a few months ago, but the festivals will return.
For now, the story of Planet Bluegrass is about the floods and the devastation they brought to towns like Lyons. The storied venue sits nestled in the canyon, no small part of its appeal being that it does not have proximity to natural beauty so much as it is actually a part of the natural beauty. But last September, the river rose and covered the buildings and ripped away the land. I was there in March. Progress is being made. Heavy machinery works the dirt, but the destruction still looks fresh.

So it says plenty that the story of Planet Bluegrass will be the floods only until July, when the venue plans to start hosting its usual run of summer festivals again. The resources and effort that will take are considerable (they're currently laying seven acres of fresh sod) and one of the rewards of that will be a particularly strong lineup for the venue's flagship event, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. Today, they've added Brandi Carlile, Randy Newman, Hurray for the Riff Raff and more.

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The complete Arvada Center Summer Stage 2014 lineup

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Courtesy of the Arvada Center
Last month, we brought you the news that Swallow Hill Music would be booking this year's summer concert series at the Arvada Center. That partnership becomes much clearer this morning with the full lineup announcement -- in addition to previously announced artists including Judy Collins and Don McLean, the Center announced today that it would feature the Manhattan Transfer, the Subdudes and the Mavericks.

Tickets for the series are on sale this Friday, May 2

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The Denver Black Sky II lineup is here

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Brandon Marshall
Last year's inaugural Black Sky fest. Full slideshow here.
Last year, Sherwood Webber of Skinless put together a festival with a meticulous curatorial eye for aggressive music and no patience for gimmickry of any kind. The result was Denver Black Sky, which we named the best metal fest last month.

The Fest returns this August with two days of bands likely to match the fury of last year's lineup. But don't take my word for it -- I just showed the list of bands to the biggest thrash metal/hardcore expert I know and his instantaneous reaction was, "Huge."

It includes grindcore legend Brutal Truth, Virginia thrash band Municipal Waste and affiliated band Cannabis Corpse (feels inevitable, doesn't it?). The full lineup was announced today; you can see it below. Denver Black Sky II will be August 2 and 3 at the Gothic Theatre. Tickets are $50 for two-day passes and go on sale Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m.

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Inside the drug culture at Coachella

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Ed Carrasco
Coachella after party, not necessarily involving drugs.
Oakland resident Kimchi Truong was 24. She passed out on the Coachella grounds last weekend, likely due to an overdose. Her death, Thursday, was shocking. But what's really shocking is that this kind of thing doesn't happen more often.

This story is about very young people doing a shit-ton of drugs, but let's start with the old folks of the Coachella Valley. Fooling themselves into believing they're not going to die, they populate ticky-tacky communities behind guarded gates, with giant televisions, preposterously lush lawns and mammoth green hedges. They've bought into the illusion that this is paradise, rather than a punishing desert that will remain hospitable only as long as politicians willingly waste the diminishing stash of Western water. The men, who are tan, and the women, who take walks in the morning, came from greater L.A., arriving to places like Indian Wells and Palm Springs to escape the smog, traffic, crowding and chaos.

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Riot Fest returns to Denver September 19 to 21

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Eric Gruneisen
Last year at Riot Fest in Denver
Riot Fest expanded its reach to Colorado last year, bringing The Replacements, Guided By Voices, FLAG and many more to May Farms.

The Chicago-based festival, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, will return to Denver this fall with the help of local concert promotion company Soda Jerk Presents. Riot Fest promises "more carnival rides and attractions" and more local food options, but other than that we don't know much. Ticket and lineup information is still coming, but we'll let you know when we hear anything.

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The nine worst things about Coachella 2014

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Timothy Norris
Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way.

Saturday Night dust storm (above)

Conditions may not have been as bad as they were during last year's Red Hot Chili Peppers set, but Saturday night's dusty conditions were still pretty awful. The winds started picking up when the sun started going down, and by dusk, the sky had turned a coffee-stain brown and festivalgoers were wiping desert residue from their eyeglasses and exposed skin. Dust gets everywhere -- in the cracks of your smartphone, for starters, and then, later, in your scalp, nose and bronchial tubes. It's a disgusting affair and a reminder to bring a handkerchief next time. -Adam Lovinus

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