Electric Forest Drops 2018 Lineups: Bassnectar, GRiZ, Bonobo + many more.

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img_8655Happy holidays Forest Fam! Christmas came early as Electric Forest just dropped the entire 2018 lineup and it’s a banger! Two magical weekends of The String Cheese Incident, GRiZ live band, Bassnectar, RÜFÜS / RÜFÜS DU SOL and ZHU.


Wristbands and Lodging Packages for both weekends go to public sale on December 15, and for returning Forest Family 2018 Loyalty On Sales start as soon as December 7: CLICK HERE FOR TICKET INFO

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Rock on the Range Unveils 2018 Lineup 

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img_8628Rock On The Range has announced its lineup for this upcoming summer and it’s pretty damn wild.
Headlining the festival are Avenged Sevenfold, Tool and Alice In Chains. Stacking the lineup are Godsmack, A Perfect Circle, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots and many more. See the entire lineup below.



Papa Roach and Dillinger Escape Plan, Rock on the Range 2016

Rock On The Range is known to be one of the heaviest music festivals in the country. In past years, the festival has been headlined by Metallica, ZZ Top, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson and many more.
Last year attendees were plagued by the the weather and even more so devastated by the death of Chris Cornell in Detroit on May 18th was just hours before he was set to play Rock on the Range with his band, Soundgarden.
That day Rock on the Range acts performed emotional tributes to Cornell’s passing. Slipknot Corey Taylor and Stone Sour’s Christian Martucci dedicated a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” to Cornell. They also covered Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike.” Live joined in the recognitions by covering Audioslave’s “I Am the Highway,” and Bush played the refrain of “Black Hole Sun” before launching into R.E.M.’s“The One I Love.”


A Day To Remember in 2017

The 12th anniversary of Rock On The Range takes place on May 18, 19 and 20 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. The full lineup includes: Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Godsmack, A Perfect Circle, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Stone Temple Pilots, Machine Gun Kelly, Bullet For My Valentine, The Used, Underoath, Tech N9ne, BABYMETAL, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, I Prevail, Greta Van Fleet, Yelawolf, Trivium, Body Count, Quicksand, Red Sun Rising, Baroness, Andrew W.K., Atreyu, Anti-Flag, We Came As Romans, The Bronx, 10 Years, Senses Fail, New Years Day, Emmure, Hawthorne Heights, Turnstile, Miss May I, Code Orange, Power Trip, Dance Gavin Dance, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Stick To Your Guns, Wilson, From Ashes To New, Black Foxxes, Like A Storm, Shaman’s Harvest, While She Sleeps, The Fever 333, I See Stars, Mutoid Man, My Ticket Home, Cane Hill, Joyous Wolf, Stitched Up Heart, Them Evils, Spirit Animal, Like Moths To Flames and Shim.

Photos by Stephanie Rekowski – stephrekphotography.com

Atlanta EDM Promoter Sentenced to Over a Decade for Drug Ring

Atlanta native and Freakstep Promotions owner, Woodie Louis Ochle was sentenced to a little more than a decade in prison yesterday for conspiring to distribute thousands of ecstasy and molly pills at raves and several music festivals. 
Ochle’s organization distributed MDMA to people who attended the events he promoted, according to a court testimony. Ochle was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute the drug in two counties between in less than 2 years. Ochle plead guilty to the charges in April 2017 and was officially sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison. 


Photo from Woodie Ochle SoundCloud Account

Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Service first learned about the operation during a 2016 investigation into the large-scale smuggling of various controlled substances from Europe into the U.S. via mail. On April 7, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized two inbound packages at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, court documents state. Authorities found 1,000 “Red Supreme” ecstasy pills in each package. One of the packages was addressed to 38-year-old Kenneth Howard in Chelsea and the other was addressed to 31-year-old Jennifer Petitjean in Bessemer.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and U.S. Postal inspectors were contacted. Authorities said ALEA and the inspectors arranged controlled deliveries of the packages. Those deliveries led to subsequent controlled deliveries of the drugs to Howard’s cousin, 28-year-old Kevin Pederson, and to Ochle, who was identified as the leader of the drug-trafficking organization.
In the seizure, 20,000 pressed ecstasy pills and four pounds of crystal molly were found. They all pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute MDMA and are awaiting sentencing. With the exception for Howard who received eight weekends in custody. 

LCD Soundsystem, Gavin Russom, comes out as transgender: “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.”


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“I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.”

While participating in a profile piece by Grindr about her upcoming solo album American Dream, Gavin Russom has come out as transgender. She detailed her struggles of being in her 40’s and trying determine her identity. She said, “and in each of those decades, there’s been a time where I’ve tried to say, ‘Hey, I think I’m transgender!’ This was even before that word existed.”

Russom has identified “along the feminine spectrum,” and her band mates are in full support. “The general feeling in the group is that will make the band better.” 
Russom also told Grindr that she has struggled with her gender identity all her life but although she didn’t identify as trans before, she has always been an advocate for transgender rights. “I am someone who has spoken out on both women’s rights and trans rights for a long time,” Russom said, “but when I started to transition myself, that was one of the most shocking things. 
She also had some aid for to those struggling with gender identity issues. “For anybody who is struggling with their gender identity or who wants to come out and is afraid to, what would be better than giving someone permission to do that through my performance? That’s the ultimate. It’s what other people gave to me, so I’d love to pass that along to other people, too.”
She is best known for her part in the electro-rock band, LCD Soundsystem, based out of Brooklyn, NY. She has been in the band since 2010. 
She spoke highly of the punk rock club scene in New York. Being able to view the city’s clubs as a place where transgender people could be open and free. 

“It gives me hope for the future to see the courage and creativity of a much younger generation of trans women,” Russom told Grindr. “Clubs are where I’ve encountered a lot of that.”

EF Weekend 1: Highlights as Told by You 

From dancing in the rain to cops with kandied sleeves, here are a few favorite moments of Weekend #1 of Electric Forest as told by festival goers. Continue reading