Beavis and Butthead couch rocking (metalsucks.com)
Los Angeles is an amazing place to be, especially if you're from the Midwest. Standing facing north on this cloudy/foggy Earth Day weekend, there is a choice to be made. To the left, towards the Pacific sea, an enormous hippie fest is going on (Topanga) in the lush hills above Malibu.
To the right, towards the desert wastes, a much larger heavy metal haven is convening (The Big Four) on the flattened lawn of the Empire Polo Club field, the site of last week's Coachella festival.
Big 4 Festival (OCweekly's Heard Mentality)
Acoustic folk and tribal rhythms will pacify the pods of peaceniks discussing dolphin adventures and butterfly metaphors, united by Peace Sign pokers, and healing drug abuse.
There's more chance that outdoor Buddhist meditation is going on in honor of the Mother Goddess, the divine feminine (Kwan Yin, Tara, God's wife Asherah, Inana, Diana, Mother Mariam, Esther or Easter's namesake). So west we go, laughing along the way to here NPR advertising a death metal fest and making no mention of the annual Earth consciousness-raising that is Topanga.
Stagecoach 2011: Pop, rock, then country -- Empire Polo Club