A New Way to Sneak Pot Into Music Festivals

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Megan Arseneaux
Arseneaux shows off how to smoke out of her handmade Secret Smoker Bracelet

By Amanda Lewis

One challenge of music festivals is figuring out how to sneak some pot inside, even while wearing as little clothing as possible. Is there really a good way to do it without sticking it up somewhere really uncomfortable?

Enter the Secret Smoker Bracelet, a colorful hemp-braided wrist accessory that unscrews to reveal a nickel bowl and wooden bead mouthpiece. It complements the Secret Smoker Headpiece, a headband that camouflages your intentions with three festival-friendly fabric flowers. The products are the brainchild of the sunny, pink-haired pothead Megan Arseneaux, who sells about 25 to 35 a week on her Etsy shop, she says, under the name Alice Moon.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest Add Modest Mouse and Murder City Devils to Lineup

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Mike Brooks
Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse played the Palladium in 2011
Last week was a bad week for anyone who loves Death Grips. The band's break-up announcement was at once a surprise and not a surprise, given the band's history of no-showing its own concerts. (Granted, fans of Death Grips probably also like getting stood up, so who knows, their demise could be just what everyone secretly wanted.)

But it created some real-world complications for people too: both Nine Inch Nails and Fun Fun Fun Fest were left hanging on Death Grips' scheduled upcoming visits to Texas, and neither were too happy about it.

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The 5 Most Enlightening Facts from the Texxas Jam 78 Documentary


For any music fan who has lived in or around Dallas for at least a few years, stories (and probably grand exaggerations) of times had at one of the Texxas Jam Music Festivals in the late 1970s or early 1980s are commonplace at this point. The Texxas World Music Festival, which was held annually in the Cotton Bowl from 1978 until 1987, showcased the best in hard rock at that time. The inaugural event featured names that remain large (Aerosmith, Ted Nugent), are now small (Head East), and were only promising youngsters at the time (Van Halen). After years of waiting, Texxas Jam 78, a documentary highlighting the event, is now available.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest Reveals Date and Stage Schedules

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Mike Brooks
This is not a stage. It is a van. Nice try though.
They've already let us "Guess the Fest." They've also given us the full lineup. Now the folks at Fun Fun Fun Fest have gone a step further and laid out the day-by-day schedule, which will be spread out over three days (and three stages) this fall from Friday, November 7 to Sunday, November 9. That means thrifty concertgoers who are looking to pick out the best individual days to attend can start planning their Austin trek in earnest. Oh and conveniently enough, single-day passes went on sale as well this morning.

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Reverend Horton Heat on Elm St. Music and Tattoo Festival: "I Want to Fly the Dallas Flag"

Photo courtesy Flickr user Marnie Joyce

Reverend Horton Heat is one of Dallas' gems. The stage name of artist Jim Heath (as well as the moniker of his backing band), Rev. Horton Heat is arguably the most recognizable psychobilly outfit of all time. Forgetting for the moment Heath's legendary pedigree and white-hot '90s heyday, he's more recently helped birth one of Dallas' newest music festivals, Elm Street Music & Tattoo Festival.

In collaboration with famed ink-master Oliver Peck, not to mention a legion of behind-the-scenes personnel, Heath is aiming to create a festival experience unlike any other. Now in its second year, the event has grown to five days, taking over the neighborhood for the better part of a week.

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The 10 Bands to Catch at Vans Warped Tour This Weekend

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Mike Brooks
There should be a lot of this happening at Warped Tour this weekend

Oh, it's that time of year again. It's the time for all those sweaty punk and metal (and whatever bizarre blend of either) bands to descend on Fair Park under the banner of the Vans Warped Tour. This go-around features a lot of variety and many new(er) bands that should offer the dehydrated masses some excellent music and mosh pits.

Whether Warped Tour is an occasion you look forward to every year or something you scorn, there are plenty of reasons to brave the sun at Gexa Enegy Pavilion this Sunday. Here's our list of the 10 bands we think you should search out as you traverse the wild and wonderful world of Vans Warped.

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Lights All Night Teases 2014 Festival Date, Ticket Sales

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Ed Steele
Lights All Night drew over 40,000 people to the Dallas Convention Center in 2013
If you've been eagerly awaiting news of Dallas' annual year-end EDM extravaganza, Lights All Night, then today should be a good day. Or at least a mostly good one.

The promotional folks over at Highland Concerts and MCP Presents gave us a little tease this morning of this year's festivities when they announced the official dates of the show -- December 26 and 27 -- as well as the presale dates for buying tickets.

The rest, however, remains tightly under wraps.

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Final Thoughts on Austin Psych Fest 2014

Photo courtesy Paola Guzman Ramirez
Psych Fest comes to a close.

Austin Psych Fest is an experience that's hard to take measure of. I camped there for three days and saw well over a dozen acts. In other words, I ate and breathed this festival for 72 consecutive hours. I came back to my tent each night with a sweat-drenched notebook, most of the words muddled and bled-out like watercolors. A stack of crumpled sheets with helplessly vivid notes like "the lights swirled pink, like cotton candy pinwheels," scratched across them lay in heaps, pushed to the corners of my cot. APF is a sensual blast that's all but impossible to unwind -- knots within knots of irrevocably jumbled sensory information.

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Scenes from Austin Psych Fest, Day One

Photo courtesy Jonathan Patrick

Reptilian croaks -- guitars distended through echo effects -- tickle the ear; I've been offered a pharmacy's worth of chemicals and pot smoke is a potpourri that clots the air. I've arrived at Austin Psych Fest 2014. There's every shade of weird here, and every shape of fascination. Each person is clad in flowing dress or cut at eclectic angles. The sun peaks and sprays through tree branches, dust speckles each ray of golden light. Low-hanging planes roar overhead.

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The Five Suburbia Music Festival Acts That Will Most Scare Suburbanites

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These Guys Are More Than Slightly Scary.

Big time festival season is in full bloom. Most weekends this time of year there's someplace in Dallas with a major festival. This month alone there's Psych Fest, Homegrown, and the Houston Free Press Summer Fest, and each on different weekends. But this weekend, arguably the most unlikely township in Texas hosts what will be, whether any city dweller wants to admit it or not, one of 2014's largest-scale, most star-studded affairs. Plano, well north of the hipster-safe Dallas interior loop, hosts the first ever Suburbia Music Festival.

Headlined by Ibeza- and Fergie-approved DJ, David Guetta and anyone-with-a-brain-approved Alabama Shakes, this coming weekend could be a rude awakening for the normally sleepy Oak Point Nature Preserve. But not every artist will be so approachable. So get ready, Plano: These five acts from Suburbia's pleasantly diverse roster will scare you. For real.

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