As we get nearer to release date or our upcoming PUZL Magazine – 4th edition, my attention turns to the next. The focus will be around the music industry, more specifically the independent format. As spring settles in and summer fast approaching, festivals, album releases, pool parties and the like begin to emerge. Over the course of the next few months we will be reviewing, publishing press releases, and sharing upcoming events to whet your music minded appetite. To kick off this smörgåsbord of articles we spent this past weekend in DTLA dancing, darting and hopping from the 3 stage mini-fest called Brokechella.
One of the main reasons I did not attend Coachella this year was to avoid people like this:
The decision turned out not to be ill-fated and fortune had it that PUZL Magazine decided to cover the event to kick off it’s research for the next magazine drop.
Saturday was shaping up to be beautiful. With camera in hand and multiple computing devices in tow the PUZL Magazine team made their way to Six01 Studios in DTLA.
An early start was necessary as Josh Brooks (LAMP’s Resident DJ) was welcoming guests with his opening set at the Shifty Rhythms stage (I would be excited to see him back next year with a later set time 😛 ). As his set wrapped up, we wandered over to the cARTel stage to catch the much anticipated Manhattan Murder Mystery, driven by a Virginian-turned-Angeleno Matthew Teardrop. Radio Free Silverlake put it best, “Every Manhattan Murder Mystery show is like a battle royal. A wonderful, scummy battle royal.” The front man made quite the theatrical exit after taking his mic stand down to the crowd and then tossing his guitar towards the stage and storming off behind stage.
Hunger struck and so we made our way back to the food trucks and devoured some delicious 12hr pulled pork sandwiches by Vagabond Grillyard. Satisfied, we headed back towards the Shifty Rhythms stage to watch part of Bastille’s set and also caught some of DJ Fernet at the Brownies and Lemonade stage.
Continuing our pattern of stage hopping we found ourselves back at the cARTel stage and we’re pleasantly suprised to see Massachusetts’ natives Hello Echo finishing their mic checks. The stage was adorned with colorful masks (used in an upcoming music video) and fittingly the band members proudly wore Boston apparel in support of the tragic events of the week prior. A special appearance by frontman Devlin McCluskey form Dead Ships capped off a fantastic energetic performance.
The rest of the night blended beautifully with the night air cooling off the heated dance bodies across all 3 stages. Phenomenal performances by Planet Rock and Goj!ra rounded out a lively and rambunctious Shifty Rhythms stage.
We snapped some shots of course:
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Brokechella, Six01 Studios, cARTel, Shifty Rythms, Brownies & Lemonade and many more for making our experience a memorable one.