Here Are 16 Photos of Ed Sheeran Fans Freaking Out at the Now & Zen Festival

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Ed Sheeran, the English squeal-inducer.
Now that our hearing has returned, a good week and a half after Alice's Now & Zen festival went down on Sept. 30 in Golden Gate Park, we take this time to present the reason for that loss of hearing: tens of thousands of teenagers freaking the eff out at the performance of Ed Sheeran, the lovable ginger from merry old England.

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Lollapalooza Suspended, Resumed After Dangerous Weather Conditions

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Photo by Erik Hess


The 2012 installment of Lollapalooza has thus far brought the requisite extremes, in terms of performances and potent weather. A two-hour delay cut through the middle of Saturday's entertainment at Chicago's Grant Park, and a good many people were wishing they had just the record heat to contend with when the storm clouds rolled in.

At about 3:30 p.m., word began circulating the grounds that bad weather was approaching, and that performances would be suspended. Indie rockers Chairlift, the blues reinventors Alabama Shakes, and pop-rapper B.o.B were all casualties of what turned out to be close to three hours of a warranted rain delay.

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Ten Things Your Lollapalooza Outfit Says About You

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Photo by Erik Hess


Now more than ever, Lollapalooza is mélange of different fashion decisions to accompany the varied musical offerings crammed together throughout Chicago's Grant Park. When EDM butts up against metal, alt-country, and whatever the hell you'd call Die Antwoord, there's really no wrong way to dress. Still, too many attendees tend to stick to boring, functional attire to them through the weekend. None of those folks are rewarded here.

Here are ten examples of really letting your clothing do the talking, which we did our best to interpret.

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Top Ten Awkward Electric Daisy Carnival Dance Move GIFs

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Chris Victorio
By Christopher Victorio and Ben Westhoff
We love you, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. In fact, here are five reasons why you rule the roost. But my oh my you dance funky. We're not saying we're any better; truth is, we're utterly captivated by you and your awkward ways. Were God to create a third left foot, we know you would utilize it. Here, then, are the top ten awkward EDC Las Vegas dance move GIFs.

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EDC Vegas Pulls Plug on Music Due to High Winds

Christopher Victorio
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[Update at 2:48 a.m]:

EDC is over for the night. Organizers are waiting for crowds to thin out before making an official announcement. More details and older updates at the bottom.

Electric Daisy Carnval in Las Vegas tonight was shut down temporarily as a result of high winds buffeting tall sound stages. A representative of the Los Angeles-based promoter said the music shut-down was temporary and that winds were being monitored to determine when fans could return to the stage areas. Patrons were told ...

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EDC 2012: Calvin Harris Plays CDs of Himself Singing

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Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died.

This time around fans are more savvy about what's real and what's just radio. But the flood of new fans and industry cash has pushed the scene to a new level of soul searching. There's so much demand for EDM that pop stars are now DJing. Consider ...

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EDC 2012: Coachella or Electric Daisy Carnival: Which One is Better?

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See also: Our Complete Coachella Coverage

Dance music is coming to an arena near you: Kaskade will be the first DJ ever to play Staples Center (July 27). And mainstream concert promoters such as Live Nation are diving into the electronic dance explosion.

Electric Daisy Carnival, which is being held this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, is the ultimate big stage for DJs. These larger-than-life dance titans, many of whom find as many fans via radio as they do in clubs, provide an over-the-top experience.

It was Coachella that introduced electronic dance music to the contemporary alt-rock crowd, even as EDC brought DJs to the masses. So which is king of the EDM concert world?

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EDC 2012: House Music Beef With DJ Sneak Plays Out in Steve Angello's DJ Set

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In early spring, a Twitter beef erupted between DJ Sneak, a Chicago house music legend, and Steve Angello, one-third of the DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia.

Sneak called SHM's music "fake shit" and said they "do not play house music" -- as in, real house music.

On Friday, in front of a huge crowd at Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Angello seemed to respond:

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Rock the Bells 2012 Lineup: Deltron 3030, E-40, Zion I, and Too $hort Rep the Bay

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Del The Funky Homosapien's Deltron 3030 is slated to appear at Rock The Bells.
Deltron 3030 (the trio of Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala), Zion I and the Grouch, and the powerhouse duo of E-40 and Too $hort are the local names representing the Bay Area at this year's hip-hop megafest Rock The Bells, which returns to Shoreline Amphitheatre this August 25-26.

This year's lineup finds a strong balance between the contemporary (J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz) and classic (Missy Elliott and Timbaland, Nas, Ice Cube, Big Daddy Kane) in hip-hop -- though in the case of Missy Elliott and Timbaland, who are working on an album, Rock The Bells is likely to be a launchpad for some new material. The same is expected from our Bay Area ambassadors, who are all currently collaborating; in the case of E-40 and Too $hort, this might be the first opportunity to hear some of the work from their long-anticipated joint album.

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LovEvolution (aka Love Fest) Is Back -- But It's Moving to Oakland

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Super bummed when the crazysweet electronica festival and dance party in S.F.'s Civic Center -- otherwise known as LovEvolution -- was canceled last year?

Us, too. But the bummer is over. LovEvolution will be coming to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Saturday, Sept. 24, just outside the Oracle Arena. The Glitch Mob will be headlining; hit the jump for the rest of the lovely details.

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