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With the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse and more, Growlers 6 aims to be a fest with a handmade feel

With the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse and more, Growlers 6 aims to be a fest with a handmade feel

Few bands are as closely identified with a single festival as SoCal rockers the Growlers are with their annual Beach Goth event. So what happens now that the band has lost control of it?

For the last five years, the group’s annual showcase of rock, punk, hip-hop and left-field throwback acts rose to become the definitive indie festival in Orange County. The Observatory in Santa Ana eventually took over much of the fest’s logistics, and it seemed like a symbiotic relationship between hometown heroes.

Until last year, when a confluence of endless rain, canceled sets and poor contingency planning led to a Beach Goth show that, despite a great lineup (Bon Iver, Patti Smith,...

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