City Stock Recap

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More than a pool party, the ninth annual Citystock thrown by Jeff Miller featured five live bands as well as DJ sets from Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands.la and Anne Litt of KCRW. In addition to free
food from Chipotle and Starry Kitchen, attendees quenched their thirst with beverages from Honest Tea, Vida Coco, Golden Road Brewing and Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. L.A. Photo Party was also onsite to unveil their underwater photo camera for attendees that wanted to pose for pictures. Sometimes, selfies just won’t cut it.

Opening the festival for what was announced as their penultimate performance, Burly Temple set the mood with a spirited set of good time rock and roll. Those positive vibes kicked into overdrive with the reggae-influenced, keytar-sporting Pilot Touhill and the drink-along rockabilly of Jonny Come Lately.

Indie rock tribute band Black Crystal Wolf Kids dazzled the crowd with faithful, fun renditions of hits like M83‘s “Midnight City,” Amy Winehouse‘s “Rehab” and a one-two punch of The Strokes into The White Stripes. Say what you will, but singing along to “Get Lucky” while floating on a Lyynks Music inner tube with a Golden Road 329 Lager in hand was not a band way to spend the day.

Once the sun went down, psych-rockers PLaNETS (pictured below) made the grandest of entrances—as the Alhambra band opened with a cover of Phil Collins“In the Air Tonight,” an assortment of costumed characters walked, crawled and writhed through the crowd. Between covers of Peter Ivers‘ “In Heaven” and their own haunting psych rock numbers, PLaNETS reached for the soul with an icy grip as their dancers and performance artists overloaded the senses for a potent, primal experience.

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