Music festivals are the best part of the weather getting warmer. Any excuse to not shower for three days and drink beer at 11 AM, amirite? While we all know the big festivals that go down every year (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza), there are also a gazillion (yes, gazillion) smaller ones that look like they're going to be just as amazing. I mean, if I were in Austin, I'd totally be front-row for everything going on at the Austin Psych Fest. We aren't able to list every single festival (there are 4,000 Jam Band festivals alone), but here are the best of the best. Even good ol' Kansas is getting in on the action, so there's something for everyone! —Katie
Austin Psych Fest
May 4 & 5
Bottle Rock Napa Valley
Napa Valley, CA
May 25 & 26
The Governor's Ball
Happy Valley, OR
Kansas City, KS
June 28 & 29
Calgary, AB, Canada
Holla, Selena Gomez must’ve got the 300 Valentine’s Day cards I sent her. Why else would she be rocking these heart-shaped sunglasses? Aight, maybe this month’s Nylon covergirl isn’t smitten with me, just ahead of the game. But I’m still celebrating the fact that my celeb crush isn’t even creepy anymore because she’s totally like 20 now, basically runs around naked for two hours in Spring Breakers, and finally broke up with Bieber. Or did she? Whatever, starlet or not, we’ve got sweetheart sunglasses to keep you shaded from V-day through the summer. -Angelo
Natalie Portman solidified her legacy as a bad bitch somewhere around the time she shaved her head, and in doing so, inspired the name of one of my favorite Seattle bands: Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head. But NP has been the real deal since her feature film debut in 1994’s Leon: The Professional, in which she played a 12-year-old girl taking up residence, and embarking on a journey of revenge, with the assassin Leon after seeing her family murdered. The film is a bit unsettling at times (I must be old if I feel compelled to note that) but it’s French so it’s totally okay. Get into it for the style rather than the gratuitous violence you’ll still be satisfied. With her signature choker, MA-1 bomber jacket, floral printed shorts and skirts, and ankle boots with scrunched socks, Natalie’s Leon look is just as legit in 2013 as it was in 94.—Angelo
Leon in his standard assassin-ing uniform: Scully, round glasses, and his apprentice's interpretation of the look.
Military vintage is always in and it doesn't get more classic than the bomber, which originated in the 1950s.
This old lady is just dope. Check out that quilted jacket.
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Patagonia is one of those rare brands that values the stories people live in their clothes more than the clothes themselves. Stemming from their decidedly un-corporate founder down to their minimal and functional clothes, the company focus has always been on adventure more than profit.
In that same vein, Patagonia recently launched Worn Wear, a companion to their already awesome Tumblr, this one devoted exclusively to sharing stories of well-loved Patagonia garments and the journeys they helped make possible. Be sure to follow for killer vintage outdoor pics, including some naked man-butt (y'know, if that's your thing,) and some insightful bits of outerwear history. -Angelo
One of our favorite photographers, Alana Paterson, has been making big moves in the male-dominated world of skate and lifestyle photography, balancing understated personal projects with a growing and impressive client list that includes brands like Brixton and Lifetime Collective. She recently shared a preview of some upcoming work for Urban Outfitters on her Instagram and we couldn't be more stoked to be working with one of the most talented up and coming female photographers in the game. Stay tuned. -Angelo
Say hello to our newest contributor Angelo Spagnolo, a writer and photographer residing in Portland, Oregon. When he's not writing his weekly column for Four-Pins or consulting menswear brands, he can be found skating around the city, drinking cheap beer and hanging with his orange cat Waldo. Watch out for his posts, coming to you in the very near future (or, you know, when he finds out how to work this thing).
When I first heard of Unknown Mortal Orchestra in 2011 when they debuted with their self-titled record, I wasn't sure who they were—possibly another band from down under helping revive good old psychedelic rock? That is just what UMO (for short) is, and so much more. The band, now based in Portland, is made up of New Zealander Ruban Nielson, and two American lads, Jake Portrait and Greg Rogove, who are ready for round two with "So Good at Being in Trouble." This track definitely comes from the same vein as the groovy garage sound from their first record, almost reminding me of some smooth R&B. UMO's second record II, is out February 5 on Jagjaguwar. - Maddie
I'm in love with this super cute song "Blew My Mind" from Portland duo Dresses. Lead singer Timothy Heller's (yup, that's the girl) voice has me hooked. The song is available for free download now and their debut album drops in March.—Hazel
Portlandia returns for its third season this Friday on IFC and I couldn't be more pumped. I was pretty into the first two seasons and was a happy camper to hear that it was coming back for more. Upcoming cameo's from the likes of Jeff Goldblum and Chloë Sevingy are promising, I wonder who else will show up? -Bob
If websites could talk, Emergency Compliment would be the only one I would visit daily. If you're feeling blue today, click the link above and get ready to hear about how great you are as many times as you can hit refresh. If you like the compliment enough, you can order a print of it at the bottom but clicking "Thanks! I feel better."-Ally
Get a head start on your holiday shopping right on Black Friday at Open For Business hosted at The Cleaners (1022 SW Stark St.) in Portland, part of the Ace Hotel. The three day pop-up (November 23 to 25) market brings together a handful of local vendors including but not limited to Official Mfg Co. and Draught Dry Goods. Check out the vendor list in full here. -Bob
While my camping trip this past weekend left me a little worse for the wear (a case of mild pneumonia, tyvm), there's really nothing better than being out in the woods, wrapped up in a blanket around a campfire. So if you're stuck inside the office and start missing the smell of weekends past, Campfire Cologne has come up with the perfect solution for you—just strike a match, light a slice of wood, and waft yourself in smoke until you feel your insides smile. Damn, I wish there was a way to smell this through my computer. -Ally
Best Made Co. and Pendleton came together to produce small batch of camp blankets complete with leather carrying sling for portaging between home and camp. If itchy wool isn't your thing then you'll be happy to hear that the blanket is woven with some cotton for a soft feel. More details at Best Made. -Bob
Hear Black, the journal of Kinfolk Magazine editors Nathan and Katie Williams, is filled with photographs of serene moments in both domestic and natural settings. I can't help but daydream while going through their site of a life that's hopefully not too far over the horizon. It's all just so... perfect! -Bob
Photographer Olivia Bee shot this amazing video of her and her boyfriend Cooper Campbell (I hung out with them on the Rookie Road Trip, remember?) for Hermès! It's probably the cutest thing you'll ever watch in your life. - Hazel
Something about these funky sneakers from Nike's ACG line, which stands for 'All Condition Gear,' really has me going. Aside from two perfect colorways (brown plus purple equals amazing) I'm really drawn to the colorful rope laces and specked midsole. Slamxhype reports that they'll be releasing sometime in October so keep a close watch on your local sneaker boutique if you're game. -Bob
Portland boot company Danner launched their Stumptown line last year with an impressive range of heritage-inspired styles, and this coming season they continue to expand their offerings. My top picks would have to be the ankle-height Tramline boot as well as the Mountain Trail Lotus Elise with its cushy crepe sole. -Bob