Album Review: Son Lux – Bones

Son Lux continues brings narrative to chaos

July 2nd, 2015
Christine Perez
Category: Review
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Bones, the latest album from Son Lux, brings post-rock/avant-pop to a cinematic level. Ryan Lott, the great creator of Son Lux and film composer for films Paper Towns and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, has assembled a new lineup for the band (guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang), and together they undertake the arduous task of making sense out of experimental sounds, doing so with the same chaotic precision Lott exhibited on previous Son Lux albums We Are Rising and At War With Walls & Mazes.
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Throwback Thursday: Kaskade Through The Ages

Kaskade announces 9th album and special pre-order

Twila Grissom
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon) has long been a pioneer in the electronic dance music industry. The four-time GRAMMY nominated artist was the first DJ from the United States to secure a Las Vegas residency, the first solo electronic dance artist to sell out Barclays Center, and the first dance artist to sell out Navy Pier and the Staples Center (during his Freaks of Nature Tour). He also shows no signs of slowing down, having just announced that his ninth studio album is set to come out in the fall.
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Show Review: Ryan Hemsworth @ Lot 613

Bringing more than Just Rap to LA

Winnie Fan
Category: Review
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I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t really attend DJ sets or EDM shows, but when I heard Ryan Hemsworth was stopping by LA on his Just Rap Tour, I knew I had to go. I’ve been following the DJ and producer for years, and here was my chance to see him live. Naturally, I went in with high hopes.
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Win Tickets To See Death Cab For Cutie!

Indie rockers hit The Hollywood Bowl on July 12th!

July 1st, 2015
Kristin Houser
Category: Contest, Lead Story
Death Cab For Cutie

I’ve seen Ben Gibbard solo at Largo. I’ve seen him perform as one-half of The Postal Service. Yet somehow I’ve never caught Gibbard in full band mode alongside his Death Cab for Cutie cohorts. Whatupwiththat?
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Show Review: Basement Jaxx @ The Hollywood Bowl

House-meets-big-beat tunes flood The Bowl

Lesley Park
Category: Review
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The first leg of KCRW’s World Music Festival kicked off with the long-awaited return of electronica legends Underworld, which, if you ask me, was a ballsy move on KCRW’s part that set precipitously high expectations for the rest of the dual-series romp. Lucky for us, those good chaps at KCRW know a thing or two about curating lineups and opted to start off the second series with Underworld’s legendary compatriots Basement Jaxx.
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On Being A Female Music Journalist

My experiences with sexism in the world I love

Mary Bonney
Category: News
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I have the coolest job. I get to write about music in Los Angeles, one of the most vibrant cities in the world and one that lands on every band’s tour schedule. It’s the city that launched iconic acts like The Doors, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, and Thirty Seconds to Mars. It’s a city where amazing local bands perform every night of the week in unique venues. I love this job so much I even wrote a musical short about it that will be released later this summer.
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Show Review: Algiers @ The Echo

Atlanta post-punk trio wows LA

June 30th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Algiers

It may have sneaked under the radar for many, but Algiers has just released one of the year’s most intriguing debuts. The Atlanta trio’s potent fusion of post-punk and gospel music is certain to capture plenty of attention as word spreads, but right now their career is still in an embryonic enough stage for them to be playing a venue as small as The Echo. Based on their passionate and full-blooded performance, one that’s filled with barely contained fury, there’s no way they can stay a well-kept secret for long.
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New EP On The Way From The Maybe Somedays

Local LA rockers are back in the studio

Anthony Marks
Category: News
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LA-based rock and roll band The Maybe Somedays (singer/songwriter Billy McIntyre, drummer Dan Moore, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Yan Clermont, and bassist/backing vocalist Aaron Medina) was born when Moore and McIntyre combined forces in the winter of 2011. Their mission was to be loud, fun, and “save rock ‘n’ roll.” I know a lot of us are on the same mission, but these guys just might be able to do it. They’re pretty good and really cool, too.
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New Album Releases: June 30, 2015

A great week for lovers of rock!

Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, News
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While some impressive R&B releases are dropping this week, most of the albums below fall on the rock spectrum, blending one of the most popular music genres with folk, indie, and pop. So if you’re a fan of rock music, read on to see what some stand-bys (and new favorites) have in store for listeners this week!
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