Flea & Anthony Kiedis To Host Conservatory Benefit

With performances by Bruno Mars & Rufus Wainwright

October 31st, 2014
Sean Kantrowitz
Category: News
Red Hot Chili Peppers

When a member of one of the biggest rock bands in the world also happens to be the founder of your music school, you can expect certain perks. Ask the students at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, which has announced that Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will host a benefit for the Los Angeles-based music school tomorrow, November 1st, in Beverly Hills.
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Show Review: Rachael Yamagata @ The Troubadour

Soulful Tunes + Self-Deprecating Humor = Good Show

Winnie Fan
Category: Review
Rachael yamagata at the troubadour

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Rachael Yamagata’s show at The Troubadour this past Monday, but I did not think she’d be so…funny. This is the woman who basically wrote the soundtrack to my most harrowing breakups, and seeing her energetically cracking jokes about her own music and making fun of the audience members who decided to sit back in the balcony level was a bit jarring.
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Top Five Halloween Weekend Events in SoCal

Pair music with your spooky festivities this year!

Mary Bonney
Category: News, Staff Pick
hard day of the dead banner

If you’re like me, you just finished elbowing strangers at a party store to get the last beret for your artist costume and are now planning what will certainly be the greatest weekend of the year. (Halloween is on a Friday? What more could you want?!)
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Show Review: Festival Supreme @ Shrine Expo Hall

Comedians! Bands! Carnies!

October 30th, 2014
Sean Kantrowitz
Category: Review
festival supreme

On a conceptual level, comedy festivals would seem to have all the makings of a recipe for disaster. While all-day, multi-stage music events lend themselves to the communal vibe that comes along with the festival atmosphere, comedy is something of a different beast.
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The Paramount Presents: Noche de Agave

A Dia de Los Muertos celebration with Lissie!

Kristin Houser
Category: News
Lissie

Singer-songwriter Lissie’s performance at The Music Box (now The Fonda Theatre) back in 2011 still ranks as one of the best concert experiences of my life. Few artists are able to leave it all on the stage night after night quite like she does, and her down-to-earth stage banter just made her all the more endearing to a fellow former-Midwesterner like myself.
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Win Tickets To See Beats Antique At The Shrine

Creature Carnival Tour with Shpongle hits LA!

Twila Grissom
Category: Contest
Beats Antique

Acclaimed musical trio Beats Antique’s stage performances contain a plethora of sensory indulgences that give fans a chance to experience a raw, animalistic musical event that blurs the lines between the provocative, the spiritual, and the artistic while still maintaining both class and beauty. On November 8th, David Satori, Tommy Cappel, and Zoe Jakes will be taking over the Shrine Expo Hall as part of their Creature Carnival Tour, and as if that’s not exciting enough, they’ll be joined by Shpongle, Emancipator, and Lafa Taylor!
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Show Review: Ben Frost @ Los Globos

A gut-punch transmission into Frost’s world

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
ben frost

There’s something about artists emerging from Iceland that gets music critics reaching for a particular and peculiar set of descriptors. With some inevitability, it was Sigur Ros’s early work that was described in the most vivid language, with words such as “glacial” constantly attached to descriptions of the band’s work. Perhaps it has something to do with the country’s unique beauty, but nevertheless, it remains a strange geographic tic that music writers cannot seem to resist.
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Sleepwave, Chiodos, and We Came As Romans On Tour!

Ending 2014 with a wave of post-hardcore nostalgia

Alice Carson
Category: News
Sleepwave

In 2013, the hardcore world lost one of the most influential and innovative bands in the scene: Underoath. Besides helping set the foundation for the Christian metalcore genre, Underoath also helped start the still-going trend of having two vocalists in the band who layer screaming and clean singing in delicious dichotomy.
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Festival Recap: Life is Beautiful 2014

It’s official: I have a new favorite festival!

Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review
Life is Beautiful 2014

Before I begin what’s likely to become a very long wall of text and pictures, I’ll hit you with the three-sentence summary of my review for those of you who’re looking for the Cliff’s Notes: Move over, Coachella. I have a new favorite festival. It’s taken over the place you previously occupied in my heart, and its name is Life is Beautiful.
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Listen to Spires’ Trippy New Single “Sleepy Eyes”

Pysch-pop foursome shares a song from debut album

October 29th, 2014
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News
Spires

Be careful when doing a Google search on Brooklyn-bred foursome Spires. They are NOT the post-metal band of the same name. They are also not the heroin-psych act The Spires, but like that project, this fuzz-rock band’s sound is heavily influenced by groups such as The Velvet Underground and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
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