Interview with Jason Vena from Acceptance

Talks reunion, new album and upcoming LA show

February 22nd, 2017
Mary Bonney

Few albums had such a profound impact on the pop rock scene of the new millennium (and my personal music journey) as Acceptance‘s 2005 debut Phantoms. The band parted ways the next year but that record solidified itself as one of the most memorable of that era, holding up among records from bands that have continued touring until today, such Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday and Yellowcard.

The five members of Acceptane reunited in 2015 to create new music and this Friday, February 24th will finally add sophomore album Colliding By Design to their discography, more than a decade after their debut record’s release. I spoke with vocalist Jason Vena about the new EP, the band’s widened perspective and why the band is enjoying more freedom and creativity then ever before.

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A Few Words on Jens Lekman’s New Album

The purely pop Life Will See You Now out now

Mary Bonney
Category: News

Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman released Life Will See You Now on Friday, his latest album that focuses his indie music on a decidedly pop sound. He pulls in a range of influences to create a delightful, colorful sound while continuing his tradition of weaving whimsical lyrics into unexpected stories to create a delightful, colorful sound.

After struggling for inspiration after his 2012 release I Know What Love Isn’t, Lekman wrote one song per week in 2015 to gear up for this record.

It’s clear Lekman had a lot of fun with exploring the genre, expressed in the uplifting vocals and bright piano in “Evening Prayer.” Yet in typical Lekman fashion, his music happily tells the tale of a man who printed out a 3D model of his tumor to express his love. The funky guitars and whimsical lyrics of “What’s That Perfume That You Wear?” show Lekman’s desire to jump in and play with the genre.

If you’re digging the new album, Jens Lekman will be performing Monday, 2/27 at the Teragram Ballroom and tickets are available now!

For more information on Jens Lekman:
Official site

OneRepublic Announces Tour & Releases Music Video

The band hits the road with the Honda Civic Tour!

February 16th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News

OneRepublic has announced they will be embarking on the 2017 Honda Civic Tour, promoted by Live Nation, this summer. The band will be playing 36 dates across North America in support of their most recent album, Oh My My, (which I highly recommend).
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Show Review: Angel Olsen @ The Wiltern

A commanding performance on Valentine’s Day

Kyle B. Smith
Category: Lead Story, Review

Think back to those chalky heart-shaped candies sold in flimsy, cardboard packaging. “Be Mine” was one that always seemed to turn up, so when Angel Olsen opened her show at The Wiltern on Valentine’s Day with “Never Be Mine,” there was a hint of fatalism in the air.
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We Went To Daft Punk’s Pop-Up Shop

Open for one week at Maxfield on Melrose

February 15th, 2017
David Fisch

In conjunction with Daft Punk’s performance with crooner The Weeknd at this year’s pretty solid Grammy Awards held at Staples Center, the electronic duo/overlords decided to open a pop-up shop in West Hollywood to show off all of the merchandise they’ve been steadily releasing since 2013’s Random Access Memories dropped.
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Sign With Sony

A big announcement from the country icons

Zein Khleif
Category: News
courtesy of: The Voice

Country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have announced that they’ve signed individual record deals with Sony Music Entertainment. As originally released by Billboard , the deal comes with “multiple solo albums from both artists with more details expected this spring.”

The breaking news comes as the married powerhouse prepares to embark on their third Soul2Soul Tour (the first in 2000, the second in 2006 and 2007).
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Win Tickets To See Agnes Obel At El Rey Theatre!

Danish singer is swinging by LA

February 14th, 2017
Kristin Houser
Category: Contest, Lead Story

For the first time in two years, Danish artist Agnes Obel will be returning to North America for a series of dates surrounding her SXSW appearances. She’s touring in support of Citizen of Glass, her first concept album, and on March 21st, the songwriter, pianist, and producer will be swinging by LA’s El Rey Theatre to regale Los Angeles with her unique sound.
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Show Review: Liz Loughrey @ The Hotel Cafe

From the moment the set started, I was enchanted

Anthony Marks
Category: Review

Not only does Liz Loughrey have the voice of the century, she also has the vibe and the message.
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