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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Show Review: Gorgon City @ El Rey Theatre

UK duo turns El Rey into a bit of a rave

Marcus Slater
Category: Review
GORGONCITY-banner

“A UK invasion is happening right now in the electronic music scene, and no one seems to be noticing.” That’s what was on my mind as I sauntered up to El Rey Theatre to see Gorgon City on Saturday night.
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OK Go Releases Video For “I Won’t Let You Down”

In case it’s not already in your Facebook feed…

Gerry Doot
Category: Lead Story, Video
OK Go I won't let you down video

The kings of the music video are back with a new album and a new video, and unsurprisingly, both are fantastic. 
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Listen to How to Dress Well’s Remix EP

“What Is This Heart?” gets funked up

Winnie Fan
Category: News
how to dress well

How to Dress Well’s “What Is This Heart?” has garnered a lot of praise this year, and perhaps to keep himself fresh in the minds of writers as we prepare our Best of 2014 lists, he’s just released a four-song remix EP featuring Cyril Hahn among others.
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