Horse Feathers — Appreciation

Easy rock done right

May 21st, 2018
Lex Voight
Category: Review

The Eagles can be a polarizing band.

With just enough country influences to not quite be rock, enough rock to not quite be folk, and a kind of omnipresence that can, at times, be cloying, the “easy-rock” band has as large a legion of haters as it does of avid fans. 

I, for one, fall into the former camp, which makes Horsefeathers’ Appreciation all that more remarkable by taking the template of folk-influenced easy rock and country and turning it into something that is soulful, enjoyable and deeply charismatic.

The 70’s rock and folk influences are immediately evident but gone are the cloying vestiges of the 60’s movement-gone-wrong that many of the folk-rock bands of the era fell prey to. In its place is a soulful, earnest effort that straddles its many influences with aplumb. 

Review: The Distillers @ The Observatory

The Distillers vs. The World That Didn’t Change

May 7th, 2018
Lex Voight

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”– Terry Pratchett
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Preview: Dessa at the El Rey

Dessa is coming to break and mend your heart.

May 5th, 2018
Lex Voight

Doomtree’s MVP Dessa is coming to the El Rey on Wednesday, May 9th. The songstress is touring in support of her triumphant third full length Chime (though that “third” is arguable, counting her stellar reimaginings of her work). Chime is already easily one of the best records of the year; full of her deeply humanist, heart-rendingly empathetic songwriting.

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BETABLOCK3R Debut Music Video “Make You Happy”

Upbeat, electro-funk single off upcoming EP

April 29th, 2018
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, News

It’s been two years since duo BETABLOCK3R released new music, but fans will forgive their long-awaited return upon hearing the opening funky synth bass and slow-rising celestial chords of their single “Make You Happy”. BETABLOCK3R have also released their first-ever music video, debuting their futuristic look and sound from their upcoming EP Monolith, one of two EPs due out this summer. Check out the video below:

A former Featured Artist, BETABLOCK3R have returned with their slick production value and infectious melodies. Self-proclaimed pair of perfectionists Chris Boulous and Ryan George crafted another upbeat, dance-ready hit filled with painfully emotional lyrics. “It’s a song about the unhealthy desire to feel wanted at any cost,” BETABLOCK3R told the LA Music Blog. “We filmed in the city because it’s a dark and gritty place full of these types of stories.” 

Boulous’s velvety vocals ask, “Don’t I make you happy? Tried to save you, instead you’re feeling sad,” as George’s atmospheric guitar cascades through layered synth textures driven by hypnotic rhythm. The clean black and white aesthetic of this video, produced by BETAWAVE Media Group, is reminiscent of similar synth-wave troupe The 1975 and the nu-disco, synth-pop melodies harken Chromeo.

“Make You Happy” also debuts BETABLOCK3R’s look – sleek, futuristic partially covered faces rather than going fully incognito à la Deadmau5 or current top 40 darling Marshmello.

BETABLOCK3R are gearing up for a busy summer, releasing each song off Monolith until the EP’s release. Another EP will follow before the men prepare for live performances. If their shows are half as electrifying as their music, it’s only a matter of time until this duo gets audiences dancing nationwide.

For more information on BETABLOCK3R:
Official site
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Django Django/Tank and The Bangas @ Fonda Theatre

Fans got a little rhythmic mix on Wednesday night

April 23rd, 2018
Melissa Karlin
Category: Lead Story, Review

A double bill can be many things. It can be two things related but different coming together for a night show. It can be two unrelated things that sort of make sense so they are slapped together. Or it can be as it was Wednesday night at the Fonda Theatre: two opposite ends of the spectrum coming together to tell a story.

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Cut Worms Share Video For “Cash For Gold”

The garage pop band to perform in LA June 7th

April 19th, 2018
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Lead Story, News, Video

Photo by Joyce Lee

Imagine knowing someone who has the dedication and willpower to write a song a day for four years. Well, Max Clarke, the prolific Brooklyn musician behind Cut Worms… he knew that guy. Instead of completely resenting his friend – a former roommate – for his hyper-diligent work ethic, Clarke was inspired by him. He vowed to devote at least an hour a day to making music, ultimately releasing two songs per month and building an enthusiastic, loyal fanbase.

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CONTEST: Tickets to Django Django @ Fonda Theatre

Win a pair of tickets to see their April 18th set!

April 4th, 2018
David Fisch
Category: Contest, Lead Story, News

The indie/electronic/psychedelic/lots-of-things band Django Django are playing the Saturdays of each Coachella weekend which is rapidly approaching, but as some bands like to keep the music playing between weeks, they will also be sandwiching in a “Localchella” set at The Fonda Theatre on April 18th with fellow line-up mates Tank and The Bangas – and we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show!

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Preview: Yellow Days @ The Moroccan Lounge

The young UK artist rewiring indie soul

April 2nd, 2018
David Fisch
Category: News

UK singer/songwriter/producer George van den Broek, aka Yellow Days, is only 19-years-old, but with tripped-out, lo-fi indie soul releases and an identifiable visual character established in just the past couple of years, he has amassed a big audience enough to the point that he’s sold out both of his shows at the Moroccan Lounge in DTLA this week AND the remaining dates of this current North American tour.

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