Top 5 Songs I Discovered This Month

The curse and blessing of endless music

September 22nd, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: News, Staff Pick
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Like Cousin Eddie so profoundly put it when proudly gifting Clark Griswold membership in the Jelly of the Month club, some gifts just keep on giving. Music is one of them.
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Show Review: The Avett Brothers @ Apogee Studios

Hillbillies in a world of electronic music

Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review
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Knee-deep into a string of fall tour dates in support of the June release of True Sadness, The Avett Brothers stopped by Santa Monica’s Apogee Studios Monday night to tape a hybrid performance/interview for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.
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Exclusive Video: VOKES At Eat|See|Hear!

Concert series wraps with more than a little soul

Kristin Houser
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We’ve had some pretty major losses in the music community over the course of 2016, with some particularly painful ones in the mix. One of those artists is Prince, whose artistic brilliance and persona will remain ingrained in our collective consciousness so long as we keep spinning his records and periodically screening Purple Rain, which is exactly what happened at the very last Eat|See|Hear of the summer.
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Must Watch: Break: The Musical – Episode 1

A music journalist gets her biggest assignment yet

Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
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We here at LA Music Blog have been eagerly awaiting the release of Break: The Musical, written, produced, and starring our own staff writer Mary Bonney. The original musical series follows a Los Angeles music journalist named Kate, and in today’s premiere episode, our protagonist is assigned the biggest break of her career — an interview with her rock star idol (played by America’s Got Talent finalist Brian Justin Crum) — and the news can only be properly contemplated with an uplifting song and dance.
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Festival Review: KAABOO Del Mar 2016

KAABOO delivers…for the most part

Lex Voight
Category: Review
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Last week, I let you in on the annual KAABOO festival, purporting itself to be the answer to all festival woes. Well, I came, I saw, I got mildly sunburnt…but did KAABOO hold up its promises to be “for music lovers by music lovers” and without the usual grit and grime of a typical festival?
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Show Review: Brainfeeder @ The Hollywood Bowl

Flying Lotus and crew get weird under the stars

Sean Kramer
Category: Review
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Just a few short years ago, the idea of Brainfeeder hosting an event at the Hollywood Bowl would have seemed far-fetched, to put it mildly. The Los Angeles-based record label/music collective has built its reputation on representing some truly off-kilter, left-of-center electronic/hip-hop music.
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Interview: Sacha Robotti @ Nocturnal 2016

Good sound systems and sloths make Sacha happy!

September 20th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: Interview
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Up next in my series of interviews from the Insomniac music festival Nocturnal Wonderland is none other than Dirtybird’s own Sacha Robotti!

According to Robotti’s biography on Resident Advisor:

“Although Sacha’s sound has evolved throughout the years, you can recognize his signature in everything he creates. Meandering between the dirty bassheavy ‘booty’ plains of electronic dance music and its futuristic shores, his music is funky, creative, has character, uses a palette of rich sounds, and tells a story with layers of depth and emotion. It also has a sonic quality that makes it stand out. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for this gentleman with a weird little thing for sweaty dance workouts and happy bass-massaged faces…”
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Tickets On Sale Now For 30 Days In LA 2016!

Third annual festival set to take over our town

Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, News
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If you thought festival season ended with Labor Day, think again! Tickets went on sale this morning for the third annual Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA, a month-long music festival that will feature over seventy artists in venues throughout Los Angeles at some of our city’s most iconic and intimate venues all November long!
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Show Review: Cass McCombs @ The Teragram Ballroom

The indie minstrel soothes jangled nerves

David Fisch
Category: Review
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In my mind, Cass McCombs is indie music’s prolific minstrel, whistling away as he ages in an era in which he doesn’t seem to belong. The sentiment is felt by many a listener like myself, and so we follow him on his path to…somewhere. It’s a destination that seems to be better than where we are now, and McCombs, at the ready, bellows his fractured musings about life with grace, bringing together roots rock and a menagerie of other genres on Mangy Love, his debut on the Anti- Records label and best album release yet.
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