CLOSED: Win Tickets To See Say Anything!

With The Front Bottoms opening on July 24th

July 4th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Contest
Say Anything

Say Anything is having a terrific year. Their recently released sixth studio album, Hebrews, is one of the strongest in their catalog. In addition to featuring Max Bemis’ deep introspection and infectious hooks, the album also showcases a collection of guest vocalists that includes many of indie rock/pop’s heaviest hitters.
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CLOSED: Win Tickets To See Leela James At El Rey!

Soul vocalist plays LA on July 19th!

Jeanette Hernandez
Category: Contest
leela james

R&B and soul artist Leela James is coming to Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre on July 19th to perform tracks from her new album, Fall For You, which hits stores on July 8th, a little over a week prior to this performance. The album features her first single, also titled “Fall For You,” which shows off her strong vocals over an enchanting piano piece.
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CLOSED: Win Tickets To See Shwayze At El Rey!

Chanel West Coast, BVille, and Carlton supporting!

July 3rd, 2014
Jaclyn Tamura
Category: Contest
Shwayze

Making his debut in a local LA nightclub and catching the attention of former Whitestarr member Cisco Adler, Shwayze‘s start is vaguely reminiscent of Detroit-native Eminem’s in 8 Mile, but with influences like Crazy Town, Pharcyde, and Snoop Dogg, Aaron Smith’s sound is quintessentially SoCal, perfect for any summertime playlist.
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CLOSED: Win Tickets to See Foxy Shazam At El Rey!

The most bizarre and amazing band to see this year

July 1st, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Contest
Foxy Shazam

Foxy Shazam is one of the most amazing and bizarre acts I have ever seen live. When they first started releasing music, I would describe them to friends as a combination of My Chemical Romance and Billy Joel in a dog pile at the circus. I still don’t think I was far off.
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CLOSED: Win Tickets To See Quantic At The Roxy!

Multi-genre producer plays LA on June 25th

June 18th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Contest
quantic

It’s hard to definitively categorize someone as talented and versatile as Will Holland, AKA Quantic. With a discography spanning through trip hop, funk, and, most recently, cumbria, Quantic has been wowing listeners with his seamlessly blended, multi-genre tracks. No two albums sound the same, an adage that rings especially true for his newest release, Magnetica.
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CLOSED: Win Tickets To See Evian Christ!

Presented by IHeartComix & The Fader on June 28

June 17th, 2014
Sarah Bellman
Category: Contest
Evian Christ lead

Ever since he first started to release music in 2011, Evian Christ, the stage name of English producer Joshua Leary, has been making waves in the music world. His hard-hitting, hip hop-twinged industrial sound has caught the attention of many big names in the industry, including Kanye West, for whom he helped produce the infamous Yeezus album (namely the excellent track “I’m In It“). With that collaboration and a collection of solo work under his belt, Leary has already defined himself as an artist to watch.
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CLOSED: Win Tickets To Nightmares On Wax!

Trip-hop pioneer hits The Fonda on June 22nd!

June 16th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Contest
nightmares on wax

LA Music Blog has long been under the spell of Warp Records, but if you’re unfamiliar, our resident Brit Jay Chirinos put together a playlist of the UK label’s many talented artists last year. As Jay mentions in that article, he turns to the label’s roster whenever he feels the “need to fulfill [his] strange craving for esoteric and innovative electronica,” and the artist who’s currently been on that roster the longest is George Evelyn, better known as Nightmares On Wax.
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CLOSED: Win Tickets To See Janelle Monae!

Catch the Electric Lady on June 22nd!

June 13th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Contest
Janelle Monae

With her stylish blend of R&B, soul, hip-hop, funk, and science-fiction surrealism, Janelle Monáe quickly captivated the music world upon the release of her debut album, The ArchAndroid, and now that she has another LP under her belt, The Electric Lady (#10 on our list of the best albums of 2013), the talented singer/songwriter/producer/dancer has solidified her place amongst music’s greats.
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CLOSED: Win Tickets To See Anamanaguchi At El Rey!

Join the boys and their happy vibes on June 20th!

June 11th, 2014
Jeanette Hernandez
Category: Contest
Anamanaguchi

The Anamanaguchi boys deliver the best vibes in a show. I know this because I experienced their sounds firsthand when they opened for Dillon Francis last year. Let’s just say they send you to a world filled with cotton candy and kitties via music. Together they project an infinite cloud nine that brings their audience to a particularly positive and happy place.
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CLOSED: Win Tickets To See Sharon Van Etten!

Headline show with Jana Hunter set for June 28th

June 10th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Contest
sharon van etten

It’s safe to say I’m a fan of Sharon Van Etten. Not long after I started writing for the LA Music Blog two and a half years ago, she caught my attention with her excellent breakthrough album Tramp, and she has recently returned with her greatest album yet, the sometimes grueling but always brilliant Are We There. I suggested that with that album she has elevated herself into the top bracket of American singer-songwriters, and repeated listens have only reinforced that theory.
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