LAmb Sessions: Adam Friedman

Beachy vibes just in time for winter

November 23rd, 2016
Lex Voight
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Adam Friedman is irrepressible. The singer-songwriter brought his summery tunes and tight songwriting chops to LAmb Sessions, along with a near incessant stream of well-meaning, self-effacing, and aware jokes. He managed to turn everything into a song. Nothing from the (then a joke, now a horrible reality) candidacy of Donald Trump to his antics on tour to his friend and PR person were safe from having an incredibly catchy song being spontaneously created satirizing them.
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The Orwells Tour to Promote Terrible Human Beings

Playing the Resident Sunday before their UK run

November 18th, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss
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It’s rare for a pretty straight-forward indie rock band to achieve rapid success and then be able to maintain and grow it while still growing up themselves. In 2011, when the gritty, audacious teens of The Orwells landed their first record deal, on Justin Gage’s Autumn Tone records, they were still in their senior year of high school.
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Interview With Islands Frontman Nick Diamonds

Upcoming LA show at the Masonic Lodge on Dec. 2nd

November 14th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith

At 6:30 PM this past Tuesday, a few hours after grim signs of the apocalypse began to emerge, I called Nick Diamonds. I had pulled off the 101 South into a fast food parking lot, while Diamonds, frontman and founding member of Islands, was en route to a friend’s place in Los Feliz to, as he put it, “white-knuckle” the impending presidential election results.
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Don’t Miss Turkuaz at Teragram Ballroom Thursday!

Power-funk road warriors’ frontman talks LA

November 7th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith

For the uninitiated, Turkuaz is a super high energy, jam funk band that almost burned down The Mint back in May. Last week I caught up with Dave Brandwein, frontman of the power-funk road warriors, in advance of their return to LA this Thursday for a performance at The Teragram Ballroom with The New Mastersounds.
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Bruce Campbell Talks Evil Dead: Live in Concert

A reimagined score and a whole lot of camp

November 4th, 2016
Lex Voight
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In cinema, there are nobodies and there are stars and there are legends and there are titans. In the (fabulous) world of B-movies, there are few true modern equivalents of the titans that inhabited the genre in its golden era — names like Hammer, Price, Lugosi, Lee, and Cushing. In fact, in this day and age there may only be one true heir to that lofty legacy: Campbell.
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LAmb Session: Emily Estefan

One for the history books…

October 25th, 2016
Lex Voight
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Simply by dint of living in this city of ours, we are, perhaps uniquely, blessed with the not-infrequent rubbing of elbows with the rich, famous, legendary, or the soon-to-be all of the above. This gives us story after story, however superficial, of touching little parts of history, no matter how small or pop-culture-focused.

Being floored by Emily Estefan as she belted out several songs in my cramped, dark room felt like something I am going to be able to look back on in the not-so-distant future with no small degree of satisfaction.
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Interview With Rezz

Producer talks CRSSD, dubstep influences & more!

October 11th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: Interview
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Rezz’s was my favorite set at the Fall 2016 iteration of CRSSD Fest by far, though she’s not the kind of artist I would typically associate with the festival. When I think of CRSSD, I instinctively think of fun house music that’s easy to groove along with in the afternoon while chilling in the water fountains. When I think of Rezz, I picture a dark room filled with all the weird and sometimes creepy feels and loads of bass.
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Interview and Show Preview: Marlon Williams

New Zealand-born troubadour coming to Troubadour

October 3rd, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
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I recently spoke with the man who is perhaps the second biggest act coming out of New Zealand today, Marlon Williams. Often, and rightly, compared to a young Roy Orbison, his music is richly organic, and when we spoke, he was phoning in from an Austin motel in advance of his appearance Sunday at ACL Music Festival. He had just gotten into town after a late night set up in Boston, all performances in support of his self-titled Marlon Williams album
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