LAmb Session: Emily Estefan

One for the history books…

October 25th, 2016
Lex Voight

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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Festival Review: Desert Daze 2016

Three hypnotic days in the sun and sand

October 24th, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Lead Story, Review

In 2012, Desert Daze started as an 11-day fest located in Desert Hot Springs, CA, just 30 minutes outside of Joshua Tree. It boasted a reputable but far from mainstream roster, consisting of bands such as Akron/Family, Here We Go Magic, and Bleached. And though it’s come a long way in the five years since its inception, the event still maintains an authenticity and spirit that few fests uphold these days.
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Must Watch: Break: The Musical – Episode 5

Season finale ends with a secret show!

Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, Video

Last time on the original musical web series Break: The Musical, Kate (LAmb’s own staff writer Mary Bonney) found out her interview with her idol Carter (America’s Got Talent finalist Brian Justin Crum) was going to be spun by her editor Emma (Princess Rap Battle’s Whitney Avalon). We left her feeling helpless and on the brink of quitting her job!
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Show Review: Danny Brown @ The Fonda Theatre

Detroit rapper showcases his Atrocity Exhibition

October 17th, 2016
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, Review

It’s been a tremendous year for Detroit rapper Danny Brown. Not only did he appear on The Avalanches’s unbelievable return record after a sixteen-year break, but he delivered his own hotly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s breakout album Old. Both records are very likely to appear on “Best Of” lists in the next couple of months, and some of their best tracks are those that feature Brown. His fire can’t be put out, nor will he let it, as his latest record is proof of how much the rapper really has “Grown Up” over the past decade.
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Festival Review: Dirtybird Campout 2016

Dirtybird kept it weird with games and music

October 12th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: Lead Story, Review

It seems like there has never been a better time for fans of live music (whatever the genre), and, as Jillian pointed out, there is an almost nonstop stream of concerts, events, and festivals for music lovers to attend right now. Whether you prefer high-profile events such as Coachella, Stage Coach, and EDC or small, free events thrown together in DTLA warehouses, you’re covered.
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Win Tickets To Sweater Beats At El Rey Theatre!

Producer is bringing his For The Cold tour to LA

October 10th, 2016
Kristin Houser
Category: Contest, Lead Story

If you’re a fan of Sweater Beats, AKA Antonio Cuna, you’re in good company as the young producer has garnered support from such big-name artists as Diplo, Chance the Rapper, and Flume. His style melds influences including contemporary R&B, skate culture, and modern dance, and this month, he’s bringing that eclectic style to another cultural melting pot: Los Angeles.
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Release of the Week: Phantogram – Three

The duo’s 3rd LP propels them into the mainstream

October 7th, 2016
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Lead Story, News

Phantogram has achieved an astounding level of success since self-releasing their eponymous debut EP in 2009. Given the myriad of projects and collaborators they’ve been involved with recently, it appears the band may be graduating from indie trailblazers to mainstream innovators.
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Must Watch: Break: The Musical – Episode 3

Kate’s big interview with Carter ends in a duet!

October 5th, 2016
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, Video

On last week’s episode of the original musical web series Break: The Musical, Carter (America’s Got Talent finalist Brian Justin Crum) received news of his big interview, and Emma (Princess Rap Battle‘s Whitney Avalon) was tempted to the dark side of journalism by her evil assistant Kevin.
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On Stage Four and The Best Function of Art

In which Touche Amore and my stories collide

October 4th, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story, Review

Our parents lied to us.

When one is young, one tends to believe grief, as with any other emotion, is a thing simply dealt with. We are told that emotions arrive and fall away with relative ease, that all things pass in time, that all feelings can be dealt with through catharsis and the channeling of one’s energies.
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Interview and Show Preview: Marlon Williams

New Zealand-born troubadour coming to Troubadour

October 3rd, 2016
Kyle B. Smith

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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