Anderson .Paak at the Forum

Photog Chelsea Rae captures new pop glory

July 11th, 2019
Lex Voight

When you achieve a certain level of success in the pop world, it can be difficult to maintain what many see as “artistic integrity.” Anderson .Paak is defying all of those expectations with a firm and uncompromising artistic vision that is actively evolving pop music in new and exciting ways. He recently stopped by the Forum for an incredible performance, with a handful of like-minded artists in tow including Earl Sweatshirt and Thundercat.
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Murder By Death/Laura Jane Grace in Pioneertown

The Other Shore’s send off Down Under

June 14th, 2019
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story

On the eve before the start of their Australian tour, Murder By Death and Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers stopped in for a sold out show at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown. Fans wandered in from the oppressive 100+ degree heat to the old saloon and got treated to an amazing set from both bands with Laura Jane Grace seemingly ecstatic to be there to treat people to her new project and MBD in their always consummate form.
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Lee Fields and the Expressions at La Santa

One of the best soul men of all time

Lex Voight

Lee Fields, perhaps one of the very last soul legends still alive, touring, and producing music, just stopped by the LA area last week and treated a sold-out show at La Santa, Santa Ana to classic soul showmanship and unbelievable pipes. His new record, It Rains Love, embodies the very best of his Al Green-style songwriting with Charles Bradley-esque energy. Check out the photos after the jump.
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On Amanda Palmer and the Meaning of Music Heroes

Amanda Palmer fights for us all.

Lex Voight

There is a war going on right now. For the world, for the environment, for our rights.

And we are losing.

We are losing ground every day. The rash of anti-choice legislation being rammed through state courts and the appointment of anti-choice judges by (republican controlled) senatorial appointment are just the latest and among the most egregious examples of our loss. But there are heroes in the battle for the heart of American culture fighting for us.
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Beachlife Fest in Redondo Beach

Willie Nelson steals the weekend.

May 16th, 2019
Lex Voight

It’s already been a week and Beachlife Fest feels like its only barely wrapped up. The beach-set California culture festival spanned three days of incredible artists and surprisingly incredible amenities, but the clear and inarguable highlight of the entire weekend was Willie.
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La Dispute/Gouge Away at the Regent

Panorama opens at the Regent

Lex Voight

La Dispute touched down the other week at the Regent, bringing their brand of literary post-hardcore to a sold-out show. I have seen the band countless times over the years, but each time they bring their absolute a-game, weaving their complex, compassionate narratives with a fervor live. At the Regent they played to a fully immersed audience; longtime fans who’s rapturous attention was carried away as much by songs from their recent full length Panorama as from their oldest releases.
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Back to the Beach 2020 Wishlist

One of my favorite things to do after attending themed festivals is coming up with hypothetical bills for the next year’s iteration. Back to the Beach this year was an absolute blast–so much so that I am already fully planning on going again for next year’s. But who would make for a great show? Here […]

May 1st, 2019
Lex Voight

One of my favorite things to do after attending themed festivals is coming up with hypothetical bills for the next year’s iteration. Back to the Beach this year was an absolute blast–so much so that I am already fully planning on going again for next year’s. But who would make for a great show? Here is my wishlist.
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Louise Lemon on her new album

A Broken Heart is Open Heart — out now

April 30th, 2019
Lex Voight

We are less than halfway through the year and already some of the spots in my end-of-year list are starting to solidify. A Broken Heart is an Open Heart fell unexpectedly in my inbox and I truly have been unable to stop listening. A dark, sultry, doom-influenced pop powerhouse that inhabits a confident middleground sonically between Lana Del Rey and Chelsea Wolfe, albeit with the kind of pipes that would put just about anyone around to shame.
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Knocked Loose/Harms Way/Acacia Strain at SOMA

and you thought Game of Thrones was heavy.

Lex Voight

On the heaviest stacked tour of the very early summer so far, current scene darlings Knocked Loose headed a bill of hardcore’s hardest bands including Harms Way, The Acacia Strain, Sanction, Higher Power, and Absence of Mine. Check out the photos after the jump (obtained from a safe distance, gratefully)
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Interview with LA’s The Hollow Legs

Be sure to catch them at Beach Life Fest

April 25th, 2019
Lex Voight

Beach Life Festival is coming up next weekend, May 3-5, touting a lineup that should be the envy of just about every other festival around. Not only does it boast to be hosting two certifiable living legends in Willie Nelson and Brian Wilson, but a veritable who’s-who of headlining acts with heavy California ties including Ziggy Marley, Slightly Stoopid, Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, Violent Femmes, Everclear, and Donovan Frankenreiter. That’s an insane list by any means, but there are some incredibly exciting acts appearing further down the list as well…
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