Terra Naomi on her new single “Machine Age”

She hits the Hotel Cafe Thursday 1/18!

January 17th, 2018
Lex Voight

Terra Naomi is coming tomorrow, January 18th, to the Hotel Cafe. The singer-songwriter is touring in support of her new single, “Machine Age,” a deeply angry yet tentatively hopeful ballad in reaction to the election of President Donald Trump. Be sure to check her out tomorrow and read some of her thoughts on the track as well as the state of art in the world today, below.
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Destroyer @ The Regent

Singer/songwriter Dan Bejar imbues mystique

January 15th, 2018
David Fisch

A baroque minstrel wandering Earth for the last twenty-plus years, Dan Bejar has crafted some of the most poetic alternative music as his project Destroyer, most recently releasing his 12th studio album ken. With each new set of songs comes a new lens on his introspection of relationships, and that follows through to his live performances.

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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night 2 @ The Forum

KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas Night 2

December 12th, 2017
David Valera

KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas sold out event, Night 2, featured sets by Vance Joy, X Ambassadors, Franz Ferdinand, Walk, The Moon, Phoenix, Foster The People, The Lumineers, resident Weezer and The Killers. The headliner, Morrissey, unsurprisingly was a no show but The Killers made sure the fans left with “Every Day Is Like Sunday” stuck in their heads.

If you were at this year’s KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, tell me about your best experience of the night in the comments. Take care of each other and Happy Holidays.

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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night 1 @ The Forum

KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2017 Night 1

December 11th, 2017
David Valera

KROQ’s annual Almost Acoustic Christmas has always been a dynamic mix of wall to wall alt-rock music. It was no surprise the 2017 Almost Acoustic Christmas was quick to sell out. With over 6 hours of music each night there was quite a mix of sonic delight with Run the Jewels, Royal Blood sprinkled in with Prophets of Rage and Rise Against topped off with QOTSA, 30 Seconds to Mars and Muse. Saturday night certainly wasn’t without a bit of drama and controversy with Josh Homme of QOTSA kicking a photographer in the head and apologized later on Instagram.

Let me know if you were there and what your favorite part of the night was in the comments. Be kind to each other and Happy Holidays.
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Miya Folick @ Moroccan Lounge

The rising singer-songwriter’s EP release show

December 7th, 2017
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, Review

Santa Ana singer-songwriter Miya Folick has been rising in indie circles for the past couple of years for her staggering vocals and deep-felt lyrics, releasing two EPs in that span including the recently-released Give It To Me. It’s a hot ticket to get to see her perform live; indeed, her sold-out show at the Moroccan Lounge in support of the new EP was plenty fire, considering the venue houses only so many people.


Photos by David Fisch

She and her merry minstrels performed an hour’s worth of material from her two EPs, including tunes she stated she wouldn’t ordinarily perform live, but the LA crowd was lucky enough to receive her keys/synth player. There wasn’t much to the stage other than flowers strewn across it and performance artists dancing to two tracks, but it didn’t need much more than that. The spotlight was literally all on Folick, whose voice was impeccable and her look stark.

From quieter songs like “Strange Darling” to more bombastic like “Trouble Adjusting,” Folick looked to be soaking in the moment as she shared these very personal songs with a devoted audience. She closed with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” whom she most certainly owes a debt to in regards to her vocal style.

Miya Folick will no doubt be taking to bigger stages as she has a voice and presence that can take her pretty much anywhere, but as experienced at the Moroccan Lounge at this very moment, to see and hear her in the small, beloved rooms will be the most surefire way to get her music into your head and heart.

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Miya Folick

Hundred Waters @ El Rey Theatre

The indie trio debut a new visual show in LA

December 4th, 2017
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, Review

The music of Hundred Waters is hard to pin down. It’s at one point art rock, with breathtakingly organic instrumentation and unusual structures, and then electronic at another, rhythmically tying together moments of repetition and manipulative effects. They make music that doesn’t fit neatly in any category, which that’s perfectly fine with me. It’s their unique blend that makes them devilishly attractive, and that which you would think might translate into an equally unique live experience when they perform.

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Warped Tour Announces Its End Next Year

2018 will mark the festival’s final treck

November 16th, 2017
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, News

After over two decades, the iconic Vans Warped Tour will end it will its run next summer. The annual festival traveled from coast to coast and featured alternative acts stretching across genres like punk, rock, pop, rap, indie and emo. Founder Kevin Lyman took to Warped Tour’s official site to reminiscence on some of the tour’s most memorable acts and the festival’s lasting impact on communities and fans nationwide.

Speaking with Billboard, Lyman reflected further on some of the contributing factors to the tour shuddering. He cited dwindling attendance for younger fans who prefer to stay indoors with their technology, and the public’s general fear for their safety after an uprise in violent incidents like last month’s mass shooting at the Route Harvest 81 Festival in Las Vegas or the bombing at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester earlier this year.

Hayley Williams of Paramore at 2011’s tour

Some of my fondest memories of music intertwining with summer come took place during Warped Tour. I saw bands like Paramore, My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy for the first time before they sold out giant venues. I researched fashion trends for Hot Topic, my summer job at the time. I competed (and lost) with my pop punk group for a coveted spot on the festival stage. 2011’s Los Angeles stop marked my first assignment writing for the LA Music Blog.

Ryan Key of Yellowcard performing in 2014 at Vans Warped Tour

Lyman hinted that Warped Tour may continue in some form in the future, saying, “The enduring spirit of the Vans Warped Tour remains as bright as ever, continuing to inspire creativity and ambition in new and exciting ways as we prepare for a 25th anniversary celebration in 2019.” A quarter of a century may be a new dawn for the tour in some iteration, but for now fans will look to 2018 for one last farewell sing-a-long with friends in the hot summer sun.

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Rhye @ Moroccan Lounge

The debut of new songs to swoon to

November 9th, 2017
David Fisch

The downtempo R&B stylings of Rhye were something of an enigma back in the early 2010’s, releasing singles of androgynous vocals and soulful chill with underground raves before finally releasing a full-length LP in 2013 in the form of Woman. With the exception of touring in the following year, Rhye has been fairly quiet – that is, until this year, when the band resurfaced with a similar release strategy that once again began the hype machine of high anticipation, leaning on superb singles that hinted at a brighter energy and expanded scope.

While information of a new full-length follow-up is pending, Rhye will be back on the road with a formally announced tour heading into 2018. In the meantime, though, the LA-based band made a sold-out stop to test new material and perform older songs at the Moroccan Lounge, which is rapidly making the case for becoming LA’s best venue for intimate settings, devoted crowds, and outstanding acoustics.

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