Album Review: In The Valley Below – The Belt

Get ready for sensual LA duo’s debut LP

August 20th, 2014
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, Review
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It feels like forever ago since I first laid my ears on Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob and their band In The Valley Below at SXSW 2013, but at long last do I have their debut LP, The Belt, in my possession. I compare this experience to gathering light in an empty lantern. With this LP in my hands (or on my harddrive. Whatever. It’s mine.), I can recapture the memory of that day I was in Austin, when this dark, stereoscopic sound resonated from a stage out on Rainey Street and lifted the hairs right off my arms.
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Preview: La Santa Cecilia & Yuval Ron Ensemble

Free show at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes on 8/26!

August 18th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
La Santa Cecilia

Voices of LA’s concert series has been one of our favorite things about Summer 2014 for several reasons, two of which will be teaming up for a show at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes later this month: La Santa Cecilia & Yuval Ron Ensemble!
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Interview With How To Dress Well

Tom Krell talks touring, freestyling, and cynicism

August 15th, 2014
Winnie Fan
How To Dress Well lead

Tom Krell, aka How to Dress Well, makes music that combines pop and R&B production value with a sincerity and emotionality that transcends both genres. He’s been known to hide in murky beats and distorted vocals, but with his newest album, “What Is This Heart?”, he opens up both sonically and lyrically.
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LA Music Blogcast: August 14, 2014

With musical guests Valley Queen!

Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, Video
Valley Queen LA Music Blogcast

Who gets pneumonia in their twenties in the middle of the summer in California? DJ Fisch, that’s who! With our fearless leader usual LA Music Blogcast host out sick, Naomi filled in on hosting duties this week alongside Mike and Marcus, and another LAmb staffer was in the house as well: The Doot himself, Gerry!
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Karen O To Play Three Shows At Hollywood Forever

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s frontwoman’s intimate solo work

August 13th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Lead Story, News
Karen O

Several years after recording an album’s worth of personal and intimate material by herself, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ singer Karen O has decided to share her collection of Crush Songs with the world. The title is a reflection of the material, with Karen saying she “crushed a lot” when writing the album around the time she was 27 years old, a topic I’m sure we can all relate to.
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New Album Releases: August 12, 2014

Alex Clare, FKA Twigs, The Gaslight Anthem, & more

August 12th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
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I know the first album I’ll be checking out today is Alex Clare’s The Latest of the Hour follow-up, but the new LPs from FKA Twigs and The Gaslight Anthem won’t be too far behind. Which of today’s new album releases will be kicking off your Tuesday? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to enjoy new music all week long!
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LA Music Blogcast: August 7, 2014

With special guest Neon Hitch!

August 8th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, Video
Neon Hitch LA Music Blogcast

How is it August already? This summer is flying by, and for the first Blogcast of the new month our hosts David Fisch, Mikiel Houser, and Marcus Slater were treated to a visit by performer hot enough to match the heat of the season: Neon Hitch!
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HARD Summer 2014: Rave Review

Best HARD Summer ever? Best HARD Summer ever.

August 7th, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: Lead Story, Review
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“Eh, what’s one more massive?” That ungrateful sentence is the first thing I mumbled when the opportunity to go to HARD Summer floated my way. I was over it. I had been to three HARD events up to this point, each one progressively less fun. I finally threw in the towel at HARD Day of the Dead in 2012 when I saw several people in serious condition for stupid reasons. “Who needs this?” I thought. “They’ve forgotten the R in PLUR.”
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New Album Releases: August 5, 2014

Spoon, Angus & Julia Stone, Andy Grammer, & more!

August 5th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
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Ready for the first batch of new album releases for August? Hell yeah, you are! Check out below the ten albums we’re most excited to listen to this week, and be sure to let me know in the comments what new music has you glued to Spotify today.
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Show Preview: Wil-Dog & Jarell Perry At Fais Do-Do

Free show courtesy of Voices of LA!

August 4th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
Voices of LA Wil Dog

Last month the Voices of LA summer concert series brought together two talented artists — Wil-Dog and Jarell Perry — for one night of eclectic music at The Echo. If you didn’t make it out to the show, however, don’t worry because you’re getting a second chance to catch the duo on the same bill, this time at Café Club Fais Do-Do in LA’s historic Sugar Hill District on August 25th.
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