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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La Louma/Object as Subject @ The Satellite

Bitchwave’s first showcase was an enormous success

December 7th, 2017
Lex Voight

Ready or not, the Bitchwave is here to sweep you away. A record label founded for the purpose of fostering and mentoring female and non-binary identifying musicians and bands by members of La Louma and personal favorites Rituals of Mine, Bitchwave held its first showcase the other week at The Satellite, featuring the talents of La Louma and Object as Subject (as well as headliners The Pack AD).
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Photo Gallery: GWAR at the Fonda

feat. Ghoul, He is Legend, and US Bastards!

November 29th, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

Seeing the almighty GWAR live is always a tasteless treat. For this particular tour they also managed to bring in my personal favorites, He is Legend, along with GWAR-imitators Ghoul and Richmond d-beaters US Bastards.
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Bitchwave Showcase Tomorrow at the Satellite!

feat. La Louma, The Pack AD, Object as Subject

Lex Voight
Category: News

Bitchwave, the newly minted record label started by members of the incomparable (and LAMB favorites) Rituals of Mine and La Louma to foster young queer artists and bands, is having a showcase tomorrow night, 11/30, at the Satellite. The label’s first release, La Louma’s Let the World Be Flooded Out is a stellar debut that absolutely shreds, and La Louma will be backed by a band composed of members of Deerhoof, Chastity Belt, and Los Lobos. Come out and celebrate! Doors at 8:30.
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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.

For more information on Vans Warped Tour:
Official website

Astronautalis at the Resident

Rapper rocks the Resident

Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

Astronautalis is already a bit of a difficult artist to pigeonhole, but he seems, for the most part, to reside fairly firmly in the hip-hop camp. But only for the most part. His music so much more encompassing than simply hip-hop alone, as he incorporates everything from punk rock to indie to trap in a seamless amalgam. This made his signing and release with LA-based mostly-punk label Side One Dummy an interesting move for both artist and label, and his interesting choice of tourmate in former Fake Problems frontman Chris Farren.
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Circa Survive/Thrice at the Shrine

The Post Hardcore Legends Unite for 2 Night Stay

November 15th, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

The second of two nights at the Shrine for Thrice and Circa Survive’s coheadlining tour was as bone-shakingly great as was to be expected of the two titans of post-hardcore. Thrice was subdued, playing a loud-as-hell set with their big hits peppered through some of their deeper cuts. Surprisingly, the biggest audience response was from a back to back to back to back performance of the best of their Elements suite. Circa Survive, meanwhile maintained their unwavering reputation as one of the best live bands in the biz. Anthony Green is an absolutely captivating performer–so much so that my lens, I am sorry to say, rarely strayed from his catapaulting theatrics.
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