Preview: The eternal GWAR is coming to the Belasco

The almighty alien overlords return to LA

October 14th, 2018
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story, News

Gwar, it is safe to say at this point in their roughly 30 year career, are legends. Not just our alien overlords who caused the extinction of the dinosaurs and who march across the world gleefully slaughtering legions of faithful supplicants, but, more impressively, as extraordinarily passionate and extraordinary artists and musicians.
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Preview: CicLAvia – LA Phil @ 100

8 miles of performances, art and biking across LA!

September 28th, 2018
Melissa Karlin
Category: Lead Story, News

Hey, did you hear that? Oh, it’s just the sound of one of the biggest music meets movement events to hit Los Angeles coming our way on Sunday! Celebrate LA is an epic 8-mile biking and walking route that will turn the streets connecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl into the most epic street party to hit LA since those magic Lakers three-peat years. And it’s car free. Hell yeah. If you’ve never had the chance to do CicLAvia, this is the one to participate in.

Beginning at 8.30AM, a diverse array of music, food, art and dancing will be interwoven throughout the route, with stages/hub in Grand Park/Music Center, MacArthur Park, Koreatown, Melrose and Hollywood. With so much to do and so many performances to check out, here’s a little cheat sheet of some of the coolest performances of the day:

YOLA: Gustavo Dudamel’s Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles will help to kick off the big day at 8.30 with members of the LA Phil and a marching band from the Grand Stage. They’ll then be performing at various hubs throughout the rest of the day including the Hollywood Bowl at 1PM and Melrose Hub at 2.30.

Dengue Fever: Ever wanted to check out Cambodian pop music of the 1960s, but filtered through the contemporary American perspective? Be sure to be at the Koreatown Hub at 3PM to grove out with the best of em.

Klezmer Juice – Enjoy the classic sounds of Eastern European Jewish music, by way of Argentina. Because who knows of a horrah will just happen, and you do not wanna miss out on an opportunity to get lifted up in a chair while everyone dances in a circle around you. Trust me, I know from experience.

Las Cafetaras – Hometown hero alert: the group from East LA will be performing their energetic take on traditional son jarocho music at the Grand Avenue hub at 12!

Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra – No, your eyes do not deceive you. Jeff FREAKING LIFE FINDS A WAY Goldblum will be performing with his regular crew from the Rockwell Table & Stage at the Hollywood Hub in the shadow of the Capitol Records building at 12.15PM.

Leon Mobley and the Djembe West African Drummers and Dancers – 4 times throughout the day from the Melrose Hub, you can watch or join the West African dance party with the world-renowned percussionist! The performances will be 30 minutes long and begin at 9.30, 11, 12.30 and 2.

Pink Martini – I dunno about you all, but I love Pink Martini. As their mission describes, their sound is if the United Nations had a house band in 1962. And they’ll be on towards the end of the day on the Grand Ave Main Stage for a 90-minute set beginning at 6PM.

And there’s so much more to see! It’s times like this that make a girl wish time turners were real. The event is seriously called Celebrate LA for a reason. So many cultures and different kinds of music are going to be featured throughout the day.

And we’ll be there too, starting bright and early, sharing all the excitement on socials. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @lamusicblog. And join the conversation! Let us know what you’re checking out and what your favorite parts of the day were.

See you on Sunday to Celebrate LA!

Learn more about Celebrate LA.

Preview: KCRW’s World Festival @ Hollywood Bowl

With Grizzly Bear, TVOTR & Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

September 20th, 2018
Melissa Karlin
Category: Lead Story, News

Still looking for weekend plans? Look no further!

Sunday, September 23rd, Grizzly Bear, TV on the Radio AND composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith will be closing KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The evening will be hosted by KCRW DJ Anne Litt, in what might be the most KCRW show ever. It will be a night of grooving across the art rock spectrum, with each act bringing their unique approaches to the outdoor venue. High energy, ethereal and soulful sounds will bounce across the Hollywood Hills. Talk about ending on a high note, this concert is the perfect way to say goodbye to summer and hello to fire season (or as the rest of the world calls it: autumn).

Details: Sunday September 23, 2018 @ 7PM
Tickets are still available

Learn more about Grizzly Bear, TV on the Radio and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.
Learn more about KCRW.

KOLARS is playing Echo Park Rising

and you should absolutely not miss it.

July 31st, 2018
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story, News

Kolars is what rock and roll should be. They’re exciting, they’re deliberate, they’re flashy, they’re loud, they’re innovative, and they absolutely refuse to let you stand still.
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Interview with Flasher’s Taylor Mulitz

Catch the D.C. trio at the Echo tonight!

July 16th, 2018
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News

Photo by Amy Breesman

Flasher is a band that probably doesn’t want you to read this article. Instead, they’d prefer you close this browser window, open the streaming app of your choice, and blare their debut LP, Constant Image. Like looking up the side effects of a drug online, you find your expectations being swayed by the opinions and experiences of others. But if you insist upon reading this article, then I’ll let the band do most of the talking.

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Preview: Dessa at the El Rey

Dessa is coming to break and mend your heart.

May 5th, 2018
Lex Voight

Doomtree’s MVP Dessa is coming to the El Rey on Wednesday, May 9th. The songstress is touring in support of her triumphant third full length Chime (though that “third” is arguable, counting her stellar reimaginings of her work). Chime is already easily one of the best records of the year; full of her deeply humanist, heart-rendingly empathetic songwriting.

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BETABLOCK3R Debut Music Video “Make You Happy”

Upbeat, electro-funk single off upcoming EP

April 29th, 2018
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, News

It’s been two years since duo BETABLOCK3R released new music, but fans will forgive their long-awaited return upon hearing the opening funky synth bass and slow-rising celestial chords of their single “Make You Happy”. BETABLOCK3R have also released their first-ever music video, debuting their futuristic look and sound from their upcoming EP Monolith, one of two EPs due out this summer. Check out the video below:

A former Featured Artist, BETABLOCK3R have returned with their slick production value and infectious melodies. Self-proclaimed pair of perfectionists Chris Boulous and Ryan George crafted another upbeat, dance-ready hit filled with painfully emotional lyrics. “It’s a song about the unhealthy desire to feel wanted at any cost,” BETABLOCK3R told the LA Music Blog. “We filmed in the city because it’s a dark and gritty place full of these types of stories.” 

Boulous’s velvety vocals ask, “Don’t I make you happy? Tried to save you, instead you’re feeling sad,” as George’s atmospheric guitar cascades through layered synth textures driven by hypnotic rhythm. The clean black and white aesthetic of this video, produced by BETAWAVE Media Group, is reminiscent of similar synth-wave troupe The 1975 and the nu-disco, synth-pop melodies harken Chromeo.

“Make You Happy” also debuts BETABLOCK3R’s look – sleek, futuristic partially covered faces rather than going fully incognito à la Deadmau5 or current top 40 darling Marshmello.

BETABLOCK3R are gearing up for a busy summer, releasing each song off Monolith until the EP’s release. Another EP will follow before the men prepare for live performances. If their shows are half as electrifying as their music, it’s only a matter of time until this duo gets audiences dancing nationwide.

For more information on BETABLOCK3R:
Official site
Facebook page

Cut Worms Share Video For “Cash For Gold”

The garage pop band to perform in LA June 7th

April 19th, 2018
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Lead Story, News, Video

Photo by Joyce Lee

Imagine knowing someone who has the dedication and willpower to write a song a day for four years. Well, Max Clarke, the prolific Brooklyn musician behind Cut Worms… he knew that guy. Instead of completely resenting his friend – a former roommate – for his hyper-diligent work ethic, Clarke was inspired by him. He vowed to devote at least an hour a day to making music, ultimately releasing two songs per month and building an enthusiastic, loyal fanbase.

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CONTEST: Tickets to Django Django @ Fonda Theatre

Win a pair of tickets to see their April 18th set!

April 4th, 2018
David Fisch
Category: Contest, Lead Story, News

The indie/electronic/psychedelic/lots-of-things band Django Django are playing the Saturdays of each Coachella weekend which is rapidly approaching, but as some bands like to keep the music playing between weeks, they will also be sandwiching in a “Localchella” set at The Fonda Theatre on April 18th with fellow line-up mates Tank and The Bangas – and we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show!

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Preview: Yellow Days @ The Moroccan Lounge

The young UK artist rewiring indie soul

April 2nd, 2018
David Fisch
Category: News

UK singer/songwriter/producer George van den Broek, aka Yellow Days, is only 19-years-old, but with tripped-out, lo-fi indie soul releases and an identifiable visual character established in just the past couple of years, he has amassed a big audience enough to the point that he’s sold out both of his shows at the Moroccan Lounge in DTLA this week AND the remaining dates of this current North American tour.

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