Kendrick Lamar Announces Damn. Pop Up Shops

Awesome apparel coming to a city near you!

July 13th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News

Hate waiting in line for concert merchandise during an artist’s set? Me too. But looks like Kendrick Lamar has the perfect solution! The “Humble” rapper has decided to pair select shows on his current Damn. Tour with merchandise pop up shops in cities along his North American tour route.

His first pop up will accompany his Dallas, TX show on July 14th. As of now, 15 cities in total have been announced, including Los Angeles! As written by Rolling Stone, the pop ups will likely include “some of the Lamar-related apparel Top Dawg Entertainment has unveiled in recent weeks.”
 

 
Each city’s pop up will run for one day only, with the exception of New York City and Los Angeles (local fans, rejoice!). New York’s shop will be open from July 20th to July 23rd, while Lamar performs at the famed Barclays Center, and the Los Angeles pop up will run from August 6th until August 11th, during a three night run at the Staples Center.
 

 
Tickets to the Damn. Tour, which began on July 12th in Arizona, are available on Lamar’s website. The tour will run until September 2nd, ending in Miami.

For more information:

Kendrick Lamar 

Five Can’t-Miss Sets at FYF Fest 2017

We’ve whittled it down to the must-sees

July 10th, 2017
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, News

This year, FYF is ramping up to be the festival to beat. Expanding from two days to a full-fledged weekend of three days, there is a whole extra day of sets, which also means a whole extra day of more of LA’s best food vendors, access to a new stage, and plenty more.

Tickets are still available for all three days of the festival – and we highly recommend it – but seeing as how the set times were revealed a few days ago, we’ve come to the conclusion that if we’re going to see a few select sets, we’re going to pick out the ones listed below.

1) Missy Elliot

All puns intended when we say “Get UR Freak On” with the only set by the Queen of Hip-Hop scheduled this year. Hot off a new single from an anticipated new record and an anniversary reissue of her debut LP Supa Dupa Fly, we’re expecting Missy to go all-out for this performance, performing new and old material but with the electrified kicks to make everything feel refreshed and alive once again. It will literally be seeing a legend on stage, and she will be headlining the first night of festivities. Speaking of legends…

2) A Tribe Called Quest

For the sake of music, or if you call yourself a fan of music, see A Tribe Called Quest at least once in your life. They’re back on tour after a years-long absence and bouncing after the surprise release of last year’s critically-acclaimed final album We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, and most certainly riled-up in the wake of recent socio-political events and personal strifes with the death of essential founding member Phife Dawg. If their Grammy-award performance was any indication, their Saturday night set will be full of good energies – so really, just as if the band never left in the first place. Also, you can just stick around after their set for…

3) Frank Ocean

Though this article has been posted close to two weeks before he’s set to appear, we’re going to bet that Frank Ocean will indeed be performing. He had dropped out as headliner of FYF 2015 unexpectedly and was replaced with Kanye West (which no one in their right mind could complain about), but considering new material finally did drop last year in the form of the widely-praised Blonde and new collabs constantly appearing this year, we’re feeling confident that the new reigning prince of R&B will show and perform the swooning set we all were hoping for.

4) Cherry Glazerr

Get to Exposition Park early because we’re going with LA natives Cherry Glazerr to watch for their set kicking off Sunday. Quite literally, Cherry Glazerr kick so much ass on stage and on record, and with a record like this year’s Apocalipstick, expect vocalist Clementine Creevy to blow you away, but not before you start a rioting mosh in the sun as they go into overdrive. They should get you amped for another nine hours of music.

5) Moses Sumney

The heat-seeking singer-songwriter with an incredible falsetto, Moses Sumney will be at “The Club” stage Sunday evening for what will likely be a ruminative set. Having sold out The Echo in 2015 and right off the presses of a debut LP on Jagjaguwar Records called Aromanticism coming out this Fall, you might just witness the birth of a new star. We’d suggest you could almost end the festival with Moses’ allure, that you could potentially close yourselves in your bedroom with your experience as you listen to his EP and singles, but there’s so much more music happening afterwards that you’ll want to be there till the very end.

Which sets are you considering as your must-see sets? Let us know in the comments below!

FYF Fest will be held in Exposition Park July 21st-23rd. As previously stated, tickets are still available.

Show Preview: The Cairo Gang @ Zebulon

with support from multi-talented garage-rocker CFM

July 7th, 2017
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News

Photo by Mikel Avery

Emmett Kelly is perhaps one of the most devoted, multi-talented musicians working in rock music today. His repertoire includes stints with bands including Bonnie Prince Billy, Beth Orton, Joan of Arc, Angel Olsen, and Ty Segall. He has firmly and autonomously cemented himself in the American rock landscape, and that is because he is uncompromisingly a musician by trade. He grew up with music in Van Nuys, California, took it with him to Chicago, and landed back in LA, having released his fifth studio album this past March under The Cairo Gang moniker.

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Set Times Announced for FYF Fest 2017

LA music fest expands to three days

David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, News

In its 14th year, FYF Fest is looking to outdo every one of their previous iterations. Now spanning three days from July 21-23, the festival held at Exposition Park has landed insane headliners Missy Elliott (her only scheduled show this year), Frank Ocean (his first scheduled US show supporting Blond/Endless – following his cancellation of the other fests he was set to play prior), and
Nine Inch Nails (their first show since 2014). Speaking of “landed,” FYF has also added a sixth stage called “Outer Space” which will feature all day DJing.

With just a couple weeks out until the fest begins, FYF has announced the official set times for each artist, and as usually the case, there are some notable crossovers that you’ll need to figure out and maneuver carefully.

Unfortunate as it is trying to see Majid Jordan at the same time as Flying Lotus’ new 3D experience, Friday isn’t as complex as Saturday, which has artists like Perfume Genius, Built To Spill, King Krule, and Arca fighting for a prime spot while A Tribe Called Quest makes their storied return. Be advised, too, that some of these artists are playing full shows at venues before or after the weekend’s event, so I would research that first before feeling major FOMO at the Main Stage.

Sunday has an incredible wealth of heat-seeking indie acts between the 3PM-8PM hours like Cherry Glazer, Whitney, Andy Shauf, Chicano Batman, Moses Sumney, Nadia Rose, and Mac DeMarco, and they’re all playing on different stages, so you’ll have to utilize your time wisely and either catch a glimpse of each of these acts or commit to a stage or two and see their full performances. Based on previous experience, it would also be advisable to try and make it to Solange, Run The Jewels, and Nine Inch Nails in one go, as each of their sets are sure to be memorable.

The 2017 lineup might be the beefiest lineup in the fest’s history, for Los Angeles, and certainly that of 2017’s other festivals around the country, so make sure you’re a part of it. You can still get Single-Day, 3-Day GA and 3-Day VIP Passes at www.fyffest.com, and be sure to download the 2017 app on iOS or Android devices, as you can use it to explore the line up, see the site map, check out merch and vendors, and find your friends at the festival.

Sony to Start Making Vinyl Records Again In Japan

After a nearly 30 year hiatus, a vinyl revival

July 5th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News
district. Demand for vinyl records is leading Sony to restart making vinyl records. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

It’s been nearly 30 years since Sony has pressed vinyl records in Japan, but as demand grows during the vinyl resurgence, “the company says it’s installing record-cutting equipment and enlisting the help of older engineers who know how to reproduce the best sound,” reports NPR. 

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Show Preview: F.J. McMahon @ The L.A. Sanctuary

A special one-night event with backing band Quilt

June 28th, 2017
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News

It only took a little over half a century for 60’s folk artist F.J. McMahon to receive the recognition warranted by his one and only album Spirit of the Golden Juice. The enigmatic 60’s folk artist released the transient nine-track album in 1969, playing in bars up and down the California coast, sometimes for nothing more than spare tips tossed into his hat.

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Meet Emmitt James

Wisconsin-born creative chameleon now an eastsider

June 27th, 2017
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Lead Story, News

LA, meet your neighbor Emmitt James.

The Wisconsin-born hip-hop artist and creative chameleon is now an engrained eastsider. With an ear for proper studio production, and an eye for design, James possesses a cross-functional creative vision that would make Jack White proud.

Take for example backyard gigs from Highland Park to mid-city, and the innovative ways James and his friends spread the word about these happenings. Emmitt designs custom made info cards that he & co. pass out in their daily travels to help spread that good word.

Emmitt’s main live act performs under the moniker Emmitt James & The Feel Goods, a rotating crew that typically includes drums, violin, a DJ, and female jazz vocals.

Their 2016 aptly-titled LP, The Feel Good Tape, is laced with James’ easy going conversational flow, plays on words, and humorous witticisms on life, love and the good and bad that falls in between. All of this lays atop lush production from a collection of talented producers. It’s a 20-minute journey on Euphoria Airlines worth taking.

Soon to come is a new EP, the tentatively titled Cigarettes, Porn, and Lotto Tix. Consider it a sort of homage to that trio of vices we Americans anxiously start to consume at age 18.

Below, check out James’ video for “Sunshine,” a piece that was filmed up in LA’s Griffith Park. “Sunshine” reimagines Mndsgn’s 2012 instrumental track “Eko,” to include James’ vocals and effects.

Emmitt James & The Feel Goods make their Low End Theory debut at The Airliner in Lincoln Heights on July 5.

Otherwise, catch Emmitt at COMETHOO with an RSVP to Two One Three Eight Four One Eight Nine Seven One.

For more of Emmitt’s sounds hop over to his Soundcloud page

For more information: @gaptooth_shawty (IG), @lostboy_emmitt (Twitter)

Grace VanderWaal Releases “Moonlight”

The young songwriter captivates with her new tune

June 23rd, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News

On last season’s America’s Got Talent, Simon Cowell dubbed Grace VanderWaal the new Taylor Swift. After listening to her newest single, “Moonlight,” it’s more evident than ever that he may have been right.

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Odesza Announces New Album and World Tour

“A Moment Apart” Tour hits Staples Center 10/20

June 14th, 2017
Mary Bonney
Category: News

The indie electronic duo ODESZA landed on my radar in 2014 when my younger sister took me to Amoeba Records to see “the best DJs” perform tracks off their new release In Return. Tucked in a corner of the world-renowned store, the Seattle-based pair of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight blew me away with their lush, layered electropop tracks, infectious hooks and incredible showmanship. I later interviewed Mills and it was clear ODESZA’s deep love for music and unparalleled talent would take them far.

ODESZA spent the three years following In Returns massive success touring relentlessly. The duo released other collaborations and recently dropped two brand news songs in a lead up to what fans have been waiting for – the announcement of their new album entitled A Moment Apart, set for release on September 8th, and a world tour in its support this fall.

ODESZA’s shows quickly sell out in Los Angeles so its fitting Mills and Knight will perform at LA’s largest venue The Staples Center on October 20th. “We’ll have all new stage production and visuals, some of which we debuted a few weeks ago at Red Rocks, and of course a lot of new music,” the pair said.

The pre-sale is live now and tickets go on sale this Friday, June 16th. Don’t miss your chance to see these two college friends-turned-superstars bring their high energy and hypnotic tunes to life for thousands of fans.

ODESZA Tour Dates:
9/3 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
9/14 – Auckland, NZ @ Great Hall
9/15 – Melbourne, AU @ Form
9/16 – Sydney, AU @ Enmore Theater
9/29 – London, UK @ O2 Forum
9/30 – Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre
10/3 – Brussels, BE @ AB Main Hall
10/5 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
10/7 – Berlin, DE @ Astra Kulturhaus
10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
10/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Lost Lake Festival
10/24 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
10/26 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater
11/3 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
11/8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
11/10 – Madison, WI @ Minneapolis, MN
11/11 – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
11/14 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
11/17 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factor
11/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factor
12/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center

For more information on Odesza:
Official website

Kelsea Ballerini Releases “Legends”

The first single off of her upcoming album!

June 9th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News

Country-pop breakout, Kelsea Ballerini, has finally released the first single off of her upcoming sophomore album. “Legends,” a Taylor Swift Fearless –esque reflection on past love, is bound to become one of this summer’s country radio hits.

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