Preview: A Tribute to Ray Charles

An amazing amalgamation of musicians pay tribute

January 27th, 2020
Lex Voight
Category: News

On February 8th, The Teragram Ballroom will be hosting the third in an annual tribute celebration honoring a legendary musician. This year’s honoree is none other than blues/soul great Ray Charles, who’s songs will be played by a cavalcade of incredible musicians. An incredible group of artists will come together to perform the wide ranging catalog of Charles, supported by an LA based rhythm section that goes by “Family Company,” a string section, horn section, and background singers.
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La Dispute/Touche Amore return to LA

This Friday 13th at the Belasco!

December 9th, 2019
Lex Voight
Category: News

Two of post-hardcores brightest stars of the last decade plus have undeniably been friends La Dispute and Touche Amore. The two main pillars of the briefly (and self-deprecatingly) titled “last great wave” have embarked on a co-headlining tour that will be coming through LA and stopping at the Belasco Theatre this Friday the 13th.
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SHOW PREVIEW: SYLVAN ESSO @ DISNEY HALL THIS WEEK!

Guitar Jedi Meg Duffy’s Hand Habits will open

November 13th, 2019
Kyle B. Smith
Category: News

Hello Angelenos and welcome to the dark days of fall. If you’re looking for a unique show to help close out your year, head on over to Disney Hall this Thursday or Friday to see Sylvan Esso present “WITH.”

This special performance will find the duo “expanding on their emotionally wrenching electro-pop with warm full-band arrangements. Performing in collaboration with eight of their favorite musicians, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn will reimagine their music from the ground up – a wholly exceptional experience.”

Following the breakout success of “Coffee,” Esso returned in 2017 with sleeper LP, What Now. From the percussive electronics of “Die Young,” to the heartbreaking and meditative “Slack Jaw,” it is an album with a colorful and diverse palette. As observed by Martin Anderson, their music “pushes air.”

For the “WITH” performance, expect the Sylvan Esso Band to include Meg Duffy (Hand Habits, more below), Dev Gupta (Mr. Twin Sister), Matt MacCaughan (Bon Iver), Molly Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig (Daughter of Swords), Adam Schatz (Landlady), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes, Bon Iver), and Joe Westerlund (Megafaun).

Guitar Jedi Meg Duffy’s Hand Habits project opens the show. Fresh off a solo set at Hollywood Forever opening for Aldous Harding, Duffy’s warm and detailed textures are certain to be well-received by the impeccable acoustics of Disney Hall.

For tickets and more information, click below:

Thursday 11/14 Sylvan Esso presents “WITH” at Walt Disney Concert Hall, with Hand Habits
Friday 11/15 Sylvan Esso presents “WITH” at Walt Disney Concert Hall, with Hand Habits

Babymetal is coming to LA!

Metal Galaxy is dropping next week!

October 3rd, 2019
Lex Voight

Everyone’s favorite anti-idol j-pop metal-stars are touching down at the Forum for the release of their new record. BABYMETAL is coming through the Forum on 10/11 for their first US headlining arena show with no support, bringing all of the synchronized dancing and pyrotechnics you can possibly hope for while melting faces.
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Hermosa Beach Summer Series is almost here!

Free music in Hermosa this summer!

July 22nd, 2019
Lex Voight
Category: News

The popular FREE community event returns to the sands of the quintessential Southern California beach town over two weekends in August, and for the first time ever, is expanding to both Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 17/18 and Aug. 24/25), each offering a jam-packed lineup of music, comedy, movies on the beach and other family-friendly experiences.
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Interview with Thunderpussy’s Whitney (Guitar)

They hit the El Rey 7/17

July 11th, 2019
Lex Voight
Category: Interview, News

Thunderpussy are on a quest for world domination. I have written a lot about them over the last couple years and its a testament to the band that I am still just as passionate now as I was when I first found out about them. They are here again this week, touring with Black Pistol Fire at the El Rey on 7/17. In anticipation of them coming, I caught up with Thunderpussy’s resident shredder Whitney.
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Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution @ Dolby 5/18

It’s all coming to a glorious end

May 16th, 2019
Lex Voight
Category: News

“Would you be upset if I told you we were dying?” Starts the song of one of ska powerhouse Streetlight Manifesto’s best known numbers. Bandits, while of course not being exactly Streetlight itself, has always been inextricably tied to the long-running ska act. But telling us this is the end of the side project is exactly what they are doing, and moreover they are going out with a bang.
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Back to the Beach 2020 Wishlist

One of my favorite things to do after attending themed festivals is coming up with hypothetical bills for the next year’s iteration. Back to the Beach this year was an absolute blast–so much so that I am already fully planning on going again for next year’s. But who would make for a great show? Here […]

May 1st, 2019
Lex Voight

One of my favorite things to do after attending themed festivals is coming up with hypothetical bills for the next year’s iteration. Back to the Beach this year was an absolute blast–so much so that I am already fully planning on going again for next year’s. But who would make for a great show? Here is my wishlist.
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Show Preview: Chromatics @ The Wiltern

The band kicks off its first tour in over 5 years

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News

Chromatics kicked off their Double Exposure Tour this past Tuesday at the Santa Ana Observatory, playing their first public concert in over five years. The ethereal, synth-pop outfit will be performing at the Wiltern tomorrow night, marking their second stop on a six-week, North American tour.

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Premiere: Branson T. Anderson’s Moonshade

Roots songwriting from the desert

February 26th, 2019
Lex Voight
Category: News, Staff Pick

There’s a ramshackle charm to Branson T. Anderson’s music.

Folky with an eye for avant-pop songwriting, it’s the kind of music that seems like it developed in a kind of wonderful isolation, bits of forward-thinking arrangements lovingly scotch taped to a staunch traditionalism that somehow manages to be both exceedingly pleasing, while still being a challenging listen.
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