Preview: Cornelius @ The Fonda Theatre

Enigmatic Japanese producer returns for rare set

March 13th, 2018
David Fisch
Category: News

A sleeping giant arises: the eclectic and enigmatic Japanese rock/electronic producer Cornelius, who released the universally-praised album Fantasma twenty years ago, returned after an eleven-year absence with the release of last year’s sleekly modern Mellow Waves, and he’s announced that he will be going on tour in select U.S. cities to support it, including Los Angeles at The Fonda Theatre on March 20th.

Though he’s been fairly busy behind the scenes working with the likes of MGMT, Edgar Wright, and the Yellow Magic Orchestra, he’s back with his own band to tour for his solo efforts. This is supposedly a rare occasion for the multi-instrumentalist (whose real name is Keigo Oyamada) to be out here on the West Coast, so you might want to place this set on your list of priorities next week. Purchase tickets here, and catch the music video to “Dear Future Person” below.

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Russell Elliot releases “I’ll Be Damned” Video

An emotionally charged single from Brooklyn singer

March 5th, 2018
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story, News

“I’ll be Damned” is an exercise in tension. The Brooklyn-based r & b up and comer Russell Elliot weaves a self portrait of a man devastated and confused–and how often those feelings can commingle and morph into a seething, indignant anger. But more often than not, that anger is internalized–used as a means to guilt ourselves that spins us further into our heads. “I’ll be Damned” is an exorcism of these feelings, an airing-out if these grievances, both against self and a former lover but in such heartbreakingly specific ways.
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Interview & Show Preview: Alex Cameron

Headlining two shows at Lodge Room on 2/22, 2/23

February 19th, 2018
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News

An Australian rocker with a flair for subversive lyrics, Alex Cameron understands the perils of telling stories from the perspective of dubious and at times reprehensible characters. As the title of his album Forced Witness suggests, Cameron feels that he can no longer be a reticent spectator to the defects of our modern world. And while that may sound bleak, he believes he has an obligation to tell the truth, to explore the unglamorous nature of the everyman, without defending their actions or majestically redeeming them at the end of a song.

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Festival Preview: Air + Style

Snow, skate, and music, music, music

February 15th, 2018
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, News

Olympic fever is running high in the SoCal thanks in part to the likes of locally grown American phenoms Chloe Kim and Shaun White and their astounding gold medal-winning performances in the Pyeongchang halfpipe. If you, like me, are still needing an extra dose of pow in your life, look no further than 2018’s Air + Style LA happening next month.

Founded by the aforementioned three-time gold medalist White, Air + Style sees LA’s own Exposition Park transformed into a wintery playground littered with jumps and jibs fit for an Olympian. The latest iteration of Air + Style LA also throws skateboarding into the mix following its the addition to the roster of Olympic sports in 2020 (White himself is also a decorated skateboarder, having medaled in both the Summer and Winter X-Games in years past).

And of course there’s the music. With a roster that boasts the likes of LAMB favorites Phoenix, Zedd, Phantogram, Cut Copy, Tinashe, and GRiZ, the musical lineup is nothing to scoff at.

Get your tickets while you still can.

Preview: Dear Boy @ The Troubadour

The boys return to headline with a new single

January 25th, 2018
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, News

Blog favorites Dear Boy have returned with a new single to kick off what looks to be a flourishing 2018, supporting it with a release show at The Troubadour on January 31st with Gothic Tropic and Pinky Pinky.

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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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