LAMB Session: Allie X

Promoting her debut full-length Collxtion II!

June 9th, 2017
Lex Voight

Allie X is clearly a star on the rise. The enigmatic musician has caught the attentions of everyone from Katy Perry to major fashion photographers to labels and beyond. Her debut full-length record, Collxtion II, is dropping today and to help promote it she stopped by LAMB for a brief acoustic session and interview.
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Sheryl Crow @ The Grammy Museum

Wednesday Night Music Club

Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

It would be difficult to find a more successful, influential, or prolific female pop rock musician of the last several years than Sheryl Crow. The 55 year old rock n’ roll legend stopped by the Grammy museum this past Wednesday for a candid look at her recently released 9th record and a short performance featuring her biggest hits.
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Dan Holguin releases Room For Love EP

LA singer/songwriter unveils new music

David Fisch
Category: News

LA-based singer/songwriter Dan Holguin has been patiently creating a vault’s worth of music for the past couple of years, but considering the current climate of social-political relations and personal struggles, he’s finally decided to reveal what he’s got in the form of three EPs this year. The first, entitled Room For Love, is available now, and you can stream it below via Soundcloud.

Room For Love almost feels directed as a response to the late Prince’s passing, with a menagerie of instrumentation and production approaches that teeter on 80’s pop balladry without straying too far away from Dan’s penchant for guitar-driven harmonies. It’s meant to be listened to as a whole record, or “mini-album,” though each track (sans interludes) has its own support with sweetly dark instrumentals.

You can pay what you want for the album at his website.

Top Five Musicals at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

Must see sci-fi comedy, 80’s horror and nerdcore

June 6th, 2017
Mary Bonney
Category: News

This Thursday, June 7th, the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival will fill theaters throughout Los Angeles with original independent productions ranging from musicals, one woman shows, dark comedies, and plenty of political satires. This year’s festival boasts 375 shows and over 2,000 performances, but we’ve narrowed things down in our top five can’t-miss musicals. Check out our list below so you can celebrate independent, do-it-yourself theater this month, created by some Los Angeles’ most hard-working, creative talent.

5) Divorce: The Hip-Hop Musicaltickets

After sold out performances at The Second City and iO West, Divorce: The Hip-Hop Musical will take the stage at this year’s Fringe to show audiences what happens when a nuclear family goes nuclear. This musical explores the “stress, duress, and mess” of a divorce, using comedy and hip hop to help give audiences a better understanding of a growing trend that ends modern relationships today.

4) Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Rock Musical tickets

This rock musical begins with good girl Lily White being turned into a werewolf by a biker gang in Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Rock Musical. “This is going to be very different; this is an adult rock musical,” writer and director Erik Blair said. “No parody or anything corny. We’re creating a real tale of rage and the choices people make with power…and we think audiences are going to be blown away.”

3) Comic-Con: The Musical – tickets

Join a trio of Comic-Con attendees on the path to “friendship, artistry, and inner acceptance” as they navigate the country’s biggest celebration of fandoms and embrace their inner superpowers. Honoring the deep cosplay roots of Comic-Con, a costume contest will be held at every show, so dress to the nerdcore nines and grab tickets to this show quickly to one of only three performances!

2) Slashed!tickets

Up and coming horror director Chelsea Stardust has already filmed terrifyingly good shorts for Crypt TV and is now taking her talents to the stage in what is now a completely sold out run! This original musical pays homage to the best of horror tropes as counselors at “Camp Doom” are tormented by a former camper’s ghost who died due to their irresponsible partying. Expect plenty of debauchery, gore and camp in this 1980s musical if you can somehow nab tickets at the door before the show!

1) Turbulence!tickets

Our favorite musical improv comedy troupe Robot Teammate and the Accidental Party return for the third year in a row with an original, sci-fi musical that is out of this world – literally. In the 4242 Intergalympics, Earth is battling Mars for interstellar dominance. It’s up to a ragtag crew filled with Robot’s signature zany characters to save the planet in this high-stakes comedy. The group’s previous Fringe musical hits Timeheart and Thug Tunnel boasted sold-out performances, uniquely memorable songs and a hefty serving of heart, so expect Turbulence! to deliver a rousingly good time!

For more information:

The Hollywood Fringe Festival official website

Luna Shadows Releases New Single “Thorns”

Local indie pop dark princess to play Echo 6/20

June 5th, 2017
Mary Bonney
Category: News

Since landing on our radar last summer, local indie pop singer/songwriter Luna Shadows has been building buzz around Los Angeles. Her hauntingly beautiful California-infused music and captivating visuals have captured the attention of the city of angels. After spending the spring touring the country, Luna is keeping fans entranced with her latest dreamy single “Thorns”. Take a listen below.

“Thorns” is an uplifting, anthemic pop track whose lyrics explore the sobering, ephemeral nature of all relationships. The introspective new single was co-written and produced by Luna’s frequent collaborator Thom Powers from The Naked And Famous.

Armed with a growing discography of perfect sun-soaked pop songs, Luna Shadows is set for a busy summer. If you want to catch Luna’s signature dark pop music live, she will be performing at The Echo on June 20th and tickets are available now.

Photo by Larsen Sotelo

For more info on Luna Shadows:
Official site

Artists Pay Tribute to Manchester

An outpouring of support for the victims

May 25th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News

News of the bombing at Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert this week has left the music world shaken. Thousands of women and children (predominantly), out for a night of sing-along fun, were instead met with horror. Grande has suspended her tour until further notice, and British police officials are furiously continuing their investigation of the attack.

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Show Review: Billy Joel @ Dodger Stadium

Legend brought hits, guest stars and LA stories

May 15th, 2017
Mary Bonney
Category: News, Review

Last Saturday evening, legendary singer, songwriter, pianist and bicoastal hero Billy Joel brought his memorable discography and unrivaled stage presence to a packed Dodger Stadium. The nearly three-hour set spanned the performer’s four plus decade career and, while Joel may be pushing seventy, his performance was filled with an energy and enthusiasm that brought tens of thousands of fans to their feet. Bros singing “Uptown Girl”. Older couples wearing “I love BJ” shirts. Young hipsters. Dads with daughters. They all flocked to downtown Los Angeles to see the man himself tickle the ivories and lull them into a sweet, piano-filled reverie.

All photos by John Bernstein

Flanked by his longtime backing band, Joel began with a simple, “1, 2, 3, 4!” and the high-energy “Moving Out” and “My Life”. A camera was suspended above Joel so fans could see his piano prowess up close on long, narrow screens hung in the same arrangement as the instrument’s keys.

Joel seemed to be in equal awe of the gravitas of his surroundings as the audience as he mused that his first performances in Los Angeles were at the intimate Troubadour. He admitted to seeing Elton John perform at the stadium and riffed a bit of “Your Song” before the ballad “Vienna” (voted on by audience applause as Joel “couldn’t possibly do all his songs” that evening).

Every member of Joel’s pitch-perfect, expert-filled band had a time to shine, whether it was trumpet player Carl Fischer in  “Zanzibar” or keyboardist Dave Rosenthal in “The Entertainer”, a song Joel explained was written while living on Mulholland Drive when he was “wrong and cynical” that reminded him “what an asshole I used to be”. Later, he explained the factually inaccuracies of “The Ballad of Billy the Kid”, also written during his time in Los Angeles in response to his desire to “write a movie soundtrack when no one was asking me to write them.”

The audience voted for “For The Longest Time”, to which Joel responded “Duh!” It was an impressive feat to tackle one of the most well-known a’cappella songs in pop rock history in a stadium, but the five-person backing vocal group led by Joel blew fans away.

Joel enlisted the help of surprise guest stars, beginning with P!nk joining him onstage for a jazzy rendition of the classic “New York State of Mind” followed by a performance of her song “Try”. Axl Rose also came to electrify the stage with his rocking “Highway To Hell” and later joined Joel for “Big Shot”.

But it was Joel’s hits that kept the audience moving in the unseasonably chilly air. Fans danced with each other during “Always A Woman”, tried to keep up with the lyrics of “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and swayed along with “Piano Man”, one of the evening’s most warmly received songs. Fans illuminated the stadium with cell phone lights as Joel let the audience finish the final, familiar chorus a’cappella.

The encore began with hits “Uptown Girl”, “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me” and “Only The Good Die Young”. The twenty-five song set culminated with “You May Be Right” and the audience sang along to, “I might be as crazy as you say, if I’m crazy then it’s true that it’s all because of you.” While it might seem crazy Joel is packing stadiums, his timeless music, unwavering talent and clear passion for performing ensures fans will pack the house to see him, crazy as they were at the beginning of his career to sing and dance along.

For more information on Billy Joel:
Official site

Jennifer Hudson Joins Season 13 of The Voice

Taking over for Alicia Keys as coach!

May 12th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News
The Color Purple

Look out, there’s a new coach in town! Jennifer Hudson has officially signed on to coach season 13 of The Voice, alongside returning coach Miley Cyrus, and current coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
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Show Preview: Air @ The Greek Theatre

Downtempo duo plays the Greek Theatre on June 25h.

May 10th, 2017
Lesley Park
Category: News

It’s been seven long years since Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel AKA Air last toured the US during which the LA stop where they were supposed to play at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the LA Phil was cancelled at the eleventh hour (I’m totally not bitter or anything). In the intervening years from then ’til now, they’ve released two studio albums–Le voyage dans la lune and Music for Museum–as well as a compilation album Twentyears to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s inception.

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Festival Preview: Blackest of the Black

Danzig curates festival sure to corrupt you.

May 9th, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Staff Pick

Knotfest is cute. Ozzfest is adequate.

But the real dark heavy hitters of extreme music are gathering in Orange County at the end of this month for the Blackest of the Black festival. Presided over by the lordly and ungodly presence of Glenn Danzig, the festival is curating a unique experience in the festival landscape featuring not only some of the heaviest and most sinister acts in music, but with the inclusion of “Castle Danzig–a fully immersive walkthrough experience of pain, pleasure, and metal, based on the music and graphic novels of Glenn Danzig.”
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