Astronautalis at the Resident

Rapper rocks the Resident

November 16th, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

Astronautalis is already a bit of a difficult artist to pigeonhole, but he seems, for the most part, to reside fairly firmly in the hip-hop camp. But only for the most part. His music so much more encompassing than simply hip-hop alone, as he incorporates everything from punk rock to indie to trap in a seamless amalgam. This made his signing and release with LA-based mostly-punk label Side One Dummy an interesting move for both artist and label, and his interesting choice of tourmate in former Fake Problems frontman Chris Farren.
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Circa Survive/Thrice at the Shrine

The Post Hardcore Legends Unite for 2 Night Stay

November 15th, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

The second of two nights at the Shrine for Thrice and Circa Survive’s coheadlining tour was as bone-shakingly great as was to be expected of the two titans of post-hardcore. Thrice was subdued, playing a loud-as-hell set with their big hits peppered through some of their deeper cuts. Surprisingly, the biggest audience response was from a back to back to back to back performance of the best of their Elements suite. Circa Survive, meanwhile maintained their unwavering reputation as one of the best live bands in the biz. Anthony Green is an absolutely captivating performer–so much so that my lens, I am sorry to say, rarely strayed from his catapaulting theatrics.
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The Flaming Lips & Mac DeMarco @ The Shrine

Both play up psychedelia in their own ways

October 9th, 2017
David Fisch

All photos by David Fisch

It might seem odd at first to pair a guy who often sings acid-tripped songs in their purest and simplest ways with another guy (and band) who often sings about battling robots and warding demons in sings at their most gargantuan, but their quest for love and continually morphing forms of psychedelic rock easily tie them together. Mac DeMarco and The Flaming Lips on the same bill, in hindsight, makes so much sense, and though they didn’t necessarily share the stage together, the wavy flows of their energy were combed together across three hours at The Shrine Saturday night.
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Perfume Genius @ The Glass House

Mike Hadreas performs at the top of his game

September 27th, 2017
David Fisch

Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, has slowly come into his own and built an audience for his brand of provocative chamber pop and folk throughout the 2010’s. It’s weird to say he’s “broken through” multiple times, but with each successive record, a new, bursting Perfume Genius is born. This year’s No Shape continues this streak without question with tracks like “Slip Away” and “Valley,” and with its expansive instrumentation and propulsive flow, his confidence is firing on all cylinders, and it’s undoubtedly one of the year’s best records for it.

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Festival Recap: Riot Fest 2017

A hot and heavy weekend in Chicago

September 20th, 2017
David Fisch

All photos by David Fisch

It’s been an interesting year for music festivals, in which most have made headlines for their follies and their corporate handlings rather than the music actually performed at the festivals themselves. It’s humbling to know that this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago went off without a hitch and was all about, you know, the music.

Additionally, it was one of few festivals so far this year that didn’t have the feeling of “festival fatigue,” in which most lineups tend to blend together as acts perform on a festival circuit. No, Riot Fest didn’t cozy up to that, but rather set out to provide thousands of people with fan favorites like Built To Spill, Ministry, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Jawbreaker, Wu-Tang Clan, Danzig, and Bad Brains.

Then again, there were the majors like Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age, and “hardly” smaller acts Death From Above, TV On The Radio, M.I.A., Action Bronson, and Vic Mensa. Just in typing out all of those bands, this year’s Riot Fest might have had the best curated sets among festivals this year.

The three-day festival over the Sept. 15th-17th weekend was generally void of issues, with some exceptions in sound for certain acts. Otherwise, the power of these bands drove a generally hot weekend and gave every rioter in the audience reason to crowd surf.

Photos from the festival can be found below.

Photo Gallery: KOLARS at The Echo

LA’s most innovative duo pack Echo Park

September 12th, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

KOLARS have hit on something magical. The Los Angeles duo have been around for a bit now, touring seemingly tirelessly and appearing all over the map (including Boise, Idaho) at festivals. Their dynamic, energy, and innovative brand of rock n roll seems to be catching on in earnest. They packed the Echo last week with an enthusiastic house.
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Atmosphere at the Wiltern

God (and LA) loves Atmosphere

August 21st, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

Atmosphere may self-deprecatingly label themselves “dad rap,” but this past friday night at the Wiltern, the legendary underground hip hop duo proved these dads still do it better than any of the young whippersnappers who have come after them.
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The Weeknd at the Grammy Museum

The Weeknd seduces the Grammy Museum

August 18th, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

Somewhere in between being one of the biggest names in music at the moment, selling millions of records, and writing hits, R&B superstar The Weeknd stopped in for a sold-out show at the Grammy Museum.
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