Cornelius @ Fonda Theatre

The eclectic Japanese producer’s music exploration

March 22nd, 2018
David Fisch

Japanese producer Keigo Oyamada, also known as Cornelius, transformed the Fonda Theatre Tuesday night with an audio-visual performance in support of his latest record Mellow Waves.


Photos by David Fisch

Starting the show with a projected video welcoming the crowd, the white screen quickly fell away to reveal Cornelius himself and three members on a stage of cued lights and a backing screen of complete visual wonderment to accompany his eclectic music. With tracks like “Helix/Spiral,” “Drop,” and “Wataridori,” Cornelius brought a visually kaleidoscopic journey and an energy and instrumental charisma unlike anything I’ve seen as of late. Even the more monochromatic “In A Dream” was brought to life with mesmerizing flair. The talents of his band was unquestionable as they melded between electronic and prog rock and vocal automation via theremin.

This might very well have been the concert not to miss in 2018, and here’s hoping that Cornelius return to Los Angeles very soon so that everyone (including Scott Pilgrim director Edgar Wright, in attendance) can bask in such a creative and innovative musical event.

Check out the rest of our photos and watch/listen to “In A Dream” below.

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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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Photo Gallery: GWAR at the Fonda

feat. Ghoul, He is Legend, and US Bastards!

November 29th, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

Seeing the almighty GWAR live is always a tasteless treat. For this particular tour they also managed to bring in my personal favorites, He is Legend, along with GWAR-imitators Ghoul and Richmond d-beaters US Bastards.
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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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