Thunderpussy at the El Rey

Long may the reign

July 22nd, 2019
Lex Voight

Thunderpussy are a force. I have spoken about them innumerable times and people, i believe, are finally starting to listen. They opened up for Black Pistol Fire this last week at the El Rey and CRUSHED crowded room with their rock n roll glory. Check out the pics below.
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Anderson .Paak at the Forum

Photog Chelsea Rae captures new pop glory

July 11th, 2019
Lex Voight

When you achieve a certain level of success in the pop world, it can be difficult to maintain what many see as “artistic integrity.” Anderson .Paak is defying all of those expectations with a firm and uncompromising artistic vision that is actively evolving pop music in new and exciting ways. He recently stopped by the Forum for an incredible performance, with a handful of like-minded artists in tow including Earl Sweatshirt and Thundercat.
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Lee Fields and the Expressions at La Santa

One of the best soul men of all time

Lex Voight

Lee Fields, perhaps one of the very last soul legends still alive, touring, and producing music, just stopped by the LA area last week and treated a sold-out show at La Santa, Santa Ana to classic soul showmanship and unbelievable pipes. His new record, It Rains Love, embodies the very best of his Al Green-style songwriting with Charles Bradley-esque energy. Check out the photos after the jump.
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Beachlife Fest in Redondo Beach

Willie Nelson steals the weekend.

May 16th, 2019
Lex Voight

It’s already been a week and Beachlife Fest feels like its only barely wrapped up. The beach-set California culture festival spanned three days of incredible artists and surprisingly incredible amenities, but the clear and inarguable highlight of the entire weekend was Willie.
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La Dispute/Gouge Away at the Regent

Panorama opens at the Regent

Lex Voight

La Dispute touched down the other week at the Regent, bringing their brand of literary post-hardcore to a sold-out show. I have seen the band countless times over the years, but each time they bring their absolute a-game, weaving their complex, compassionate narratives with a fervor live. At the Regent they played to a fully immersed audience; longtime fans who’s rapturous attention was carried away as much by songs from their recent full length Panorama as from their oldest releases.
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Knocked Loose/Harms Way/Acacia Strain at SOMA

and you thought Game of Thrones was heavy.

April 30th, 2019
Lex Voight

On the heaviest stacked tour of the very early summer so far, current scene darlings Knocked Loose headed a bill of hardcore’s hardest bands including Harms Way, The Acacia Strain, Sanction, Higher Power, and Absence of Mine. Check out the photos after the jump (obtained from a safe distance, gratefully)
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Snapcase @ the Observatory

A night of unlearning

January 20th, 2019
Lex Voight

With the number of times I can call a band “legendary,” one might think that the hardcore scene is nothing but legends. But here again, is the monicker accurate for the Buffalo hardcore stalwarts Snapcase. Gather together a large group of the bands who have influenced the most recent crop–your Converges, your Modern Life is Wars, your Have Hearts–and ask them the bands that influenced them. Nine times out of ten, Snapcase would be name dropped. The Victory band’s Lookingglassself and Progression Through Unlearning are seminal hardcore touchstones–eternal classics that cemented their legacy in the hardcore hall of legends. This was hardcore approached in a new way–angular, intelligent but lacking none of the brutality of their peers. This was a new way of doing things that created a sea change in the scene at the time and spread their influence beyond the confines of the genre.
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Emma Ruth Rundle at The Echo

Dark and dreamy and just right

December 18th, 2018
Lex Voight

Living in the modern world can be a horror. War, famine, disease, corruption, impending economic and environmental disaster, technological dissociation…its all there. But music and art have continued to proliferate at such an exponential rate that we are getting some of the best songs ever written at an increasing rate. As genre’s twist and co-mingle and meld, we are getting genres like “gothic americana” and “dark folk” that somehow also manage to rub up against drone and doom.
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