Review: The Lucent Dossier Experience @ Club Nokia

Pushing the boundaries of music & performance art

February 26th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review
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When a group that has its roots in burner culture is performing at the achingly swank Club Nokia in downtown’s LA Live, you best believe the crowd that’s coming out to witness it all unfold will be an eclectic bunch — Saturday’s set included a mishmash of micro miniskirts and stilettos, plaid-shirted hipsters, and playa-dusted, furry-coat-donning neo-hippies — but when The Lucent Dossier Experience’s troupe of highly skilled fire spinners took the stage, each person in the incredibly diverse crowd had the same enchanted look on his or her face.
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Show Review: Asaf Avidan @ The Mayan

Avidan and his band bring the heat to rainy LA

February 24th, 2015
Melissa Karlin
Category: Review
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It’s not often that I go to show on a Sunday evening, let alone one in Downtown LA on a stormy Oscar night. Rain poured from the sky onto the pavement below as lights flickered like something out of a noir film. As it was Oscar night, I had thought that maybe The Mayan would be quite empty when I arrived, but to my happy surprise, it wasn’t! In fact, I would say the whole venue was packed with those who can only be described as members of the cult of Asaf Avidan.
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Show Review: James Zabiela @ Avalon Hollywood

All DJs definitely DON’T just push play

February 23rd, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Review
James Zabiela

The electronic music scene has gotten a lot of flack lately for uninspired, pre-recorded sets, but dig a little bit beyond the cake-in-yo’-face raucousness of big room EDM and you’ll find yourself immersed in the world of spontaneous luminaries that read the crowd and lovingly craft each evening’s set using an ever-expanding array of spiffy musical tools.
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Show Review: Cursive @ The Echoplex

Celebrating the reissue of The Ugly Organ!

Gerry Doot
Category: Review
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The concept album is a hard thing to really nail as a band. It takes an incredible amount of focus, intent, and passion to create a piece of work that is truly cohesive both musically and conceptually. Cursive is that kind of band.
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Album Review: Jose Gonzalez – Vestiges & Claws

Swedish songwriter’s first solo album in 7 years!

February 20th, 2015
Gerry Doot
Category: Review
Jose Gonzalez

I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but Jose Gonzalez holds a special place in my heart. His acoustic cover of The Knife’s “Heartbeats” is heart-melting, honest, and subtle. When it was released ten years ago, it caught the attention of a surprisingly large audience, and while many hold it dear, no one really knows for sure what it’s about (Love? Abortion?). Whatever its true meaning, the song’s sweet tones spoke to my wife and I so much so that we walked down the aisle to it on our wedding day.
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Sonny & The Sunsets – Talent Night At The Ashram

SF natives unveil new album under Polyvinyl Label

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Review
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Sonny Smith is a storyteller, first and foremost, and although he is approaching his mid-40s, he maintains the wide-eyed wonderment of an adolescent boy. On his new studio release from Polyvinyl Records, Talent Night at the Ashram, he manages to craft fully fleshed out tracks from the most fleeting of moments while incorporating his signature off-kilter, folksy flare.
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Album Review: Mourn – Mourn

Impossibly young Spanish indie kids drop debut

February 18th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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There’s no point in talking about the debut album from Catalonian band Mourn, out this week through Captured Tracks, without talking about youth. It is unavoidable. This is an album recorded by three 18 year olds in collaboration with one younger sister aged 15. Bands who trade in the kind of retro-revivalist sound that these youngsters do (the spirit of the nineties is very much alive on the ten songs present) are usually recalling the bands they grew up with, but it’s worth remembering that all of Mourn’s members were born long after the musicians they emulate had established themselves.
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Show Review: Nylo @ The Lyric Theatre

Nylo returns to the spotlight and brings the goods

February 16th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Review
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Isn’t Friday the 13th supposed to symbolize bad luck and creepy, somewhat-cryptic occurrences? Because the vibe was the total opposite for the dangerously awesome up-and-coming act Nylo, who played her first show in over a year to a packed house at The Lyric Theatre Friday night.
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Show Review: The Dodos @ The Roxy Theatre

San Francisco duo dazzles West Hollywood

Melissa Karlin
Category: Review
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Disclaimer: This is my first time covering a show for LA Music Blog as a writer. I’ve taken photos for fellow writer David Fisch for a few years, and I’ve shot other gigs for friends, but every time I’ve covered a concert it has been as a photographer.
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Show Review: Behemoth @ Santa Ana Observatory

Polish black metal pioneers invade SoCal

February 11th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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The traffic on the I-5 South freeway was horrendous on Saturday. I don’t normally include a traffic report in a concert review, but travelling from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Ana in traffic left me with a distinct feeling of “this had better be worth it,” and what transpired at the show was a lesson in style versus substance.
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