Festival Recap: Coachella 2015 – Sunday

The whirlwind adventure comes to a close

April 24th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review
Coachella 2015

I always feel a mixed sense of excitement and relief at the start of my final day at Coachella. On the one hand, I’m eager to make the most of my last romp on the polo fields (until next year, anyway). On the other hand, every inch of my body is crying out in protest over the amount of physical exertion I’ve been subjecting it to and is eager for it all to end.
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Album Review: Bosse-De-Nage – All Fours

The year’s most overlooked great album so far

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Bosse-De-Nage

Back in 2012, a couple of up-and-coming Bay Area bands released a split EP. Both acts were of the black-metal-but-not-really variety, using that genre as a jumping-off point for a sound that incorporated a lot of non-traditional elements. Since then, Deafheaven has released its all-conquering crossover masterpiece Sunbather, an album that built on all of the group’s previous work (as well as the progression shown on that split EP) to create something that surpassed everything they’d done previously, Now the band that made the B-side for that EP has done the same thing.
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Festival Recap: Coachella 2015 – Saturday

12 glorious hours of musical variety on day two

April 23rd, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review
Coachella 2015 saturday

Historically, Coachella Saturdays have been my mellower days, but 2015 proved to be the exception as I found myself frantically running through the campgrounds at 11:30 AM trying to make sure I got to the Gobi tent in time for my most anticipated set of the festival (more on that in a bit). I was glad I did as Saturday ended up being one of the most musically diverse days I’ve had in the 7 years I’ve been going to this festival.
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Festival Recap: Coachella 2015 – Friday

Starting Coachella 2015 off with a bang!

April 22nd, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review
Coachella 2015

As the instigator of what has since turned into a rather severe music festival addiction, Coachella has always occupied a special place in my heart. Oh sure, there’s a lot to contend with — sweltering heat, occasional dust storms, obscenely long lines for Freshers Soft Frozen Lemonade at 3PM — but this desert festival has a knack for churning out some of the most diverse lineups in the world.
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Album Review: Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp

A jump to Merge Records for the singer-songwriter

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Waxahatchee by Jesse Riggins

A couple of years ago I felt a twinge of sympathy watching Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) during an afternoon slot at FYF Fest. On the one hand, that kind of audience exposure is a no-brainer for an artist of her size, but at the same time, I got the sense that the setting did her no favors. I wondered if, despite the strength of her second LP, Cerulean Salt, she was destined to fade into obscurity as another talented-but-under-appreciated singer-songwriter.
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Show Review: Toro y Moi @ The Fonda Theatre

Chaz Bundick hosts the best dance parties

April 21st, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: Review
toro y moi

For me, listening to Toro y Moi is generally a pretty quiet affair, so I just assumed that his show at The Fonda Theatre last Thursday would be pretty chill. As it turns out, I missed the mark on that one, but as a consequence, I had a totally different type of fun than I was expecting that night.
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Show Review: Panda Bear @ The Roxy Theatre

Sold-out show in intimate venue mystifies LA

April 20th, 2015
Melissa Karlin
Category: Review
Panda Bear_1

The crowd gathered at Panda Bear’s show at The Roxy Friday night was not the one I was anticipating. I was expecting artsy folks and grooving people that swayed back and forth as they were enveloped in the electronic and vocal sounds of Noah Lenox. To an extent, this was indeed the case, but the venue also contained the type of audience members normally encountered at a soccer match. People were cheering, chanting, kicking walls, clamoring for more. The crowd went fucking crazy for Noah and his music.
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Review: Arca and Jesse Kanda @ The Masonic Lodge

The visceral arrival of an incredible new talent

April 17th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Arca

When I reviewed Arca’s debut album, Xen, last year, I said that I had never heard anything quite like it. Overall my impression remained that the disorienting effect of the album was easily surpassed by the thrill of hearing something so original. Watching Arca put on a stunning show at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, aided by visuals from long-time collaborator and seemingly symbiotic creative partner Jesse Kanda (whose album cover design for FKA Twigs might be familiar to you), only reaffirmed what I previously thought about the young Venezuelan producer: this is a man whose only touchstone is his own imagination.
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Show Review: Fleetwood Mac @ The Forum

Fleetwood Mac is back

April 16th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Review
Fleetwood Mac lead

Several of the members who contributed to Fleetwood Mac’s classic albums, including the legendary Rumours, and subsequent commercial success had gone their own way over the years, but after years of separation (and a little animosity), these hit-makers got over their differences and now Fleetwood Mac is back and gigging extensively. If their performance at The Forum Tuesday night is any indication, they may now be even better than ever.
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Show Review: Ratatat @ The Fox Theater

Duo hits Pomona between Coachella weekends

Sean Kramer
Category: Review
ratatat

In theory, there’s no good reason why anyone should want to see Ratatat live. Yes, the long-haired production duo has consistently cranked out mesmerizing electronic grooves since the release of their self-titled 2004 album, but those grooves and intricate layers of simplistically effective instrumentation would seem to be better suited for headphones or the dance floor. It’s not exactly typical “band” fare.
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