Show Review: Holychild @ The Echo

“Brat pop” act wraps up residency

January 27th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Review

Whenever a band claims to have created a new genre, I’m skeptical, and when I walked into The Echo last night for the final show of Holychild’s month-long residency, that’s how I felt.
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Review: The Lone Bellow – Then Came The Morning

Folk trio explores their gospel, soul influences

January 23rd, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Review

Since my folk favorites The Lone Bellow announced the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed 2013 debut album, I have been waiting with bated breath for their next batch of equally uplifting and heartbreaking tracks. Their sophomore LP, Then Came The Morning, is set for release this Tuesday, January 27th, but I was treated to an advanced listen, and as I let each emotionally-charged track wash over me, it became clear The Lone Bellow’s follow-up album was well worth the wait.
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Album Review: Viet Cong – Viet Cong

An eye-catching debut from the Calgary quartet

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Viet Cong

Formed partly with members from the now-defunct indie band Women, Calgary-based quartet Viet Cong has arrived with a name that suggests conflict and a sound to match. Their EP, Cassette, was released to some acclaim late last year and gave an indication of what they were about. Now a fully-formed debut album is the result of incessant touring and honing of their songwriting skills, and it is a 39-minute rush of emphatic post-punk with experimental flourishes that mark the group as a completely fascinating new entity.
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Album Review: Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

The stunning return of Olympia’s finest

January 21st, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Sleater-Kinney Band Photo

America’s greatest rock band is back. No Cities To Love is Sleater-Kinney’s first album in a decade and the eighth of a remarkable career, yet it burns with the intensity and hunger of a debut.
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Show Review: Rustie @ El Rey Theatre

Scottish producer drives the natives wild

January 20th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Rustie at El Rey

At two separate shows I attended last year (Hudson Mohawke’s downtown warehouse party and FlyLo’s return to the LA stage), Rustie’s explosive “Raptor” provoked one of the biggest energy surges of the night. Even though last year’s Green Language didn’t live up to the dizzying heights of its predecessor, Glass Swords, one of the decade’s most distinctive debut albums, the album featured enough vertiginous high points to suggest that a Rustie live show was a cannot-fail proposition, and those who joined me at El Rey Theatre Friday night sure as hell found that to be the case.
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Until The Ribbon Breaks – A Lesson Unlearnt

Long-anticipated debut out tomorrow, January 20th

January 19th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Review
Until the ribbon Breaks

This review was a long time coming. Given that I spent much of 2014 ranting and raving about Until the Ribbon Breaks (AKA UTRB), it should come as no surprise that when they announced a January 20th release date for their debut album, A Lesson Unlearnt, I did everything in my power to get my grubby little mitts on it ASAP.
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Show Review: The Budos Band @ The Regent Theater

Doom metal act disguised as funk band packs house

Sean Kramer
Category: Review

Context changes everything. If your experience with The Budos Band has been anything like mine, your perception of the group has likely been shaped by a few signifiers.
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Album Review: Circa Survive – Descensus

A new album from the kings of ambient rock

January 16th, 2015
Gerry Doot
Category: Review
circa survive

When Circa Survive started their journey, it was born of immediate struggle and whim. Singer Anthony Green was playing with the band Saosin in Los Angeles. Though it seemed they had some good momentum, Green had other thoughts on his life’s direction. After visiting family and jamming with friend Colin Frangicetto while in his hometown of Philadelphia, Green took a flight back to Los Angeles. However, after experiencing a feeling that he needed to change his course, he never boarded the flight from his layover. Green instead headed back to Philadelphia to rejoin his family and start what would eventually become Circa Survive.
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Album Review: Dr. Dog – Live At A Flamingo Hotel

Killer live show makes for a killer live album

January 15th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Review

Dr. Dog may be a jam band on paper, but see them live and they morph into an entirely different animal. Seven albums after their inception in 1999, the Philly six-piece decided it was finally time to release a live album, and Live At A Flamingo Hotel is guaranteed to bring both fans and skeptics back onto the Dr. Dog bandwagon.
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Album Review: Hanni El Khatib – Moonlight

New record out via Innovative Leisure on Jan. 20th

January 14th, 2015
Angelica Corona
Category: Review
Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib doesn’t have a thing to prove to anyone. He’s past any debut album nerves, blowing people out of the water with When The Guns Come Out. “You Rascal, You” has soundtracked some of your favorite commercials, and “F—k It, You Win” is the best brush-off song a scorned lover could have created.
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