Show Review: Migos @ The Novo

Star-studded special guests take the stage

January 21st, 2017
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review

Atlanta’s very own hip-hop trio Migos performed to a sold-out venue at The Novo on Wednesday. The group’s rappers Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset had fans lit off their number one single “Bad and Boujee” from their upcoming sophomore album Culture, releasing January 27th.
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Show Review: Islands @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

10th anniversary show of 2006’s Return to the Sea

December 8th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review

Considering the cemetery setting, there was a quite a bit of festivity in the air Friday night at Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge where Islands appeared to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of their first album, Return to the Sea. Given Islands’ birth in LA, many friendly characters in the crowd, and a “remember when?” themed slide show, there was a high school reunion feeling to the proceedings.
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Show Review: James Vincent McMorrow @ The Wiltern

Irish neo-soul at its finest

December 6th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review

Irish neo-soul. Cognitive dissonance? Sure, but also a reality that was validated when James Vincent McMorrow ended the US tour in support of We Move on Thursday night at The Wiltern.
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Show Review: YG @ The Wiltern

Red Bull Sound Select brings Bompton to LA

Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review

30 Days In LA had the party going for YG at The Wiltern for Day 29. Opening acts Tasha the Amazon and Finding Novyon built the energy with performances of their latest tracks, before YG made a grand entrance and brought out surprise guests DJ Mustard and G-Eazy to join the party.
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Show Review: Mondo Cozmo @ Hotel Cafe

Pop mystique meets Philly scrap and hustle

December 5th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review

Who is Mondo Cozmo?

Despite producing a couple of über catchy songs that wasted no time rising to the ranks of cyclical inclusion in the rarified and coveted air of KCRW’s playlists, Mondo Cozmo (aka Joshua Ostrander) seems enveloped in a certain mystique.
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Show Review: Jhene Aiko @ Avalon Hollywood

Chris Brown, Big Sean, and Vince Staples show up!

November 28th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review

Red Bull’s Sound Select 30 Days in LA set all the vibes for Jhene Aiko’s performance at the Avalon in Hollywood. Swedish-based singer Cherrie warmed up fans with her unique and cultural sound before Chicago singer Eryn Allen Kane brought powerful soul to the stage, her strong presence giving wild energy to a previously mellow crowd.
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Show Review: Sturgill Simpson @ The Wiltern

Sturgill defies genres with honesty and attitude

November 22nd, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review

Sturgill Simpson took to The Wiltern Wednesday for the second show of an impressive two-night stand in support of A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. The performance, much like Simpson’s excellent new concept album cum letter to his newborn son, defied genres with an outlaw’s straightforward, don’t-give-a-shit attitude.
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Show Review: Dej Loaf @ The Regent Theater

30 Days in LA brings Detroit’s finest to LA

November 21st, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review

Red Bull Sound Select brought Dej Loaf to the Regent Theater for day 18 of 30 Days in LA. The Detroit rapper, famous for her song “Try Me,” had special guests come through and turned the place up.
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Show Review: Car Seat Headrest @ Teragram Ballroom

Will Toledo & co. deliver set of acerbic prep punk

Kyle B. Smith
Category: Lead Story, Review

After an Oberstian gestation period of 12 self-released independent albums, Will Toledo’s Car Seat Headrest signed to Matador Records in 2015 and released the widely acclaimed Teens of Denial earlier this year. Last week, Toledo brought his band to Teragram Ballroom as part of the ongoing 30 Days of Music Red Bull Sound Select series.
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Show Review: Haim @ The Fonda Theatre

Triumphant homecoming for LA’s favorite sisters

November 18th, 2016
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review

For sisters Alana, Este, and Danielle Haim, the three years since the release of their critically lauded debut Days Are Gone have been nothing short of a whirlwind. From their BBC Sound of 2013 win to sold-out arena tours with Taylor Swift, these Angelenos have in a comparatively short period of time cultivated an enviably large fanbase, a small fraction of which showed up to fill The Fonda to capacity as part of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in LA.
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