Show Review: Festival Supreme @ Shrine Expo Hall

Comedians! Bands! Carnies!

October 30th, 2014
Sean Kantrowitz
Category: Review
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On a conceptual level, comedy festivals would seem to have all the makings of a recipe for disaster. While all-day, multi-stage music events lend themselves to the communal vibe that comes along with the festival atmosphere, comedy is something of a different beast.
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Show Review: Ben Frost @ Los Globos

A gut-punch transmission into Frost’s world

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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There’s something about artists emerging from Iceland that gets music critics reaching for a particular and peculiar set of descriptors. With some inevitability, it was Sigur Ros’s early work that was described in the most vivid language, with words such as “glacial” constantly attached to descriptions of the band’s work. Perhaps it has something to do with the country’s unique beauty, but nevertheless, it remains a strange geographic tic that music writers cannot seem to resist.
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Festival Recap: Life is Beautiful 2014

It’s official: I have a new favorite festival!

Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review
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Before I begin what’s likely to become a very long wall of text and pictures, I’ll hit you with the three-sentence summary of my review for those of you who’re looking for the Cliff’s Notes: Move over, Coachella. I have a new favorite festival. It’s taken over the place you previously occupied in my heart, and its name is Life is Beautiful.
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Show Review: Gorgon City @ El Rey Theatre

UK duo turns El Rey into a bit of a rave

October 29th, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: Review
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“A UK invasion is happening right now in the electronic music scene, and no one seems to be noticing.” That’s what was on my mind as I sauntered up to El Rey Theatre to see Gorgon City on Saturday night.
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The Flaming Lips and Fwends Cover The Beatles

Is it blasphemy, pure genius, or neither?

October 27th, 2014
David Fisch
Category: Review
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From time to time I’ll escape the Valley for Venice Beach to be one with the ocean. I’ll head over to a local bar to have a drink, and, unsurprisingly, I’ll occasionally hear a cover band performing in a nearby room, usually at a noticeably louder volume than what’s going on in the rest of the place.
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Show Review: TV On The Radio @ The Fonda Theatre

Indie rockers kick off two-day stop in LA

October 24th, 2014
David Fisch
Category: Review
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When TV On The Radio announces an album, it’s a pretty big deal, but between 2011’s Nine Types of Light and this year’s forthcoming Seeds, the Brooklyn-bred indie-rock band has been releasing plenty of one-off singles and collaborative efforts. This constant stream of new music shifts each tour performance ever-so-slightly, leaving any fan of the band (such as myself) feeling like they’re celebrating Christmas morning anytime the group’s name is brought up in casual conversation.
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Show Review: Banks @ The Wiltern

One of two stunning sold-out nights at The Wiltern

October 23rd, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Review
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If ever there was a time to describe an artist’s heart-stoppingly fast rise to the top as “meteoric,” it would be now. The artist in question is, of course, none other than doe-eyed Angeleno (and fellow Trojan) Jillian Banks who, for artistic purposes, goes by her last name (much to the confusion of Google). Her first official single was released only last year and was followed up by an EP, a second EP, a touring stint with The Weeknd, a feature in a Victoria’s Secret commercial, and a fresh-off-the-presses debut album, Goddess.

Not bad for a 26 year old.
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Review: Iceage – Plowing Into The Field Of Love

Danish punks make a deeply impressive U-turn

October 22nd, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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When Iceage released its excellent sophomore album, You’re Nothing, in February of last year, I noted that “Morals” was the album’s most incongruous song on what was otherwise an extremely convincing post-hardcore record. Little did I know at the time that “Morals” would actually be a portent of what was to come.
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Album Review: Bully – Bully EP

Impressive EP from punk-influenced garage rockers

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Review
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Nashville’s fuzz-pop foursome Bully is energetic, fast-paced, foot-stomping fun that puts a fresh spin on ’90s grunge. Emerging onto the scene just a few years ago, the band, led by former audio engineer Alicia Bognanno, is reminiscent of The Breeders if Best Coast had written their lyrics. Still, Bully feels like it has something new to offer thanks to Bognanno’s fervent vocals and the low-fi, discordant instrumentals that guarantee they will never be classified as just another pop-punk band.
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Show Review: Safe In Sound @ Hollywood Palladium

Mindblowing festival graces the City of Angels

October 20th, 2014
Alice Carson
Category: Review
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On any Saturday night in Hollywood, music lovers have at least a dozen enticing opportunities to bask in the exhilaration of a live show. From hip hop to rock and roll, the bars and clubs of Hollywood will satisfy the needs of any type of music fan, and choosing the one event to attend sometimes proves harder than selecting the perfect outfit to wear to the to-be-determined occasion.
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