Back To The Future – In Concert @ Hollywood Bowl

30 years later, the film and score still wows

July 3rd, 2015
David Fisch
Category: Review
Hollywood Bowl - Back to the Future 

Photo by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

Thirty years ago today a little film called Back To The Future was released into theaters. It became one of the most successful films of the 1980s both critically and financially, and while it ended up kickstarting a full-fledged franchise, the original film remains a classic: a screenplay filled with mind-bending concepts, visuals that defined “movie magic,” fun action and sci-fi shenanigans, and, most importantly, a big heart.
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Album Review: Son Lux – Bones

Son Lux continues brings narrative to chaos

July 2nd, 2015
Christine Perez
Category: Review
Son Lux

Bones, the latest album from Son Lux, brings post-rock/avant-pop to a cinematic level. Ryan Lott, the great creator of Son Lux and film composer for films Paper Towns and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, has assembled a new lineup for the band (guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang), and together they undertake the arduous task of making sense out of experimental sounds, doing so with the same chaotic precision Lott exhibited on previous Son Lux albums We Are Rising and At War With Walls & Mazes.
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Show Review: Ryan Hemsworth @ Lot 613

Bringing more than Just Rap to LA

Winnie Fan
Category: Review
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I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t really attend DJ sets or EDM shows, but when I heard Ryan Hemsworth was stopping by LA on his Just Rap Tour, I knew I had to go. I’ve been following the DJ and producer for years, and here was my chance to see him live. Naturally, I went in with high hopes.
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Show Review: Basement Jaxx @ The Hollywood Bowl

House-meets-big-beat tunes flood The Bowl

July 1st, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Review
Basement Jaxx Hollywood Bowl

The first leg of KCRW’s World Music Festival kicked off with the long-awaited return of electronica legends Underworld, which, if you ask me, was a ballsy move on KCRW’s part that set precipitously high expectations for the rest of the dual-series romp. Lucky for us, those good chaps at KCRW know a thing or two about curating lineups and opted to start off the second series with Underworld’s legendary compatriots Basement Jaxx.
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Show Review: Algiers @ The Echo

Atlanta post-punk trio wows LA

June 30th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Algiers

It may have sneaked under the radar for many, but Algiers has just released one of the year’s most intriguing debuts. The Atlanta trio’s potent fusion of post-punk and gospel music is certain to capture plenty of attention as word spreads, but right now their career is still in an embryonic enough stage for them to be playing a venue as small as The Echo. Based on their passionate and full-blooded performance, one that’s filled with barely contained fury, there’s no way they can stay a well-kept secret for long.
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Show Review: Best Coast @ The Wiltern

A rock & roll homecoming on Wilshire and Western

June 29th, 2015
Melissa Karlin
Category: Review
Best Coast Feature

Listen to any Best Coast record, and you’ll instantly be able to tell that the members hail from LA — you can almost hear the ocean echoing through the canyons and wrapping up and around Balboa Blvd straight into the pink and gold sunset.
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Show Review: Ed Sheeran @ Hollywood Bowl

Sold-out world tour brings mesmerizing show to LA

June 25th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, Review
Ed Sheeran lead

Everyone loves Ed Sheeran. I knew the world-famous pop rock star had universal appeal, but it wasn’t until I sat in the sold-out audience at the massive Hollywood Bowl last night that I realized why. I am now one of the millions of people across the globe this incredibly talented, hardworking star has impressed with his unbelievable one-man-band live show.
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Show Review: Underworld @ The Hollywood Bowl

One of the most anticipated shows of the year

June 24th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review
underworld at hollywood bowl

For those in the know on all things electronic music, Underworld’s Hollywood Bowl stop was easily one of the most anticipated shows of the year. Aside from ranking supremely high on the influence scale amongst other electronic acts, the group, which is legendary for putting on standout live performances, had not been seen in our fair city since 2010.
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Album Review: High On Fire – Luminiferous

The metal veterans strike again

June 23rd, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
high on fire

Forged from the ashes of defunct ’90s stoner metal band Sleep (a band that has since seen a pretty solid resurrection), High On Fire has spent the last 15 years or so putting together one of metal’s most consistent discographies using an irresistible three-man formula. Ex-Sleep guitarist Matt Pike is now front and center of an outfit that has long been at the forefront of groove-ridden, riff-laden metal with an emphasis on sludgy heaviness and mind-warping solos.
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Show Review: The Lone Bellow @ El Rey Theatre

Soulful rock captivates sold out crowd

June 22nd, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
the lone bellow

After selling out their spring tour, my favorite folk rockers The Lone Bellow returned to Los Angeles Tuesday evening for a show at El Rey Theatre. The trio is on a meteoric rise to the top and delivered their signature wall-shaking, goosebump-inducing performance to an older, more seasoned crowd in what felt more like a religious experience than a concert.
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