Show Review: PJ Harvey @ Shrine Expo Hall

A triumphant return to LA after a 5-year hiatus

August 22nd, 2016
Lesley Park
Category: Review
PJ Harvey at the shrine

The last time PJ Harvey was in SoCal, she played a positively electrifying set at the Empire Polo Fields for Coachella 2011, or so I have read. I myself had made the difficult decision to skip her set so I could scope out prime real estate for one of my absolute favorite bands, The Presets. Had I known it would be another five years before she would grace Angelenos with her presence again, I might have reevaluated that decision. Hindsight, you’re such a bitch.
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Festival Review: Eaux Claires 2016

There is something happening up in Wisconsin

August 19th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Lead Story, Review
eaux claires lead

There is something happening up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and it is important. It is important because it is a sign of a vibrancy of life and art that is uncommon, perhaps even flailing, in our time. There has been this call to make America great again. As if it isn’t? If you need reassurance that this country is great, look no further than Eaux Claires.
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Festival Review: Day N Night @ Oak Canyon Ranch

Trap rap, surprise guests, and mosh pits

August 18th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Lead Story, Review
day n night

With one of the sickest hip-hop lineups this year, Day N Night Fest delivered a party for the ages at Oak Canyon Ranch this weekend. Trap rap and hip hop took over Irvine with headliners from A$AP Rocky to YG. However, up-and-coming artists like MadeinTYO and Vic Mensa were all the hype. Fans came from the Bay Area and beyond to indulge in this two-day festival catered to those ready to turn up.
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Festival Review: Splash House – August 2016

Splash and shake off the dog days of summer!

August 17th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: Review
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Southern California summers have an almost endless supply of a handful of things: smog, heat, and pool parties — and if there’s one thing that ’90s rap taught us, it’s that California knows how to party!
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Show Review: Flume @ Shrine Expo Hall

Sensory overload in all the right ways

August 15th, 2016
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review
flume at the shrine

The last time I saw Sydneysider Harley Streten, AKA Flume, he was performing at the first of three sold-out shows at Club Nokia. As I recall stating then, it was easily one of the best shows of 2014, which wasn’t exactly a huge shocker given how much I adored Flume’s wildly successful self-produced, self-titled debut album, but it did cement in my mind the notion that the then-22-year-old darling of electronic music was the real deal.
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Show Review: Jeff Beck @ The Hollywood Bowl

The best of the best proves why he’s best

August 12th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Review
jeff beck

The magic of Jeff Beck is unparalleled, and seeing him live truly justifies the enormous amount of love and respect he’s garnered over the years.
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Show Review: Demrick & DJ Hoppa @ Los Globos

Catch them for their last show this Thursday!

August 10th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review
Demrick

Sunday night, Demrick and DJ Hoppa brought their Stoney Point High tour to LA’s Los Globos, and tomorrow they’ll be wrapping up the tour with a show at Cuban Pete’s in Long Beach. The rapper and producer were glad to be back in California for their last two shows, and opening acts Jahni Denver, Oliver Spitts, and Marley B. gave it up to the duo for letting them tag along for the ride.
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Show Review: Marissa Nadler @ The Echo

Easy on the eyes, heavy on the heart

August 4th, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Review
marissa nadler the echo

So I kinda have a crush on Marissa Nadler. I had never heard her music live before and was completely enchanted by her somber set at The Echo, which, though dimly lit, was encouraging and beautiful.
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Festival Review: Hard Summer 2016

The great, the good, and what needs to be fixed

August 3rd, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: Lead Story, Review
hard summer 2016

HARD Events presented its first festival on December 31, 2007 in Downtown Los Angeles, but even after being in the festival business for almost a decade now, HARD can’t seem to fix the same issues that have plagued the company for years. I had an amazing time at HARD Summer this past weekend, and a part of me wants to just highlight what I loved about it, but I am not going to say that it was without flaws, especially in light of the news of three reported deaths from the two-day festival.
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Show Review: Juliette Lewis @ The Fonda Theatre

I was rocked and rolled

August 1st, 2016
Anthony Marks
Category: Review
juliette lewis by lesley park

Juliette Lewis came out swinging at The Fonda Thursday night, and she never stopped.
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