Show Review: Walk the Moon @ The Greek Theatre

Vibrant band’s high-octane set hijacked hips!

August 28th, 2014
Janelle Miranda
Category: Review
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If they were feeling not-so-fresh from a 14-hour music video shoot the day before, Walk the Moon did not show it during Tuesday night’s performance at LA’s Greek Theatre. They joined Youndblood Hawke in support of Panic! At The Disco’s The Gospel Tour, and a kaleidoscope of face paint clearly indicated which fans belonged to them. These Ohio natives know how to throw a dance party, and their heart-pumping performance had everyone on their feet.
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Album Review: The Rentals – Lost In Alphaville

A dirty take on power pop

Gerry Doot
Category: Review
Rentals

From the opening notes of The Rentals’ Lost In Alphaville, I got a sense of pain, celebration, and catharsis. These are clearly pent-up noises that were waiting to break out since the band’s last effort, Resilience, which was primarily instrumental and “mood music” made to support the rebuilding of Japan after the tragic tsunami several years back. Their most recent release before that was 1999′s Seven More Minutes, and after such a scattered past as a group, it was time for The Rentals to reinvent themselves.
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Show Review: We Are Twin @ LA Zoo’s Roaring Nights

Local favorites close out zoo’s summer series

August 27th, 2014
Megan Driscoll
Category: Review
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I hit the LA Zoo Friday night for the final installment of its 2014 Roaring Nights summer nightlife series, and let me tell you, it was a far cry from my experience last year. Apparently, word has gotten around that the zoo is a pretty sweet place to kick it after dark.
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Album Review: Rustie – Green Language

The return of the maximalist Scottish producer

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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Rustie’s last album, Glass Swords, dropped like a glitter bomb back in 2011, thrusting the talented Glaswegian to the front of the pack when it came to glistening, color-saturated takes on dance music. It was also proof that, unlike many of his peers, he could manage a seriously impressive full-length album. It was a triumph that ignited his career. Since then, the stunning double A-side “Slasher/Triadzz,” released on UK dance label Numbers, only served to cement his reputation and significantly increase the anticipation surrounding his second full-length album on Warp Records.
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Soundgarden & Nine Inch Nails @ Hollywood Bowl

An epic evening of rock in Los Angeles

August 26th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Lead Story, Review
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Before I get too deep into this, let me just say that while both bands were great, Nine Inch Nails put on one of the top five performance I have ever seen. This was my first NIN show, and I am so mad at myself for never having shelled out the money for a ticket (which ain’t cheap) to one of their shows before. The group takes the concert experience to the next level of showmanship and intensity, and with Soundgarden sharing the stage, last night was one epic evening of rock at the Hollywood Bowl.
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Show Review: How To Dress Well @ The Echoplex

Positivity all around

Winnie Fan
Category: Review
How To Dress Well at the Echoplex

I’m going to be honest, August has been a hellish month for me, and I did not want to go out the night that How To Dress Well was playing The Echoplex in LA. The thought of taking an entire evening off to do nothing and sleep was very tempting, but Tom Krell was advertising a night of reciprocal positive vibes via his Twitter, and I definitely needed the positivity in my life.
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Show Review: Boiler Room Sessions @ Downtown LA

An old-school block party with a twist

August 25th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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Since its inception in 2010, the Boiler Room Sessions series has been the place to be to witness the more esoteric end of the electronica spectrum. To a younger generation of EDM fans (some of whom seem to believe that EDM started with Daft Punk’s Alive tour), it’s an opportunity to glimpse artists at the forefront of new sounds and movements. The lineup for the latest edition in Los Angeles on Friday night did not disappoint, with a fairly remarkable mix of avant-garde producers, performance artists, and genuine headline names from Warp Records and Lucky Me, not to mention the odd surprise guest.
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Album Review: Pallbearer – Foundations Of Burden

A sophomore slam dunk from the Arkansas metallers

August 22nd, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Pallbearer

Pallbearer is a metal band. Seeing as even in 2014 metal remains a genre generally dismissed by huge swathes of music critics, that alone might be enough to put off some people from paying any attention to the Arkansas quartet. Their music is not metal crossed with something else. It’s not designed to appeal to hipsters or people who don’t normally listen to metal music, but it just might do so anyways. Pallbearer makes slow, ominous doom metal, filled with enormous-sounding guitars that wring every ounce of impact from each note and chord. And it sounds absolutely magnificent, a towering wall of sound refreshingly free of irony or concessions to fashion, instead crafted with sincerity and no little skill.
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Album Review: In The Valley Below – The Belt

Get ready for sensual LA duo’s debut LP

August 20th, 2014
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, Review
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It feels like forever ago since I first laid my ears on Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob and their band In The Valley Below at SXSW 2013, but at long last do I have their debut LP, The Belt, in my possession. I compare this experience to gathering light in an empty lantern. With this LP in my hands (or on my harddrive. Whatever. It’s mine.), I can recapture the memory of that day I was in Austin, when this dark, stereoscopic sound resonated from a stage out on Rainey Street and lifted the hairs right off my arms.
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Tchaikovsky Spectacular w/ Fireworks? Aptly Named.

Or that time I took my dad to a show I covered

Lesley Park
Category: Review
Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Like many good little Korean girls, I had a Korean dad who was really, really, really, ridiculously into classical music and who plopped five-year-old me in front of the piano in what I can only assume was a faint hope that doing so would somehow activate my latent piano prodigy powers. To his chagrin, it didn’t, but for almost a decade of my young life, I spent an hour each day disdainfully perched in front of a shiny, black piano.
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