Show Review: Atmosphere @ The Shrine

Rhymesayers bring the hip-hop heads together again

September 27th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review
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After releasing Fishing Blues earlier this year, Atmosphere hit the road for their Freshwater Fly Fishermen Tour, and this Saturday hip-hop fans took over The Shrine when the group and their many special guests, including Dilated Peoples, Brother Ali, Aesop Rock, and more, stopped by.
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Review: St. Paul & the Broken Bones @ The Wiltern

If Paul Janeway is wrong, I don’t want to be right

September 26th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review
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Straight outta Birmingham, Alabama, and armed with new material, St. Paul & The Broken Bones held court Tuesday night at The Wiltern with a set that evidenced an evolution from the raw, excited throwback tone of their first album, 2014’s Half the City, to a more pensive and experimental flavor on new LP Sea of Noise.
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Show Review: The Avett Brothers @ Apogee Studios

Hillbillies in a world of electronic music

September 22nd, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review
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Knee-deep into a string of fall tour dates in support of the June release of True Sadness, The Avett Brothers stopped by Santa Monica’s Apogee Studios Monday night to tape a hybrid performance/interview for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.
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Festival Review: KAABOO Del Mar 2016

KAABOO delivers…for the most part

September 21st, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: Review
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Last week, I let you in on the annual KAABOO festival, purporting itself to be the answer to all festival woes. Well, I came, I saw, I got mildly sunburnt…but did KAABOO hold up its promises to be “for music lovers by music lovers” and without the usual grit and grime of a typical festival?
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Show Review: Brainfeeder @ The Hollywood Bowl

Flying Lotus and crew get weird under the stars

Sean Kramer
Category: Review
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Just a few short years ago, the idea of Brainfeeder hosting an event at the Hollywood Bowl would have seemed far-fetched, to put it mildly. The Los Angeles-based record label/music collective has built its reputation on representing some truly off-kilter, left-of-center electronic/hip-hop music.
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Show Review: Cass McCombs @ The Teragram Ballroom

The indie minstrel soothes jangled nerves

September 20th, 2016
David Fisch
Category: Review
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In my mind, Cass McCombs is indie music’s prolific minstrel, whistling away as he ages in an era in which he doesn’t seem to belong. The sentiment is felt by many a listener like myself, and so we follow him on his path to…somewhere. It’s a destination that seems to be better than where we are now, and McCombs, at the ready, bellows his fractured musings about life with grace, bringing together roots rock and a menagerie of other genres on Mangy Love, his debut on the Anti- Records label and best album release yet.
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Show Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band @ The Orpheum

The Trucks came out swinging (as usual)

Anthony Marks
Category: Review
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How can you go wrong with Southern rock that really jams? You really can’t, which means you really can’t go wrong when you decide to see Tedeschi Trucks Band live. Fans were gifted two sets by the group at The Orpheum Theater Saturday night, meaning we got to enjoy nearly four hours of sultry soul.
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Festival Review: FYF Fest 2016

Festival keeps getting better with age

September 19th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: Review
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While 2016 marked my first year attending FYF Fest in Exposition Park, the fest has been around for awhile and it definitely showed in the planning and execution. While I’ve attended festivals meant to elicit a transformation in its attendees, I can’t think of a festival that has transformed itself as much as “F*@# Yeah Festival” has in the past 13 years.
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Show Review: Local Natives @ The Greek Theatre

Natives stumble, opener steals the show

Kyle B. Smith
Category: Lead Story, Review
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Friday evening at The Greek Theatre, Orange County-born and Silver Lake-bred act Local Natives played a homecoming gig true to their name. The band is on tour in support of its third album, Sunlit Youth, a well-put together LP that evidences sonic re-routing from their previous releases.
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Release Of The Week: Taking Back Sunday-Tidal Wave

Legendary alt-rock band takes Americana turn

September 16th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
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Long Island legends Taking Back Sunday are one of the hardest working, most innovative alternative-rock bands in the scene today. While some may think the group peaked in the early 2000s, frozen in time during emo’s heydey, the band is as passionate, driven, and experimental as ever.
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