Festival Review: Taste of Chaos 2016

Nostalgia-fueled event proves emo alive and well

July 20th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, Review
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Last Saturday, fans of emotional rock flocked to San Manuel Amphitheater for a nostalgia-fueled night featuring some of the biggest, most influential bands of the genre in the past decades (including a few from last year’s tour). The annual Taste of Chaos festival’s stellar lineup caused thousands to brave the heat and long lines in the name of screaming lyrics held near and dear to their hearts.
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Show Review: Mitski @ The Echoplex

Mitski is the forest fire, and she is watching it

July 14th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review
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In her 2014 song “Drunk Walk Home,” Mitski spits the lyrics “Fuck you and your money. I’m tired of your money.”

So perhaps it shouldn’t be all that surprising that on the heels of a coveted Pitchfork “Best New Album” review of her fourth LP, Puberty 2, at the ever-hip Echoplex, in music industry ground zero of Los Angeles, the artist also known as Mitski Miyawaki and her band would play a 14-song set that included a mere three tracks from the hyped new album.
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Album Review: ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP

Features from Kanye West, Vince Staples, and more

July 11th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review
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One of those releases Top Dawg’s Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith promised fans earlier this year dropped on Friday — ScHoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP — and the passion the rapper expresses in this 17-track album may very well make it his best work so far. Bonus for fans: in addition to the album, ScHoolboy has also released an accompanying trio of raw short films.
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Festival Review: Sound and Fury 2016

Hardcore fest knocks it out of the park and planet

June 21st, 2016
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story, Review
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Sound and Fury is the perfect showcase for the absolute best of hardcore. I can’t imagine a better snapshot of what is, what was, and what will be huge in the scene. The fest has an uncanny history of picking and choosing the best, brightest, most hopeful, and most influential bands to ever leave their mark on the genre, and 2016’s fest was no different.
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Show Review: Berner @ El Rey Theatre

The Best Thang Smokin’ Tour returns to Cali

Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review
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The Best Thang Smokin’ Tour wrapped up at El Rey Theatre this Friday in the best city, Los Angeles. That’s not to say the vibe was any less energetic than the first show at San Francisco’s Hippie Hill. Berner, Anonymous That Dude, and Kool John were glad to be back in the city that really smokes the best there is. I know that for a fact as smoke filled the red-lit venue where fans crowded into the pit.
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Show Review: Caravan Palace @ The Fonda Theatre

Gypsy-tinged electro swing and Robot Face live

June 14th, 2016
Lesley Park
Category: Review
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Infuse your everyday electro-swing sound with dashes of gypsy, and you get something reminiscent of Parisian septet Caravan Palace. Although bigger in the group’s native France, they’ve been steadily cultivating a legion of loyal Américain fans as evidenced by their nearly sold-out show at The Fonda last week.
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Show Review: The Smokers Club @ The Novo

With a special guest appearance by Wiz Khalifa!

June 9th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review
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The Smokers Club brought a lot of energy and some unexpected surprises to The Novo in LA Live Sunday night. Host Shiest Bubz, creator of the ever-growing podcast “Bubz World,” had the crowd live throughout the event, throwing joints, shirts, and other smoking goodies into the pit.
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Review: Blaze ‘N’ Glory @ San Manuel Amphitheater

Nas, Atmosphere, Dilated Peoples and more

June 7th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review
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Smoke clouds blew strong this Saturday in San Manuel Amphitheater for the Blaze ‘N’ Glory Fest where headliners Nas and Atmosphere brought the hip-hop heads, while Stephan Marley drew in the reggae crowd.
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Review: The Little Mermaid @ The Hollywood Bowl

All-star cast wows in film-to-stage production

June 6th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
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Last weekend, The Hollywood Bowl was transformed into the “Hollywood Fish Bowl” as Disney fans filled the amphitheater for a one-of-a-kind film-to-stage performance of The Little Mermaid, which blended the timeless Disney film and Broadway stage production.
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Show Review: Moderat @ The Fonda Theatre

Zen and the art of tension maintenance

Lesley Park
Category: Review
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To electronic connoisseurs everywhere, Berlin is widely considered a hotbed of some of the genre’s most innovative offerings. Among the most venerated names in the already-illustrious Berlin scene are experimental duo (and sometimes Thom Yorke collaborators) Modeselektor and the ambient techno giant that is Apparat. Combine them, and you get what is arguably one of the most respected electronic “supergroups” around: Moderat.
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