Show Review: The Neighbourhood @ The Greek Theatre

Rutherford’s swagger was louder than the synths

July 25th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
The Neighbourhood

Echoing a sentiment I have believed for years, lead vocalist of The Neighbourhood Jesse Rutherford announced to thousands of concertgoers at The Greek Theatre last night that “California is the best place in the entire fucking world.” The packed theater applauded loudly in agreement, a back and forth routine that would be repeated often during the warm Los Angeles summer evening.
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Show Review: Andy Grammer @ House of Blues Anaheim

Artist builds excitement for sophomore album

July 24th, 2014
Janelle Miranda
Category: Review
andy grammer

I have been an admirer of Andy Grammer’s soulful voice for a few years now, and I even had the opportunity to participate in the filming of his music video for “Miss Me” in 2012. Even as an established fan, however, I was a little unsure about his new single, “Back Home,” and didn’t know what to expect from him Friday night at the House of Blues in Anaheim. I am happy to admit that I was wrong to have ever doubted Andy Grammer.
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Backstage at Dada Life’s Dada Land: The Voyage

Words from the de facto Dada Land leaders and more

July 22nd, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Interview, Review
dada life

Held in 2010, the final iteration of the Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles — considered by many to be the incendiary spark that kickstarted the popularity of electronic dance music in the US — marked the EDC debut of a then-relatively unknown act: Dada Life. The duo swiftly went on to set themselves apart from the rest by delivering incomprehensibly energetic sets and generating some the most enthusiastic crowds you’d ever see at a dance music festival with a little help from their calling cards, bananas and champagne. Continue reading…

Show Review: Matisyahu @ Pacific Amphitheatre

High praise for an appreciative performer

July 21st, 2014
Janelle Miranda
Category: Review
Matisyahu

It’s opening weekend at the OC Fair Summer Concert Series, and the crowd is thickening as fans return from a funnel cake run or late comers hurry to find their seats for Matisyahu. I have just arrived and mentally chastised myself for having missed Tribal Seeds’ opening set. I look out at the crowd and see Bob Marley shirts, American flag bandanas, posters with Jewish symbology, and lots and lots of dreadlocks. Families, friends, and couples, both young and old, are ready for some reggae music, and the air smells like waffles and syrup and…other stuff.
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Show Review: A Sunny Day In Glasgow @ Bootleg Hifi

On a moonlit night in Los Angeles…

July 18th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
A Sunny Day In Glasgow

The unusual fact about the recording schedule of the new A Sunny Day In Glasgow album — namely that no two members of the band were ever in the same room in its duration — added something of an extra level of anticipation to their small headline show at the Bootleg Hifi on Wednesday night. Rather than asking, “How are these songs going to sound live?” I found myself wondering whether the band would sound like they hadn’t been in a room together for a while.
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Show Review: The Antlers @ The Troubadour

NY natives play 2nd sold-out show in Los Angeles

July 17th, 2014
Angelica Corona
Category: Review
The Antlers lead

When heading out to see The Antlers live for the first time this Sunday, I was hoping to get answers to two questions: 1) Could an added sensory experience make me love the band more than I already did? and 2) Would their expansive sound translate well live? Each of the band’s songs has enough texture to satisfy listeners through speakers, but the level of respect I have for artists who are able to pour so much into the production of their music on record and carry it to the stages every night is unsurpassed.
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Show Review: Cloud Nothings @ The Roxy Theatre

Newly stripped-down three-piece delivers punch

July 15th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Cloud Nothings

When I first saw Cloud Nothings live at FYF Fest a couple of years ago, I found myself equally impressed and frustrated. Their set revealed hints of something brilliant, but also a level of indulgence and a little sloppiness that perhaps stood as evidence of their relative youth.
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Album Review: Jungle – Self-Titled

A shoo-in for 2014′s top albums of the year lists!

July 8th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Lead Story, Review
Jungle

When Jungle’s debut EP was released late last year, it was clear the group was something special. Featuring simple but groovy rhythms that bounce from track to track and layers thicker than the crust of the Earth, each song on the EP is an instant dance party.
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Show Review: Robyn and Royksopp @ Hollywood Bowl

Serious value for money at the Hollywood Bowl

July 3rd, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Lead Story, Review
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In one corner you have Robyn, the Swedish pop star who shunned major label support to create her own brand of electro-pop, only for the world to sit up and take notice anyway. In the other corner you have Röyksopp, the shape-shifting Norwegian electronic duo that can now boast over a decade in the limelight since the release of their debut album, Melody A.M.

Do you go for a) Robyn, b) Röyksopp, or c) Both? At the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday a sellout crowd was treated to a massive dance party (on a school night!) that gave us the best possible value for our money, which was option d) All of the above.
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Show Review: Sharon Van Etten @ El Rey Theatre

An endearing performance from a master songwriter

July 2nd, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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After listening to the often harrowing but brilliant Are We There, the new album from Sharon Van Etten, I did not expect to come out of El Rey Theatre after her biggest headline show to date with the word “goofy” stuck in my head. And yet amidst her searing performances of songs from that album, it was her goofiness and relaxed nature that stood out more than anything. Sharon Van Etten has clearly come on leaps and bounds as an entertainer as much a she has as a singer-songwriter.
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