Show Review: The 1975 @ The Hollywood Palladium

UK indie-pop group sells out two LA stops

November 24th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
The 1975 at The Palladium

Matt Hayley is drunk. Or maybe the mesmerizing lead singer of The 1975 is just pretending to be as he takes swigs from a bottle of wine onstage, seductively wipes his mouth, and slurs his thanks to the crowd.
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Album Review: Ariel Pink – pom pom

The eccentric lo-fi artist comes through on new LP

November 20th, 2014
David Fisch
Category: Review
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Ariel Pink is one of a very unique class of characters in the music world, specifically those of the vividly experimental, progressive, and incredibly eccentric variety. Not in the way Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips is, per se, but more like Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, whose experimentations with song structure and leaps into multiple genres made you focus more on the attention to instrumental detail and production than the highly satirical and oftentimes hilarious lyrics.
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Review: Diarrhea Planet – Aliens in the Outfield

Nashville rockers release shamelessly fun EP

November 19th, 2014
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Review
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Now that people have finally gotten over Diarrhea Planet’s absurdly vulgar band name, they can focus on how entertaining the group’s music is. The six-piece Nashville band broke onto the scene in 2009, quickly turning heads with their unconventional musical assembly and rowdy live shows. With not one but four guitarists in the mix, their layered guitar riffs and energy-fueled performances give way to a vigorously fun experience.
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Show Review: Flying Lotus @ The Wiltern Theatre

LA favorite brings his strange brew to Koreatown

November 17th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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At some point the burgeoning and constantly fascinating career of Flying Lotus splintered into at least three separate entities. There is Flying Lotus, album artist and creator of a run of four records that’s as good as any you’ll find in this young century. There is Captain Murphy, gravelly voiced rapper and alter ego of the LA producer. And there is also the live incarnation, the one who had to put on a show for a sold-out Wiltern in Koreatown on a Friday night without watering down what has become a truly potent brew of sounds.
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Show Review: Run The Jewels @ The Echoplex

Rap duo explodes LA with guest spots and more

David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, Review
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Peanut butter and jelly. Protons and electrons. El-P and Killer Mike. I have no doubt that the hip-hop collaboration known as Run The Jewels was simply meant to be.
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Show Review: Blonde Redhead @ The Fonda Theatre

Building worlds from layers of sound

Winnie Fan
Category: Review
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Blonde Redhead makes music that is best listened to via a pair of good headphones. Their intricate, complex songs take listeners on a sonic journey that can be difficult to replicate live, but the trio exceeded expectations during their show at The Fonda Theatre Wednesday night. They managed to not just replicate that listening experience, but to add to it, and I left the venue with a new appreciation for their work.
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Album Review: Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways

The Foos take fans on a road trip

November 13th, 2014
Christine Perez
Category: Review
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Sonic Highways marks the Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album and Dave Grohl’s second venture in documentary filmmaking — the eight-part series (currently available on HBO) and the eight-track album (currently found iTunes and everywhere else) ingeniously fuse video and music in a holistic exploration of musical identity. Sonic Highways is part history lesson, part marketing promotional tool, part album. But more than that, it allows Foos aficionados to see this band in a fresh light, and it keeps twenty years worth of rock from going stale.
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Show Review: Hardwell @ The Forum

“I Am Hardwell” world tour comes to LA

November 12th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
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Since becoming a new convert to the church of EDM, I’ve been learning what speaks to me in this religion. I love that DJs share each others’ songs, resulting in a dozen different and equally mesmerizing remixes of one track. I love the supportive community surrounding newbies like me as we navigate the blurred borders of trance, house, dubstep, and so on. But most of all, I love the incredible music, stunning visuals, and positive energy radiating from DJs like Hardwell.
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Album Review: Pink Floyd – The Endless River

The legendary rock group returns after 20 years

David Fisch
Category: Review
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Twenty years after the supposedly “final” Pink Floyd record, 1994’s The Division Bell, there’s a new Pink Floyd record out now. This would typically be something of a joyous occasion, but it’s more so an odd one.
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Show Review: Finch and Maps & Atlases @ The Roxy

Screamo favorites take over the Sunset Strip

Gerry Doot
Category: Review
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When I saw that Finch would be playing at The Roxy with Maps & Atlases, I had a lot of feelings on the subject.
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