Festival Recap: Coachella 2016

Helping ease the FOMO one reader at a time

May 2nd, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: Lead Story, Review
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It’s been a week since I was dancing my days away in the desert of Indio, CA, and to fill that hipster-shaped hole in my heart that its absence has created, I want to share my Coachella weekend fun and playlist.
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Show Review: Flatbush ZOMBiES @ The Fonda Theatre

Surprise guests: A$AP Rocky & The Underachievers

April 29th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review
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Flatbush ZOMBiES performed to a wild crowd this Wednesday at The Fonda Theatre where day one fans filled the venue and rocked out to the group’s latest album, 3001: A Laced Odyssey. Although they released the album through their independent record label, The Glorious Dead Records, it sold over 28,000 copies and debuted at number 10 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The crowd knew all the words to almost every song, proving that Flatbush ZOMBiES’ message of open mindedness has resonated with fans for years.
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Show Review: Weezer @ The Troubadour

Band celebrates release of The White Album in LA

Sean Kramer
Category: Review
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The creative renaissance of Weezer’s latter-day career continues to go strong, with the release of their solid, maybe-conceptual eponymous record The White Album proving that their last record/return-to-form, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, was no fluke. It’s a pretty great time to be a Weezer fan, and this past week was a particularly great time to be a Weezer fan in Los Angeles as the band played an intimate show at The Troubadour before venturing off on a nationwide trek with Panic! At The Disco later this summer.
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Show Review: Parov Stelar @ The Novo

An explosive evening of eclectic electro swing

April 28th, 2016
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review
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Although you’d be hard-pressed to find venues in the city more achingly modern than the two housed in the LA Live Complex, the 1920s and 1930s were alive and kicking at The Novo on Saturday night. The modernity of seductive ambient LED lighting fading seamlessly from blue to purple contrasted starkly with the flapper girls and suspendered gents rocking their best newsboy caps. But for how mismatched the whole scene might have appeared at first glance, it was perfectly fitting given the night’s billing.
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Album Review: Justin Martin – Hello Clouds

Pizza lover Justin Martin gives you The Feels!

April 25th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: Review
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Have you ever had the chance to watch a storm be born? If you dare to look up and watch, you can pick a small cloud and watch as it gets blown about, growing from a wisp into a full-blown thundercloud in a span of minutes. That’s what it feels like to listen to Justin Martin’s sophomore album, Hello Clouds — like watching something great being birthed.
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Show Review: BADBADNOTGOOD @ The Roxy Theatre

Virtuoso Canadian group gracefully blows minds

David Fisch
Category: Review
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Last weekend and this past weekend, hordes of music lovers flocked to the Empire Polo Club for another round of Coachella madness. If you were amongst the sea of people in Indio, I hope you made it a priority to visit the Gobi Tent to pick up a dosage of BADBADNOTGOOD, the Canadian improvisational jazz/prog-rock/hip-hop instrumental trio (now quartet) that delivers the most heart-pounding live performance you’re likely to witness in the (relatively) little time you have on Earth.
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Recap: Berner Presents Hippie Hill 2016

Welcome to hippie heaven on Earth

April 22nd, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review
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Self-made rapper and CEO Berner brought Golden Gate Park’s Hippie Hill to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for an epic 420 celebration on Wednesday. At the foot of the infamous Haight St., visitors from across the globe were greeted with peace and positive vibes accompanied by edible space cakes and pre-rolls for sale. Hundreds of booths advocated for marijuana legalization, and everyone came together to celebrate unity and love.
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A Germaphobe’s Guide To Surviving Coachella

Keep anxiety at bay while at your favorite fest

April 21st, 2016
Lindsey Arnold
Category: Lead Story, Review
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As Coachella Weekend One lives on in legendary fashion and Weekend Two looms around the corner, dozens of news sources are reviewing the best of the bands, musical guests, and celebrity sightings at the fest. However, little content offers insight on the festival beyond its obvious musical glory. Coachella can be a potential nightmare if you’re an anxious germaphobe and don’t take certain precautions.
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Show Review: The Rocket Summer @ The Troubadour

Zoetic tour brings piano and alt rock to WeHo

April 18th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
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The last time I spoke with Bryce Avary, better known by his moniker The Rocket Summer, he was itching to get out on tour. He had spent the past year in a house in the Canyons, writing, recording, and producing The Rocket Summer’s sixth album, Zoetic, solo. This multi-talented artist kicked off 2016 with his nationwide Zoetic tour, which ended its first leg — where else? — here in Los Angeles Tuesday evening at The Troubadour.
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Celebrating SXSW’s 30th Anniversary In Austin

Miike Snow, MSTRKRFT, Third Eye Blind, and more!

April 13th, 2016
Twila Grissom
Category: Review
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The first night of SXSW Music brings with it a noticeable shift in the air from the prior days of Tech/Film. The streets are packed and the city is vibrating with energy. Lights and colors swirl around attendees, and there’s excitement and music coming from every direction.
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