Show Review: Toro y Moi @ The Fonda Theatre

Chaz Bundick hosts the best dance parties

April 21st, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: Review
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For me, listening to Toro y Moi is generally a pretty quiet affair, so I just assumed that his show at The Fonda Theatre last Thursday would be pretty chill. As it turns out, I missed the mark on that one, but as a consequence, I had a totally different type of fun than I was expecting that night.
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Show Review: Panda Bear @ The Roxy Theatre

Sold-out show in intimate venue mystifies LA

April 20th, 2015
Melissa Karlin
Category: Review
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The crowd gathered at Panda Bear’s show at The Roxy Friday night was not the one I was anticipating. I was expecting artsy folks and grooving people that swayed back and forth as they were enveloped in the electronic and vocal sounds of Noah Lenox. To an extent, this was indeed the case, but the venue also contained the type of audience members normally encountered at a soccer match. People were cheering, chanting, kicking walls, clamoring for more. The crowd went fucking crazy for Noah and his music.
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Review: Arca and Jesse Kanda @ The Masonic Lodge

The visceral arrival of an incredible new talent

April 17th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Arca

When I reviewed Arca’s debut album, Xen, last year, I said that I had never heard anything quite like it. Overall my impression remained that the disorienting effect of the album was easily surpassed by the thrill of hearing something so original. Watching Arca put on a stunning show at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, aided by visuals from long-time collaborator and seemingly symbiotic creative partner Jesse Kanda (whose album cover design for FKA Twigs might be familiar to you), only reaffirmed what I previously thought about the young Venezuelan producer: this is a man whose only touchstone is his own imagination.
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Show Review: Fleetwood Mac @ The Forum

Fleetwood Mac is back

April 16th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Review
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Several of the members who contributed to Fleetwood Mac’s classic albums, including the legendary Rumours, and subsequent commercial success had gone their own way over the years, but after years of separation (and a little animosity), these hit-makers got over their differences and now Fleetwood Mac is back and gigging extensively. If their performance at The Forum Tuesday night is any indication, they may now be even better than ever.
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Show Review: Ratatat @ The Fox Theater

Duo hits Pomona between Coachella weekends

Sean Kramer
Category: Review
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In theory, there’s no good reason why anyone should want to see Ratatat live. Yes, the long-haired production duo has consistently cranked out mesmerizing electronic grooves since the release of their self-titled 2004 album, but those grooves and intricate layers of simplistically effective instrumentation would seem to be better suited for headphones or the dance floor. It’s not exactly typical “band” fare.
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Show Review: A Celebration of Howl @ The Ace Hotel

A true mish-mosh of music, words, and funny people

April 10th, 2015
Melissa Karlin
Category: Review
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The impact of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” in both literary circles and general popular culture is truly unparalleled. It is one of, if not the, most influential and important poems to come out of the Beat Generation of the 1950s, a true counterculture movement in an America that was all about the return to normalcy after the end of World World II.
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Album Review: Lower Dens – Escape From Evil

Baltimore quartet returns with album number three

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Lower Dens

Although Escape From Evil is the third album from Baltimore’s Lower Dens, it’s safe to say that most fans got on board with their breakthrough sophomore album, Nootropics. That effort’s Krautrock rhythms and impeccable sense of structure and restraint created quite the seductive concoction, but its glacial moments of majesty are in stark contrast to the band’s latest work, Escape From Evil, which is disorienting in its commitment to open-hearted pop music with far more straightforward hooks than Lower Dens’ prior work. The replacement of the previous effort’s monochrome art work with the bright colors of the new is a dead giveaway.
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Show Review: The Music of David Lynch @ Ace Hotel

All-star lineup honors the bizarre, iconic auteur

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Review
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The union of music and imagery creates some of the most powerful moments of artistic expression, as evidenced both by filmmakers who use licensed music and those who opt for entirely original compositions. Auteurs such as Cameron Crowe, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, and P.T. Anderson come to mind when considering directors whose soundtracks contribute immensely to the tone and style of their films, but the union between director David Lynch and iconic composer Angelo Badalamenti became an unparalleled artistic partnership that produced some of the most bizarre, beautiful work in film and television.
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Show Review: Maya Jane Coles @ Exchange LA

All hail Queen Maya

April 9th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Review
Maya Jane Coles

After navigating the utter chaos that is the queue going into Exchange LA, I heaved a deep sigh of relief only to promptly have my breath taken away by the insanity that the inside of this club has now become. Floor-to-ceiling screens backed an illuminated DJ booth as wrap-around projections pulsed with fiery visuals in time to the techno-tinged beats thrown down by opener J.Phlip…was I in Vegas or LA?
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Show Review: Arlo Guthrie @ Disney Concert Hall

Folk star unpacks the hits and talks history

Anthony Marks
Category: Review
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Arlo Guthrie is a living legend. Not only is his father, Woody Guthrie, one of the most renown folk artists of the century, Arlo is an incredible performer in his own right. Monday night he stopped by Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of an 18-month North American tour celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the event that inspired his seminal song, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” and though the venue is typically visited by orchestras and big bands, Arlo brought a different vibe to the hall with fast, flying guitar licks, leading into a night of country, blues, and folky rock.
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