Album Review: In The Valley Below – The Belt

Get ready for sensual LA duo’s debut LP

August 20th, 2014
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, Review
in the valley below

It feels like forever ago since I first laid my ears on Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob and their band In The Valley Below at SXSW 2013, but at long last do I have their debut LP, The Belt, in my possession. I compare this experience to gathering light in an empty lantern. With this LP in my hands (or on my harddrive. Whatever. It’s mine.), I can recapture the memory of that day I was in Austin, when this dark, stereoscopic sound resonated from a stage out on Rainey Street and lifted the hairs right off my arms.
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Tchaikovsky Spectacular w/ Fireworks? Aptly Named.

Or that time I took my dad to a show I covered

Lesley Park
Category: Review
Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Like many good little Korean girls, I had a Korean dad who was really, really, really, ridiculously into classical music and who plopped five-year-old me in front of the piano in what I can only assume was a faint hope that doing so would somehow activate my latent piano prodigy powers. To his chagrin, it didn’t, but for almost a decade of my young life, I spent an hour each day disdainfully perched in front of a shiny, black piano.
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Show Review: Superchunk @ The Center for the Arts

Pogo time down in Eagle Rock

August 19th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Superchunk

In his day job as record label owner, Mac McCaughan has had a great year. His label, Merge Records, founded in 1989 with Laura Ballance, has just celebrated its 25th anniversary in some style, with a series of anniversary shows and releases. One of the label’s bands, Arcade Fire, has just come off the back headlining Coachella and Glastonbury, while another act, Caribou, has seen anticipation for his new album on Merge reach commercial fever pitch. Of course, the label was only started in the first place to release records by McCaughan’s band Superchunk and other albums by friends of theirs.
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Review: Death From Above 1979 @ The Troubadour

Punk duo blows away West Hollywood crowd

August 18th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Death From Above 1979

When Death From Above 1979 broke up back in 2006, their dissolution seemed swift and irrevocable. The unholy marriage had soured to the point that the duo didn’t even speak to one another for five years, and the prospect of a return slowly but surely disappeared into the distance, leaving an EP and a blistering debut album as their brief but memorable legacy.
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Portugal. The Man & Grouplove @ The Greek Theatre

The Honda Civic Tour lights up the night sky

Alice Carson
Category: Review
Portugal The Man by Jordon Loope

Looking up at the night sky while listening to live music should be the eighth Wonder of the World. As the setting sun painted The Greek Theatre in hues of orange and pink, “Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue” filled the air, and John Gurley’s voice gently rocked me into hypnotic bliss. The last bit of sunlight disappeared, and Griffith Park came to life.
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Show Review: NoNoNo @ The Roxy Theatre

Import trio infuse pop with perfect amount of rock

August 15th, 2014
Janelle Miranda
Category: Review
NoNoNo at The Roxy

It had been just shy of a year since I had last stepped foot inside The Roxy. The legendary Hollywood venue is the epitome of intimacy and nonchalance. It’s a place where you can grab a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato, the beer special includes a mystery shot, and you can strike up a conversation with the band after their set. Tuesday night’s marquee with MyPet, Erik Hassle, and NoNoNo promised an exciting lineup for my return to the venue.
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Album Review: FKA Twigs – LP1

For once the hype is justified

August 14th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
FKA Twigs Lead 2

Well, the mystery is over at last. For a while there we had a bit of a “Who Is FKA Twigs?” thing going on, a layer of anonymity to add to the innate mystery of the music that had appeared on last year’s two EPs, which were given the not-so-mysterious names EP1 and EP2. Now we know that FKA Twigs is the stage name of Tahliah Barnett, a 26-year-old English woman who was a backing dancer for Jessie J for a brief period. So now that the brief, mildly diverting subplot of her identity is solved, all we have left is the debut album, again released on Young Turks and named (you guessed it) LP1.
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Show Review: Sara Bareilles @ The Greek Theater

The perfect prescription for heartbreak

Mary Bonney
Category: Review
Sara Bareilles

Last Monday night, I was nursing a broken heart, so I headed to The Greek Theater with my best friend, Kerry, to see my favorite pop pianist, Sara Bareilles. Last summer I saw Bareilles co-headline The Greek, and the soulful singer returned to Los Angeles this week to headline her own Little Black Dress Tour. I knew I was in store for a night of upbeat, sassy send-off songs and painfully emotional ballads with playful commentary in between, and the songstress reassured me that I’m not alone in my heartbreak.
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Show Review: Flume @ Club Nokia

Easily a highlight of 2014!

August 12th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Review
Flume at Club Nokia

“When we were planning our tour, we were planning on doing one Club Nokia. Now we’re doing three Club Nokias,” 22-year-old Harley Edward Streten — better known as Flume — said with a boyish smile while addressing one the most adoring crowds I’ve ever seen in the numerous times I’ve found myself at Club Nokia.
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Show Review: Tinashe @ Sundance NEXT FEST

Bringing big energy to a post-movie crowd!

Winnie Fan
Category: Review
tinashe_header

Going into Sundance NEXT FEST, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The night’s showing was a triple feature of sorts, starting with the debut of Kendrick Lamar’s short film m.A.A.d, moving into the feature-length film Imperial Dreams, and finishing with a musical performance by Los Angeles-based up-and-comer Tinashe. In other words, it was going to be a night dedicated to LA.
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