Show Review: Charles Bradley @ Santa Monica Pier

KCRW Summer Nights coming to a close!

September 19th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Review
Charles Bradley

Last Thursday night the Santa Monica Pier was crowded and electric with anticipation for one of the last shows of the KCRW Summer Nights series. All races and cultures were on hand to see Charles Bradley, a classic soul artist whose music can transcend demographics to appeal to all audiences.
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Album Review: She Keeps Bees – Eight Houses

Duo’s strongest work yet

September 18th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Review
She Keeps Bees

While listening to Eight Houses, I tried to pick some standout tracks and found myself stuck. They’re all standout tracks. As a whole, the album is beautiful and delicate, but also ferocious in its honesty, exhibiting complexity and finesse without compromising its often-brutal emotional punches. It’s a testament to the talent of She Keeps Bees, and as of right now, it’s a serious contender for my favorite album of the year.
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Show Review: Carnivores Tour @ The Hollywood Bowl

Thirty Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park rock Bowl

September 17th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
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Thousands of rock fans packed the Hollywood Bowl Monday night despite the sweltering Hollywood heat. The Carnivores Tour was taking over Los Angeles that evening, bringing Thirty Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park, two of the biggest rock bands in the country, and their visceral, dramatic shows to LA fans. Although the headliners had to deal with soaring temperatures and venue-enforced time restrictions, both groups delivered over-the-top performances that rocked Los Angeles, a city both groups cited as launching their careers.
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Show Review: The Simpsons Take The Bowl

A star-studded extravaganza at the Hollywood Bowl

September 16th, 2014
David Fisch
Category: Review
Simpsons Take The Bowl

As it’s the longest-running sitcom in television history, you may think there isn’t anything new to say about The Simpsons. I’m older than the show by one year, so I really don’t even know what life is like without Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson, but I never grow tired of the show and reference it often (sometimes even when the situation doesn’t call for it).
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My First EDM Festival: Nocturnal Wonderland

Insomniac fest expands my musical world!

September 10th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, Review
Nocturnal Wonderland

I have written for years about the power of live music, especially when it comes to fist-thrusting choruses and heartfelt crowd sing-alongs.  While several LAmb staffers (Lesley Park, Marcus Slater, Twila Grissom…) have been covering EDM in Los Angeles for a while now, this past weekend’s Nocturnal Wonderland marked my first time dipping my toe in the pool of trip-hop, trance, techno, and so much more.
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Show Review: She Keeps Bees @ The Satellite

An awesome night of soulful rock!

September 9th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Review
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If I learned anything from seeing She Keeps Bees at The Satellite this past Saturday, it’s this: they know how to rock. The band has come a long way from their home-recorded, self-released records, and it shows. I loved their first two albums, Minisink Hotel (2006) and Nests (2008), but I was blown away this weekend by how much fuller their newer songs sound. Everything about their show was spot on. My only complaint is that their set was too short.
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Album Review: Delta Spirit – Into The Wide

CA/NY/TX natives release 4th album September 9th!

September 8th, 2014
Angelica Corona
Category: Review
Delta Spirit

West Coast natives Delta Spirit’s California roots permeate their music. They’re in the song titles and the all-American, sun-drenched sound, so knowing that the group wrote their fourth full-length album in a windowless room in Brooklyn had me wondering if Into the Wide would be noticeably different from its predecessors. The band had been teasing the new album for weeks with 15-second previews of each song, and after months of waiting, I was very excited to finally hear it in its entirety.
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Album Review: Banks – Goddess

LA’s “Artist To Watch” releases her debut LP

David Fisch
Category: Review
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Our very own Marcus Slater commented on fellow Angeleno Banks’ London EP last year when it was awarded a spot on of our Top EPs of 2013 list: “Sexy music with a bite. What’s not to like?”
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Album Review: Blonde Redhead – Barragan

Acclaimed trio releases ninth studio album

September 5th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Review
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When Blonde Redhead released 23 in 2007, it earned a ton of buzz from the industry. For me, it was love at first listen. I was entranced by the lush soundscapes and unabashed weirdness of 23 and soon found myself working my way backwards through the band’s very solid discography.
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Album Review: The Bug – Angels And Devils

Follow-up to London Zoo is equally startling

September 4th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
the bug

Following up a great album is difficult for any artist, but in the constantly shifting sands of UK electronica, it becomes even more so.
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