Show Review: Weezer @ The Observatory

Rivers Cuomo and company rekindle their ’90s swag

December 19th, 2014
Sean Kramer
Category: Review

For a long time, being a Weezer fan also meant being a Weezer apologist. While few can argue the impact and alt-pop perfection of the first two albums in the band’s discography, the jury has largely been split on pretty much anything frontman Rivers Cuomo and the gang have brought to the table in roughly the last 15 years — and that’s sort of putting it mildly.
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A Forbidden French Feast With Fake Music Records

Fresh tunes over a foie gras-studded tasting menu

December 9th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Review
Fake Music

Of all the smoky scents my adventures in music blogging have led me to, never in a million years did I think the decadent aroma of freshly seared foie gras at a multi-course dinner soirée would be among them. And yet there it was, right in front of me and resting atop a bed of butternut squash, ginger, and carrot purée. And there I was on assignment for LA Music Blog and shoveling this morsel of illegally delicious cholesterol down my throat.
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Show Review: Angel Olsen @ El Rey Theatre

Sold-out show opened by Kevin Morby

December 8th, 2014
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Review
Angel Olsen at El Rey

First I want to say that Angel Olsen’s set at El Rey Theatre Thursday was packed with her usual dose of charm, magnetism, and witty asides, ensuring that everyone in the audience would immediately fall in love with her. Gauging by the crowd’s reactions, which included overheard murmurings of “I just love her” or “she’s so cute,” it was obvious that she had the audience fully mesmerized by her seemingly effortless charisma.
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Show Review: Jamie T @ The Roxy Theatre

Brit makes first LA appearance in seven years

December 5th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Review
Jamie T at The Roxy lead

My love for Jamie T is well-documented here at LA Music Blog, so when the Brit singer-songwriter announced a rare handful of dates in the States back in September, I knew immediately that I had to make it out to his show at The Roxy. What I didn’t know at the time was that I’d get hit in late-November with a flu so bad it would have me laid up for weeks.
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Show Review: Defeat The Low Gets Rowdy At The Roxy

Rise Records CEO roughs the tour life with band

Alice Carson
Category: Interview, Review
Defeat The Low

This Tuesday, the Sacramento-born hardcore princes in Dance Gavin Dance headlined the Rise Records tour at the infamous Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood. The tour bill also included other members of the Rise Records roster, including Secrets and Alive Like Me, and opening the show was Defeat The Low, a band founded by the label’s CEO, Craig Ericson, who plays guitar, writes, and performs with the Portland group, all while controlling his powerhouse post-hardcore label.
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Show Review: Alesso @ Shrine Expo Hall

Swedish DJ/producer brings a dance party to LA

December 3rd, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
alesso at the shrine

On Saturday, November 23rd, USC and UCLA took their bitter rivalry to the football field, and USC lost 38-20. Luckily, that evening one of the top EDM producer in the country, Alesso, descended upon the nearby Shrine Expo Hall, bringing with him pyrotechnics, multi-colored laser light shows, and expertly crafted progressive house music, turning USC’s mourning into a giant dance party.
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Show Review: Chet Faker @ Mack Sennett Studios

Final weekend of Red Bull’s 30 Days in LA series

December 2nd, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Review
chet faker

Red Bull Sound Select brought an impressive lineup to Los Angeles with their 30 Days in LA series last month — from Death From Above 1979 to A$AP Mob to The Head & The Heart to Courtney Barnett — and Day 29 featured some amazing talent as well.
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Show Review: Shy Girls @ Park Plaza Hotel

Shy Girls seduces at Park Plaza Hotel

December 1st, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Review
shy girls_head

Shy Girls, aka Dan Vidmar, makes music that fits right in with the new wave of R&B, and he’s got the mysterious persona to match his music. When he hit the stage at the Park Plaza Hotel last Sunday night, the crowd was practically nonexistent and those who were in attendance didn’t seem to know who he was, but by the time his set ended, Shy Girls had garnered a very interested audience.
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Show Review: Netsky LIVE! @ El Rey Theatre

Give me sweat, smiles, and drum and bass…

Lesley Park
Category: Review
Netsky Live

The explosive popularity of dubstep and electro house over the last several years has made live drum and bass shows an increasingly rare commodity. Lucky for us, 25-year-old Belgian producer Netsky (pronounced net-sky) has been valiantly fighting the good fight with his newish live project, the aptly named Netsky LIVE!, which features percussionist Michael Schack, keyboard wizard BABL, hypeman Script MC, and, of course, Netsky himself.
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Album Review: Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers

The Manchester producer dives deeper into the murk

November 25th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Andy Stott

Andy Stott’s last album, the excellent Luxury Problems released on the Modern Love label, was a breakthrough of sorts for the Manchester-based producer, who had been operating under the radar for the best part of a decade. It was a heady brew of shadowy techno dubbed “knackered-house” due to its low BPM and generally spaced-out vibe, and that album’s follow-up, Faith In Strangers, shares much of its DNA a couple of years later (along with further vocals from Stott’s former piano teacher Alison Skidmore).
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