Album Review: Health – Death Magic

LA noise rockers go rave and have best outing yet

August 3rd, 2015
David Fisch
Category: Review
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LA-based noise rock band HEALTH has returned with their third studio LP in six years (not counting their soundtrack to Max Payne 3 or their remix albums), and that is reason to rejoice. If you could imagine listening to 2013’s phenomenal chokehold-in-the-dark electronic album Excavated by The Haxan Cloak but with the addition of New Order’s post-punk/pop intricacies and Death Grips’ manic penchant for breaking off volume knobs for the ultimate ear bleed, then you’ve got this concoction HEALTH has deemed Death Magic, a hot-blooded rave record that is ready to demolish the rest of this summer and maybe the year.
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Show Review: Say Anything @ The Regent Theater

Homecoming show for emo rock band

July 31st, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
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Emo rock was alive and well this past Tuesday evening at The Regent Theater downtown when Los Angeles’ own Say Anything packed the indie theater with fans ready to accompany Max Bemis and company as they brought their emotionally-charged songs to life. A beautiful string quartet accompanied each rock song through the evening, adding to the full band onstage and highlighting every powerful lyric and high-energy chorus as the crowd members sang along at the top of their lungs.
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Show Review: Jamie XX @ The Echoplex

Standout set from one of 2015’s critical darlings

Lesley Park
Category: Review
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It’s still hard to believe that tickets to Jamie XX’s intimate show at The Echoplex sold out in a mere 30 seconds. Oh sure, his solo debut, In Colour, may very well be the critical darling of 2015, but you’d think that his multiple appearances at numerous festivals this year (Coachella, Hard Summer, and CRSSD) and upcoming solo show at The Shrine this October would have spread out the insane demand for this 26-year-old electronic whiz kid’s live talents.
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Review: Third Eye Blind & Dashboard Confessional

Tour wraps at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater

July 30th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
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Monday night’s co-headlining tour stop at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater was a long time coming for many reasons. Yes, it featured Chris Carrabba reuniting Dashboard Confessional for the first time in five years. And yes, Third Eye Blind was supporting their recently released Dopamine, their first album in six years.
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Show Review: Pokey LaFarge @ The Troubadour

St. Louis showman takes sold-out show back in time

July 28th, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Review
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Time travel is real. Perhaps not in the Back to the Future sense that most people think of when that term is uttered, but in a more subtle and temporary way, traveling back in time is absolutely an attainable and realistic experience. Everyone at Pokey LaFarge’s sold-out show at The Troubadour on Friday can attest to that. With a setlist that largely favored songs off his latest album, this year’s Something in the Water, the folk singer from St. Louis led his six-piece band through an energetic performance that genuinely harkened back to a time nearly 100 years in the past.
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Show Review: Imagine Dragons @ The Forum

Smoke & Mirrors tour brings LA theatrical pop rock

July 27th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
Imagine Dragons

Last Friday night, fans of all ages packed The Forum to see theatrical pop rock at its finest. Imagine Dragons’ Smoke and Mirrors Tour brought a stadium-sized performance to Inglewood with a set filled with upbeat dance anthems and thunderous rock and roll songs.
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Album Review: Tame Impala – Currents

Kevin Parker’s graduation to the big leagues

Jay Chirinos
Category: Lead Story, Review
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I recently re-read my review of Tame Impala’s show at The Fonda Theatre back in 2012 and noticed something of a patronizing tone that I tried but failed to hide. That was mainly due to my bafflement of the reception for Lonerism, a perfectly decent but heavily derivative album that saw its creator Kevin Parker treated as the second coming in the world of psychedelic rock. The judgement struck me as both reductive and misguided, and as I watched the band go through their paces in front of a sold-out crowd, their appeal still evaded me.
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Review: David Gray & Amos Lee @ The Hollywood Bowl

Heartfelt music with LA Philharmonic Orchestra

July 22nd, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
David Gray

Last weekend, Amos Lee and David Gray treated The Hollywood Bowl to back-to-back nights of beautiful music, and I was lucky enough to catch Friday’s performance. As if the summer night under the stars at the historic venue wasn’t beautiful enough, the LA Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied both of the first-class artists, resulting in unforgettable performances by both.
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Review: The Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes

A long-awaited new release from big-beat legends

July 16th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review
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Few acts have a knack for producing consistently stellar albums over the course of two-plus decades, but Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, AKA The Chemical Brothers, can undoubtedly be counted among them. Throughout their seven-album history, they’ve produced some of the most enduring electronic anthems of all time, ranging from the luscious dreamscapes of “Star Guitar” to the brash explosiveness of “Galvanize.” Perhaps most impressively, their songs have a proven track record of holding up stupidly well against the test of time.
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Film Review: Tuff Luck

’80s band that almost made it makes documentary

July 15th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Review
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Monday night, I had the pleasure of attending the Hollywood premiere of the movie Tuff Luck, a documentary about the late-80s band called, yep, you guessed it, Tuff Luck. Band members, roadies, friends, family, and fans were in attendance, and the screening took place at the Vintage Los Feliz Theater, which added a nice, intimate touch to the evening, but the film itself was 97 minutes of nostalgia overcast with a gloomy tone. Not surprising, though. I mean, the movie is about the “band who never made it,” so it’s destined to be a little sad right from the start.
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