Show Review: TV On The Radio @ The Fonda Theatre

Indie rockers kick off two-day stop in LA

October 24th, 2014
David Fisch
Category: Review
TV On The Radio_featured

When TV On The Radio announces an album, it’s a pretty big deal, but between 2011’s Nine Types of Light and this year’s forthcoming Seeds, the Brooklyn-bred indie-rock band has been releasing plenty of one-off singles and collaborative efforts. This constant stream of new music shifts each tour performance ever-so-slightly, leaving any fan of the band (such as myself) feeling like they’re celebrating Christmas morning anytime the group’s name is brought up in casual conversation.
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Show Review: Banks @ The Wiltern

One of two stunning sold-out nights at The Wiltern

October 23rd, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Review
Banks at the Wiltern

If ever there was a time to describe an artist’s heart-stoppingly fast rise to the top as “meteoric,” it would be now. The artist in question is, of course, none other than doe-eyed Angeleno (and fellow Trojan) Jillian Banks who, for artistic purposes, goes by her last name (much to the confusion of Google). Her first official single was released only last year and was followed up by an EP, a second EP, a touring stint with The Weeknd, a feature in a Victoria’s Secret commercial, and a fresh-off-the-presses debut album, Goddess.

Not bad for a 26 year old.
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Review: Iceage – Plowing Into The Field Of Love

Danish punks make a deeply impressive U-turn

October 22nd, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
iceage

When Iceage released its excellent sophomore album, You’re Nothing, in February of last year, I noted that “Morals” was the album’s most incongruous song on what was otherwise an extremely convincing post-hardcore record. Little did I know at the time that “Morals” would actually be a portent of what was to come.
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Album Review: Bully – Bully EP

Impressive EP from punk-influenced garage rockers

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Review
Bully

Nashville’s fuzz-pop foursome Bully is energetic, fast-paced, foot-stomping fun that puts a fresh spin on ’90s grunge. Emerging onto the scene just a few years ago, the band, led by former audio engineer Alicia Bognanno, is reminiscent of The Breeders if Best Coast had written their lyrics. Still, Bully feels like it has something new to offer thanks to Bognanno’s fervent vocals and the low-fi, discordant instrumentals that guarantee they will never be classified as just another pop-punk band.
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Show Review: Safe In Sound @ Hollywood Palladium

Mindblowing festival graces the City of Angels

October 20th, 2014
Alice Carson
Category: Review
Safe In Sound Festival

On any Saturday night in Hollywood, music lovers have at least a dozen enticing opportunities to bask in the exhilaration of a live show. From hip hop to rock and roll, the bars and clubs of Hollywood will satisfy the needs of any type of music fan, and choosing the one event to attend sometimes proves harder than selecting the perfect outfit to wear to the to-be-determined occasion.
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Album Review: Jessie Ware – Tough Love

UK singer/songwriter returns after stellar debut

David Fisch
Category: Review
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Most of us have experienced some form of heartbreak in our lives, and aside from time, music is the next best way to get over it. Jessie Ware’s music, specifically, seems designed to help bring peace to a shattered heart.
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Show Review: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

SoCo frontman brings new project to The Fonda

Mary Bonney
Category: Review
Andrew McMahon

I owe a lot to Andrew McMahon. When I first saw him in 2006 fronting Something Corporate at a small nightclub in Washington, D.C., I knew I’d be forever changed. That night began my long love affair with piano rock and screaming my lungs out to McMahon’s emotional lyrics (see Something Corporate’s “Konstantine,” “Punk Rock Princess,” or “Hurricane”).
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Show Review: SBTRKT @ The Belasco Theater

UK electronic/DJ project lands in LA

October 17th, 2014
David Fisch
Category: Review
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In hindsight, 2011 was a major year for artistic elusiveness, and three acts in particular seemed to have cropped up out of nowhere. Death Grips appeared out of the blue when they dropped a mixtape and exploded the definition of rap. Shabazz Palaces was the so-called “first hip-hop act” on SubPop Records, but that didn’t really help listeners figure out their devilishly majestic take on the genre. Lastly, SBTRKT, a man behind a mask with an arsenal of star-powered guest turns in front of seasoned post-dubstep and excellent production, hit us from across the Atlantic.
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Album Review: Flying Lotus – You’re Dead

LA’s most exciting musician does it again

October 16th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus has spent a good half decade now confounding expectations by taking huge leaps in sound, from the dazzling instrumental hip hop of Los Angeles, through the space-bound, jazz-inflected chaos of Cosmogramma, through to the more considered and comparatively stripped-down majesty of Until The Quiet Comes.
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Show Review: Chromeo @ The Shrine Expo Hall

Funk-a-delic Fancy Footwork abound

October 15th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Review
Chromeo at the Shrine

It’s pretty hard to dislike funk maestros Chromeo. Sure, they’re not exactly crafting the most poignant, philosophical lyrics, but fuck it. They’re fun. You’d be hard-pressed to find a band that’s enjoying themselves on stage more than these two, and their infectious melodies are capable of making even the shyest person two-step. 
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