Show Review: ††† (Crosses) @ The Roxy

Chino Moreno-fronted act packs famed Sunset club

April 18th, 2014
Mikiel Houser
Category: Review
Crosses at the Roxy

The Roxy is a great venue and tons of great bands have gotten their start there, but it’s not a place where you would expect one of the best vocalists in metal to play on a weeknight. However, that’s exactly what happened when Deftones’ frontman Chino Moreno took the stage with his newest side project, ††† (Crosses), Wednesday night, leading fans to pack the club to a greater extent than I have ever personally experienced.
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Show Review: The Knife @ The Fox Theater

Shaking the Habitual has never felt so good

Marcus Slater
Category: Review
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Going to the see The Knife days before they appeared on stage at Coachella had a few distinct advantages. Mainly, if for some reason they were terrible, I could be a harbinger, a warning to all those hopeful for a enlightened experience at the festival. If they were good, though, I could hold it over the heads of my friends like a complete and utter asshole. “Who’s got two thumbs and has seen The Knife as many times? THIS GUY.”

Well, the option would be available anyway.
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Review: Mindless Self Indulgence @ House of Blues

MSI brings the House of Blues to a boil

April 17th, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: Lead Story, Review
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I have never been so happy to have someone call me a “rich fuck.”

Obviously, I’m not rich. I’m writer for chrissakes — dinner tonight is Ramen with a side of broken dreams. All the same, though, it made me happy, because even though Jimmy Urine slung insults and prodded the audience all night, we loved every minute of it.
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Show Review: Chvrches @ The Glass House

A Coachella preview from one of its best acts!

April 16th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Lead Story, Review
Chvrches at The Glass House

I have been obsessed with Chvrches since discovering their music early last year. Since then, they have become one of the the hottest international acts, and their debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe, landed the #3 spot on LA Music Blog’s list of the 50 best albums of 2013. I wanted to make it out to the group’s show at The Glass House in Pomona Monday night in the event I couldn’t go to Coachella, but lucky for me, I’ll get to see Chvrches twice this week, both at SoCal’s biggest music festival and in one of its best smaller venues.
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Show Review: Trentemoller @ The Fonda Theatre

Proof that musicianship and electronica coexist

April 10th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Review
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Ever since his explosive Coachella debut in 2011, Copenhagen-based producer/multi-instrumentalist Trentemøller has been one of my must-sees every time he rolls through LA. It explains why I was at his Fonda show three years ago a mere month after catching his Coachella set and why I found myself there yet again last Saturday. This time around, the man of the hour was promoting the release of studio album number three, 2013′s Lost.
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Album Review: Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love

A blistering debut album from the Syracuse band

April 7th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Perfect Pussy

In keeping with the spirit of Say Yes To Love, I’m going to get straight to the point. Perfect Pussy is a five-piece hardcore punk band from Syracuse. If you’re going to Google them, I would advise against doing it at work. Say Yes To Love is their 23-minute-long debut album, and I would advise you to play it as loudly as you can. It is performed with a paint-stripping intensity and recorded with a production quality that just about passes as professional. Don’t worry, though. That’s part of the intended effect.
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Show Review: Cut Copy @ The Hollywood Palladium

A Down Under dance party erupts in Hollywood

April 4th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Review
Cut Copy at The Palladium

Melbourners Cut Copy shot into focus for me following the release of their sophomore album, In Ghost Colours, whose single “Lights & Music” became something of a pre-concert listening ritual for me. As I walked into The Palladium on Tuesday, it occurred to me that it had been three years since I had seen the group last. In that time, they had released another album, 2013′s Free Your Mind, bringing the total count up to four. I made no secret of my somewhat lukewarm feelings for their latest effort, but having seen the band live several times prior, I knew that they were more than capable of turning me on to it with their live set.
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Show Review: Soulection @ The Echo

The Soulection crew take over The Echo

Marcus Slater
Category: Review
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Soulection. I have a fondness for their producer Esta and a soft spot for Kronika’s DJing among other things. Between the two of them, I’ve been in a state of hip-hop-induced bliss for some time now. It’s actually distracted me from my normal diet of deep house and whatever this week’s New Hot Genre is.
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Film Review: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton

The feature-length history of Stones Throw Records

April 2nd, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton

If you had any doubt about the wide-ranging impact of cult LA label Stones Throw, you should check out the list of contributors to Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, the feature-length documentary about the label’s history.
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Robot Teammate And The Accidental Party @ iO West

Champion musical improv troupe’s monthly show!

April 1st, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
Robot Teammate Lead

Last Friday night, housed in a theater on a busy corner of the vibrant Hollywood Blvd, “robots” performed a fully developed musical revolving around a deadly roller derby battle. As the team lifted a rollerblading assassin, played by Chris Bramante, high in air to attack Nikki Muller’s derby girl during the musical’s climax, I had trouble believing the group was making up everything on the spot, but I should have expected nothing less from championship musical improvisational team Robot Teammate and the Accidental Party.
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