Show Review: Jhene Aiko @ Avalon Hollywood

Chris Brown, Big Sean, and Vince Staples show up!

November 28th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review
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Red Bull’s Sound Select 30 Days in LA set all the vibes for Jhene Aiko’s performance at the Avalon in Hollywood. Swedish-based singer Cherrie warmed up fans with her unique and cultural sound before Chicago singer Eryn Allen Kane brought powerful soul to the stage, her strong presence giving wild energy to a previously mellow crowd.
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Show Review: Sturgill Simpson @ The Wiltern

Sturgill defies genres with honesty and attitude

November 22nd, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review

Sturgill Simpson took to The Wiltern Wednesday for the second show of an impressive two-night stand in support of A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. The performance, much like Simpson’s excellent new concept album cum letter to his newborn son, defied genres with an outlaw’s straightforward, don’t-give-a-shit attitude.
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Show Review: Dej Loaf @ The Regent Theater

30 Days in LA brings Detroit’s finest to LA

November 21st, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review
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Red Bull Sound Select brought Dej Loaf to the Regent Theater for day 18 of 30 Days in LA. The Detroit rapper, famous for her song “Try Me,” had special guests come through and turned the place up.
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Show Review: Car Seat Headrest @ Teragram Ballroom

Will Toledo & co. deliver set of acerbic prep punk

Kyle B. Smith
Category: Lead Story, Review

After an Oberstian gestation period of 12 self-released independent albums, Will Toledo’s Car Seat Headrest signed to Matador Records in 2015 and released the widely acclaimed Teens of Denial earlier this year. Last week, Toledo brought his band to Teragram Ballroom as part of the ongoing 30 Days of Music Red Bull Sound Select series.
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Show Review: Haim @ The Fonda Theatre

Triumphant homecoming for LA’s favorite sisters

November 18th, 2016
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review
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For sisters Alana, Este, and Danielle Haim, the three years since the release of their critically lauded debut Days Are Gone have been nothing short of a whirlwind. From their BBC Sound of 2013 win to sold-out arena tours with Taylor Swift, these Angelenos have in a comparatively short period of time cultivated an enviably large fanbase, a small fraction of which showed up to fill The Fonda to capacity as part of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in LA.
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Show Review: Alicia Keys @ Redbull Sound Space

Keys stuns with a stripped-down set

November 15th, 2016
Zein Khleif
Category: Review
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There is no doubt about it: Alicia Keys is an unstoppable force of passionate nature. On November 11th, the day of her “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” music video release, she performed at Red Bull Sound Space at AMP for a small audience in an intimate, live KROQ radio show promoting her new album, Here.
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Review: ComplexCon @ Long Beach Convention Center

A peek into ComplexConversations

November 10th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Lead Story, Review

It was millennial utopia in Long Beach California for the first ever ComplexCon, a convention that celebrates art in its many forms where fans were invited to “watch, listen, shop, and taste” with their favorite influencers. The booths ranged from art installations to new streetwear launches by the hottest brands in the game.

However, the weekend really focused on opening the minds of many during the ComplexConversations. Complex has established themselves as the leading voice by and for the youth, consistently being the first to break political and social news.
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Festival Review: Groove Cruise Cabo 2016

Whet: to excite or stimulate desire or appetite

November 9th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: Review
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Groove Cruise Cabo set sail out of San Diego on Friday, October 28th, and what followed was five straight days of non-stop house and techno magic.
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Bruce Campbell Talks Evil Dead: Live in Concert

A reimagined score and a whole lot of camp

November 4th, 2016
Lex Voight
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In cinema, there are nobodies and there are stars and there are legends and there are titans. In the (fabulous) world of B-movies, there are few true modern equivalents of the titans that inhabited the genre in its golden era — names like Hammer, Price, Lugosi, Lee, and Cushing. In fact, in this day and age there may only be one true heir to that lofty legacy: Campbell.
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Album Review: Muddy Magnolias – Broken People

A stunning debut from a strong duo

Zein Khleif
Category: Review
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Kalli North and Jessy Wilson have been Muddy Magnolias since 2013. North, a Texan who moved to Mississippi and then Nashville, has rich, country-Delta roots influenced by an eclectic mix of everything from Alison Krauss to James Taylor to the Grateful Dead. Wilson, raised in Brooklyn, grew up listening to the likes of Aretha Franklin, Notorious B.I.G., and Smokey Robinson. As a teenager, she went on to sing backup for Alicia Keys and then worked on songwriting with her mentor, John Legend.
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