Show Review: Angel Olsen @ The Wiltern

A commanding performance on Valentine’s Day

February 16th, 2017
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Lead Story, Review

Think back to those chalky heart-shaped candies sold in flimsy, cardboard packaging. “Be Mine” was one that always seemed to turn up, so when Angel Olsen opened her show at The Wiltern on Valentine’s Day with “Never Be Mine,” there was a hint of fatalism in the air.
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Show Review: Liz Loughrey @ The Hotel Cafe

From the moment the set started, I was enchanted

February 14th, 2017
Anthony Marks
Category: Review

Not only does Liz Loughrey have the voice of the century, she also has the vibe and the message.
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An Open Letter to Ty Segall

Re: The Teragram Ballroom on Feb 4th

February 7th, 2017
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Lead Story, Review

Ty Segall,

Where have you been all my life? Like many East siders, I loath to admit when something so ripe has passed me by. I confess. I did not know much of anything about you. But then I caught that shreddy Morning Becomes Eclectic set, and it kinda blew my hair back. Then everything started coming up Ty Segall.
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Show Review: Run the Jewels @ Shrine Auditorium

Hip hop duo plays biggest LA show to date

February 6th, 2017
Sean Kramer
Category: Lead Story, Review

When we last caught the dynamic duo known as Run the Jewels, the group was on their victory lap behind their excellent sophomore album, RTJ2. A little over a year later, El-P and Killer Mike are back at it with a new album (RTJ3) and a new Run the World tour that kicked off earlier last month, and they have somehow managed to soar to even greater heights than their already-impressive previous chapters.
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Show Review: Demrick @ The Mime

Catch him at The So-Cal Stoners Cup this Saturday!

February 2nd, 2017
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review

A small green light shone outside The Mime for a 420-friendly event called The Green Room, and LA rapper Demrick headlined the show to help bring fans together for an intimate smoke out sesh with aspiring DJs and hip-hop artists.
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Show Review: Great Good Fine Ok @ The Troubadour

The duo puts on a space-themed dance party

January 25th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: Review

Luke Moellman walked on stage in a makeshift astronaut suit: white jeans, white shoes, and a puffy white jacket with sewn-on patches. He began with a fade-in, synth heavy intro on his MalletKat and keyboard. Moellman played as his GGFO co-founder, Jon Sander, and their bandmates walked on stage one at a time. First came Danny Wolf, drummer extraordinaire, and then guitarist Carey Clayton. Sander walked on last, equipped with two fistfuls of glow-sticks, which he promptly threw into the crowd.
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Show Review: Migos @ The Novo

Star-studded special guests take the stage

January 21st, 2017
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review

Atlanta’s very own hip-hop trio Migos performed to a sold-out venue at The Novo on Wednesday. The group’s rappers Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset had fans lit off their number one single “Bad and Boujee” from their upcoming sophomore album Culture, releasing January 27th.
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Show Review: Islands @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

10th anniversary show of 2006’s Return to the Sea

December 8th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review

Considering the cemetery setting, there was a quite a bit of festivity in the air Friday night at Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge where Islands appeared to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of their first album, Return to the Sea. Given Islands’ birth in LA, many friendly characters in the crowd, and a “remember when?” themed slide show, there was a high school reunion feeling to the proceedings.
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Show Review: James Vincent McMorrow @ The Wiltern

Irish neo-soul at its finest

December 6th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review

Irish neo-soul. Cognitive dissonance? Sure, but also a reality that was validated when James Vincent McMorrow ended the US tour in support of We Move on Thursday night at The Wiltern.
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Show Review: YG @ The Wiltern

Red Bull Sound Select brings Bompton to LA

Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Review

30 Days In LA had the party going for YG at The Wiltern for Day 29. Opening acts Tasha the Amazon and Finding Novyon built the energy with performances of their latest tracks, before YG made a grand entrance and brought out surprise guests DJ Mustard and G-Eazy to join the party.
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