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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Album Review: The Faint – Doom Abuse

A welcome return to The Faint’s punk roots

Lesley Park
Category: Review
The Faint

Seeing as how indie-rock/dance-punk/post-punk/new wave/generally awesomesauce band The Faint has managed to maintain their status as one my favorite bands for the last decade — no easy feat given my musical ADD — you can only imagine how I reacted when I caught wind that a new album was in the works. Squealing was involved. And a happy dance. And a total loss of dignity. Ah, who am I kidding? I have no dignity.
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Show Review: The Sounds @ Club Nokia

Swedish indie rockers deliver an electrifying set

March 28th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Review
The Sounds

It was during a particularly long shift at the retail job I worked in college that I was introduced to Swedish indie new wavers The Sounds. While ringing up a customer’s purchase, I heard Maja Ivarsson’s feminine yet raspy voice singing about how she gave her heart to rock and roll. I hurriedly finished the transaction before printing out a strip of blank receipt paper on which to write a snippet of the lyrics so I could look up the song when I got home that evening (that’s how we did things before Shazam, kids).
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Album Review: James Supercave – The Afternoon EP

Local band releases infectious debut EP

March 26th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Review
James Supercave

With one more show left in their residency at The Echo, LA’s own James Supercave released their debut EP, The Afternoon, this week. I was lucky enough to catch their show last week when UK band Jungle crashed the residency. Both bands put on a great show, and James Supercave showed why they deserve the weekly spot. Their new EP reveals multiple sides to the band, ones that include curious and thoughtful lyrics, driving grooves, and unique songwriting.
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A Week in Austin, TX: Another Look at SXSW 2014

A ridiculous recap and pseudo-survival guide

March 25th, 2014
Tim Wut
Category: Lead Story, Review
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I admit it’s been a crazy long time since I’ve last blogged about music and my accumulated rust is showing with my inability to dive right into this recap. However, I do wonder how something like SXSW can really be summarized, topped with a nice tidy bow. But writer’s block and procrastination be damned, I have a story to tell.

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