Show Review: Basement Jaxx @ The Hollywood Bowl

House-meets-big-beat tunes flood The Bowl

July 1st, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Review
Basement Jaxx Hollywood Bowl

The first leg of KCRW’s World Music Festival kicked off with the long-awaited return of electronica legends Underworld, which, if you ask me, was a ballsy move on KCRW’s part that set precipitously high expectations for the rest of the dual-series romp. Lucky for us, those good chaps at KCRW know a thing or two about curating lineups and opted to start off the second series with Underworld’s legendary compatriots Basement Jaxx.
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Show Review: Algiers @ The Echo

Atlanta post-punk trio wows LA

June 30th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Algiers

It may have sneaked under the radar for many, but Algiers has just released one of the year’s most intriguing debuts. The Atlanta trio’s potent fusion of post-punk and gospel music is certain to capture plenty of attention as word spreads, but right now their career is still in an embryonic enough stage for them to be playing a venue as small as The Echo. Based on their passionate and full-blooded performance, one that’s filled with barely contained fury, there’s no way they can stay a well-kept secret for long.
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Show Review: Best Coast @ The Wiltern

A rock & roll homecoming on Wilshire and Western

June 29th, 2015
Melissa Karlin
Category: Review
Best Coast Feature

Listen to any Best Coast record, and you’ll instantly be able to tell that the members hail from LA — you can almost hear the ocean echoing through the canyons and wrapping up and around Balboa Blvd straight into the pink and gold sunset.
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Show Review: Ed Sheeran @ Hollywood Bowl

Sold-out world tour brings mesmerizing show to LA

June 25th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, Review
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Everyone loves Ed Sheeran. I knew the world-famous pop rock star had universal appeal, but it wasn’t until I sat in the sold-out audience at the massive Hollywood Bowl last night that I realized why. I am now one of the millions of people across the globe this incredibly talented, hardworking star has impressed with his unbelievable one-man-band live show.
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Show Review: Underworld @ The Hollywood Bowl

One of the most anticipated shows of the year

June 24th, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review
underworld at hollywood bowl

For those in the know on all things electronic music, Underworld’s Hollywood Bowl stop was easily one of the most anticipated shows of the year. Aside from ranking supremely high on the influence scale amongst other electronic acts, the group, which is legendary for putting on standout live performances, had not been seen in our fair city since 2010.
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Album Review: High On Fire – Luminiferous

The metal veterans strike again

June 23rd, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
high on fire

Forged from the ashes of defunct ’90s stoner metal band Sleep (a band that has since seen a pretty solid resurrection), High On Fire has spent the last 15 years or so putting together one of metal’s most consistent discographies using an irresistible three-man formula. Ex-Sleep guitarist Matt Pike is now front and center of an outfit that has long been at the forefront of groove-ridden, riff-laden metal with an emphasis on sludgy heaviness and mind-warping solos.
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Show Review: The Lone Bellow @ El Rey Theatre

Soulful rock captivates sold out crowd

June 22nd, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
the lone bellow

After selling out their spring tour, my favorite folk rockers The Lone Bellow returned to Los Angeles Tuesday evening for a show at El Rey Theatre. The trio is on a meteoric rise to the top and delivered their signature wall-shaking, goosebump-inducing performance to an older, more seasoned crowd in what felt more like a religious experience than a concert.
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Show Review: Robert Glasper @ El Rey Theatre

Glasper’s redefinition of jazz

June 19th, 2015
Gerry Doot
Category: Review
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You don’t always see seating at El Rey Theatre, but then again, the venue isn’t always hosting a legit jazz show either.
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Festival Review: Splash House – June 2015

Hot weather, music and people in Palm Springs

June 17th, 2015
Marcus Slater
Category: Lead Story, Review
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“Hey…so, tell me how big it is? Is it as big as it looks?”

Two girls in bikinis dripping wet from the pool cornered me on the poolside deck at the Hacienda Beach Club. They stood a little bit too close before asking me a question. One of them grabbed my arm. “Really? Um… Okay, I… Would you, like, come with us please?” She bit her lip. I politely declined. They asked for a selfie together before walking back to their throng of bros under the VIP cabanas. I had either successfully ruined a game of truth or dare or missed out on a really hot threesome. Just another day at Splash House.
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Album Review: Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, girl

Norwegian artist returns with an addictive oddity

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Jenny Hval by Jenny Berger Myhre

It’s something of a pleasant coincidence that the new album from Jenny Hval (released this month through Sacred Bones Records) has arrived at around the same time as Holly Herndon’s Platform. Both are female artists whose femininity is vital to the music they create. Both use their voices in most unusual ways, avoiding regular song structures while occasionally floating into the realm of pop almost accidentally. And like Herndon, the Norwegian’s album is as much of a launchpad for ideas as it is a finished product.
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