Album Review: Myrkur – M

The debut LP from the much debated Relapse signing

September 3rd, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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As has been reported elsewhere, M is the debut album of one-woman black metal act Myrkur, and like a lot of recent black metal acts, she fascinates mainly by not really being black metal at all. The thought of Scandinavian black metal being appropriated by a young blonde called Amalie Brunn has inevitably infuriated genre purists (is there a more annoying group of music fans that those?) due to its unusual focus on alternative instrumentation, quiet interludes, and, at times, gorgeous folk.
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Review: Erykah Badu + St. Vincent @ Hollywood Bowl

Indie rock + neo-soul explosion!

Sean Kramer
Category: Lead Story, Review
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The casual observer might take a quick listen to the music of St. Vincent and Erykah Badu and feel that they couldn’t be more diametrically opposed in style and approach. The former blends elements of rock, jazz, and classical into polyrhythmic art-house material, whereas the latter is a veritable queen of neo-soul who is undeniably influenced by hip hop and has made recent excursions into the electronic world.

However, while their songs may not share the same tempos and arrangements, they definitely are a pair of kindred musical spirits, as evidenced by their co-headlining show at The Hollywood Bowl on Sunday.
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Show Review: Incubus & Deftones @ The Forum

Reunited 15 years after their last tour together

September 2nd, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Review
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Fifteen years ago Deftones embarked on a US theater tour in support of their breakthrough third album White Pony. The alt-metal group tapped relative newcomers Incubus, who had just scored their first minor radio hit with “Pardon Me,” to act as direct support on the tour. I caught a show during that tour, but I’m not sure that I would have been able to anticipate that the two bands would team up again a decade and a half later for another tour — let alone what a difference those years would make.
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Festival Review: FYF Fest – Day Two

The utterly triumphant conclusion to the festival

August 27th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Lead Story, Review
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If day one of FYF Fest provided the sight and feel of the organizers trying to shake off the twin blows of the previous year’s logistical issues and a last-minute headliner withdrawal, day two always felt like it could be a triumph. The lineup for Sunday was so stacked that it is with regret that I had to miss the likes of Badbadnotgood, Spiritualized, Neon Indian, Toro Y Moi, and Flume. Not to mention the headliner Morrissey, who was skipped for a lineup on the Lawn Stage that was just too tempting.
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Show Review: Metz @ The Echo

An evening filled with sweaty, heavy punk

August 26th, 2015
Gerry Doot
Category: Review
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Casual fans of the Sub Pop label may not have been expecting the onslaught unleashed on The Echo the night Toronto-based band Metz headlined. You could see exactly who those people were: the few sitting in the back by the bar waiting for one of the label’s hottest bands while the punk/metal-filled show tore though their expectations.
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Festival Review: FYF Fest – Day One

The opening day of a festival at a crossroads

August 25th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Lead Story, Review
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The long term build-up to this year’s FYF Festival had centered around how well the organizers had dealt with some of last year’s more glaring logistical issues following the move to Exposition Park as a venue, yet on the eve of day one the story was unavoidably about the man who wasn’t there. Those who were eagerly anticipating Frank Ocean’s only live appearance of the year would be left hugely disappointed following what was suspiciously dismissed as a “scheduling conflict.” I’m sure there will be more to come out about what exactly happened there.
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Album Review: Royal Headache – High

The sophomore album from Australia’s soul-punk act

August 19th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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In trying to find an answer as to why it took so long for Royal Headache to follow up their 2012 debut, I found myself even more confused. There was an announcement from lead singer Shogun that the Aussie soul-punk quartet had broken up but decided to finish their second album and tour it anyway. He has since backtracked on that claim. but his evident self-doubt issues, which led to his voice being buried in the mix on that debut album, have certainly caused the road to be a little bumpy for the band.
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Show Review: RJD2 @ The Observatory

1 man + 4 turntables + 2 samplers= killer show

August 17th, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Review
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It’s been said that the artform of DJing is dead, but that’s not really accurate — DJs (to use the term loosely) are pretty ubiquitous in pop culture and have been for quite some time. Perhaps when people proclaim that DJing is dead, they actually mean to say that it is neutered beyond the point of recognition, all too often represented by a dude seamlessly playing safely-cued playlists from behind the guarded comforts of a MacBook Pro. It’s easy to forget that the act of DJing used to have some high-stakes risk running beneath it; one record skip, one missed cue, one faulty blend, and the whole party could get derailed.
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Album Review: Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

LA’s gothic folk mistress returns…

August 14th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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It’s pretty much impossible to read anything about Los Angeles-based doom-folk artist Chelsea Wolfe without coming across some reference to metal. Whether it’s her cover versions of the likes of notorious black-metal star Burzum, the dark imagery evoked with almost all of her work, or her strong fan base within the metal community, she has found herself constantly linked with a genre in which she has never really operated apart from the odd flirtation.
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Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa @ The Hollywood Bowl

Boys of Zummer Tour turns up the heat

August 13th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
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When the Boys of Zummer Tour was announced, I knew it would be a can’t-miss summer concert of epic proportions. Monday night’s performance filled The Hollywood Bowl with fans of all ages as friends toasted the one-two punch lineup of Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy and their perfectly polished, feel-good songs. Not only did the bands aim to give fans “the best night of their summer so far!” — the celebratory atmosphere was heightened given that this was the final stop of the tour, and what better place to bring it all home than Los Angeles?
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