Desert Daze: Splash House August Poolside Preview

Who needs Vegas?

July 30th, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: Review
SaguaroPool-banner

Ever have one of those days that feels more like a dream than reality? Remembering them is like reliving a fever dream. That’s what’s Splash House was like earlier this year, but I suppose a weekend spent day drinking with beautiful people by a pool will do that to you.
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Show Review: OK Go @ The Echo

Fun, theatrical band rocked an LA crowd

July 29th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Review
ok go at the echo

OK Go seems to have more fun than most bands. Not only have they found great success writing and creating music, they have also tapped into their nerdy sides, creating all kinds of toys and visuals to accompany their live shows, not to mention their epic series of viral music videos. With a new EP out and an album on the way, Los Angeles’ own visual rockers played two shows last week at two of the town’s best venues, The Troubadour and The Echo.
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Show Review: White Lung @ Los Globos

Vancouver punk quartet brings the noise

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
white lung

Despite the amount of attention paid to the band’s most recent album, the righteously brilliant Deep Fantasy, White Lung remains something of a well-kept secret. While that is a little exasperating in one sense, it does mean that the venues for the group’s shows remain pretty small and that their punk-rock essence remains intact. This was in evidence at Los Globos, a venue in which the gap between the stage and the audience is pretty much non-existent, and where taking photos involves balancing yourself on a stool and hanging over a raging mosh pit.
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Show Review: PAPA @ The Santa Monica Pier

Last hometown show before heading into the studio

July 28th, 2014
Angelica Corona
Category: Review
PAPA Featured

The Santa Monica Pier has been a SoCal staple for three decades now, but over the past few years the iconic carousel that backdrops countless tourist selfies and family photos has taken on a new purpose as the setting of the Twilight Concert Series. Myspace (that’s right, Myspace) presented PAPA and Cayucas at the Pier this past week, and those of you who follow LA Music Blog know we wouldn’t miss a PAPA performance.
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Show Review: The Neighbourhood @ The Greek Theatre

Rutherford’s swagger was louder than the synths

July 25th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
The Neighbourhood

Echoing a sentiment I have believed for years, lead vocalist of The Neighbourhood Jesse Rutherford announced to thousands of concertgoers at The Greek Theatre last night that “California is the best place in the entire fucking world.” The packed theater applauded loudly in agreement, a back and forth routine that would be repeated often during the warm Los Angeles summer evening.
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Show Review: Andy Grammer @ House of Blues Anaheim

Artist builds excitement for sophomore album

July 24th, 2014
Janelle Miranda
Category: Review
andy grammer

I have been an admirer of Andy Grammer’s soulful voice for a few years now, and I even had the opportunity to participate in the filming of his music video for “Miss Me” in 2012. Even as an established fan, however, I was a little unsure about his new single, “Back Home,” and didn’t know what to expect from him Friday night at the House of Blues in Anaheim. I am happy to admit that I was wrong to have ever doubted Andy Grammer.
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Backstage at Dada Life’s Dada Land: The Voyage

Words from the de facto Dada Land leaders and more

July 22nd, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Interview, Review
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Held in 2010, the final iteration of the Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles — considered by many to be the incendiary spark that kickstarted the popularity of electronic dance music in the US — marked the EDC debut of a then-relatively unknown act: Dada Life. The duo swiftly went on to set themselves apart from the rest by delivering incomprehensibly energetic sets and generating some the most enthusiastic crowds you’d ever see at a dance music festival with a little help from their calling cards, bananas and champagne. Continue reading…

Show Review: Matisyahu @ Pacific Amphitheatre

High praise for an appreciative performer

July 21st, 2014
Janelle Miranda
Category: Review
Matisyahu

It’s opening weekend at the OC Fair Summer Concert Series, and the crowd is thickening as fans return from a funnel cake run or late comers hurry to find their seats for Matisyahu. I have just arrived and mentally chastised myself for having missed Tribal Seeds’ opening set. I look out at the crowd and see Bob Marley shirts, American flag bandanas, posters with Jewish symbology, and lots and lots of dreadlocks. Families, friends, and couples, both young and old, are ready for some reggae music, and the air smells like waffles and syrup and…other stuff.
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Show Review: A Sunny Day In Glasgow @ Bootleg Hifi

On a moonlit night in Los Angeles…

July 18th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
A Sunny Day In Glasgow

The unusual fact about the recording schedule of the new A Sunny Day In Glasgow album — namely that no two members of the band were ever in the same room in its duration — added something of an extra level of anticipation to their small headline show at the Bootleg Hifi on Wednesday night. Rather than asking, “How are these songs going to sound live?” I found myself wondering whether the band would sound like they hadn’t been in a room together for a while.
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Show Review: The Antlers @ The Troubadour

NY natives play 2nd sold-out show in Los Angeles

July 17th, 2014
Angelica Corona
Category: Review
The Antlers lead

When heading out to see The Antlers live for the first time this Sunday, I was hoping to get answers to two questions: 1) Could an added sensory experience make me love the band more than I already did? and 2) Would their expansive sound translate well live? Each of the band’s songs has enough texture to satisfy listeners through speakers, but the level of respect I have for artists who are able to pour so much into the production of their music on record and carry it to the stages every night is unsurpassed.
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