Review: The Parks & Devastation Tour @ The Shrine

A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, & more!

September 26th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Review
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The Parks & Devastation Tour came to Los Angeles Wednesday evening, bringing with it some of the most floor-shaking, mosh-pit-inducing hardcore bands in the scene today. All four bands on the bill emptied their hearts (and lungs) onstage, but headliner A Day To Remember floored the house and demonstrated why they’ve reigned over the heavy pop-punk genre for the past ten years.
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Album Review: Aphex Twin – Syro

The return of the king

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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It’s been well documented that Syro is not, in fact, the first new music from Richard D. James in 13 years, which somewhat misses the point as his music takes on a whole other significance when released under the name of Aphex Twin. James himself is well aware of this, as are the people at Warp Records, whose inspired blimp-related promotion was the first clue that Aphex Twin was indeed back in action.
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Show Review: Lykke Li @ The Hollywood Palladium

A 4,000-person show never felt so intimate

September 25th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Review
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It didn’t take very long for Lykke Li to set herself up as the darling of the indie-pop singer-songwriter scene. Her distinctive voice has been making its rounds in the music world — singing songs about love, relationships, and the poignant breakdown thereof — for the last seven years. To say that the latter theme was the focal point of her latest effort, I Never Learn, would be an understatement; the album was crafted following the “biggest breakup of [Lykke Li's] life.” Correspondingly, the tracks on it are hopelessly raw and gut-wrenchingly real.

Definitely quite the journey from her “I Follow Rivers” days, which was just about the last time I had seen Lykke Li live.
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Guitar Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary In Style

With Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators!

Alice Carson
Category: Review
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For two hours straight Tuesday night, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators completely commanded the attention of a packed crowd at the intimate Troubadour. Even the VIP section upstairs let loose and went wild for the show, a sight I seldom see in a city where reputation trumps looking like you know how to have a good time. Longtime followers who saw Slash during his iconic start on the Sunset Strip stood beside younger fans who grew up wishing they could have been there, with all looking up with awe at the legendary guitarist as he took the stage.
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Show Review: Neutral Milk Hotel @ Hollywood Bowl

The most glorious and unlikely return

September 24th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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Back in the nineties, when The Breeders were riding high off the success of “Cannonball” and Daniel Johnston was picking up a serious cult following with the likes of Sonic Youth and Kurt Cobain as high-profile worshippers, Neutral Milk Hotel remained an undiscovered gem. Only historical revisionism has recast In The Aeroplane Over The Sea as one of that decade’s great albums, but in truth, many reviews at the time were fairly muted and mixed.
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Show Review: Mastodon @ Jimmy Kimmel Live!

One of metal’s best invades late night

Gerry Doot
Category: Review
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Metal might be the biggest niche genre in music. Its fans are more passionate than any in the world and live for their favorite bands’ live shows. But can you imagine someone’s mom listening to metal? It’s definitely a genre that isn’t for everyone, which makes Mastodon performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week all the more incredible.
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Festival Recap: Sunset Strip Music Festival 2014

Diverse lineup honors the history of The Strip

September 23rd, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, Review
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Last weekend, the seventh annual Sunset Strip Music Festival took over the historic Sunset Strip, bringing with it over seventy diverse bands and serving as a gathering for Los Angeles rock fans eager to return to “where it all began” (the festival’s slogan). SSMF honored the history and vibrancy of the street that launched legendary bands such as The Doors and Van Halen in revered venues like The Whisky A Go Go and The Roxy, both of which housed the festival’s smaller acts while headliners including Jane’s Addiction and Empire of the Sun performed on large outdoor stages.
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Show Review: Zammuto @ The Satellite

A well-deserved headlining set in LA

David Fisch
Category: Review
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A couple of weeks ago I listened to Zammuto’s new album Anchor and gave it a generally favorable review. Okay, I’m lying. It’s an overwhelmingly positive review. Imagine following a promising band for a while and then finding that they’ve gotten everything right on their latest turn — it’s such a dramatically satisfying experience that you pretty much have to tell everyone about it.
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Show Review: Charles Bradley @ Santa Monica Pier

KCRW Summer Nights coming to a close!

September 19th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Review
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Last Thursday night the Santa Monica Pier was crowded and electric with anticipation for one of the last shows of the KCRW Summer Nights series. All races and cultures were on hand to see Charles Bradley, a classic soul artist whose music can transcend demographics to appeal to all audiences.
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Album Review: She Keeps Bees – Eight Houses

Duo’s strongest work yet

September 18th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Review
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While listening to Eight Houses, I tried to pick some standout tracks and found myself stuck. They’re all standout tracks. As a whole, the album is beautiful and delicate, but also ferocious in its honesty, exhibiting complexity and finesse without compromising its often-brutal emotional punches. It’s a testament to the talent of She Keeps Bees, and as of right now, it’s a serious contender for my favorite album of the year.
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