Album Review: Holly Herndon – Platform

The startling sound of the future, right now

May 28th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
Holly Herndon's debut album, Movement, comes out Nov. 12.

Holly Herndon’s debut album, Movement, felt like a template for a new kind of musical language, an extremely promising and occasionally brilliant collection that served as fair warning of her prodigious talent. Even by the standards she had set, Platform is a startling realization of that potential and enriches her unique palette in every way possible. It is more consistent, more rewarding on repeat listens, and ridiculously packed with detail without ever losing sight of its listener.
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Show Review: Shy Girls @ The Echo

Shy Girls break out of their shell

May 26th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: Review
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The last time I saw Shy Girls live, I noted that lead singer Dan Vidmar seemed, well, shy. Times have changed since then, though, and when they played The Echo last Wednesday night, Vidmar and crew were a far cry from bashful. Maybe it’s because their latest mixtape, 4WZ, received a ton of positive buzz. Maybe it’s because they were playing to a sold-out crowd at The Echo as the main act. Either way, Shy Girl’s popularity is quickly growing and doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.
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Show Review: Hiatus Kaiyote @ Constellation Room

Future soul group tours behind Choose Your Weapon

Sean Kramer
Category: Review
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No “future soul” groups out there right now are garnering as much buzz and attention as Hiatus Kaiyote — but come to think of it, there really aren’t many other “future soul” groups in general, either presently or in the past. Semantics aside, you know something special is going on when an international group plays three sold-out shows in Los Angeles in less than a week’s time, touring behind an album without a radio single or any other indication of commercial aspirations.
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Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

Psychedelic pop/rock band finally connects

May 25th, 2015
David Fisch
Category: Review
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Portland-by-way-of-New Zealand psych-rock band Unknown Mortal Orchestra has just released their third record, Multi-Love, and to cut right to the chase, it’s their best work and the first album in their discography to click with me.
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Festival Review: Psycho California 2015 – Sunday

Day three at the Santa Ana Observatory

May 22nd, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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For most attendees of Psycho California, Sunday was a third straight day of loud-riffing madness, and like most festival day threes, there was a sleepy vibe as the bands began early in the afternoon. Saturday had been an epic day full of wonderful performances, and while Sunday’s lineup did not look quite as deep as the day before’s, there was still plenty to salivate over, and in some ways, it felt like an odd mirroring of Saturday: my afternoon got a nice early boost from the RidingEasy Records roster and ended with bassist and vocalist Al Cisneros entrancing his audience.
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Festival Review: Psycho California 2015 – Saturday

Day Two of the stellar metal festival

May 21st, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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As a long-time part-time metal fan, my more recent exploration of some of the amazing work happening in the genre (and its many left-of-center subgenres) was rewarded when I saw the lineup announcement a few months ago for the Psycho California Festival at the Santa Ana Observatory, which was, frankly, crazy deep.
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Review: The Temperance Movement @ Bootleg HiFI

Electrifying UK group rocks LA

Mary Bonney
Category: Review
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After seeing LA Music Blog’s ticket giveaway for The Temperance Movement, I listened to these UK rockers and instantly fell in love. Their sound was bold, brash, and as electrifying as the classic rock and roll that clearly influenced them, so I made my way to Bootleg HiFi last Wednesday to see these rising rockers live.
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Show Review: Linear Labs Showcase @ Regent Theatre

Adrian Younge showcases Bilal, Kendrick Lamar

May 20th, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Review
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Last week’s ArtDontSleep event at the Regent Theatre was not so much a traditional concert as it was a musical celebration for Linear Labs, the new label venture from acclaimed producer extraordinaire Adrian Younge. A composer whose work is both inspired by the vintage ’70s sounds often sampled by golden-era hip hop as well as utilized by some of today’s biggest artists (Jay Z, Ghostface Killah, DJ Premier, and Royce Da 5’9”), Younge is also the man behind the soundtrack to blaxploitation love letter Black Dynamite. Suffice it to say, this evening was going to be a cinematically grand affair from the jump.
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Festival Review: KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta 2015

Killer lineup rocks annual festival

May 19th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, Review
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It takes a lot to impress Los Angeles music fans, but this year’s KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta delivered a lineup that was spectacular enough to sell out Irvine Meadows Amphitheater. The festival brought to Southern California some of the best rock acts from across the world, many of whom I would be seeing for the first time. After traveling through a sea of tailgaters, beneath colorful Cinco-de-Mayo decorations, and around long lines of people waiting to buy margaritas and burritos, I was ready to rock.
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Show Review: Torres @ The Echo

Mackenzie Scott’s return to LA

May 18th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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There was a lovely moment of quiet unintentional comedy during Torres’ set at The Echo on Tuesday night. It came as the applause died down following “Strange Hellos,” when Mackenzie Scott smiled awkwardly during the silence that accompanied her retuning of her guitar. The comedy derived from the contrast between this bashful young woman having no clue what to say to the audience that waited for her next song and the force of nature that had blown the audience away just moments earlier.
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