Show Review: SBTRKT @ The Belasco Theater

UK electronic/DJ project lands in LA

October 17th, 2014
David Fisch
Category: Review
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In hindsight, 2011 was a major year for artistic elusiveness, and three acts in particular seemed to have cropped up out of nowhere. Death Grips appeared out of the blue when they dropped a mixtape and exploded the definition of rap. Shabazz Palaces was the so-called “first hip-hop act” on SubPop Records, but that didn’t really help listeners figure out their devilishly majestic take on the genre. Lastly, SBTRKT, a man behind a mask with an arsenal of star-powered guest turns in front of seasoned post-dubstep and excellent production, hit us from across the Atlantic.
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Album Review: Flying Lotus – You’re Dead

LA’s most exciting musician does it again

October 16th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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Flying Lotus has spent a good half decade now confounding expectations by taking huge leaps in sound, from the dazzling instrumental hip hop of Los Angeles, through the space-bound, jazz-inflected chaos of Cosmogramma, through to the more considered and comparatively stripped-down majesty of Until The Quiet Comes.
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Show Review: Chromeo @ The Shrine Expo Hall

Funk-a-delic Fancy Footwork abound

October 15th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Review
Chromeo at the Shrine

It’s pretty hard to dislike funk maestros Chromeo. Sure, they’re not exactly crafting the most poignant, philosophical lyrics, but fuck it. They’re fun. You’d be hard-pressed to find a band that’s enjoying themselves on stage more than these two, and their infectious melodies are capable of making even the shyest person two-step. 
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Show Review: The Weeknd @ The Hollywood Bowl

The King of the Fall reigns supreme

October 14th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Review
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The first song I ever heard by The Weeknd was “Wicked Games,” and it came paired with an unofficial video that was basically softcore porn. I was immediately intrigued by the song’s brutally honest portrayal of misery, but The Weeknd himself wasn’t in the video, and at that time, no one knew who he actually was.
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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Floor The Forum

Hypnotic Eye tour comes home

October 12th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Review
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“Water! Popcorn! Skittles! Motherfucking Skittles! Sorry, I got a little excited!”

Even the vendors were amped for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ performance at The Forum Friday night, and I wasn’t one to blame them. The legendary rockers were wrapping up a ten-week North American tour in support of their thirteenth studio album, Hypnotic Eye, with a pair of shows in their adopted hometown of LA, and the sold-out venue was buzzing with excitement.
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Album Review: Tinashe – Aquarius

Debut album definitely lives up to its hype!

October 10th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Review
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It’s no secret that I’m a big Tinashe fan, so it should come as no surprise that I was excited for this week’s release of her debut album, Aquarius. It comes on the tail of three acclaimed (still free!) mixtapes and a lot of hype, and I can now assure you that the full-length lives up to that hype.
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Album Review: Caribou – Our Love

Album number six is another winner

October 9th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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With the viral success of “Can’t Do Without You,” Dan Snaith, also known as Caribou (also formerly known, somewhat confusingly, as Manitoba before a lawsuit forced him to change his recording moniker) has become something of a thirteen-year overnight success. If his last album, Swim, and its accompanying tour brought Caribou to a wider audience, the lead single and opening track of Our Love is as close as he has ever come to a real club hit.
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Review: Ought @ Center For The Arts, Eagle Rock

Montreal art-rock quartet makes Los Angeles debut

Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
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Earlier this year, Montreal art-rock quartet Ought released More Than Any Other Day. The album’s arrival was greeted by a fairly feverish amount of acclaim from those who heard it, and yet the band has remained something of an unsung gem.
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Show Review: Glass Animals @ The Troubadour

Slinky smooth jungle tunes sell out The Troubadour

October 7th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Review
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Glass Animals’ album Zaba is built around a jungle theme, so I wasn’t surprised that the stage at The Troubadour was surrounded by trees and palm fronds for the English indie rock band’s set. They definitely had an aesthetic planned for their sold-out show Saturday night, and as their performance unfolded, it became clear they were going to be uncompromising about sticking to it, for better or worse.
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DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist @ The Hollywood Palladium

A throwback Bronx block party in LA

October 6th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Review
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist

To Californian hip-hop fans, the duo of DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist doesn’t need much of an introduction. In one corner, Shadow remains most famous for his seminal debut album, Endtroducing, which took the culture of crate-digging and sampling to another level. In the other corner, Cut Chemist has been a hugely influential player in the LA music scene, not least for his work with legends Jurassic 5.

The duo’s collaboration is by no means unique either, with the pair having toured and performed together several times over the last fifteen years, most memorably on the Brainfreeze tour. For their latest project, however, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist came up with something unique.
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