Review: ComplexCon @ Long Beach Convention Center

A peek into ComplexConversations

November 10th, 2016
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Lead Story, Review

It was millennial utopia in Long Beach California for the first ever ComplexCon, a convention that celebrates art in its many forms where fans were invited to “watch, listen, shop, and taste” with their favorite influencers. The booths ranged from art installations to new streetwear launches by the hottest brands in the game.

However, the weekend really focused on opening the minds of many during the ComplexConversations. Complex has established themselves as the leading voice by and for the youth, consistently being the first to break political and social news.
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Festival Review: Groove Cruise Cabo 2016

Whet: to excite or stimulate desire or appetite

November 9th, 2016
Ashlee Burke
Category: Review

Groove Cruise Cabo set sail out of San Diego on Friday, October 28th, and what followed was five straight days of non-stop house and techno magic.
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Bruce Campbell Talks Evil Dead: Live in Concert

A reimagined score and a whole lot of camp

November 4th, 2016
Lex Voight

In cinema, there are nobodies and there are stars and there are legends and there are titans. In the (fabulous) world of B-movies, there are few true modern equivalents of the titans that inhabited the genre in its golden era — names like Hammer, Price, Lugosi, Lee, and Cushing. In fact, in this day and age there may only be one true heir to that lofty legacy: Campbell.
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Album Review: Muddy Magnolias – Broken People

A stunning debut from a strong duo

Zein Khleif
Category: Review

Kalli North and Jessy Wilson have been Muddy Magnolias since 2013. North, a Texan who moved to Mississippi and then Nashville, has rich, country-Delta roots influenced by an eclectic mix of everything from Alison Krauss to James Taylor to the Grateful Dead. Wilson, raised in Brooklyn, grew up listening to the likes of Aretha Franklin, Notorious B.I.G., and Smokey Robinson. As a teenager, she went on to sing backup for Alicia Keys and then worked on songwriting with her mentor, John Legend.
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Show Review: Kaleo @ The Fonda Theatre

Appropriation as homage. What’s wrong with that?

November 3rd, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review

Ready for this? An Icelandic band, by way of Austin, with a Hawaiian name, that plays a bluesy folk-rock hybrid typically born in the U.S.A., sold out two gigs this past weekend at The Fonda Theatre. Welcome to our globalized world, everybody.
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Show Review: Festival Supreme @ Shrine Expo Hall

Music and comedy collide at fest’s 4th incarnation

Sean Kramer
Category: Lead Story, Review

Now in its fourth year, Festival Supreme — the music and comedy festival brainchild of Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass — once again proved why the fusing of the two worlds is a great concept in theory *and* in practice this past weekend at the Shrine Expo Hall. Like in previous years, the lineup was stacked with some heavy hitters from both worlds, but the 2016 edition sported some true legends amongst its ranks.
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Show Review: Taking Back Sunday @ The Fonda

Legendary band plays entire new album, classics

October 26th, 2016
Mary Bonney
Category: Review

Last Thursday evening, legendary rockers Taking Back Sunday came through Los Angeles as part of their national tour in support of their recently released seventh studio album, Tidal Wave. Fans packed the intimate Fonda Theatre to sing along to old favorites, but Taking Back Sunday took the bold risk to play their new album in its entirety before playing a single classic song. As if I needed another reason to respect one of my all-time favorite bands, the move was classic TBS: we are proud of our music and we don’t care if you like it or not (but the fans did, of course).
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Show Review: Kishi Bashi @ The Belasco Theater

Intoxicating futurism includes the kitchen sink

Kyle B. Smith
Category: Lead Story, Review

On Monday night, Kaoru Ishibashi (AKA K. Ishibashi, AKA Kishi Bashi) took the Belasco Theater by cacophonous, frenetic storm. One part digital, two parts orchestral, and three parts berserk, it was a performance with everything and the kitchen sink that nimbly toed the line between totally engrossing and utterly chaotic.
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Show Review: Hiss Golden Messenger @ The Bootleg

Filthy Americana out of North Carolina

October 25th, 2016
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Review

North Carolina’s Hiss Golden Messenger rolled into the Bootleg Theater on Saturday night and promptly delved into a tight, earthy, laidback set. Touring in support of Heart Like a Levee, the band’s prowess is something of an anomaly these days: a five-member unit working as one.
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Show Review: Young the Giant @ The Greek Theatre

The alt-rock group delivers to their hometown

October 24th, 2016
Zein Khleif
Category: Review

On tour promoting their new album, Home of the Strange, Young the Giant claimed The Greek Theatre with vigor this weekend. Consisting of Sameer Gadhia on lead vocals, Jacob Tilley on guitar, Eric Cannata on guitar/vocals, Payam Doostzadeh on bass, and Francois Comtois on drums and vocals, the SoCal natives promptly took the stage for what was branded as their hometown show. “All of our parents are here!” Cannata endearingly yelled.
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