Hermosa Beach Summer Series is almost here!

Free music in Hermosa this summer!

July 22nd, 2019
Lex Voight
Category: News

The popular FREE community event returns to the sands of the quintessential Southern California beach town over two weekends in August, and for the first time ever, is expanding to both Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 17/18 and Aug. 24/25), each offering a jam-packed lineup of music, comedy, movies on the beach and other family-friendly experiences.
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Interview with Thunderpussy’s Whitney (Guitar)

They hit the El Rey 7/17

July 11th, 2019
Lex Voight
Category: Interview, News

Thunderpussy are on a quest for world domination. I have written a lot about them over the last couple years and its a testament to the band that I am still just as passionate now as I was when I first found out about them. They are here again this week, touring with Black Pistol Fire at the El Rey on 7/17. In anticipation of them coming, I caught up with Thunderpussy’s resident shredder Whitney.
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Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution @ Dolby 5/18

It’s all coming to a glorious end

May 16th, 2019
Lex Voight
Category: News

“Would you be upset if I told you we were dying?” Starts the song of one of ska powerhouse Streetlight Manifesto’s best known numbers. Bandits, while of course not being exactly Streetlight itself, has always been inextricably tied to the long-running ska act. But telling us this is the end of the side project is exactly what they are doing, and moreover they are going out with a bang.
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Back to the Beach 2020 Wishlist

One of my favorite things to do after attending themed festivals is coming up with hypothetical bills for the next year’s iteration. Back to the Beach this year was an absolute blast–so much so that I am already fully planning on going again for next year’s. But who would make for a great show? Here […]

May 1st, 2019
Lex Voight

One of my favorite things to do after attending themed festivals is coming up with hypothetical bills for the next year’s iteration. Back to the Beach this year was an absolute blast–so much so that I am already fully planning on going again for next year’s. But who would make for a great show? Here is my wishlist.
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Show Preview: Chromatics @ The Wiltern

The band kicks off its first tour in over 5 years

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News

Chromatics kicked off their Double Exposure Tour this past Tuesday at the Santa Ana Observatory, playing their first public concert in over five years. The ethereal, synth-pop outfit will be performing at the Wiltern tomorrow night, marking their second stop on a six-week, North American tour.

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Premiere: Branson T. Anderson’s Moonshade

Roots songwriting from the desert

February 26th, 2019
Lex Voight
Category: News, Staff Pick

There’s a ramshackle charm to Branson T. Anderson’s music.

Folky with an eye for avant-pop songwriting, it’s the kind of music that seems like it developed in a kind of wonderful isolation, bits of forward-thinking arrangements lovingly scotch taped to a staunch traditionalism that somehow manages to be both exceedingly pleasing, while still being a challenging listen.
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Goatwhore/The Casualties at The Roxy

The Metal Alliance Tour brings a ruckus

November 12th, 2018
Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

Last week the Metal Alliance tour dropped like a bomb on The Roxy. While weekday attendance left lots of room for hardcore dancing maneuvers, Goatwhore, The Casualties, Black Tusk, and Great American Ghost brought their A-game. Check out the photos after the jump.

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Preview: Letters to Cleo @ The Hi Hat

The band reunites for a quick tour, starting in LA

November 8th, 2018
Melissa Karlin
Category: News

Remember when alt-rock really was an alternative and it would pour out of coffee shop speakers? Or, back when it was there as the opening song to another wacky teen comedy with a heart of gold? Pepperidge Farms – I mean LA Music Blog – remembers.

Classic 90’s alt-rockers Letters To Cleo are back with with a mini tour just in time for the 25th anniversary of the album Aurora Gory Alice. Hitting up LA, NY, Philly and Boston, lead by front-woman Kay Hanley, the band will be celebrating the seminal album and hits like “I Want You To Want Me.” The tour kicks off this Friday, November 9 at The Hi Hat in Highland Park with American Hi-Fi as the opening act.

The band rarely tours, so consider this your opportunity to see ’em while you can! You know Ben Wyatt would and he’s the dude who invented the Cones of Dunshire.

The details:
American Hi-Fi
Friday, November 9, 2018
8:00 pm

Tickets available here
Learn more about Letters to Cleo

Preview: The eternal GWAR is coming to the Belasco

The almighty alien overlords return to LA

October 14th, 2018
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story, News

Gwar, it is safe to say at this point in their roughly 30 year career, are legends. Not just our alien overlords who caused the extinction of the dinosaurs and who march across the world gleefully slaughtering legions of faithful supplicants, but, more impressively, as extraordinarily passionate and extraordinary artists and musicians.
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Preview: CicLAvia – LA Phil @ 100

8 miles of performances, art and biking across LA!

September 28th, 2018
Melissa Karlin
Category: Lead Story, News

Hey, did you hear that? Oh, it’s just the sound of one of the biggest music meets movement events to hit Los Angeles coming our way on Sunday! Celebrate LA is an epic 8-mile biking and walking route that will turn the streets connecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl into the most epic street party to hit LA since those magic Lakers three-peat years. And it’s car free. Hell yeah. If you’ve never had the chance to do CicLAvia, this is the one to participate in.

Beginning at 8.30AM, a diverse array of music, food, art and dancing will be interwoven throughout the route, with stages/hub in Grand Park/Music Center, MacArthur Park, Koreatown, Melrose and Hollywood. With so much to do and so many performances to check out, here’s a little cheat sheet of some of the coolest performances of the day:

YOLA: Gustavo Dudamel’s Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles will help to kick off the big day at 8.30 with members of the LA Phil and a marching band from the Grand Stage. They’ll then be performing at various hubs throughout the rest of the day including the Hollywood Bowl at 1PM and Melrose Hub at 2.30.

Dengue Fever: Ever wanted to check out Cambodian pop music of the 1960s, but filtered through the contemporary American perspective? Be sure to be at the Koreatown Hub at 3PM to grove out with the best of em.

Klezmer Juice – Enjoy the classic sounds of Eastern European Jewish music, by way of Argentina. Because who knows of a horrah will just happen, and you do not wanna miss out on an opportunity to get lifted up in a chair while everyone dances in a circle around you. Trust me, I know from experience.

Las Cafetaras – Hometown hero alert: the group from East LA will be performing their energetic take on traditional son jarocho music at the Grand Avenue hub at 12!

Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra – No, your eyes do not deceive you. Jeff FREAKING LIFE FINDS A WAY Goldblum will be performing with his regular crew from the Rockwell Table & Stage at the Hollywood Hub in the shadow of the Capitol Records building at 12.15PM.

Leon Mobley and the Djembe West African Drummers and Dancers – 4 times throughout the day from the Melrose Hub, you can watch or join the West African dance party with the world-renowned percussionist! The performances will be 30 minutes long and begin at 9.30, 11, 12.30 and 2.

Pink Martini – I dunno about you all, but I love Pink Martini. As their mission describes, their sound is if the United Nations had a house band in 1962. And they’ll be on towards the end of the day on the Grand Ave Main Stage for a 90-minute set beginning at 6PM.

And there’s so much more to see! It’s times like this that make a girl wish time turners were real. The event is seriously called Celebrate LA for a reason. So many cultures and different kinds of music are going to be featured throughout the day.

And we’ll be there too, starting bright and early, sharing all the excitement on socials. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @lamusicblog. And join the conversation! Let us know what you’re checking out and what your favorite parts of the day were.

See you on Sunday to Celebrate LA!

Learn more about Celebrate LA.