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The Drop: Matisyahu, Live at the GRAMMY Museum

June 10th, 2014
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Many people may not know that the New York bred, Jewish roots reggae hip hop artist, Matisyahu, is a HUGE L.A. Kings Hockey fan. So much so, in fact, that the sold out show, “The Drop: Matisyahu at the GRAMMY Museum” was pushed a little behind because naturally, the Kings had gone into overtime. Unexpected twists and turns enhance the beauty of Matisyahu. His soul-searching new album, Akeda and his heart-opening GRAMMY Museum performance painstakingly illustrated the nature of a man most of us never knew. Read more…

By Aisha Humphrey Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

Talib Kweli Secret Show, Live at Sonos Studio

September 9th, 2013
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“There’s something in the water in Los Angeles, right now – y’all got it.” – Talib Kweli

Even LA’s record-topping heat wave can’t stop die-hard Talib Kweli fans. They sweat profusely, standing shoulder to shoulder in the quaint Sonos Studios after waiting in line in the boiling summer sun. To keep spirits high, iced signature drinks by Maestro Dobel Tequila kept the crowd chilled, while Sonos’ state-of-the-art sound system piped in Pandora’s handcrafted hip hop playlist. The music took many on a reminiscent ride back to the early 2000’s, an era that arguably marked the end of conscious hip hop as we knew it– or did it? Beyond projects like Black Star (with Yasiin Bay AKA Mos Def) and Reflection Eternal (with DJ Hi-Tek), Talib Kweli, the legendary artist known to tackle issues such as gun violence, domestic abuse, self-love and who recently traveled to Florida to protest racial injustices, has never stopped.
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By Aisha Humphrey Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

Sunset Strip Music Festival 2013 (SSMF review, photos and more)

August 4th, 2013

Defying the chilly weather forecast, the sun blazed brightly over West Hollywood’s iconic Sunset Strip with a heat rivaling the beautiful people and legendary artists at this year’s Sunset Strip Music Festival.

People spanning all walks of life, celebrity status (i.e. Ron Jeremy, Chris Brown and Wayne Brady) and über-questionable fashion selections stood shoulder to shoulder, united by music. Though historically considered a rock and roll event, this year’s festival, sponsored by Jack Daniels, paid homage to everything from classic hip hop to modern rock, featuring headliners Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick and Linkin Park.
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The Egg & Sophie Barker Live at The Satellite

May 27th, 2013

The Egg and Sophie Barker brought an eclectic British Invasion night of music to the The Satellite in Silver Lake.

Adorned with matching shirts emblazoned with cartoon hero The Flash’s logo, the infamous EDM innovators The Egg delivered quite the electronic dance fest. In contrast to Sophie Barker’s generally mid- to down-tempo music, the quartet showcased a seamless, bass-thumping, non-stop wave of electric music with organic elements. Live drums (Maff Scott), guitar (Matt White), bass (Paul Marshall) and keys/vocals (Ned Scott) laced seamlessly with loops, samples and vivid projected images that correlated to each song.
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By Aisha Humphrey Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

Paramore and KITTEN, Live at The Wiltern

May 6th, 2013

When presale tickets sell out before the “P” in Paramore is pronounced, you know you’re in for a good show. Though not intended as a “girl power” double billing, Paramore and KITTEN are most definitely bashing in the confines of female-lead stereotypes and kicking down doors in rock to astounding fanfare. They’re rocking it so much that the line for the show literally wrapped itself around the entire square block of the historic theater, almost looping right back to the front entrance.
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Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm Headline 2013 HARDDRIVE LIVE 5 Tour at The Fox

April 24th, 2013

The historic Fox Theatre in Pomona was rocked by HARDDRIVE.com’s 5th annual HARDDRIVE LIVE TOUR, featuring the Metalcore icons Bullet for My Valentine and Hard Rock trailblazers Halestorm. Playing to an all ages crowd, both bands were winners on stage, playing to a packed house, teaming with energy and ready to explode at either band’s command.
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By Aisha Humphrey Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

Ra Ra Riot Live at the El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles

March 1st, 2013

It’s been a year since Ra Ra Riot graced El Rey’s stage and the excitement for their new album, Beta Love, was palpable.  The vast sea of eager hipsters, some more inebriated than others, continually threatened to spill past the designated black lines defining the aisles of the pit, keeping security busy.
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By Aisha Humphrey Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

El Ten Eleven Live at The Echo Los Angeles

November 24th, 2012

“The last time we played here, I think we opened for a reggae band and there was like 15 people here to see us,” said Kristian Dunn, responding to the sold-out masses at The Echo. Winding down their Fall 2012 tour, promoting their new album Transistions, El Ten Eleven chose L.A. as their 3rd to last stop, making their way up and down the west coast.

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By Aisha Humphrey Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

Family of the Year Live at High Fidelity Records Los Angeles

October 10th, 2012
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Word spread like wildfire that Family of the Year, the LA-based indie/folk rock quartet were to perform a FREE show in celebration of the release of their latest album, Loma Vista. Much like their sold out show the night before at the Bootleg Theater, a curiously long line spilled out from the cramped music store.

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By Aisha Humphrey Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

Sea Wolf Live at Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles

October 10th, 2012

Set against a beautiful backdrop echoing a mediterranean villa and a gaggle of adults getting in touch with their playful side, Sea Wolf surprisingly performed an uninspired show to close out the night.
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