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Charli XCX, Live at Sonos Studio

June 25th, 2014
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Known for big “featuring” credits on Top 40 hits “I Love It” by Icona Pop and “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea, the 21-year-old British singer Charlotte Aitchison – aka Charli XCX – filled up the intimate Sonos Studio in a tony area of West L.A. with her youthful energy and driving pop sounds. Backed by an all-girl trio, Charli XCX sang a sampling of songs mostly from last year’s album, True Romance and snuck in an upbeat cover of the 1964 pop confection, “I Want Candy.” Charli XCX finished with “Boom Clap” from the soundtrack to the teen summer movie cry-fest “The Fault In Our Stars,” already her first Top 40 hit as a solo artist. Read more…

By Brett Padelford Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

Band of Skulls, Live at the Belasco Theatre

March 29th, 2014
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In celebration of their new album Himalayan, English alt rock band Band of Skulls played the Belasco Theatre in Downtown LA. The trio – Russell Marsden on guitar, Emma Richardson on bass and Matt Hayward on drums – grinded away on some new material along with a roster of classics. The new album is scheduled to drop on April 1st– and that’s no joke. Read more…

By Brett Padelford Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

The Kooks, Live at The Troubadour

March 25th, 2014
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Set to release their fourth full length studio album, British pop rock group The Kooks electrified The Troubadour. While one group of fans waited outside for the second show, the packed house inside squealed and lunged for lead singer Luke Pritchard like swooning teenyboppers. “Down,” the single from their upcoming album, signals a change of direction for the band with a new hip-hop inspired sound. The album will be released this summer. Read more…

By Brett Padelford Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

Mac DeMarco, Puro Instinct and Avid Dancer, Live at The Echo

February 3rd, 2014
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On January 29, the longest line The Echo had ever seen waited for the Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Los Angeles showcase. Hoping to see headliner Mac DeMarco along with Puro Instinct and Avid Dancer, the stream of concertgoers extended across the Glendale Boulevard bridge along Sunset Boulevard all the way to Brite Spot.

After Avid Dancer– led by former U.S. Marine and expert snare drummer Jacob Summers– provided some grooving psychedelia, sisters Piper and Skylar Kaplan of Puro Instinct pepped up the crowd with some lilting pop. Then, wild-eyed Mac DeMarco, of Vancouver, Canada, played a raucous set of hits laced with pop covers that had audience members (and DeMarco himself) stage diving with glee.
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HARD Day of the Dead 2013: Day 2

November 6th, 2013
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A chilly evening greeted ravers to LA State Historic Park for day two of HARD Day of the Dead. The mood was far from lifeless, though. Eager-faced kids waited patiently at the endless checkpoints with few looking burnt-out from the previous night or concerned about waking up the next day for school or work.

The schedule was packed with big EDM acts like Calvin Harris, Pretty Lights and Eric Prydz on the two big festival stages and niche DJ’s on the smaller Underground stage and in the intimate Discotheque tent. When not dancing in the pits, festival-goers could grub at food trucks, string a free candy necklace or find a dark corner of the park to chill.
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HARD Day of the Dead 2013: Day 1

November 4th, 2013
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Getting off the Metro at Union Station on November 1st, it was difficult at first to tell the celebrants on their way to Olvera Street for the traditional Latin American holiday of Dia de los Muertos from the ravers headed to nearby Los Angeles State Historic Park for HARD Day of the Dead.

While both wore traditional skull masks, the exposed skin of the EDM fans was a dead giveaway. Luckily, it was a warm fall evening and festival-goers enjoyed a thumping night in the middle of Chinatown. With four stages full of big name acts like Skrillex, jenky carnival rides and a beer garden or two, it was definitely a lively Day (and night) of the Dead. Read more…

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Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival 2013: Day Two

October 16th, 2013
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Filter Magazine’s fourth annual Culture Collide Festival returned to Echo Park last weekend. Spanning Glendale Boulevard on Sunset, bands from around the world played in venues as diverse as the grimy, underground Echoplex and the stuffy but charming Taix restaurant. From Poland (Brodka) to Australia (Miami Horror), bands and DJs of all genres and colors entertained the hipster throngs on Day 2.
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Check Yo Ponytail 2- Boys Noize Live at the Echoplex

June 5th, 2013

In between highly-anticipated sets in Coachella’s newly-vaulted Sahara tent, Dog Blood – composed of EDM stars Skrillex and Boys Noize – were rumored for a secret set 135 miles to the west at the Echoplex for the venue’s edgy Check Yo Ponytail 2 series.
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Delta Spirit, Live at the Playboy Mansion

May 16th, 2013

Members of Delta Spirit had to expect that the crowd cavorting at the Playboy Mansion would be a bit unfocused for their set that night. After all, the Live at the Landmark concert series’ latest stop at Hugh Hefner’s legendary digs in Holmby Hills provided many distractions, whether it was the famed Grotto, mingling Playboy Bunnies or free food and Tennessee whiskey provided by the sponsor Jack Daniel’s.
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13 Things to Remember for Coachella 2013

February 11th, 2013

Now that the lineup is out for Coachella, it’s time to start getting excited for dusty lungs, burned necks and rubbing up on salty, sweaty strangers. That’s right, Coachella 2013 is nigh.

Whether or not you remember last year (for whatever reason, no judgment) or are planning your first trip out, here are 13 things I learned last year so you’ll be prepared for the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
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By Brett Padelford Posted in Editorials