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PHOTOS: Jurassic 5, Live at the Greek Theatre

July 22nd, 2014
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Los Angeles hip-hop veterans Jurassic 5 brought their “Word Mouth Reunion Tour” to the Greek Theatre in Berekley, CA.  After a 6 year hiatus the group is still on top of their game, dishing out a stellar mix of classics from all four of their previous albums. MCs Akil, Chali 2na, Marc 7 and Zaakir backed by DJs Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark had the capacity crowd dancing throughout the entire set. Read more…

By Owen Ela Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

Photos: City and Colour, Live at the Fox Theatre

April 21st, 2014
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Billed as one of several Localchella shows around Southern California between the two weekends of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, City and Colour graced the majestic stage and art-deco walls of the Fox Theatre in Pomona. Accompanied by his stellar four-piece band, Dallas Green serenaded the sold-out crowd with a collection of indie-folk songs that had the entire building singing along. Favorites such as “Harder Than Stone” fit in perfectly with acoustic and stripped down “Comin’ Home” and “Paradise,” as the mixture of full band and solo acoustic songs had the everyone on a roller coaster of emotions throughout the night. Read more…

By Owen Ela Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

Photos: Phantogram, Live at the Red Bull Sound Space

February 28th, 2014
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With their current radio single and major label debut, Voices, indie pop duo Phantogram played a very intimate show at the Red Bull Sound Space in the office of LA radio giant KROQ. The NY natives didn’t disappoint the crowd of fortunate fans as they jammed through a small collection of songs.

Set List:

Nothing But Trouble
Black Out Days
The Day You Died
I Don’t Blame You
Don’t Move
Fall in Love

Photos by Owen Ela
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Photos: Future Islands, Live at Center for the Arts

February 10th, 2014
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Future Islands recently brought their soul-drenched live show to The Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock. It’s been two years since the Baltimore trio played LA and with the aid of a newly recruited live drummer and forthcoming album Singles on indie powerhouse 4AD, Samuel Herring and company did not disappoint the sold-out crowd. The band gracefully showcased new tracks “Seasons (Waiting On You)” and “One Day” and old favorites like “Tin Man” and “Balance.” For the encore, Samuel asked for the house lights to be turned on as the group closed their set with “Little Dreamer.” Read more…

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Photos: Depeche Mode, Live at Staples Center

October 2nd, 2013
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Depeche Mode played the second of three sold out shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday night. The British pioneers are touring in support of their latest record Delta Machine. “Welcome To My World” opened the show, as frontman Dave Ganan welcomed the crowd with Jagger-like hip thrusts that continued well into their set. Favorites like “Walking in My Shoe,” “Barrel of a Gun” and “Personal Jesus” echoed all the way up the nose-bleeds atop the massive downtown arena. Acoustic renditions of “Home” and “Shake the Disease” by founding member and guitarist Martin Gore began their encore. The band finished their set with dance classics “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “Never Let Me Down Again.” Read more…

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Photos: Grouplove, Live at The Troubadour

September 22nd, 2013
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Grouplove celebrated the release of their much-anticipated sophomore album Spreading Rumors at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. “It’s great to be playing new songs for everyone,” said lead singer and guitarist Christian Zucconi. Their set opened with “I’m with You” and “Borderlines and Aliens,” from Spreading Rumors. Singer and keyboardist Hannah Hooper pounced wildly on stage as the hometown crowd sang along. The band’s encore included much loved “Itchin’ on a Photograph,” new single “Ways to Go” and breakthrough track “Colours.” Here are some photos from the band’s vibrant performance.
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Photos: The National, Live at The Greek

August 14th, 2013
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Nestled among the trees of The Greek Theatre, Brooklyn based The National played the first of two sold-out Los Angeles shows. It’s been nearly two years since the band last performed in L.A. and with the release of their highly regarded sixth studio album, Trouble Will Find Me, Angelenos have been anxiously awaiting their return.

The quintet opened with two new songs, “I Should Live In Salt” and “Don’t Swallow The Cap.” Berninger’s vocals hummed through the hills, declaring “Everything I love is on the table” as the crowd sang along.  The band shuffled between High Violet and Trouble Will Find Me before delving deeper into their catalog as the night progressed. The crowd’s energy soared during the second song of their four song encore. A raucous “Mr. November,” off their 2005 release Alligator, brought people out of their seats and Berninger into the audience as far as his mic cord allowed. The encore concluded with an acoustic rendition of “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks.”
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Photos: Jim James, Live at The Fonda

June 5th, 2013

Backed by four talented musicians and bursting strands of light, My Morning Jacket lead singer Jim James brought his much anticipated solo act to a sold-out audience at The Fonda in Los Angeles.  Playing through his entire magnificent album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, James carelessly whipped his hair throughout the entire set, culminating in a Monsters of Folk mini-reunion with Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst for the track “Dear God.” With just over a handful of mostly festival dates left, be sure to catch Jim James and his new friends before he returns to his “day job”.
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Photos: Alt-J Live at The Observatory

May 5th, 2013

Between their two festival dates at Coachella Music and Arts Festival, indie rock outfit Alt-J made a stop at The Observatory in Santa Ana. The British foursome mesmerized a full-capacity crowd as they played song after song off their Mercury Award-winning debut, An Awesome Wave. Here are a few photos from their remarkable set.
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Photos: Cold War Kids Live at The Observatory

February 28th, 2013

Wrapping up their fourth studio album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, Long Beach indie rock outfit Cold War Kids brought new songs and high energy to a sold-out crowd at The Observatory.  The band weaved in and out of their catalog with reliable favorites “Mexican Dogs,” “Relief” and “Hospital Beds” and new songs “Jail Birds,” “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts,” and the undeniable crowd pleaser, “Miracle Mile.”  This tour will take the band through North America and Europe culminating in late May with homecoming shows at The Fonda and The Belly Up Tavern.
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By Owen Ela Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews