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Red Bull 30 Days in LA Day 22: The Head and The Heart, Los Colognes, Live at the Ace Hotel

December 2nd, 2014
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Day 22 of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in LA took us downtown to The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Indie folk band The Head and The Heart headlined the sold out show with Nashville’s Los Colognes opening.  Within a few songs their set, the Seattle six-piece had the entire (seats only) theatre on their feet dancing which held on for pretty much the rest of the night. The band played a remarkable selection of songs off their two Sub Pop albums including crowd favorite “Lost in My Mind”. Read more…

By Owen Ela Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews , , , ,

Red Bull 30 Days in LA Day 13: Run The Jewels, Mystery Skulls, Thurz

November 14th, 2014
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The thirteenth day of Red Bull’s 30 Days In LA brings us hip hop duo Run The Jewels headlining the Echoplex. LA’s Thurz and Mystery Skulls opened the show which rounded up another impressive line-up of the beloved Concert Series. Rapper’s El-P and Killer Mike stunned the sold out crowd with cameos from Rage Against The Machine’s Zack De La Rocha for the song “Close Your Eyes And Count To Fuck,” Travis Barker behind the kit for “All Due Respect” and Gangsta Boo for audience favorite “Love Again.”

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By Owen Ela Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews , , , ,

FYF Fest 2014 Day 2 (Review, Photos and More)

August 26th, 2014
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With a few of the kinks worked out, the second day of FYF Fest had much faster security lines and an expanded capacity inside The Arena. They even gave out free bottled waters inside and outside the venue which somewhat made up for the issues of the first day. You can tell that everyone was still in recovery mode from the night before and the crowd needed a little pick me up which they received by way of Benjamin Booker’s set on the Lawn Stage.
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By Owen Ela Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

FYF Fest 2014 Day 1 (Review, Photos and More)

August 24th, 2014
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As the summer winds down, Los Angeles’ favorite music festival finds itself in new surroundings. The Exposition Park plays host to this year’s FYF Fest, four stages spread across the vast grounds of the park. A new home usually comes with new problems as festival goers had to endure 2-3 hour lines just to get through security, just one of the few minor glitches that needed to be worked out on the first day of the two day marathon.
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By Owen Ela Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

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…

By Owen Ela Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews , ,

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…

By Owen Ela Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews , , ,

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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