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Chrissie Hynde, Live at The Pantages Theatre

December 9th, 2014
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Few of the current generation’s musical artists will make it to legendary status and still have a place to play in 30 years. Perhaps their greatest challenge is traveling down roads that have already been paved. So many musicians of generations past have been there and done that – framing and setting the standard for all subsequent artists. Chrissie Hynde, a maverick to the core, has lit the path for all following female artists to have more independence, opportunities and gumption. Hynde’s brash attitude and fervor for playing in a band have kept her in the business for almost four decades. She boldly writes rock songs that appeal to the masses, dons a signature masculine look with a feminine twist, and emits a generally “badass” energy that won’t quit. On Saturday night, she closed her Stockholm tour in front of a fully satisfied audience at the beautiful Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, proving that after more than 30 years of rocking, she still has that “it” factor. Read more…

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Red Bull 30 Days in LA Day 19: Midnight Magic, Live at Moonlight Rollerway

November 22nd, 2014
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Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in LA has officially taken the county by storm. With hype-worthy concerts night after night, each new show gets more exciting than its precedent. Good music, free snacks, Red Bull flowing by the case, swag and unique posters can be found at each night’s respective location. Wednesday night, Sound Select curated a special event at Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale. The Not your Mama’s Roller Disco is a philanthropically inclined Sound Select Soul Clap Records showcase with a live performance by Midnight Magic, DJ sets from Crew Love residents Lonely C of Soul Clap, Navid Izadi and special guest Baby Prince Wolf and Lamb, with donations from the bar going to the Global Alliance for Student Advancement 501c3. Read more…

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Red Bull 30 Days in LA Day 3 : Night Drive, ASTR and The Preatures

November 5th, 2014
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Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in LA project kicks off this week. Highlighting fresh music on the scene this year, this week’s showcases present heavy hitters Cut Copy, MS MR and The Preatures. Monday night brought the new hip-hop infused duo ASTR, surprise guests Night Drive and the Aussie ensemble The Preatures to Sayer’s Club’s intimate lounge for a rather special night. Read more…

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Big Data, Tove Lo, Empire of the Sun, Live at Sunset Strip Music Festival Day 2

September 22nd, 2014
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Rounding out the weekend, there are noticeably more bodies on the Sunset Strip than on Saturday. Read more…

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Jane’s Addiction, Failure, Crosses, Live at Sunset Strip Music Festival Day 1

September 21st, 2014
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The 7th annual Sunset Strip Music Festival hit Hollywood this weekend. The original lineup promised some major names. Unfortunately, when set times went up earlier this week, the lineup was notably sans Kaiser Chiefs and Minus the Bear. The fest still managed to pull out all the stops with headliners Crosses, Failure and Jane’s Addiction closing out Saturday night’s bill. Read more…

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Charles Bradley, King James & The Special Men, Live at Santa Monica Pier

September 14th, 2014
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Thursday night, the 30th Annual Twilight Concerts at Santa Monica Pier closed out their season. It was a strong run with an eclectic selection of artists spanning from Cults to La Santa Cecilia. Last night’s roundup included King James & The Special Men, in addition to Charles Bradley. Read more…

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Sam Smith, Live at Red Bull Sound Space

September 5th, 2014
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It is no secret that the British music scene has always made its way across the Atlantic to invade America. Fresh on the map this year is the ever soulful singer-songwriter Sam Smith. His sweet, humble demeanor emits the most unassuming presence, but his voice is undoubtedly a diamond in the rough. After piercing the MTV VMA’s pre-party at the Avalon on Friday night and the VMA ceremony on Sunday with powerful performances, he made one final stop at the Red Bull Sound Space in Culver City for a mini concert and a fan Q&A before jet setting out of LA. Read more…

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Made in America Festival, Los Angeles, Day 2

September 1st, 2014
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The gates open for day two at Made in America, and the lineup promises an even more eclectic selection than yesterday. Weezer, Juanes, John Mayer and headliner Kanye West draw in fans from across the spectrum. It is speculated that today’s attendance is even greater than yesterday’s. Read more…

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Made in America Festival, Los Angeles, Day 1

August 31st, 2014
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Budweiser’s Made in America is the first festival of its kind with two major lineups simultaneously taking place on both sides of the country – Los Angeles and Philadelphia – all weekend. Jay Z curates this inaugural event pulling a vast spectrum of artists mostly from the mainstream music scene. Big players like Kanye West, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar and John Mayer fill up the largest part of the bill. Kanye headlines night one in Philadelphia and magically flies to the best coast to finish off the weekend with a culminating performance at the downtown LA location. Read more…

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Arcade Fire, Dan Deacon and The Unicorns, Live at The Forum

August 3rd, 2014
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Last night, Arcade Fire took LA’s Forum arena by storm. With supporting acts The Unicorns and Dan Deacon, the night promised an epic party. Read more…

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