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Asher Roth with Chuck Inglish, Live at The Troubadour

April 23rd, 2014
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The Troubadour was packed like a can of sardines. Things started off with a classic DJ set– old school Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and newer-school Kendrick Lamar. Chuck Inglish was poetic but brought serious hip-hop energy; he knows what to say and how to say it smooth. His style is genuine and reminiscent of early Beastie Boys, which was very effective for keeping the audience excited and entertained. He requested early on to use “that disco ball with some lights shining on it,” making everyone downstairs cheer and wave their hands up while the crowded balcony was filled with listeners dancing on the bleachers. Read more…

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Hanni El Khatib and The Black Angels, Live at the Mayan

May 22nd, 2013

With all the whistles and screams for “Hanni!” you’d have thought he was headlining this final show with the Black Angels. Los Angeles musician Hanni El Khatib brought a load of intense, bluesy rock music onstage. Unfortunately, he did encounter some technical difficulties, causing the vocals to be repeatedly crushed out and a few bouts of unpleasant feedback. Although he started strong with “Nobody Move” and “Penny,” the crowd needed some motivation to dance– El Khatib worked tirelessly to get them to groove. He continued to deliver his marvelous noise with a charming sense of recklessness, clearly wearing his own dancing shoes. Wrapping things up with perfectly with “In My Veins” and “Loved One,” he successfully worked the crowd into a frenzy, reminding them why they were cheering for him in the first place.
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Bat For Lashes Live at the Fonda, Hollywood

April 25th, 2013

Low lights set the mood, building the anticipation for the final show of Bat For Lashes West Coast tour. All eyes on Natasha; she wore a long black skirt paired with a sparkling red caplet and matching halter top, her preferred outfit at Coachella, as well. Opening with a stunning delivery of “Lilies” and ditching her pleated caplet for “Glass,” Natasha warmed up. She asked everyone to dance for her, including a shout out to the balcony that they too, would be expected to participate.
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Vans Warped Tour Launch Event at Club Nokia, Los Angeles

April 1st, 2013

Far more fun than formal, Vans Warped Tour press conference was quite the party. Freebies like t-shirts, hats, tote bags, cds and guitar strings got fans excited. Lots of photo opportunities were available with Kevin Lyman, a number of bands from the tour and a variety of other social celebrities. Perhaps it wasn’t an ideal setting for asking questions, but it was a great situation for getting a peak at the excellent group of musicians to be a part of the tour for 2013.
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Eels and Nicole Atkins Live at the Fonda Theatre

February 19th, 2013

Nicole Atkins, sans band, was making everyone weak in the knees. Her powerful sultry voice has just the right amount of twang, it was enthralling for everyone. If the crowd was sitting, she most definitely would have received a standing ovation. Recalling a story of a magical pick found in a palm tree from the previous night, she said she knew it was going to be a good tour. She was right.

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The Afghan Whigs with Van Hunt Live at the Fonda Theatre, Hollywood

November 13th, 2012

Stepping onstage before the reunited The Afghan Whigs is a daunting job. Van Hunt was slow to prove he was serious about the task. “Eyes Like Pearls,” from his newest release, What Were You Hoping For? had the audience at a lull. He took a very casual approach; delivering the sultry song in a jam session style.
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