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Geographer, Live at The Echoplex

November 8th, 2013
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The vibe was energetic as San Francisco’s Geographer kept the Echoplex rocking. Mike Deni (keys/synths/vocals/guitar), Nathan Blaz (cello/electronics) and Brian Ostreicher (drums/vocals), played an eclectic mix of indie rock. The trio and the audience played off each other as Deni danced and crooned and the crowd moved in unison. The audience was fully engaged as they sung and clapped along wholeheartedly. It was a night where Geographer and the audience truly connected. Read more…

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Brooklyn Festival Series: Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly Live at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

April 30th, 2013

The word “planetarium” usually calls to mind images of sitting in a high school gymnasium and watching Saturn hover the scoreboard. But Planetarium, part of the L.A. Philharmonic’s Brooklyn Festival series, turned Walt Disney Concert Hall into no ordinary planetarium.
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Brooklyn Festival: Pierson conducts Adams, Marks & Braxton at Walt Disney Concert Hall

April 24th, 2013

Conductor Alan Pierson lead a memorable night as part of the LA Phil’s Brooklyn Festival series.

Brooklyn Festival, inspired by the ’70s Manhattan scene, blends art and music from various styles.

The night at Walt Disney Concert Hall started with Samuel Carl Adams: Tension Studies. It was a minimal arrangement where the focal point harmonically switched between the xylophone to drums and sometimes guitar. The music began as a slow moving crescendo only to pull it away and rebuild.
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By Shareef Posted in Los Angeles, Reviews, Show Reviews

Photos: Autre Ne Veut Live at the Troubadour

March 25th, 2013

Autre Ne Veut, currently touring in support of Anxiety, played a solid set at the Troubadour, March 12. Songs throughout the night were an interesting mix of ’80s R&B mixed with synths. The evening started with the new single off of Anxiety titled “Play by Play,” best described as an ode to early Prince recordings. Singer Arther Ashin croon while he paced the stage, kneeling as he hit high notes.  This scene continued for the duration the night, with the occasional pause while Ashin played melodies from a nearby keyboard.  Accompanied by a drummer and additional singer, the dimly lite stage bubbled with the sounds of new songs off the album. The show went on for about an hour and ended with the audience wanting more. Although it was clear by the end that Ashin had given everything he had to give.

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Photos: Bonde Do Role, Poolside and Com Truise Live at the Echoplex

December 7th, 2012

One couldn’t choose a more eclectic mix of musicians playing at the Echoplex on 11/2, with Bonde Do Role, Poolside and Com Truise sharing the stage. Bonde Do Role, a rambunctious trio from Brazil, came to the Echoplex to party. The trio started the night by jumping off the stage and challenging the audience to a limbo. Their set was a mixture of lively brazilian beats fused with hip hop and rock, perfectly matching their onstage antics.

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Photos: Filters Culture Collide Festival 2012 – Day 3

October 11th, 2012

Culture Collide, a 4 day festival featuring numerous acts from around the world.  It spanned multiple venus, multiple nights, and a melting pot of cultures enjoying various international music artists.   The following features a sliver of the 20+ performers from Day 3.
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