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Red Bull 30 Days in LA Day 25: Tree, Two-9, Juicy J, Live at The Fonda

November 26th, 2014
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The dancing began even before the performers came on stage for the next event of Red Bull 30 Days in LA. The crowd’s rowdy anticipation was almost palpable as The Fonda Theater in Hollywood began to fill. The evening promised heavy beats, rap and energy and the performers certainly did not disappoint. Read more…

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Red Bull 30 Days in LA Day 18: Real Estate, Beach Party, Pure Bathing Culture, Live at the Belasco Theater

November 26th, 2014
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Night 18 of Redbull’s 30 days in LA was headlined by Real Estate at the beautiful Belasco Theater. Openers were Los Angeles band Beach Party and Pure Bathing Culture an indie band from Brooklyn. New Jersey’s Real Estate played a mix of older songs and songs from their newest album, Atlas, and even brought up Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) for a song early in their set. Read more…

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Future Punx – I’m So Inspired

November 26th, 2014
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See You in the Past

It’s hard not to pick up a Devo vibe from Inspired, the newest EP from Brooklyn’s Future Punx. Future Punx describes themselves as “post wave,” and this is a perfect description for the style of music they play. While many punk bands have taken the post-punk route in their music, Future Punx has refreshingly taken the 80s new wave path and it has worked strongly in their favor. Upbeat, quirky, and filled with beeps and synth, Inspired, is exactly what punk that has been influenced by new wave should sound in 2014. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in Reviews

Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers

November 25th, 2014
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Hugged By a Taser

Andy Stott doesn’t like to stand still. With a discography that jumps from corner to corner of the electronic music map, it’s tough to pin a label on his work — especially his latest solo effort, Faith in Strangers. It flutters through tinges of ambient meditative composition, cross-pollinates with grimy dub, and gets chopped to bits by an assembly line of malfunctioning electronic filters. The result is an album that is purposefully destructive, embraces its own decay, and is one of the more interesting new works of the year. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in Reviews

The Living Kills – Odd Fellows Hall

November 25th, 2014
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“Don’t Look For Any Meaning”

A full-length album isn’t expected from Brooklyn’s The Living Kills until next year, but in the meantime they’ve released Odd Fellows Hall, a five-song compilation of 70s-rock organ, synth and percussion that manages to also maintain a modern-day rock sound. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews

Dam Gila- So Long Leisure

November 24th, 2014
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Poppy- Jangle Rock

Dam Gila, the reworked name of Yawn front man Adam Gil, is a new solo project that capitalizes on the 21st century’s appropriation of jangle-pop. Gila’s debut album So Long Leisure sounds a bit like an overly produced Mac Demarco record, but without any of the eccentric charm. Read more…

By Elliot Greiner Posted in Reviews

The New Pornographers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Live at Union Transfer, Philadelphia

November 24th, 2014
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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart kicked things off at Thursday night’s show at Union Transfer. As openers, it’s their job to get the crowd pumped for the headlining act. And they definitely fulfilled that responsibility. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been around for a while now. Or at least Kip Berman has. Following their 2011 release, Belong, several members of the band departed, leaving just lead singer Kip Berman and drummer Kurt Feldman. Read more…

By Jackie VanZelst Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

Röyksopp- The Inevitable End

November 23rd, 2014
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The 5th and Final Goodbye

The last traditional album from the Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp doesn’t feel like a goodbye, but the two are going out on a high note with The Inevitable End. The album is named after the Norwegian duo’s decision that their fifth studio album will be their last in the “traditional album format.” With The Inevitable End, Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland have a studio album that seemingly sets them up to begin writing movie scores, or whatever direction they choose to go in next. The album starts out with a track reminiscent of the famous French electronic duo Daft Punk’s Grammy winning album “Random Access Memories.” On this particular album, “Skulls” is a standout introductory track due to its upbeat nature, which is very suitable for parties. Röyksopp utilizes a variety of talented guest singers that sound strong over the interesting instrumental mixes the group makes. They seem to mix best with Swedish pop singer Robyn, who they teamed up with earlier this year on the mini-album “Do It Again.” Read more…

By Rachel Geiger Posted in Reviews ,

Savages with Bo Ningen – Words to the Blind

November 22nd, 2014
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Unique Is as Unique Does

In music, uniqueness is king, and in that realm of unique sound, only the best can stand alone. Among that best is the 37-minute Dada-inspired Words to the Blind by UK’s Savages in collaboration with Japanese psych-punk band Bo Ningen. There are truly few words for this brilliant one-song album. The pure and complete juxtaposition between the two present a unique compilation that has no true comparison – maybe a new-age Melt Banana – that’s sure to please the select audience of the truly unique. Read more…

By Colin Moore Posted in Reviews

Anna Thorvaldsdottir – Aerial

November 22nd, 2014
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Iceland’s Musical Gem

Iceland isn’t a country that gets a ton of attention from the west and when it does, it’s primarily due to the iconic musician Bjork. However, this is not the only musical experimentalist that calls the Nordic island a home. Classically trained composer extraordinaire Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s release of Aerial surely cements her name into the experimental annals. Aerial is a beautiful combination of noise and classical composition. The album is not for everyone, but fans of tasteful noise will find bliss in a way that Merzbow can’t even induce. Read more…

By Colin Moore Posted in Reviews