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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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Allah-Las – Worship The Sun

September 22nd, 2014
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Grab Some Summer While You Still Can

The Ventures, The Yardbirds and The Beach Boys had a love child, and that child is Allah-Las. As their Bandcamp bio says, the Allah-Las were formed while the members worked at the famous L.A. record store, Amoeba Music. One can easily imagine them poring over the countless records in that shop, listening to the surf-rock and British Invasion staples and saying, “yeah, this is our sound.” Every song on Worship The Sun is filled with twangy, reverb heavy guitars, lethargic lead vocals (not a bad thing) and backup vocals that, as opposed to the computer-perfect backups you so often hear on albums these days, refreshingly sound like they were done live. Read more…

By Jake Romm Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Soul Side – Trigger/Bass-103

September 22nd, 2014
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A “Dischordant” Discovery

Washington, DC post-hardcore group Soul Side (sometimes known as Soulside) has just put out a rerelease and remastering of their debut EP for the famed Dischord Records, the Trigger EP along with three-song single, Bass-103. While Soul Side may not be the first band on the tip of your tongue when you think of Dischord bands from the ’80s, one listen to this record and you’ll see just how many bands took their influence from them, like New York’s Quicksand. And with members that went on to form Girls Against Boys and Seven League Boots, it’s no wonder why this band was so important. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in Reviews ,

Lia Ices – Ices

September 22nd, 2014
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Ambition Drowning Out the Talent

Ices is an album that you will find yourself really wanting to like, especially in light of Lia Ices’ previous two records. She has a stunning voice and a gift for songwriting, both of which are unfortunately buried under layers of self-inflicted over-production. Read more…

By Chris Ernt Posted in Reviews ,

Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark – Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark

September 22nd, 2014
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Working Hard or Hardly Working?

In 2001, Slimkid3 and DJ Nu-Mark released an EP entitled Another Day Another Dollar. Now the two are collaborating once again on their latest release,  self-titled Slimkid3 and DJ Nu-Mark. Slimkid3 and DJ Nu-Mark have more in common with each other than with their new LP. Both have been a part of notable hip hop acts: Nu-mark as a DJ for Jurassic 5 and Slimkid3 as one of the original members of The Pharcyde. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews ,

Lili Haydn- Lililand

September 21st, 2014
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Violin Pop Gone Awry

There is something sacrilegious about using violins in rock music. At its best the genre exists within an almost minimalist setting of drums, keys, bass, guitar, and (possibly) vocals. When unnecessary ambience gets thrown into the mix, rock becomes glittery and watered down, lost within its own self-concern. Such is the case with violinist Lili Haydn’s newest release, Lililand; the artist’s fourth, and most uninspiring, studio album. Read more…

By Elliot Greiner Posted in Reviews

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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Myrkur – Myrkur

September 21st, 2014
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Haunting and Heavy

From the first track of Myrkur, the listener is enticed with the sound of welcoming female vocals singing a song of nature and slumber. With this, however, comes a most unwarned surprise; within the song’s first minute there is the presence of abrasive drumming and loud, heavy, fast guitars. Read more…

By Birdie Garcia Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Flyleaf – Between the Stars

September 21st, 2014
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So Damn Good

Between the Stars, the latest album from female-fronted, Texas-based Flyleaf, is the album you didn’t know you were waiting to hear. The album’s groove is a perfect blend of pop and rock with punk/grunge undertones. Read more…

By Sophia Wolbrom Posted in Reviews

Neutral Milk Hotel, the Breeders, Daniel Johnston, Live at the Hollywood Bowl

September 20th, 2014
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After a four day heatwave, the blanket lifted in time for an all-star lineup at the Hollywood Bowl Thursday night. With three acts in the lineup, each respectively rich with its own history and cultural impact, L.A.’s immense amphitheater was appropriately huge to house such talent.

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