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PHOTOS: Jurassic 5, Live at the Greek Theatre

July 22nd, 2014
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Los Angeles hip-hop veterans Jurassic 5 brought their “Word Mouth Reunion Tour” to the Greek Theatre in Berekley, CA.  After a 6 year hiatus the group is still on top of their game, dishing out a stellar mix of classics from all four of their previous albums. MCs Akil, Chali 2na, Marc 7 and Zaakir backed by DJs Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark had the capacity crowd dancing throughout the entire set. Read more…

By Owen Ela Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014, Day 3

July 21st, 2014
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After a full weekend of Pitchfork Music Festival, one thing has become fully apparent; women rule the festival circuit. Though Kendrick Lamar was inspired and gave one of the far better performances of his lengthy festival run, it was Grimes who took home the flowery festival crown. Watching a one-person show can get pretty old really fast, though it’s rather impressive to see one person able to hold the fort down musically. Grimes has grown exponentially as an artist and an entertainer. Though flanked by two dancers, it was evident that she could more than handle covering the stage on her own aesthetically. Pitchfork’s live stream cameras presumably had a ball capturing fans jumping just as high as the pop-savvy producer as she danced between synths and modulators, leaning in close to push the instruments even further as a fan cooled Grimes from what was shaping up to be an act of aerobics. Read more…

By April Siese Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

Gregg Allman and Sturgill Simpson Live at KCRW’s Country in the City

July 21st, 2014
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In Los Angeles we have almost too many concert venues. Some months it seems as if there are two more opening and two more closing forever. It’s hard to imagine there being any more places that could reasonably fit a show, but deep in the center of the otherwise business- and skyscraper-filled Century City the descending garden terrace adjacent the Annenberg Space for Photography makes for a picturesque setting. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews , ,

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014, Day 2

July 20th, 2014
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The second day of Pitchfork Music Festival made a surprising case against a lack of stage conflict. As fans packed in quite tightly for a mid-afternoon tUnE-yArDs set, it was pretty clear that those unwilling to brave a crowd would be better off grabbing the scant free items offered towards the outskirts of Union Park. Like the many festivals that fall before and after it during this long summer festival season, Pitchfork offers free bandanas and totes, twinkies, popsicles and even a bit of Chipotle if you can brave the VIP line. Endurance is everything and it’s far easier to stick it out surrounded by strangers when your soundtrack happens to be songstress Merrill Garbus. Read more…

By April Siese Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014, Day 1

July 19th, 2014
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The 10th annual Pitchfork Music Festival stands as one of the few Chicago festivals that celebrates the city as much as it celebrates its hyper-curated lineup. Each stage offers a different facet of contemporary music with minimal conflict, so you’ve got as good of a chance of finding your niche stage as you do discovering an off the beaten path artist that vibes just as well with Beck as they do with Factory Floor. Add to that a vinyl marketplace, the fine offerings of Goose Island Brewery and a surprisingly affordable spread of food that even includes a mini Whole Foods Market with fresh fruit and you’ve almost got yourself a small township linked primarily by the love music and all that is quality. Read more…

By April Siese Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Warpaint, Live at The Shrine Auditorium

July 13th, 2014
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Against a violet backdrop and to the subharmonic pulse of an ominous bass loop, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds walked out onto the stage in near-darkness, and for the next two hours Cave preached, gesticulated and crooned to the accompaniment of clanging madness and bittersweet ballad blues. By the end of the evening the Shrine’s sold-out capacity, if they were not believers at the start, were converts by the end.

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By Reuben Merringer Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

De Lux, Live at KCRW’s Made in L.A. at Hammer Museum

July 12th, 2014
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KCRW’s Summer Nights are in full swing. Thursday night kicked off the first of several eclectic festivities from live concerts at the Santa Monica Pier to pop up clubs like the Made in L.A. Music. The Do-Over and Innovative Leisure took initiative in presenting the first of four Made in L.A. Events with De Lux (live set) and KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer at the Hammer Museum. Read more…

By Rachel Zimmerman Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews , ,

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell Live at The Hollywood Bowl 7/3

July 4th, 2014
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Families and bluegrass lovers alike gathered at the Hollywood Bowl to see Steve Martin, The Steep Canyon Rangers, and Edie Brickell perform their July 4th weekend show. The LA Philharmonic, which began the first part of the show, started the night out with a bang. Our national anthem resonated through the venue as fireworks lit up the sky. Afterwards, charismatic conductor John Morris Russell greeted the crowd and wished America a happy birthday. Read more…

By Janelle Esguerra De La Cruz Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews , ,

Red Bull Sound Select Presents: The Thermals, Gothic Tropic and Beach Party, Live at The Roxy

July 3rd, 2014
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Taking stage at iconic nightclub The Roxy, Red Bull Sound Select presented another outstanding night on the Sunset Strip. Sound Select veteran Tapioca and the Flea’s frontman, Samuel Lopez, played host as well guest DJ as he spun hot hits throughout the night. Wild, dancing hipsters lined the walls of The Roxy, ready to see headliners The Thermals and tune into openers, Los Angeles’ own Beach Party and Gothic Tropic. The Roxy’s sultry ambiance laid out the perfect feel for the night. Red Bull provided a GIF booth where fans could record 3 seconds of themselves for a looped image, used as hilarious imagery played throughout the night. Read more…

By Marisa Rose Ficara Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews , , , , , ,

Peanut Butter and Jelly – Royksopp and Robyn Live at the Hollywood Bowl

June 30th, 2014
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Every once in a while we get a chance to experience an incredible dance event at the Hollywood Bowl. Some years back, Thievery Corporation practically burned the place down with world-infused downtempo jams. More recently, The Chemical Brothers delivered their unparalleled knack for full-bodied 4-to-the-floor mania. This week, we get the extra special treat of not only electro titans Royksopp, but also dance pop megastar Robyn. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough both Royksopp and Robyn are performing together, playing collaborative songs from their recently released Do It Again EP. It’s a night filled with immensely talented Swedes and Norwegians and there would be no better venue to bring a historic show like this to the fold than the Hollywood Bowl. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,