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††† (Crosses), Live at The Roxy

April 20th, 2014
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Fresh from headlining the XXX stage at Coachella, Chino Moreno’s latest project, ††† (Crosses), performed a full, intimate set at The Roxy on the Sunset Strip of Los Angeles, CA.

Moreno definitely seemed to be enjoying himself, spending a good portion of the evening singing directly into audience members’ cellphone video recordings. Sounding as crisp as ever, he leapt, screamed and danced his way through the night, most of the time sporting a huge grin. Read more…

By Marv Watson Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

Deer Tick and The Hold Steady, Live at the House of Blues, Boston

April 19th, 2014
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Deer Tick and The Hold Steady kicked off their joint tour at the House of Blues Boston following some in studio collaborations and covers of each other’s favorite work. Deer Tick was first to take the stage to catcalls and cheers as frontman John McCauley gave a “Hey what’s up!” and charmingly introduced the set with a slight slur, “We’re really excited to be here with our friends The Hold Steady tonight. Let’s make some music and words and screaming.” Read more…

By Emily Clark Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

#BIEBZ4EVAR – Coachella 2014 Weekend 1 Day 3

April 14th, 2014
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The first weekend of Coachella 2014 is done. What did we learn? As we discussed at length yesterday in our day 2 review, the festival has truly gone mainstream. On the third and final day, even Justin Bieber made a guest appearance. That’s not a typo, or a delusional freak-out following a cocktail of narcotics. Justin. Bieber. Has. Played. Coachella. Yup, the one and only Biebz joined rising star Chance the Rapper on the main stage today in the middle of the afternoon to perform the song “Confident.” We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. While day 3 lacked the knockout succession of soon-to-be-star acts day 2 featured, there were still a few standout performances worthy of the festival’s name and prestige.

All photos by Sharon Alagna
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By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews , ,

The Great Equalizer – Coachella 2014 Weekend 1 Day 2

April 13th, 2014
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Day one of Coachella 2014 was filled with a bevy of music’s best, brightest and most revered. Day two of the grand champion of American music festivals surpassed the first day in every way save the spectacle that was OutKast’s first concert in 13 years. This day’s bill was packed. Packed on the level of where it was almost impossible to see the heavy hitters without literally running around for seven hours straight without stopping for a dinner break. The talent quality was as high as it could be hoped for, but unlike the sweltering heat of day one, day two had a unique problem seldom seen in all of Coachella’s history: extreme wind. As those who drive east from Los Angeles know seeing the windmill fields, much of the high desert around the Coachella Valley has a propensity for powerful windy spurts. This day was pleasantly cooler than yesterday, but the wind not only rocked every standing piece of architecture; it also kicked up enough dust to choke the audience into submission.

All photos by Sharon Alagna
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By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews , ,

Planned Scarcity – Coachella 2014 Weekend 1 Day 1

April 12th, 2014
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It’s hard to fathom, but mxdwn has been attending and covering the Coachella Music Festival for over ten years. Yes, in the days of way, way back when, we camped, came in at 11:55 a.m., and phoned in our reports to writers standing by nationwide. I’m not joking. Back in those days, this festival was only two days, and somehow felt a little bit smaller, a lot more personal and a lot less overwhelming. It’s fitting as an epochal moment, as it was the one-two punch of Radiohead and the (at the time) recently reunited Pixies that drew the largest crowd we’ve ever seen on the massive field apparently also used for the sport Polo. Until tonight that is.
All photos by Sharon Alagna
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By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

Aerosmith, Live at Whiskey a Go Go, Announces “Let Rock Rule” Tour

April 10th, 2014
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It was only appropriate that the media event surrounding Aerosmith’s rock and roll tour announcement would take place at one of the West Coast’s most iconic venues on the Sunset Strip, the Whiskey a Go Go. As the official location to share their summer tour announcement, Aerosmith invited press and diehard fans to share the news. The “Let Rock Rule” tour is set to first visit Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York on July 10th before rocking out the rest of the US until September. Aerosmith will also be sharing the touring stage with Slash, featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Read more…

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

iHeartRadio Country Festival, Live at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center

March 31st, 2014
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The first ever iHeartRadio Country Festival took place this weekend in Austin, Texas, in front of nearly 17,000 people. The show was streamed on Country Music Television. The lineup consisted of country superstars Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen and Dan + Shay. Read more…

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Band of Skulls, Live at the Belasco Theatre

March 29th, 2014
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In celebration of their new album Himalayan, English alt rock band Band of Skulls played the Belasco Theatre in Downtown LA. The trio – Russell Marsden on guitar, Emma Richardson on bass and Matt Hayward on drums – grinded away on some new material along with a roster of classics. The new album is scheduled to drop on April 1st– and that’s no joke. Read more…

By Brett Padelford Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

South By So What?! 2014

March 28th, 2014
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South By So What?! is a yearly festival held in the spring at the QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, TX. The festival continuously keeps on growing from year to year, currently it is going 7 years strong. Overall, there is a broad mixture of bands that come to this festival from rock to pop and even metalcore. The venue itself has three stages, two main stages and a smaller side stage, all three are well set up and give the concert goers a lot of room to move around and doesn’t let the sound of each band over power the other. This year they changed the set up and made the festival from one day to three, with over 150 bands. This includes a mix of local bands, up and coming artists and, of course, headliners to end the day with a bang.
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KROQ Red Bull Sound Space Presents: Kings of Leon

March 28th, 2014
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For five hours, 250 Kings of Leon fans stood outside the KROQ radio station off Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles. The majority of the crow consisted of selected winners via website contests or being caller twenty on the KROQ station in order to be a part of the rare intimate showcase. The showcase was part of the KROQ Red Bull collaboration called the Red Bull Sound Space, located within the KROQ studios.

The space was lightly decorated with dissected speakers, audio equipment and record players that took over the wall behind the instruments as the backdrop. A variety of free Red Bull beverages were passed out as a live KROQ interview with the Nashville, Tennessee natives boomed overhead. Guitarist and lead vocalist Caleb Followill reminisced how the band, all family members, first started out. He discussed their proudest moment (winning a Grammy for their single “Use Somebody”). The crowd stirred closer together toward the stage as the live radio interview wrapped up, signalling that the live performance was just moments away. Music Photography by Scott Dudelson Read more…

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