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PHOTOS: Way Over Yonder 2014, Day 1

October 1st, 2014
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Way Over Yonder, the west coast version of the Newport Folk festival took place on the Santa Monica Pier September 26th and 27th. Day one’s included Bootstraps, The Far West, Houndmouth, The Wild Reeds, Moses Sumney, Joe Fletcher, Lucinda Williams, Little Hurricane and Local Natives. Read more…

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Iron Reagan – Tyranny of Will

September 29th, 2014
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Triumph of the Will

Iron Reagan, the thrash/’80s hardcore side project from Richmond, Virginia and featuring members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse and Darkest Hour, has released their second album The Tyranny of Will on Relapse and it’s nothing short of incredible. Albums like this are few and far between these days. The old school hardcore sound that you grew up on, which is seemingly always making a comeback, is done really well here.  You would expect nothing less from the various projects represented. Each member knows exactly how to write the perfect hardcore song and as a collective they do not disappoint. Each one of the 24 tracks, totaling at just over 40 mins, is as interesting and aggressive as the last. Read more…

By Brian Adler Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

Leave it All on the Table – The Pixies, Gogol Bordello and Cat Power Live at the Hollywood Bowl

September 29th, 2014
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It’s hard to believe, but alt rock titans The Pixies have been reunited now for more than a decade. That’s almost as long as they were broken up, and yet somehow, it still feels like they’ve just gotten back together. That’s a hell of a victory lap, and one of the few times that a “reunion” actually carried the gravitas it was reported to have. That means that most of this last decade featured them playing entirely the material that made them famous. Read more…

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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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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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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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Incan Abraham, De Lux, Live at the Sayers Club

September 18th, 2014
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Against the vampy backdrop of the Sayers Club, Red Bull Sound Select hosted yet another event showcasing LA’s local talent. This particular show featured dreamy indie four-piece Incan Abraham and post-disco duo De Lux. Read more…

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

Charles Bradley, King James & The Special Men, Live at Santa Monica Pier

September 14th, 2014
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Thursday night, the 30th Annual Twilight Concerts at Santa Monica Pier closed out their season. It was a strong run with an eclectic selection of artists spanning from Cults to La Santa Cecilia. Last night’s roundup included King James & The Special Men, in addition to Charles Bradley. Read more…

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PHOTOS: Ok Go, Allah-Las Live at Santa Monica Pier

September 11th, 2014
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My favorite shows are always shows where the performers seem like they’re just having fun. Ok Go seemed to be having a great time on stage as they performed both new releases and previous favorites at the Santa Monica Pier last week during KCRW’s Twilight Concert Series. They interacted with the audience throughout their set; Tim Norwind and Andy Ross acted out the story that lead to the naming of the band (it’s based on an instructor they had at art camp when they were 11 yr olds). Norwind performed a song from a platform set up in the middle of the crowd, the two even started their encore out by fulfilling an audience member’s request to hear them sing something from ‘Les Miserables.’ Read more…

By Sharon Alagna Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

Sam Smith, Live at Red Bull Sound Space

September 5th, 2014
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It is no secret that the British music scene has always made its way across the Atlantic to invade America. Fresh on the map this year is the ever soulful singer-songwriter Sam Smith. His sweet, humble demeanor emits the most unassuming presence, but his voice is undoubtedly a diamond in the rough. After piercing the MTV VMA’s pre-party at the Avalon on Friday night and the VMA ceremony on Sunday with powerful performances, he made one final stop at the Red Bull Sound Space in Culver City for a mini concert and a fan Q&A before jet setting out of LA. Read more…

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