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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…

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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…

By Rachel Zimmerman Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

Made in America, Philadelphia, Day 2

September 1st, 2014
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When Made in America Day 2 began, I thought my only complaint at the end of the day would be the heat. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans for the huge crowd of festival goers in Philadelphia on Sunday. But more on that later. First the good. Read more…

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Made in America Festival, Los Angeles, Day 2

September 1st, 2014
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The gates open for day two at Made in America, and the lineup promises an even more eclectic selection than yesterday. Weezer, Juanes, John Mayer and headliner Kanye West draw in fans from across the spectrum. It is speculated that today’s attendance is even greater than yesterday’s. Read more…

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Made in America Festival, Philadelphia, Day 1

August 31st, 2014
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Currenty running for its third year in Philadelphia, Made in America seems to have finally figured this whole thing out. With a stage setup mimicking that of last year’s fest, Made in America seems to be learning from past mistakes and improving on its setup each year. (And this year they didn’t run out of water!) Read more…

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Made in America Festival, Los Angeles, Day 1

August 31st, 2014
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Budweiser’s Made in America is the first festival of its kind with two major lineups simultaneously taking place on both sides of the country – Los Angeles and Philadelphia – all weekend. Jay Z curates this inaugural event pulling a vast spectrum of artists mostly from the mainstream music scene. Big players like Kanye West, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar and John Mayer fill up the largest part of the bill. Kanye headlines night one in Philadelphia and magically flies to the best coast to finish off the weekend with a culminating performance at the downtown LA location. Read more…

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