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How Reunions and Massive Music Festivals Sealed the Orwellian Fate of Rock n’ Roll

Opinion Feature by Jamie Lawlor Every January, there’s that special day on the west coast when the sacred Coachella lineup is announced. We all know the large-font usual suspects by now—the “indie band that still sells tickets off that one hit from 2008,” the “old school rapper you never listen to but want to tell everyone […]

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An Interview with Crystal Fighters: using music to fuse differences in an ever polarizing world

  Words: Steven Ward Boasting an original story worthy of its own television miniseries, folktronica band Crystal Fighters owes its very name and early inspirations to the unfinished opera penned by vocalist Laure Stockley’s grandfather in the last years of his life. Recovered by Stockley when cleaning out her grandfather’s reclusive home in the Basque countryside, […]

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March 28 — Tonight’s Best Shows: Sleigh Bells, Jose James, Magic Giant, Panic! At The Disco

Live music on Tuesdays just keep getting better and better in Los Angeles! Tonight’s best shows feature Sleigh Bells at the El Rey, Jose James at The Echo, Magic Giant at Sayers, Panic! At The Disco with MisterWives and Saint Motel at the Forum and a lot more shows. Check out our Los Angeles Concert […]

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Andy Shauf murmurs his way through intimate Regent show, Aldous Harding leaves fans unnerved

Tuesday was a night of quiet at the Regent Theatre, as Canadian singer/songwriter Andy Shauf shared his little tales of regret and heartbreak with a sold-out show. Known for his unfiltered, stripped-down acoustic tunes, Shauf’s quivering croons are softly texturized by the presence of his clarinet backings that accompany him live. At times a haunting addition […]

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Win tickets to Old 97s with Ha Ha Tonka at Fonda Theatre

Alt-country trailblazers, the Old 97s have been tearing it up since the 90’s and the band have a Los Angeles headline date scheduled for Thursday, March 30 at the Fonda Theatre! The Old 97s will be rocking out with their special brand of twang and soul in support of their new album, Graveyard Whistling. The […]

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March 27 — Tonight’s best Shows — Isaiah Rashad, Jesus Sons with LA Witch

It’s a slow show Monday, but we still dug up some worthy gems for you. Our top concert recommendations in and around Los Angeles include: Isaiah Rashad’ third and final night at the El Rey Theater, Jesus Sons with LA Witch as part of Tashaki Miyaki final residency night at The Echoplex (it’s free!), Mainland […]

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Not looking back: the U.K.’s Wire still going strong forty-years into their evolving sound

Words: Steven Ward  Even if you’ve never delved very deep into the historical roots of the budding punk scene that developed in the UK during the 1970s, chances are if you’ve been a fan of rock music in the last four decades, you’ve had a taste of Wire. Attributed to expanding the sonic limits of […]

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March 23 — Tonight’s Best Shows: Wu-Tang Clan, Ninet Tayeb, Modern English, Common

You’re almost through the week, and Thursday has a ton of great shows in and around Los Angeles! Tonight’s best shows feature the one and only Wu-Tang Clan at the Hollywood Palladium! Not to be missed! We just caught them at the House of Blues Anaheim and they BROUGHT THE RAUCOUS! Other recommendations include Ninet […]

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The Kills consecrate new House of Blues Anaheim with 15th Anniversary show

If rock was ever deceased at some point, The Kills are it’s unruly resurrection. Celebrating their 15th anniversary with a slew of shows that included a stop at the newly opened House of Blues in Anaheim, duo Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince consecrated the legendary venue with their rhythmic shredding. A band of dualities, The […]

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March 22 — Tonight’s Best Shows: La Luz, Allison Crutchfield & the Fizz, Crown-Mags

Two more days until Friday, but why not catch a show tonight and party like the weekend?! Tonight’s best shows in and around Los Angeles kick off with La Luz at The Glass House in Pomona, supported by Veiny Hands and Brainstory. Other top concert recommendations include Allison Crutchfield & the Fizz at The Echo, […]

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