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St Lucia
Fonda Theatre crowd gets ‘physical’ for St. Lucia

Embed from Getty Images “I know it’s Thursday but really, this is like Friday night!” St. Lucia leader Jean-Philip Grobler yelled to the crowd at the sold-out Fonda Theatre midway through their energetic set. The crowd needed no prodding from Grobler as they would dance all night to their tropical tunes over the course of […]

Tory Lanez
Jessie Ware, Cashmere Cat, Ryn Weaver, Tory Lanez deliver the goods at El Rey for Friends Keep Secrets showcase

Thursday night, producer Benny Blanco’s label Friends Keep Secrets held a special showcase at the El Rey Theatre. It shined a light on the present and also showed the future is very bright after featuring a slew of performances from Jessie Ware, Cashmere Cat, Ryn Weaver, Tory Lanez and other special drop-ins. Rising pop star […]

G-Eazy brings out A-listers P. Diddy, Chris Brown for second sold-out Shrine Expo Hall show

Almost exactly a year ago, Bay Area rapper G-Eazy had two sold-out nights at The Wiltern as he toured behind his second album These Things Happen. Over the course of those two evenings, the young rapper brought out a venerable who’s who of the hip-hop community – from T.I. to Big Sean to Bay Area […]

Riothorse Royale, Kera and the Lesbians help wrap up inaugural GirlSchool at Bootleg Theater

Anna Bulbrook needed only a few months to pull together an epic three-day fest celebrating women in rock. The lead singer of The Bulls brought the inaugural GirlSchool’s Field Day Weekend to the Bootleg Theater and Bar, featuring names like Dead Sara, Veruca Salt and Riothorse Royale on the bill. We were there on the […]

Futurebirds belt The Echo with high-quality country-rock

Wednesday night, Athens, Georgia’s Futurebirds brought their brand of country-rock to The Echo. Playing mostly songs from their 2015 record Hotel Parties, though the venue wasn’t sold out, it was filled with fans passionate for their tunes. One interesting thing I found while watching this band is how they alternate vocals between their three main […]

miguel bardot school night
Miguel channels David Bowie during special intimate School Night performance

I arrived at Bardot on Monday night for a special edition of School Night at 7:30 PM in an effort to nag a great spot in the tiny Hollywood venue. R&B singer Miguel was announced as the special headliner just an hour or so earlier, and I knew the place was going to be jam-packed. […]

Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek dust off Reflection Eternal at Belasco gig to much fanfare

Friday night at The Belasco in downtown Los Angeles, I got to see Talib Kweli dust off his side-project with Hi-Tek called Reflection Eternal. In order to get to the point where Talib finally took the stage a little bit after 11:15 PM, I had to brave the smell of your mom and dad’s not-so-dank […]

Cage The Elephant
Cage the Elephant inspires madness at iHeartRadio Theater LA

I’ve seen a number of shows at the awesome iHeartRadio Theater LA in Burbank, but none of them matched the intensity of Cage the Elephant’s performance Wednesday night. While most crowds are somewhat subdued for these intimate performances, the crowd for Cage the Elephant was raucous from the get-go. Wearing a black blazer, singer Matt […]

GEMS band
Oh Wonder, GEMS dazzle at sold-out first night at El Rey Theatre

London-based synth-pop duo Oh Wonder couldn’t get over how each time they’ve come to LA, the reception has been greater and greater. On Wednesday night, they headlined the first of two shows at the El Rey Theatre, a sold-out endeavor that solidifies the idea they’re a rising act to keep an eye on. Consisting of […]

Surfer Blood
Surfer Blood and Cayucas deliver vibrant double-bill at LA’s Teragram Ballroom

Headlining in support of their third studio album 1000 Palms, a reshuffled Surfer Blood lineup impressed at the Teragram Ballroom with fellow surf-pop rockers Cayucas in support. Their beach rock sound was welcomed happily on a gloomy Friday night in downtown Los Angeles. Guitarist Thomas Fekete and bassist Kevin Williams are no longer in the […]

Jennylee of Warpaint
Jennylee steps out of shadow of Warpaint with killer solo show at The Echo

Not until 11:10 PM did Warpaint bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg take the stage at The Echo under her solo project Jennylee. I wiped at my tired eyes to see if it was a mirage – but no, Lindberg was on stage with a microphone, the bass-playing duties being handed off to someone in her backing […]

Cage The Elephant
Cage the Elephant’s raucous sold-out El Rey gig promises a strong 2016

Cage the Elephant began their banner 2015 by celebrating a Grammy nomination. On Sunday night at the El Rey Theatre, they showed fans that the future looks bright for the alt-rock five-piece as they performed some songs from their upcoming album Tell Me I’m Pretty — due out December 18 and produced by The Black […]

The Weeknd, BANKS, Travis $cott turn The Forum into Madness; Lana Del Rey guest set

Is there anyone in music who’s had a bigger 2015 than The Weeknd? Wednesday night’s show at The Forum – the second of two sold-out shows on The Madness Tour at the 17,500 capacity venue – was further evidence that the answer to that question is no. With a nearly two-hour set, The Weeknd – […]

Zella Day
Zella Day rocks LA, Fleetwood Mac cover among highlights at high-energy Fonda Theatre set

Sometimes, pop music doesn’t make sense to me. Tuesday night, emerging alt-pop artist Zella Day headlined at the Fonda Theatre, supporting her debut album Kicker. It’s an impressive debut record with catchy tracks featured all throughout. I’d put it up against some of the better-performing stuff in the genre. Despite these opinions, the show wasn’t […]

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