Monthly Archives: January 2012

Hot New Music: Porcelain Raft – Strange Weekend – Album Review

You know that feeling when you stick your arm out of a car window while it’s moving, and make your hand wave and dance though the air stream? If that feeling needed a soundtrack, my suggestion would be Porcelain Raft’s full-length debut, Strange Weekend. Beginning the album with a track called “Drifting In and Out” […]

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Contest: Win Tickets to The Features at Bootleg Bar – Feb. 2, 2012

The Features will hit the Bootleg Bar this Thursday February 2., in support of their album, Wilderness. The vibrant Nashville-quartet pumps out huge melodies, with influences ranging from Krautrock to psychedelia to indie rock that completely explode on stage. If you like an intense show full of high energy and hip shakes, you need to […]

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Portlandia: The Tour at the Echoplex – Photos – Jan. 17, 2012

“The Dream Of The ’90s Is Alive In Portland.” Portlandia is a follow up to the Fred Armisen (SNL)/Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney) comedy collaboration, Thunderant. In the new IFC series, the pair lovingly skewer the people and values of Portland, Oregon by introducing us to Portland archetypes like a militant bike messenger, feminist bookstore […]

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Matt Pryor – May Day – Album Review

Just because it’s the front man from The Get Up Kids, doesn’t mean it’s all emo.  Matt Pryor’s second solo album May Day was just released on Tuesday, January 24, on his label Nightshoes Syndicate.  No dying cats here, just getting back to the basics with a simple, clean, nuanced effort that is both endearing […]

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What Cool Shows Are Going On This Week in L.A.? (Jan. 30 – Feb. 5, 2012)

Fujiya & Miyagi at The Echo – Photo: Monique Hernandez We don’t post every show that’s going on every night (in or around L.A.) we just post the goods according to our collective knowledge. We’re music elitists at heart but we try our best to keep an open palette of taste with an affinity towards underground, […]

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Contest: Win Tickets To MUTEMATH at Club Nokia – Feb. 2, 2012

Rock innovators MUTEMATH will be gracing Angelenos with a memorable concert filled with soul-shaking tunes from their latest album, Odd Soul. The new effort features tracks that rooted in New Orleans rhythm and blues with a bit of electronica, psychedelia and even gospel mixed in for flavor. Their first single “Blood Pressure” is already sky […]

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Contest: Win Tickets to Fujiya & Miyagi at the Echo – Feb. 1, 2012

Fujiya & Miyagi at The Echo – Photo: Monique Hernandez Named after a character in the class ’80s film The Karate Kid, Fujiya & Miyagi have been creating their Krautrock electronic jams since 2000 and they’ll be bringing their electro waves to L.A. on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 as they plat the Echo. Don’t miss […]

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Owen with Mini Mansions and El May at The Troubadour – Photos – Jan. 19, 2012

In the past decade, Chicago’s Mike Kinsella has played a variety of instruments in a handful of bands including Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc, The One Up Downstairs, American Football, Owls, Maritime, and Aloha. Owen is his solo project. Owen came to The Troubadour this past Jan. 19 for a very intimate and heart-wrenching performance. As […]

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Chairlift – Something – Album Review

Chairlift makes the kind of wistful, effervescent music you might imagine hip astronauts would embrace whilst tending to a flock of multi-colored chrysanthemums. Singer Caroline Polachek, possesses a voice operatic in its beauty but at odds with its identity. Ranging in tone from ‘80s inspired dream pop to newer darkwave/goth, the band is capable of making […]

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The Dillinger Escape Plan at the Slidebar – Photos & Show Review – Jan. 19, 2012

If you have seen The Dillinger Escape Plan live, then you know what to expect. If you wind up at one of their shows, not knowing what’s about to occur—then a couple of quick prayers should be in order. The same might be said for Slidebar, who hosted the free show this past Thursday, January […]

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