Stuff by: Jamie Lawlor

Thom Yorke fonda theatre
Thom Yorke Paves the Future of Live Electronic Music at the Fonda

News just broke that Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame 2018 nominees have just been elected, and Radiohead didn’t make the cut. Bon Jovi did, however. It’s shocking and frankly an embarrassment, but anyone who was at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood Tuesday night understands that such earthly rewards couldn’t begin to concern an aesthetic […]

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Gorillaz at the Forum -- Photo: Wes Marsala
Gorillaz End the World with a Lifetime of Anthems and an Army of Special Guests at the Forum

A “party for the end of the world” is what many-faced music legend Damon Albarn claimed he sought to illustrate for his fifth Gorillaz album Humanz—and not only did collaborator Pusha T remark at Albarn’s eerie hunch that Donald Trump would be elected before anyone in music thought it possible, but we also found out […]

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Lady Gaga’s in, Bey is out — doesn’t change the fact that Coachella duped us…

It was the heart-wrenching question every Coachella ticket-holder and BeyHive member was asking this month: How the hell is Beyoncé going to play Coachella when she’s, like, eight months pregnant … with twins? Indeed, the news broke, and at the doctor’s orders, Beyoncé was forced to cancel her headlining Coachella performance. While her due date is […]

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Travis Scott Purges the Angst of 2016 at the Observatory on New Year’s Eve

2016 has been… demoralizing. Reviewing the reasons why would be redundant, and quite frankly, triggering. We just want to forget. We just want to hide. But like all times of national despair in history, we can at least count on the musicians of the world to stand by us. Frank Ocean came back. System of […]

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Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi Returns from the Void with Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’

On the cover of Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’, Kid Cudi is a neon Adonis calmly wading through a black purgatory… or surfing, one might even say. The queasy contrast of depressive lyrics among sugar-pop hooks and glittering synths has been the Scott Mescudi model since Man on the Moon: The End of Day, and […]

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James Vincent McMorrow
James Vincent McMorrow Blends Polar Ends of Pop at the Wiltern

Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow is about as flashy as his stage name. Awaiting his live show, it’s unwise to expect pyrotechnics or pageantry, because this musician requires little beyond a microphone to move a swath of fans, even one as vast as a full Wiltern Theater. Last Thursday night, in support of his latest […]

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Alina Bea
Alina Bea Brings Star Power and Strings to the Bootleg Bar

In the gentrified crannies of major cities, concerts are often more about the hype behind the performer’s brand name than the actual experience itself, making the path to success especially daunting for underground musicians who haven’t had help from the corporate generators of the music industry. “Free Monday night residency at the the Bootleg Bar” […]

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Bon Iver at Hollywood Bowl
Bon Iver, Patti Smith Bestow Freedom Through Music at the Hollywood Bowl

Bob Dylan once said that “passion is a young man’s game.” Patti Smith is not young, nor a man, and yet her passion onstage is more genuine than any modern performer’s. This was evident in her short performance before Bon Iver last Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl. She will be turning 70 years old this […]

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The Growlers at Beach Goth 2016
Beach Goth Awakens the Rich Culture Within the Suburbs

In every classroom, public event, or house party in the suburbs, there is always that one distinct iconoclast in the litter that refuses to fit the mold—that one punk, burnout, weirdo, cosplayer, or goth that welcomes the cruel risks of being different for the sweet sensation of individuality. Now imagine that in Orange County, the […]

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Nao
Live Review: Nao Reawakens the Spirit of R&B at Sold-Out El Rey Theatre Performance

For anyone in Los Angeles that thinks they know pop music, or who the great vocalists of our time are, there is no conscionable reason to have missed Nao at the El Rey last Wednesday, where the British electro R&B prodigy graced a sold-out crowd of about 800 with a stadium performance. Before the El Rey curtain […]

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