Stuff by: Jamie Lawlor

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SURVIVE’s New Album RR7349 Sonically Eclipses their Stranger Things Soundtrack

Scoring a Netflix series is a rare triumph in itself, but it’s not likely that Survive, the Austin analog synth quartet that soundtracked Stranger Things, knew that glowing red logo would become like Coca Cola in the states, and that those four child actors would virtually turn into today’s Beatles. They also might not have […]

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Local Natives at the Greek Theatre
Local Natives Become One of LA’s Musical Monuments at The Greek Theatre

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not extremely often these days that a Los Angeles band makes a profound cultural impact on the world. Sure, we’ve got plenty of solo artists, or bands that moved here from somewhere else, but how many bands began here, and also succeed in embodying the culture of the city in […]

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Jamie Lidell and the Royal Pharoahs at The Echo
Jamie Lidell and the Royal Pharaohs Perfect Blue-Eyed Soul at The Echo

Any longtime underground music fan has seen Jamie Lidell slyly manifest himself in several shapes and genres over the years, leapfrogging from sweet singer-songwriter to one-man-band loop wizard, and sometimes disappearing altogether. However, it doesn’t take an alternative R&B connoisseur to have heard some of Lidell’s hits, such as 2005’s unmissable hit “Multiply” and 2009’s […]

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Frank Ocean’s Blonde is the Pop Masterpiece this Generation Has Been Missing

On Blonde, Frank Ocean fearlessly balances avant-garde themes and aesthetics with cathartic pop bliss Words: Jamie Lawlor For a minute there, we thought the day might never come, but on that sunny Saturday afternoon, the second studio album by Frank Ocean was finally out. A lot has happened in the realm of black culture since Ocean’s […]

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Radiohead at The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
Radiohead Channels a Fourth Dimension with Extraordinary Performance at Shrine Auditorium

The typical crowd at a Los Angeles concert is not nearly as exhilarating as one might imagine in today’s generation, because let’s face it; most folks are really just powering through an awkward first date or passive-aggressively nudging their way across the pit for a better Snapchat angle. However, there’s something about standing in line […]

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Defining “Indie” — A Look Inside Indie Culture, Where It Started, Where It’s At Today

Looking Back on “Indie” Culture in 2016 Opinion Feature by Jamie Lawlor Close your eyes and imagine the sounds that accompany each of the following genre titles: jazz. folk, reggae, heavy metal… EDM. Each evokes their own trademark silhouette of rhythms, themes, and instrumentation. Now think of the genre known as “indie” in the same context. […]

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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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