Stuff by: StepheSykes

HOlly Herndon
Holly Herndon packs Teragram Ballroom with unique electronic performance

Sometimes when I listen to Holly Herndon’s music, I think what an amazing thing that Ms. Herndon is making music in 2016 instead of 20 or 30 years ago. Over the last decade or so, what people have come to think as indie rock has broadened to include things that would have been considered jazz […]

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Burgerama 4 turns up the heat with teen-pleasing rock ‘n’ punk

First and foremost, the Burgerama at the Observatory in Santa Ana is a music festival cluttered with teens and college kids, and I have NEVER been to a festival so tightly curated and audience pleasing. From the easy access to the highway and lots of free parking, to the short lines and cordial security/festival workers, […]

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Gang of Four pummel El Rey Theatre with impressive performance

Post-punk is now getting slightly long in the tooth. It is not rare to find subject’s of Simon Reynolds’ great book “Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984”, following in the footsteps of the generation before them and hitting the nostalgia circuit. Gang of Four: even though the band’s beloved original lineup made a […]

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Exene Cervenka and John Doe bring folk and roots-based punk to First Unitarian Church performance

John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X There’s an old cliché that all one needs for great rock is three chords and the truth. One of the great examples of the three chord/truth paradigm is LA’s own X. Kings and Queens of 70s/80s LA punk scene, X, featuring John Doe and Exene Cervenka (in classic […]

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Swervedriver and Gateway Drugs light up The Roxy with electrifying performances

Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. The strong survive. Evolve or die. All that. It explains why so many unique and beautiful-in-their-own-way kinds of life exist on our planet. Species that can no longer exist in the world die off; others evolve around changes in their environment and survive. Evolution can give you a perfect creature, like […]

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Tomas Pagan Motta album
Recommended: Tomás Pagán Motta shines on debut solo album

Often times, solo records from lead singers are problematic. Often losing the chemistry that made a band special is lost and often times, a vocalist free from compromise make self indulgent records that lose the things that made them great. For a few years now, Singer/songwriter Tomás Pagán Motta has been making professional but less than […]

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Recommended: Merchandise’s new album “After the End” is a blast to 80s alt rock

One of the interesting things about bands these days are their infinite ways to be cool or unique.  You can make sounds that have never been heard before. You can write a really simple song or give songs really ornate arrangements. Or you can give provocative interviews and have a new fresh take on music […]

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Album Review: Horse Thief — Fear in Bliss

Oklahoma City five-piece, Horse Thief received a lot of buzz with their debut EP, Grow Deep, Grow Wild. One of their songs were even covered by the Flaming Lips! In the wake of this buzz they signed a high-profile contract with highly respected indie label, Bella Union. Some of this big buzz might have been due to […]

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Recommended New Album: Jesus Sons (Self-Titled)

Jesus Sons at El Cid — Photo by Bryan Olinger There are many who think that the seminal point in what is now called indie rock is the moment Lou Reed talked avant garde around town for John Cale to take his classical and drone training and bring them to the Velvet Underground; and there are […]

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Jonathan Rado — Law and Order — Album Review

Pinning down Los Angeles-based (and occasionally Brooklyn) band Foxygen is a chore. Are they backward-facing 60s revivalists? Are they loose rockers fusing both the spirit of pre-punk and freedom rock? Are they dreamy pop stars with great hair and great press? Are they a Velvets-ey slacker duo who use faux-apathy to show their disdain for […]

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