Stuff by: Ziv Biton

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Toro y Moi straps on guitar and plays new record in full at Apogee Studio soiree

Update: Previously we mistakenly reported that KCRW would broadcast the live session on Friday, March 27th. The broadcast of this show will be on Friday, April 3rd. I felt terribly underdressed at KCRW’s private Toro y Moi show. It was the mini flatbread crackers that did it. There were elegant trays of them, three different […]

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Travi$ Scott and Young Thug kick off first night of Rodeo Tour at The Observtory on a shaky start

What makes the genre of rap compelling is the one-upmanship of artist’s egos. This is most obviously noted in lyrics, but can also be a form of bravado associated with being the first to corner a sound or a theme. On the stage this is no different. Wu Tang, D-12, Watch The Throne, have all […]

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Jessica Pratt captivates The Echo on a rainy night

The rain couldn’t have picked a better night to make an appearance. Huddled in the shelter of The Echo, a packed house stared at two empty chairs on stage awaiting the arrival of Jessica Pratt. But, the reverie was slightly broken by the PA. Strange as it may seem, Moby’s “South Side” was playing as […]

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Body Language Plays Triumphant Set at The Echo, Channels Kendrick, Gets Cut Short.

Photo by @kong_keast_adore It was a triumphant show for Body Language at The Echo Saturday night. “Thanks so much for coming out,” said lead-singer Angelica Bess to a packed audience, “We played the Echo five years ago to, like, five people. This really means a lot.” There were a lot more fans in attendance this […]

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Air + Style Day Two: Rain washes out an already sparse crowd, but the bands play on

Flaming Lips Leave it to Shaun White to manifest winter’s bane. His enormous mountain/ramp might as well have been an altar. In case you hadn’t heard, it rained yesterday, and day two of the Air + Style festival was significantly different. But, I guess it isn’t so unnatural. I mean, it is February. And rain […]

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Desert Hearts may very well be the leaders of LA’s new electronic renaissance

It’s difficult to explain Desert Hearts without gushing or falling prey to antiquated terms of the PLUR heyday. It’s equally worrisome to give them any sort of press because this is one of LA’s best (not so) secret events. I hope it stays on the DL for at least a couple years longer, but considering […]

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Father John Misty is the American Jeremiah at The Roxy

There is something brutally sad about Father John Misty’s new album. I Love You, Honeybear is almost entirely a tribute to Josh Tillman’s recent nuptials and the newfound outpour of love that marriage brings. But, upon closer observation, the record is also a dense piece that attempts to find the balance between this domesticity (“Emma […]

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Desert Hearts Set to Throw Valentines Day Party in Glendale

The Desert Hearts collective have been keeping it mad real for a minute now. Since starting in 2012 with a 300-person desert party described as a “renegade Mojave gathering” the group has enjoyed a steady increase in popularity. That success is as much due to their budding community’s religious subscription to staying love-oriented as well as […]

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Pitchfork Radio’s Party With Joyce Manor at The Well Got Me Feelin’ Some Type A Way

For the last 3 weeks Pitchfork, the grand mecca of 21st century music criticism (so far at least; after all, centuries are a long time), finally got their own radio station. It was a temporary thing. An Internet based radio program listenable through the Tune-In app on your phone. I listened to it pretty often. […]

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A-Trak and Com Truise Show Off Some Serious Skills at Echoplex

A-Trak A-Trak showcased a considerable amount of DJ skill at his Converse Rubber Tracks show last night at the Echoplex. The three-time DJ World Champion juggled beats and scratched records like it wasn’t 2015. I couldn’t help wondering if the young crowd understood what he was doing, or appreciated how damn hard it is to […]

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