New Music

“This is Happening” by LCD Soundsystem – Album Review

“This is Happening” is apparently the end of a decade (well, nine years to be exact) for disco Renaissance man James Murphy and his LCD Soundsystem moniker. By helping to propel the ‘dance-punk’ tag after his cranky, but endearing landmark single “Losing My Edge” in 2002, Murphy continued on with three nine-song albums, a Nike […]

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Hot Band Alert: Foreign Born at the Silver Lake Jubilee – Photo Gallery

Another Silver Lake Jubilee band that deserved their own photo gallery! Foreign Born are pretty rad! The just make some epicly lovely and groovy music. We dig. Photos: Matt Draper

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Hot Band Alert: The Growlers at Silver Lake Jubilee – Photo Gallery

Hot Band Alert: The Growlers at Silver Lake Jubilee! These guys are so good they needed their own dedicated photo gallery for the Silver Lake Jubilee! Photos: Matt Draper (no, it’s not what it appears to be at a glance!)

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“Brothers” by The Black Keys – Album Review

The crazy hype continues to grow as The Black Keys’ new and heavily anticipated album “Brothers” has finally been released. I along with many other fans was far too excited to get my hands and ears all over my copy of “Brothers.” Being a huge Keys fan since their early days and watching this infectious […]

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“Sea of Cowards” by The Dead Weather – Album Review

Many physical signs indicate someone is pumping a badass piece of music into their headphones. There is the head bob or thrash. There is the glazed-eyed jam session with head sway, and of course, the silent sing-along with air drumming (or guitar-ing). But perhaps there is no greater compliment to a piece of headphoned rock […]

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Hot Band Alert: An Interview with The Pity Party

The Pity Party are a damn-sexy-art-rock duo reppin’ LA. They’re one of the bands playing our showcase this Friday, May 21, 2010 at Spaceland in Silver Lake and are quite the treat to watch and hear. The band is composed of Heisenflei a red fox who handles simultaneous drums, keyboards, and vocals and then you […]

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“Extra Wow” by Nice Nice – Album Review

Sound orgy, noise, music, post-everything, are words that equal the debut album “Extra Wow” by Portland band Nice Nice. It’s different from most work I hear in this genre if one exists, and a giant sound for duo Jason Buehler and Mark Shirazi. The very first sound you hear when you hit play is a […]

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Hot Band Alert: The Ferocious Few at Les Deux – Show Review and Photos

When I first received The Ferocious Few’s debut album, “Juices” I new these guys were gonna bring a hell of a show after listening to their first track, “Gasoline & Cocaine.” If the title alone doesn’t procure some curiosity, the stealth surf-guitar-like intro and pulsating drums will. These guys fuel the best party you’ve never […]

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“Avi Buffalo” by Avi Buffalo – Debut Album Review

Photo by Jeff Antebi In one of Avi Buffalo’s press photos from Sub Pop, it shows the foursome; two dark-haired girls and two dark-haired guys sitting in what looks like the family living room from the set of “Freaks and Geeks.” Fresh-faced on a tweed couch in thrift store tees, Chuck Taylors and torn jeans, […]

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“La La Land” by Plants and Animals – Album Review

Photo: Caroline Desilets With a album name like “La La Land” and timely song titles such as “American Idol” and “Tom Cruz,” you might expect some glam-laced rock tracks or at the least, an album chalk-full of songs that are of the indie electro mash-up ilk that is so popular right now. Well, the Plants […]

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