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Walk the Moon at the Hollywood Palladium by Steven Ward
Walk the Moon deliver dance-rock fever to the Hollywood Palladium

Wringing out every drop of energy from the crowds that screamed mercilessly for them at the Hollywood Palladium, indie-pop act Walk the Moon was a live-wire of frenzied energy Friday night. Led by Nicholas Petricca in his pure white, tasseled jacket — looking like a glam-rocker from a bygone decade, the band enthralled fans with […]

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Steven Ward |
French Vanilla by House of Vivian
YACHT and French Vanilla Celebrate a Triumphant Return Home at the Lodge Room

Last Friday night YACHT headlined the Lodge Room, a new venue in a repurposed Masonic Temple in Highland Park. It’s beautiful inside, albeit up a flight of stairs (though fully wheelchair accessible!), and as a result, prone to overheat; can’t blame the people for wanting to dance and shake all night long. The room was […]

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Zoe Elaine |
Passion Pit at the Observatory North Park by Steven Ward
Passion Pit brings a tremendous sea of love to the Observatory North Park

Michael Angelakos, the stratospheric crooner behind synth-pop outfit Passion Pit, has never been one to aim for tame concerts. Instead, like his moniker implies, the singer/songwriter prefers to let the gauntlet of emotions that drive his wild, electronic melodies to erupt onstage with all the chaotic and shimmering gusto he and his bandmates can muster. […]

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Steven Ward |
Albert Hammond Jr. at the Resident shot by Danielle Gornbein
Albert Hammond Jr. celebrates new album Francis Trouble with surprise performance at Resident in Downtown LA

So we’re halfway through our ordinary week when Albert Hammond Jr. announced a free show with RSVP at the super intimate Downtown LA bar, Resident. Obviously anyone who’s anyone had to be there; and dang was the line long. Luckily for us we got inside and let me tell you, it was a night for […]

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Danielle Gornbein |
Combo Chimbita. Photo by Farah Sosa
Combo Chimbita thrill LA fans at Resident with addictive tropical futurism

Resident DTLA hosted the perfect Sunday trifecta of sonic journeys. The bands Yanga, Here Lies Man and Combo Chimbita with Dublab DJs in between sets, made a great reflection of the diverse music influencing Los Angeles. Yanga and their Afro-Colombian rhythms blended with Los Angeles and Inland Empire punk funk spice had the crowd dancing during their […]

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FarahSosa |
Hippo Campus at Fonda Theatre -- Photo: Sammy Park
Hippo Campus brings life to the Fonda Theatre with support from Sure Sure

Even though this Friday night in Hollywood was nearly arctic, the sunny songs of Sure Sure and Hippo Campus brought warmth to the Fonda Theatre. When entering the venue, the mostly teenage crowd ran to the barricade: the stage was set. As the Fonda’s lights dimmed, Los Angeles-based Sure Sure’s catchy guitar riffs electrified the […]

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Annie Clark of St. Vincent, The Hollywood Palladium, photo by Wes Marsala
St. Vincent charms Los Angeles with sensational performance at Hollywood Palladium

There is a method to the madness for the opening half of St. Vincent’s set. Like many shows on the Fear the Future tour, Annie Clark, known as St. Vincent, began her sold-out show stage right with her signature guitar in hand playing “Marry Me” from her first album of the same name. The curtain […]

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Jen Cloher at The Echo by Steven Ward
Jen Cloher woos her first US stop at The Echo with her brash charm and hot licks

Playing to a packed crowd at The Echo on Tuesday night, Australian singer/songwriter Jen Cloher had a night of many firsts. The show itself was the first of her first ever headlining tour in the US and as such, it was her first time playing with both a full band and sharing the stage with […]

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Steven Ward |
cage the elephant
Photos: iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego makes sensational first impression with Beck, Cage The Elephant and more

iHeartRadio kicked off their inaugural ALTer Ego music festival this past Friday at The Forum, and let me tell you, it was pretty awesome. The festival featured performances by Mumford and Sons, Cage the Elephant, Beck, Spoon, Walk the Moon, Dashboard Confessional, The National and more. For a brand that constantly books the world’s biggest […]

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Teenage Wrist at the Hi Hat shot by Danielle Gornbein
Teenage Wrist at The Hi Hat — bring forth pure dreamy deliverance

Listeners in their 20’s and 30’s filled in LA’s generous yet intimate bar venue, the Hi Hat this past Thursday for one of the music scene’s newest faves. Recently signed to Epitaph Records, Teenage Wrist are just about ready to release their debut album, Chrome Neon Jesus on March 9th. Looped in listeners got a […]

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Danielle Gornbein |
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