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Tops at the El Rey Theatre by Steven Ward
Tops shimmer and dazzle on their final tour stop at the El Rey Theatre, Sean Nicholas Savage opens with show-stopping performance

Canadian indie-rock darlings Tops lit up the El Rey Theatre for the final night of their tour, playing an amorous collection of lambent love songs that fill their discography. Onstage the incandescent trill of singer Jane Penny weaves its way sublimely through the band’s dreamy, synth-pop and soft-rock mixtures. Playing mostly from 2020’s I Feel […]

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Grouplove at the Hollywood Palladium by Steven Ward
Grouplove give fans the concert of their dreams for 10th anniversary of “Never Trust a Happy Song” at Hollywood Palladium

Grouplove gave a wild and frantic celebration of their debut album Never Trust a Happy Song, punctuating the already emotional night with a reunion of past band members. Led by the ever ardent and fantastically fun Chris Zucconi and Hannah Hooper, a duo that gives voice to all the earnest allure that jumps from the […]

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Japanese Breakfast at the Glass House by Steven Ward
Japanese Breakfast is pure catharsis and wonder at their radiant stop at the Glass House

As the penultimate show on her +80 date Jubilee tour, Japanese Breakfast saw fit to end their first romp around the country after a global pandemic as rapturously as possible at the Glass House in Pomona. Fronted by the indomitable Michelle Zauner, whose visceral songwriting fuels the conflagration of ecstatic emotion and hard-earned wisdom that […]

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Geographer at Spoke Cafe by Steven Ward
Geographer marks a long return to the stage with album release show for “Down and Out in the Garden of Earthly Delights”

Hosting an intimate gathering of fans and friends at Spoke Cafe in Los Angeles, Geographer ended his nearly three-year hiatus from the stage with a release show for his newest album Down and Out in the Garden of Earthly Delights. Michael Deni, the synth-pop wizard behind the project, performed a number of songs off the […]

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Head in the Clouds by Steven Ward
Head in the Clouds day 2 kept the energy high and fans full of joy with The Linda Lindas, Niki, Keshi, Luna Li and more

Day two of Head in the Clouds sought to top the impossible energy of day one with a lineup that included the likes of Los Angeles’ own hometown rockers The Linda Lindas and Indonesian powerhouse Niki. It also highlighted many of the younger artists and bands that have emerged in recent years. On the 88 […]

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Head in the Clouds by Steven Ward
Head in the Clouds ends a festival drought at the Rose Bowl with a celebration of Asian culture, music, and food

For many, the two-day celebration of Asian music, culture, and food that was Head in the Clouds was the first music festival they’d attended since before the pandemic. The event, started by 88 Rising founder ​​Sean Miyashiro, sought to bring only the best in Asian music to the stage, its lineup spanning genres. Between its […]

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Yves Tumor at Outside Lands - Photo by Tom Dellinger
Outside Lands Day 3 Highlights: Yves Tumor, Goth Babe, Kehlani and more

On Sunday, Outside Lands wrapped up their three-day festival with another day of stellar performances that culminated with sets from Tame Impala and Kehlani. In yet another instance where Outside Lands booked an artist that is a radical departure from most of the lineup, an early set on Sunday was with Cam who is a […]

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Rico Nasty at Outside Lands - Photo: Tom Dellinger
Outside Lands Day 2 – The Good times continue with Lizzo, Rico Nasty, Vampire Weekend, Dr Dog and more

The weather continued to be on our side on Saturday as Outside Lands continued to offer up great music throughout the day and into the night. The crowds seemed to have swelled a little from Friday and everything went off perfectly. Great Halloween costumes were everywhere and the party vibe was infectious.  In a festival […]

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Remi Wolf at Outside Lands 2021
Photos: Outside Lands Day 1 Highlights — Remi Wolf, Sharon Van Etten, Bartees Strange, Khruangbin and more

As everyone begins to feel their way into the new world of “almost” post pandemic it’s worth noting that nothing is the “same as it ever was” (sorry David Byrne). And as the big music fests put their feet into the water, Outside Lands was noticeably different from years past. Make of it what you […]

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The Strokes at The Forum - Photo: Maria Quintana
Photos: The Strokes drop all the hits at The Forum, King Princess opens with beautiful performance

The Strokes brought their iconic indie rock to the Forum last night for a spectacular show that etched a beautiful memory in the hearts of all the fans in attendance. Playing fan favorites like “Juicebox” “Bad Decisions” “Reptilia” “Last Nite” and many more — The Strokes gave fans exactly what they’ve been craving during this […]

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