Live Concerts

Girlpool at the Glass House by Steven Ward
Girlpool embrace folk-punk and add drums for Glass House performance

When duo Girlpool first emerged, one of the draws of their two-piece folk harmonies was the noticeable vacuum in their music that came with a lack of percussion accompaniment. Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad both had the chops, vocals, and songwriting, but the solitude with which their voices mingle with their strumming is what makes their […]

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Air at The Greek Theatre -- Photo by ceethreedom
Air drop all the nostalgic acid chills at Greek Theatre performance, joined by special guests including Beck

How is it that it’s been 20 years since Air first came on to the scene? I have very clear (and fond) memories of listening to Premiers Symptômes, and Moon Safari, over and over when these records first came out. I still get acid chills when I hear the bubbling synths and dubbed out hi-hats […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Aldous Harding
Show Review: Aldous Harding’s Cheerful Gloom at the Echo

New Zealand songwriter Aldous Harding is currently on a tour across North America to promote her beautiful new record, Party. The title is a slight misnomer, though, and I knew better than to expect a raucous affair at her LA stop at the Echo last Thursday night. Instead, audiences were entranced by her simplicity. Midnight […]

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Charles Bradley at Arroyo Seco Festival shot by Danielle Gornbein
Photos: Arroyo Seco Weekend survives the heat as Pasadena’s first major music festival

Arroyo Seco Weekend Day 1 Photos and Review Combining the relaxed, low-key atmosphere of local favorites like Make Music Pasadena, the city’s newest and first major music festival Arroyo Seco Weekend made a successful debut on day one despite the heatwave that hit the Rose Bowl throughout the day. Festival promoter Goldenvoice made it clear […]

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!!! (CHK CHK CHK
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) and Honus Honus bring the swagalicous dance party to the Echoplex

Thursday night was a dance party at Echoplex as !!! (Chk Chk Chk) and Honus Honus had the crowd grooving all night long. Before the disco vibes took over the Echoplex, indie rock band Sego played a quick set with some playful bass and grungy lo-fi vocals setting a chill mood. Honus Honus, fronted by […]

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Khalid shot by Michael Espeleta
Khalid Kicks off Twilight Concert Series at Santa Monica Pier with biggest crowd yet

Khalid Fans Swarm Santa Monica Pier Last night, thousands of people rushed to the Santa Monica Pier for a chance to see Khalid perform the first night of the Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier. Considering it was a free show and the growing buzz of Khalid, some fans were in line as […]

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Japanese Breakfast at the Constellation Room by Steven Ward
Sandy Alex G and Japanese Breakfast bring the lo-fi fuzz to the Constellation Room

Playing to the exceptionally crowded Constellation Room as if it was for a bedroom demo recording session, Sandy Alex G and Japanese Breakfast let the lights burn low and the feels glow bright Saturday night. Both bands have a penchant for fuzzy, guitar-peddling soundscapes and the night was filled with plenty of new tracks from […]

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Sleepless at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Photos: Sleepless at Walt Disney Concert Hall — the best adult slumber party (with no slumber)

Once again, Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours — the extraordinary experiences taking over spaces in unusual ways for a late night trip to the senses has returned.  For Sleepless’ latest occasion, the Walt Disney Concert Hall was the protagonist of art installations, dance parties, visuals, and more. Starting from the outside, the building was adorned by […]

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Gang of Youths spit fire and hope at The Echo for U.S. tour finale

Mingling punkish vitality with enduring sentiments, Australian five-piece Gang of Youths left The Echo a smoldering heap in the aftermath of their set last Thursday. Ending an exhausting tour of the US with their sights on Europe for the final leg of their global trek, the band gave fans a rager to remember them by. […]

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Steven Ward |
Tory Lanez at The Forum by Andrew Gomez
Future gets The Forum lit with A$AP Ferg, Tory Lanez, Migos and surprise guest Drake

This past Friday fans piled into The Forum earlier than usual to witness Future’s Nobody Safe Tour. Future treated his fans with big name openers such as A$AP Ferg, Tory Lanez, and Atlanta’s very own Migos. The first big opener A$AP Ferg took that stage and immediately jumped into the crowd and performed his entire […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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