Live Concerts

Gorillaz at the Forum -- Photo: Wes Marsala
Gorillaz End the World with a Lifetime of Anthems and an Army of Special Guests at the Forum

A “party for the end of the world” is what many-faced music legend Damon Albarn claimed he sought to illustrate for his fifth Gorillaz album Humanz—and not only did collaborator Pusha T remark at Albarn’s eerie hunch that Donald Trump would be elected before anyone in music thought it possible, but we also found out […]

Jamie Lawlor |
The Shins at the Greek Theatre by Steven Ward
The Shins infect Greek Theatre with their heartworms at Los Angeles show

A now forgotten list about ten delightful riffs in indie-rock once claimed that The Shins were not a very guitar-driven band. It was a benign comment that given the context and Wincing The Night Away-era in which it was written, wasn’t necessarily off the mark. But it has and always will fester rather neurotically in the […]

Steven Ward |
Interpol at Los Angeles State Historic Park by Andrew Gomez
Interpol ‘Turn On the Bright Lights’ at L.A. State Historic Park

A wave of nostalgia struck Los Angeles music fans this weekend at the former FYF grounds in LA State Historic Park where Interpol performed their debut album Turn On the Bright Lights. The charming (and recently upgraded) venue brought back as many memories as the album being performed did. Fans are definitely expecting more shows […]

Apocalyptica amaze fans at The Mayan with their cello symphony of metal

Cellos and heavy metal may sound a bit odd in the same sentence, but when you get to see it live under the masterful hands of Apocalyptica, it all makes sense. The Finnish four-cellos metal band rocked the Mayan Theater not only with their classical Metallica tributes but with loads of compositions of their own. Although there was […]

FarahSosa |
The xx at The Forum by Andrew Gomez
The xx at exude pure sheen at sold-out Forum gig

This past Friday, London Indie-pop trio the xx drew a sold out show at The Forum in Inglewood for the final stretch of US tour dates of the I See You tour. The xx consist of vocalist-guitarist Romy Madley Croft, vocalist-bassist Oliver Sim and producer Jamie xx. After a melodic and soulful set from Seattle […]

Lauren Ruth Ward
Friends of Lauren Ruth Ward Pack House at Her Record Release at the Bootleg

If her oversold show at the Bootleg revealed anything, it’s that Lauren Ruth Ward is LA’s worst kept secret. Filling the venue last Friday were all of Ward’s friends–both current and future, she reminded us. This made for a wild and endearing show, opening up with Laura Jean Anderson and Vanessa Wheeler, showcasing her new […]

Grizzle Bear at Apogee Studio -- Photo: Dustin Downing
Grizzly Bear Shone in KCRW’s Diamond Apogee Session

KCRW celebrated a milestone this past week with their 75th Apogee Studio Session. Jason Bentley, the station’s weekday morning DJ and our host for the evening, recounted the previous 74 with glee. “Remember Ryan Adams just played for hours? As people left for the night, he’d wave goodbye and keep playing…what a fun night,” he […]

Zoe Elaine |
Bleachers at the Fonda Theatre shot by Danielle Gornbein
Bleachers crush Los Angeles gig at Fonda Theatre with blissfully energetic performance

The Fonda Theatre had a packed house this past Tuesday evening for the amazingly energetic, Bleachers! The project of New Jersey-native Jack Antonoff began around early 2014 and has just recently taken off upon the summer release of his sophomore record Gone Now. The tone of this band has an instantaneous force that almost picks […]

Danielle Gornbein |
Vic Mensa at Teragram Ballroom -- Photo: Michael Espeleta
Vic Mensa packs Teragram Ballroom for free benefit show in support of hurricane relief efforts

This past Monday night Tidal and Vic Mensa had a free pop-up benefit concert in Los Angeles for Hurricane Harvey victims. Fans were asked to bring at least one donation for the victims such as toiletries, school supplies, diapers and more. Vic Mensa fans had the Teragram Ballroom packed, with a line wrapping around the […]

Jaws of Love at the Masonic Lodge by Steven Ward
Jaws of Love envelope the Masonic Lodge in a veil of somber beauty 

Kelcey Ayer revealed his solo side project Jaws of Love to a sold-out crowd gathered in the dimly lit Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, playing songs from his debut record Tasha Sits Close to the Piano. Known as one of the core members of indie-rock band Local Natives, Ayer’s project has been years in […]

Steven Ward |