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Joy Downer at the Observatory OC by Steven Ward
Spoon rattle Observatory OC alongside the dreamy Joy Downer

Spoon brought their endlessly kinetic and genre-shifting rock anthems to the Observatory OC last night. The show comes just days before the release of the band’s deeply anticipated and monumental tenth album Lucifer on the Sofa, so of course, the album’s hot singles “The Hardest Cut” and “Wild” got some stage-time. But the night’s setlist […]

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Tia Wood at Zebulon by Asha Moné
Tia Wood shines with vocal prowess and charm at Zebulon

Community is everything and as MC Daniel J. French said, “We all come from somewhere. We are all Indigenous to somewhere.” In an intimate show at Zebulon last week, a space located on the Tongva Land we call Los Angeles, Indigenous performers find a safe space to share their musicality. With smooth jams and Fela […]

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Remi Wolf at The Fonda by Asha Moné
Photos: Remi Wolf gushes with vibrant energy infecting the “Rem Jobs” with nothing but good vibes

“On the count of 3 we are going to do a big inhale,” says Remi Wolf to a sold out crowd, last night at The Fonda. “1! 2! 3! Shh! Quiet on set, run it, I been takin’ my bets, frontin’”  And just like that the crowd erupted with the energy of a pre-pandemic college party. The crowd […]

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Once upon a time in la 2021 photos
A bright celebration of hip hop goes dark as Once Upon a Time in LA shutters with the untimely death of Drakeo The Ruler

Once Upon a Time in LA took place at Banc of California and Exposition Park Saturday, Dec 18.  The festival featured an epic lineup of hip hop, soul, and funk — both modern and legendary throwback style. While Once Upon A Time in LA was proving to be a great time, sadly, the festival ended with a […]

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Death Valley Girls at Lodge Room - photo by Asha Moné
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and Death Valley Girls bring rockin’ holiday cheer to the Lodge Room with toy drive in support of Border Kindness

It’s been two years since rock groups …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and Death Valley Girls have graced a Los Angeles stage. Last Saturday, fans got a killer performance that was anything but un-lively at the Lodge Room in Highland Park. Death Valley Girls walked onto the stage with psychedelic […]

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Courtney Barnett at the Ace Hotel by Steven Ward
Courtney Barnett electrifies at Ace Hotel show; Bartees Strange opens with sonically spectacular performance

Courtney Barnett, the deadpan strummer of poetic reckonings of life big and small, opened the first of two nights at the Ace Hotel in true splendor. Armed with her guitar, an untethered croon, and her resplendent band, the Australian singer/songwriter spent the night whittling away at the hearts that sat in the darkened theater. With […]

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Wallice at the Moroccan Lounge by Steven Ward
Wallice dazzles Moroccan Lounge with her coming-of-age indie-pop at first headlining show

It was a night of sparkled belts, bedazzled cowboy hats, and unabashed coming-of-age anthems for Wallice’s first headlining gig of her career as a musician at the Moroccan Lounge on Tuesday night. And with the way the 22-year-old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist dazzled the crowd with her eviscerating indie-pop ditties about growing-up a Gen Z kid, […]

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Mandala at the Mint
Mandala Make Their LA Debut at The Mint with New Music Along the Way

Dropping in on the city of angels, Mandala, a 4-piece rock band originally from Connecticut, rocked a packed show Nov. 18 at the mint, their debut show in L.A. after permanently relocating to the city just a few months ago. With another show planned this month and new music along the way, Mandala are hitting […]

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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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