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CHAI charms The Echo Los Angeles with their unique Japanese Punk

My story with CHAI started a couple of weeks ago at SXSW. In 2015, SXSW was a trampoline for CHAI in the United States, and from then, they have toured around the country. I was aware they were coming to Los Angeles and it was a nice surprise to stumble upon the Volcom Garden show […]

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Frankie and the Witch Fingers at Teragram Ballroom
Frankie and the Witch Fingers rip through explosive performance at Teragram Ballroom

Following the release of their latest record ZAM!, L.A. based Frankie and the Witch Fingers erupted on stage Wednesday night at the Teragram Ballroom. While they were technically opening up for Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, the psyched-out punk-inspired outfit’s slot had a ginormous life of its own. With the Frankie and the Witch Fingers’ undeniable explosive […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Clavvs at The Echo
Clavvs champion through disruptive set at The Echo

Clavvs overcame obstacles and brought their dark alt-pop to Los Angeles for an amazing set at the Echo this past weekend. Tigercide opened the show with a dark, down tempo crooning.  Their raw simplicity sucked the crowd into a hypnotic state as they swayed to Shexist’s voice. Up next was surprise guest So Below.  The crowd was really […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Noname at the Observatory
Noname brings the spoken-word raps of “Room 25” to the Observatory North Park

Noname—the stage name of Chicago rapper and poet Fatimah Nyeema Warner—ended the American-leg of her Room 25 tour Friday night at the Observatory North Park with a soul-warming set. With the kind of kinetic, groovy raps—a constant, enlivening call-back to her slam poetry days—Noname is an elusive genre-weaver that refuses to allow herself to be […]

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James Blake at Hollywood Palladium
Photos: James Blake at Hollywood Palladium — a beautiful end to his Assume Form tour

Saturday night at the Hollywood Palladium, James Blake played the final show of his Assume Form tour to a sold out and star studded crowd.  Khushi opened the evening, bringing heart and alternative electric energy to the gathering crowd. London based Kalim Patel, the man behind Khushi, sang and played the keyboard building his songs to […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Big Wild at The Novo Los Angeles
Big Wild adds dazzling vocals and powerful instrumentals to his already stunning live show

Big Wild has remixed songs by all your favorite artists – ODESZA, Zhu, Chvrches, and Sylvan Esso to name a few. Big Wild has played at all your favorite festivals and venues – Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and EDC to also name a few. And now Big Wild is touring across the US in support […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Kikagaku Moyo
Kikagaku Moyo drop all the “Masana Temples” at The Regent in Downtown Los Angeles

Kikagaku Moyo, “geometric patterns” in Japanese, took the packed sold out crowd at The Regent on a wild trip Wednesday night. Still riding the waves of October 2018’s Masana Temples, Kikagaku Moyo is in the final home stretch of their North American tour before they do a stint in Europe this summer. “Masana” is a […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Metric
Metric elates and electrifies at Hollywood Palladium

Metric came through Los Angeles last week for an explosive performance at the Hollywood Palladium. The Canadian band are touring in support of their seventh studio album, Art of Doubt. It had been a few years since Metric played Los Angeles, and fans came out in droves filling the Palladium from top-to-bottom. If there is […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten “sold out the fucking Ace” and delivered an electrifying performance

Friday night and the feeling was so right down town at the Theatre at Ace for a night of musical therapy. Sharon Van Etten sold the beautiful space out to strike us with her matchless talent. Warming up the audience was Nilüfer Yanya. The young musician hails from West London with great presence. I know […]

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Ladytron at Fonda Theatre -- Photo: Bryan Olinger
Ladytron up the AV with stellar performance at Fonda Theatre Hollywood

It’s crazy how much can change in 2-3 years. Since becoming pregnant in 2016, and now a first-time mama with a 19-month old toddler — a lot has changed for me.  Last night’s Ladytron show at the Fonda Theatre proved to me that although time passes, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been ‘out of the […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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