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U2 kicks off five-night Forum stay with a bang

When U2’s latest album Songs of Innocence was released and gifted to all Apple users for free without asking, the band took a bit of a PR hit. On Tuesday, Bono and Co. proved that it didn’t have a negative effect on their drawing power nor their claim as one of the best arena rock bands […]

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First night of Ben Harper’s reunion with Innocent Criminals receives heavy praise at The Fillmore

Ben Harper had not performed with The Innocent Criminals since 2008. On Wednesday, they proved they hadn’t lost a step — nor had their fan base forgotten about them — at the first of four straight nights at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Many would suggest that Harper’s best work came while working with the […]

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Kali Uchis brings fans and Tyler, The Creator on stage at packed Echo show

Monday night, there was a line like I’d never seen wrapped around The Echo to see Colombian-born and Virginia-bred singer Kali Uchis. Playing to a mostly younger crowd — which undoubtedly played perfectly into the hands of her 9 p.m. start time — Kali Uchis proved to be quite a performer with a large following […]

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Best Coast show fans at The Echo what “California Nights” are all about

One minute. That’s how long it took tickets to sell out to west coast favorite Best Coast‘s show that took place Thursday night at The Echo. Tickets went on sale just 48 hours before Bethany Cosentino and her cohorts would take the stage, and they didn’t last long. By 7:30 p.m., the line was around […]

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Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis take chemistry from studio to stage at Fox Theater

It wasn’t enough that Ryan Adams produced Jenny Lewis’ career-defining album The Voyager released earlier this year. Adams went ahead and brought Lewis on tour with him — and the magic that was made in the studio translated to the stage Thursday night at the Fox Theater in Pomona. Lewis took the stage first and started her […]

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Fleetwood Mac rock The Forum like it’s 1979

In order to see Fleetwood Mac at The Forum on Friday night, I had to give up my New Year’s Eve so that someone else would cover my shift on short notice at my full-time job. After seeing them play nearly three hours on the first of two nights at The Forum, I can say […]

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Justin Timberlake provides a cure for the Mondays with exhilarating performance at The Forum

The last week of November is one that is usually looked forward to by a large majority of Americans. Thanksgiving is just a few days away, which means for most students, a full week off from school and for most adults, a shortened work week. For anyone that was still not satisfied, Justin Timberlake’s performance […]

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The Black Keys at The Forum: living up to being one of America’s biggest rock bands

If there is one major realization I made Thursday night at The Forum in Inglewood, it’s that The Black Keys are in the running for America’s most popular rock band. As Thursday was an important day politically, it felt as though these Akron, Ohio-bred rockers were on the campaign trail themselves. After seeing them blow […]

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Ben Howard spreads magic at sold-out El Rey Theatre performance

I didn’t know very much about Ben Howard going into his show last Monday at the El Rey Theatre. I’d taken a quick listen to his latest album I Forget Where We Were and saw how quickly tickets were gobbled up to his one of two U.S. shows this month and was very intrigued. What […]

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Lorde shows tremendous growth at Greek Theatre delivering spectacular performance

A few songs in front of her headlining set at The Greek Theatre on Monday night, teenaged sensation Lorde acknowledged that the last time she played Los Angeles “proper”, she was at The Belasco and The Echoplex, just a little more than a year ago. There was no better way to note how far she’d […]

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