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Marina and the Diamonds casts a shimmering glam–pop spell at Greek Theatre

Glam-pop princess Marina Diamandis turned the Greek Theatre onto its head Monday night with a wild presentation that tracked her transformation as an artist across her three-album discography. Opening with a string of hits from her debut album The Family Jewels, Marina and the Diamonds quickly set the tone of the night with their high-octane […]

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CHVRCHES radiate at Shrine Auditorium with tempestuous energy and shuddering synth movements

There’s something quite pious, or rather, divine, about Chvrches–and it’s not just because of their name. Lead singer and feisty frontwoman Lauren Mayberry may have the vocal chords of an angel, but what really pushes the Scottish trip into a realm of almost ethereal majesty is the overwhelming synth melodies that fuel their songs. Live, […]

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Misterwives deliver avant-grade pop bombast performance at Belasco Theater

With their freshmen attempt Our Own House released earlier this year, New York’s Misterwives joined the ranks of young indie pop acts in an already saturated genre. But like their counterparts, West Coast’s Echosmith and Scottish Chvrches, the trio have grown to become a redefining hurricane of self-assurance and avant-grade pop bombast that goes well […]

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Death Cab For Cutie give Santa Barbara Bowl a nostalgia filled performance

Tucked against the foothills of the Santa Barbara mountains, a small amphitheater played host to a night filled with the nostalgia charged lyricisms of one of indie-rock’s greatest success stories. Since the late 90’s, Death Cab For Cutie have captured the elusive heartache and angst of a wayward generation, and last Saturday night two decades […]

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Tokyo Police Club and Max and The Moon fire up the indie at The Observatory

This past Friday, Tokyo Police Club headlined the Observatory in Orange County with support by Max and The Moon. It was a vibrant night of music with solid performances by both bands. Max and the Moon opened up the night with their robust flavor of indie rock. For someone who has never heard of them […]

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Tennis turns up the heat at FYF Fest under bright sun

Denver synth-poppers Tennis rocked FYF Fest’s Lawn Stage under the bright sun early during Saturday’s action at Exposition Park. Wife-and-hubby duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley and their band were on point during their set that was so affected by the bright sun that Moore apologized for needing her sunglasses. “I don’t wan’t these. It’s like […]

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Of Monsters and Men set Greek Theatre afire with sensational performance

In 2012, as “Little Talks” was overtaking U.S. airwaves. Of Monsters and Men went from winning their native country Iceland’s battle-of-the-bands to being dubbed the next Arcade Fire. Their debut, My Head is an Animal, was a cult singularity in the indie-folk scene; a scene that saw a dubious flare-up of artists who sought to immortalize […]

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Cayucas and Hibou light up the summer vibes at Constellation Room

This past Wednesday, the twin brothers known as the indie band Cayucas (Zach and Ben Yudin) treated fans at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana to a delicious slice of summer. Playing sun-drenched songs from their just released new album, Dancing at the Blue Lagoon, Cayucas had the crowd smiling from ear-to-ear lost in their […]

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Little Boots brings out the “Working Girl” and works The Echo into a dance frenzy

Kicking off her U.S. tour, English electro-pop artist, Victoria Hesketh aka Little Boots, played to a sold out show at The Echo last night. The night didn’t start off smoothly as doors opened nearly 45 minutes after they were supposed to, due to the last minute addition of pop singer, Leland. Once the doors did […]

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MisterWives light up The Independent, San Francisco with magnetic performance

This is a big year for New York based indie pop band, MisterWives. A band that’s only been together since 2012, they’re making some big moves that will no doubt propel them nicely in their career. With the launch of their first full length LP, Our Own House, they’ve been hitting the festival circuit this […]

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