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GEMS band
Oh Wonder, GEMS dazzle at sold-out first night at El Rey Theatre

London-based synth-pop duo Oh Wonder couldn’t get over how each time they’ve come to LA, the reception has been greater and greater. On Wednesday night, they headlined the first of two shows at the El Rey Theatre, a sold-out endeavor that solidifies the idea they’re a rising act to keep an eye on. Consisting of […]

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Surfer Blood
Surfer Blood and Cayucas deliver vibrant double-bill at LA’s Teragram Ballroom

Headlining in support of their third studio album 1000 Palms, a reshuffled Surfer Blood lineup impressed at the Teragram Ballroom with fellow surf-pop rockers Cayucas in support. Their beach rock sound was welcomed happily on a gloomy Friday night in downtown Los Angeles. Guitarist Thomas Fekete and bassist Kevin Williams are no longer in the […]

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Jennylee of Warpaint
Jennylee steps out of shadow of Warpaint with killer solo show at The Echo

Not until 11:10 PM did Warpaint bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg take the stage at The Echo under her solo project Jennylee. I wiped at my tired eyes to see if it was a mirage – but no, Lindberg was on stage with a microphone, the bass-playing duties being handed off to someone in her backing […]

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Cage The Elephant
Cage the Elephant’s raucous sold-out El Rey gig promises a strong 2016

Cage the Elephant began their banner 2015 by celebrating a Grammy nomination. On Sunday night at the El Rey Theatre, they showed fans that the future looks bright for the alt-rock five-piece as they performed some songs from their upcoming album Tell Me I’m Pretty — due out December 18 and produced by The Black […]

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BANKS
The Weeknd, BANKS, Travis $cott turn The Forum into Madness; Lana Del Rey guest set

Is there anyone in music who’s had a bigger 2015 than The Weeknd? Wednesday night’s show at The Forum – the second of two sold-out shows on The Madness Tour at the 17,500 capacity venue – was further evidence that the answer to that question is no. With a nearly two-hour set, The Weeknd – […]

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Zella Day
Zella Day rocks LA, Fleetwood Mac cover among highlights at high-energy Fonda Theatre set

Sometimes, pop music doesn’t make sense to me. Tuesday night, emerging alt-pop artist Zella Day headlined at the Fonda Theatre, supporting her debut album Kicker. It’s an impressive debut record with catchy tracks featured all throughout. I’d put it up against some of the better-performing stuff in the genre. Despite these opinions, the show wasn’t […]

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Gary Clark Jr. live
Gary Clark Jr. delivers virtuoso performance at Fonda for third sold-out night

Gary Clark Jr. might be the best American guitarist going these days. That was my main takeaway after witnessing the virtuoso both Friday and Saturday nights at the Fonda Theatre – the second and third of a three-night sold-out stint at the famed Hollywood venue. Saturday, I was covering the show for Grimy Goods and […]

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ALVVAYS
Alvvays just what the hipster factory at the Echoplex ordered

Thursday night at the Echoplex, I saw something in live music that is almost as rare as seeing a unicorn. Amidst a sea of hipsters, I saw a bro in a trucker hat atop another bro’s shoulders. This I haven’t seen since Chet Faker at Coachella weekend two [proof]. I guess that’s just the sort of […]

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leon bridges
A dapper Leon Bridges takes Fonda Theatre on a sonic trip through time

When I was a kid, I bought a CD called Billboard Top Hits: 1961. It was a compilation album that featured songs like Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” Dion’s “Runaround Sue,” and “Blue Moon” by The Marcels. I wore through my copy of that album by playing it so many times. Though doo-wop and […]

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ASTR
Ryn Weaver, HOLYCHILD and ASTR prove to be a triple threat at Belasco Theater

Ryn Weaver The more shows I go to, the less over time I’ve managed to get to a venue in time for the night’s first opener. On Saturday at the Belasco Theater in downtown LA, I made sure to get there early enough. Ryn Weaver had moved on from selling out the El Rey just […]

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