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Kate Nash shakes the Echo’s ‘Foundations’ with killer set

Thursday at the Echo was the fourth time I’ve seen Kate Nash perform live and I have zero shame in that. Though she’s known by most for the pop album she released eight years ago Made of Bricks, Nash has evolved as a musician into something entirely different altogether. She’s fused her catchy pop lyrics with rock […]

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Halsey proves the hype train is legit at BADLANDS surprise record-release show

Is there anyone with as much buzz as burgeoning 20-year-old pop singer Halsey these days? If Friday’s secret record release show in downtown LA’s Arts District is any indication, probably not. A pop-up shop was setup Wednesday on Melrose in the afternoon called BADLANDS AIR, where hundreds of kids showed up to claim free tickets […]

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Cold War Kids rock Annenberg Space for Photography for tepid crowd

Sometimes, I get this feeling that Los Angeles is spoiled when it comes to live music, and therefore they don’t appreciate how good they have it. Such was the case Saturday night, when Long Beach’s own radio-rockers Cold War Kids headlined the final night of KCRW’s Sound in Focus free shows at Studio City’s Annenberg […]

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Grace Potter sparkles and shines at Fonda Theatre

On Friday, Grace Potter‘s solo album Midnight dropped to lots of fanfare. Later that night, she would headline her second of two nights at Hollywood’s Fonda Theatre to raucous support, less than five miles from where Potter now owns a home in Laurel Canyon. Potter turned up the heat at her second show, walking onto stage in […]

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Hot Chip and !!! (chk chk chk) inspire Greek Theatre crowd to show their moves

One song into Hot Chip‘s Tuesday night headlining set at the Greek Theatre, I looked around and saw a bunch of people dancing with less rhythm than Elaine from Seinfeld. It’s really an awesome thing to see at a concert. Oftentimes, people are too self-conscious to really let loose, especially if dancing isn’t their thing. But […]

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Riot Grill Fest with Babes In Toyland Makes Herstory at The Regent Theater

Babes In Toyland A little piece of herstory was made last night at The Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angeles when Riot Grill Fest took over for an all-femme punk, comedy and food extravaganza, with partial proceeds going to support Human Rights Campaign and LGBT causes. Upon walking in and literally almost running into badass […]

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Tame Impala sets bar “high” at first of two Hollywood Forever shows

After seeing them play at a handful of festivals this year, I was convinced: Tame Impala was meant to be seen outdoors. Thursday night, the Australian psych-rockers headlined their first of two nights at the renowned Hollywood Forever Cemetery and it couldn’t have gone much better. A sheet hung in front of the stage and […]

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Wilco crushes marathon set at Greek Theatre

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect to take in Wilco‘s two-hour set at the Greek Theatre on Wednesday night. With the sun setting behind them and pot smoke waffing all around, Jeff Tweedy and Co. roared through their latest album Star Wars — which can be had for free, I might add — from beginning to […]

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Ratatat turns up the heat at Sonos Studio

KCRW’s Jason Bentley apologized afterwards for the air conditioning being busted at Sonos Studio, but I’m not entirely convinced rock-tronic duo Ratatat weren’t the ones responsible for the sauna-like temperatures inside. With free beverages available to help people cool down, there were no real complaints inside from anyone who got to witness Ratatat‘s explosive 45-minute […]

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Offspring turns Hollywood Palladium into sweaty mosh pit with epic 19-song set full of hits

By the end of “Bad Habit” — the first song of the Offspring‘s set at the Hollywood Palladium — I was drenched in sweat as though I was a raver kid on molly at a Flosstradamus show. The entire front two-thirds of the massive roller-rink style floor was a mosh-pit and people were ready to […]

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Chet Faker soothes Club Nokia crowd with chill vibes

Chet Faker was in a celebratory mood Wednesday night at Club Nokia in downtown LA. Exactly one year ago to the day, the Aussie electro-funk artist released his debut full-length Built on Glass, which led to his meteoric rise and subsequent sold out shows across the world. The second of two shows at Club Nokia, Faker […]

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Royal Blood leave fans speechless (and one fan shoeless) at Fonda

Just two days removed from their excellent Coachella debut, British rockers Royal Blood shook the Fonda Theatre to its core on Monday night. Still feeling the effects of Coachella myself, the duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher shook me out of the funk that comes with three long days in the desert. By midway […]

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Raekwon and Ghostface Killah bring nostalgia to forefront at Coachella

Wu-Tang Clan veterans Raekwon and Ghostface Killah celebrated the 20th anniversary of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx in the desert at Coachella on Friday, giving fans a taste of some of ’90s hip-hop at its best. Their Outdoor Theatre set came close to sunset, and the pot smoke flowed like the Nile River most of […]

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