Tag Archives: r&B

Nao
Live Review: Nao Reawakens the Spirit of R&B at Sold-Out El Rey Theatre Performance

For anyone in Los Angeles that thinks they know pop music, or who the great vocalists of our time are, there is no conscionable reason to have missed Nao at the El Rey last Wednesday, where the British electro R&B prodigy graced a sold-out crowd of about 800 with a stadium performance. Before the El Rey curtain […]

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Jamie Lawlor |
Local Natives at the Greek Theatre
Local Natives Become One of LA’s Musical Monuments at The Greek Theatre

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not extremely often these days that a Los Angeles band makes a profound cultural impact on the world. Sure, we’ve got plenty of solo artists, or bands that moved here from somewhere else, but how many bands began here, and also succeed in embodying the culture of the city in […]

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Jamie Lidell and the Royal Pharoahs at The Echo
Jamie Lidell and the Royal Pharaohs Perfect Blue-Eyed Soul at The Echo

Any longtime underground music fan has seen Jamie Lidell slyly manifest himself in several shapes and genres over the years, leapfrogging from sweet singer-songwriter to one-man-band loop wizard, and sometimes disappearing altogether. However, it doesn’t take an alternative R&B connoisseur to have heard some of Lidell’s hits, such as 2005’s unmissable hit “Multiply” and 2009’s […]

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Jamie Lawlor |
Donna Missal at the Troubadour
Barns Courtney lights fire under Troubadour, but Donna Missal steals show

One of the quiet blisses of living in the shadow of Los Angeles’ flourishing music scene is that on any given night, a dozen different bands, singers, rappers, and musical creatives can be found cutting their teeth on the nearly endless circuit of clubs, bars, and theaters that dot the city. But of all the places […]

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Steven Ward |
frank ocean blonde review
Frank Ocean’s Blonde is the Pop Masterpiece this Generation Has Been Missing

On Blonde, Frank Ocean fearlessly balances avant-garde themes and aesthetics with cathartic pop bliss Words: Jamie Lawlor For a minute there, we thought the day might never come, but on that sunny Saturday afternoon, the second studio album by Frank Ocean was finally out. A lot has happened in the realm of black culture since Ocean’s […]

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Jamie Lawlor |
Twin Shadow
Twin Shadow to Perform Purple Rain at Masonic Lodge

Twin Shadow’s About To Drop That Sexy Purple Rain at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever We can’t think of too many other musicians who can do justice to Prince’s iconic Purple Rain album, like Twin Shadow can. Brace yourselves fans of the great purple one, and fans of Twin Shadow. On Friday, September 23, Twin Shadow […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Body Language at Resident
Body Language and Wild & Free Light Up Resident in DTLA with invigorating performances

It’s not a secret that one of my favorite live shows to date was Body Language at the Echo last February. Since seeing them, I feel I’ve come a long way. I’m taking music and writing more seriously, having graduated from a small Hype Machine blog to keeping a blog of my my own to […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Body Language
Body Language drop new single “The Fall” — LA date at Resident July 8

Brooklyn-based Body Language has revealed a sultry new single titled “The Fall.” Known for their luscious electro-pop that can sooth your soul or get that body hustling on the dance floor, Body Language’s new track is a delicious jam. More so on the chill-wave side of things, let “The Fall’s” sweet crescendos and lulling vocals […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Reviewed: Broods crushes sophomore slump with brazen eclectics of “Conscious”

Riding the wave of soulful indietronica that surged out of Auckland, New Zealand and began with Lorde’s Pure Heroin, sibling duo Broods thrived in their vein of electropop harmonies and body rushing melodies that made up their debut Evergreen. Both albums found themselves in the top two within New Zealand, and two years later, Georgia […]

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Allen Stone brings the soul to the Troubadour, two new LA dates announced

Allen Stone is brining his enticing soul and R&B show to Los Angeles with two show dates scheduled a The Troubadour in West Hollywood on Tuesday, August 2 and Wednesday, August 3. As summer in LA is at its peak in August, Allen Stone is only going to make things hotter! Most recently, Allen Stone […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |