2 years ago | Last Night
M.I.A. Belasco Theater 11-11-13 M.I.A. has been, well, missing in action for the past few years. Sure, there was her middle finger (in tribute to a Hindu goddess?) during 2012's Super Bowl halftime show, and got involved in a nasty custody dispute...
2 years ago | Singing and Songwriting
Fiona Apple and Blake Mills Walt Disney Concert Hall 10-7-13 Better Than...Fiona's tears It's been a tough few months for Fiona Apple. At the end of August, the singer-songwriter stormed off stage at a fashion show in Tokyo after asking the audien...
2 years ago | Pop Music. Ever Heard of It?
Taylor Swift Staples Center 8-19-13 Fifteen thousand people cheered for two hours straight as Taylor Swift played to a packed Staples Center crowd last night. Though my brother is correct that she looked like a Who from How The Grinch Stole Christ...
2 years ago | Hip-Hop
ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Dizzy Wright XXL Freshmen Live 2013 Club Nokia 5-18-13 Better Than... Actually being a freshman in high school Since 2008, hip-hop magazine XXL has named its "top freshmen" each year, and on Saturday night the bulk of them pe...
3 years ago | Hip-Hop
Death Grips The Echoplex 12/6/12 Better Than...a quick, aggressive fuck in a public bathroom See also: Why Death Grips Sold Drama, Instead of Their New Album It's been a turbulent year for noise-rap duo Death Grips, whose label Epic Records were p...
3 years ago | Folk You Very Much
Mumford & Sons Hollywood Bowl 11/12/12 See also: Our slideshow of the concert It's been four years since Mumford & Sons played their first show in Los Angeles, and in that time the London-based quartet's career has skyrocketed. Since then the folk...