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Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

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Peter Murphy Nearly Melted Down at the El Rey on Saturday

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Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 4:06 AM
Peter Murphy at El Rey Theatre. July 5, 2014 - TIMOTHY NORRIS
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  • Peter Murphy at El Rey Theatre. July 5, 2014
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July 5, 2014


Better than...not much

Peter Murphy suspected the fans had come for the hits on Saturday night at the El Rey. After all, the legendary 56-year-old singer played the oldies last year on tour, including those from his former band, Bauhaus.

But this time around, the emphasis was on his post-Bauhaus work. There's a lot of that — he recently released his 10th studio album, Lion — though it wasn't enough to keep the crowd's attention. But that isn't what made the holiday weekend stop in L.A. such a bummer. 

The depressing part was watching the decline of a rock star happen right there on stage, inside a not-too-big venue with a not-so-packed crowd of former goth kids. 

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

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3 Teeth's Industrial Music Is Also Transgressive Art (VIDEO)

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Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 4:19 AM
Above you can see L.A. Weekly's original video with L.A. industrial outfit 3 Teeth.

But their own work takes a different tack. For their video for "Consent," they cut up found footage and spliced it together. In the work, old news clips and MTV footage pass by in a blink, while words like "dada," "arise" and "think," flash between images of real world horror and fictional weirdness.

Frontman Alexis Mincolla is superimposed on the mélange. Dressed in black and sporting a thick mustache that turns up at the ends like a Victorian villain, his figure is outlined in neon green. He leans towards the audience, dissolving into the footage only to reappear.

"Consent" borrows heavily from industrial music's past, both in sound and image. Still, there's enough distance between the early 1990s and today that it feels brand new.

"There seems to be this huge debate about what industrial is and what it stands for," says Mincolla. "I think we look at it more as a transgressive art form."

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

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Tying Tiffany's Seaside Melancholy

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Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 3:30 AM
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Electronic music artist Tying Tiffany lives near Italy's eastern coastline, but it isn't a Mediterranean paradise. The skies tend to be darker, with a chill in the air. 

"I spent my days walking around the sea," says Tiffany (who declines to give her real name) of the months preparing her latest album, Drop, which was just released. Those walks did Tiffany good. She was able to tap into the natural surrounds and cultivate the right mood for Drop -  melancholy, but not drab.

Performing at Complex in Glendale this Sunday, March 16, her first appearance on the West Coast, and her only show on this side of the U.S. We caught up with her on Skype, chatting in a mix of English and interpreter-assisted Italian.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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Aesthetic Perfection Returns to L.A.

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Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 3:41 AM

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'Til Death is industrial act Aesthetic Perfection's crossover album, the one intended as much for the kids wearing neon as the kids wearing black PVC. It has strains of Depeche Mode, and Nine Inch Nails' early work. It hits the streets on February 11 through Metropolis Records. 

Daniel Graves, who launched the Aesthetic Perfection project when he was still a teenager, came up in L.A.'s tight knit industrial scene. 

He cut his teeth playing spots like Perversion, a dance club that rarely held live performances, as well as Das Bunker. (Once a fan came bearing a live goat as a gift; he and some friends took the goat - who was saved from a slaughterhouse - to a no-kill farm animal shelter.)

Then, while still in his early 20s, Graves left for Berlin and later settled in Salzburg, Austria. After a seven-year stint in Europe, he returned to Los Angeles in late 2012, where he now resides. We caught up with him by phone.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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Chris Corner Got Way, Way More Crowd-Funding Money Than He Sought

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Wed, May 15, 2013 at 5:15 AM

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For years, Berlin-based singer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Corner has been working alone. Originally from the U.K. and having first came to prominence in the 1990s as part of the electronic group Sneaker Pimps, he has self-produced his last four albums as IAMX. Sometimes, he even directed his own videos.

For IAMX's fifth album, The Unified Field, however, Corner enlisted collaborators, including producer Jim Abbiss (Sneaker Pimps, Ladytron, Arctic Monkeys). To pay for the album, crowd-funded on PledgeMusicreaching his goal -- they don't tell you how much -- within an hour, and he eventually got 817%. (Some of the money also went to videos, a tour, and a donation to Richard Dawkins' foundation.) We chatted with him about all of this ahead of his show at the Fonda tonight.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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David Sabastian: A Rapper and Fashionista on the Verge

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Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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"Not to be vague, but I think everybody of this generation has Anti in them," emerging rapper David Sabastian argues, sweat trickling down his face. It's hot out here. Twenty minutes earlier, he was spray-painting an empty swimming pool, dressed in a black, mostly leather outfit and matching ski mask. Around him, his cohorts watched, chatted and occasionally, sprayed their own drawings. Now he's discussing the ethos and make up of those same people -- also referred to as the Anti society.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

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Peter Murphy Will Play a $500 Show at a Secret Location Tomorrow

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Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 4:00 AM

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Peter Murphy plays here tomorrow, but the location is top secret. And only 125 guests will have the chance to join the singer -- whose husky voice and dramatic performance style first made waves during his time with Dark Wave act Bauhaus -- for two shows.

One will be his 1989 solo album Deep performed live in its entirety for the first time, and the second set will feature both solo work and songs from his Bauhaus days. Called Miracula Halloween, the event is a cocktail party/meet-and-greet/show with a $500 price tag.

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