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Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Last Night

Bob Dylan - Dolby Theatre - October 24, 2014

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Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 8:37 AM
PHOTO BY DAVID GAHR/COURTESY OF SONY BMG
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“Things have changed,” Bob Dylan warned during the first song at his first of three nights at the Dolby Theatre this past Friday, and he wasn't kidding.

This wasn't the guitar-strumming folk singer of the 1960s or the Bible-rattling born-again preacher of the late ’70s. This wasn't even the same Dylan who’s passed through Southern California in recent years, casting thunder from the mountain like a fortune-telling bluesman.

“People are crazy and times are strange,” he snarled. “I’m in the wrong town, I should be in Hollywood.”

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Last Night

alt-J - Greek Theatre - October 20, 2014

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Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 9:02 AM
PHOTO BY TIMOTHY NORRIS
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alt-J
Greek Theatre
October 20, 2014


"It's been two-and-a-half years since we played our first gig in L.A. at Bardot," alt-J keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton noted in the band's sold-out headlining performance at the Greek Theatre on Monday night. It's clearly been a successful recent run for the band.

But as the three piece (with one touring member, treated on this night like an equal part of the core) demonstrated across 75 minutes of deep groves and limber, often unintelligible vocals, there isn't really much sense to be made of the British group's rise to success. 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

EDM

Safe in Sound Festival - Hollywood Palladium - October 18, 2014

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Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 3:15 AM
Adventure Club performing at Safe in Sound - PHOTO CREDIT: SARAH PURKRABEK
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  • Adventure Club performing at Safe in Sound
Safe in Sound Festival 
Hollywood Palladium
October 18, 2014

On Saturday night, the first annual traveling Safe in Sound Festival drew hundreds of bassheads to L.A.'s Hollywood Palladium. Presented by Bassrush (an Insomniac brand), the newest show on the EDM circuit caters to fans who love bass.

The L.A. stop of the tour featured artists Terravita, Caked Up, Destroid, Adventure Club, and Flux Pavilion. The festival's producers partnered with PK Sound, which debuted a 150,000 watt sound system for the tour. They promised "quality, precision, intensity and a feeling of immersion in the experience," according to Insomniac.

They did not disappoint.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Last Night

Southern Lord Records Showcase - Los Globos - October 15, 2014

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Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Baptists in the blur. - PHOTO BY PAUL T. BRADLEY
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  • Baptists in the blur.
The Power of the Riff Presents: Southern Lord Showcase
Excel, Goatsnake, XIbalba, Obliterations, Baptists, Torch Runner
Los Globos
October 15, 2014

Better Than...
getting punched in the mouth with a fistful of battery acid. 

For your average workaday shred-head, Wednesday day is always full of those "Hey humpday!" / "Week's half-over!" B.S. coworker-small-talk-platitudes. So a Wednesday night of getting repeatedly kicked squarely in the eardrum by six bands worth of slash-genre metal and hardcore is a welcome relief. And Southern Lord Records did that oh-so-perfectly last night. 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Kera and the Lesbians - PHOTO BY ARTEMIS THOMAS-HANSARD
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  • Kera and the Lesbians
Kera and the Lesbians with Girlpool, Heathers, DJ Devendra Banhart
Bootleg Theater

October 10, 2014

Friday night was a momentous occasion for fans of Kera and the Lesbians, who have created quite the buzz for their seductively psychotic sound (which they humorously describe as "bipolar folk"), explosive performances, and a moniker that's vying for the title of best band name of 2014. But it was perhaps even a bigger deal for the trio themselves.  

After driving 17 straight hours from Portland to Los Angeles, the third to last stop on the band's West Coast tour, Kera and the Lesbians made it home to celebrate the recent release of their beautiful music video for "Snakes" and deliver some very special goodies to the sold-out crowd: The first 100 people to arrive received a mix tape curated by frontwoman Kera Armendariz and drummer Michael Delaney, and there was on-site screen printing of a poster made for — and only available at — last night's show.

Despite being, by her own admission, completely exhausted, Armendariz and her band gave one of the most rambunctious performances we've seen of late.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Last Night

Neutral Milk Hotel - Hollywood Bowl - September 18, 2014

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Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 9:43 AM
This bad photo of the Breeders will make more sense in a moment - KEITH PLOCEK
  • Keith Plocek
  • This bad photo of the Breeders will make more sense in a moment
I probably don't have anything to say about smartphones at concerts you haven't heard before. And by that I mean, screw smartphones at concerts.

If you want to snap a quick picture, sure, whatever, go ahead and manufacture your online persona. But when you raise your arm aloft in a triumphant display of video recording, you have to know that glowing rectangle is distracting to everyone behind you. It'd be one thing if you were getting really good coverage for posterity, but a quick search of Youtube and Instagram uploads after most concerts proves that's probably not the case.

Top-down intervention is the only solution. So praise be to Neutral Milk Hotel for not only prohibiting photography but also refusing to be broadcast up on the big screens last night at the Hollywood Bowl.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Last Night

Porter Robinson - Shrine Expo Hall - September 13, 2014

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Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 4:00 AM
TIMOTHY NORRIS
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Porter Robinson
The Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall
September 13, 2014


It was clear from the minute his set started that Porter Robinson's performance at the Shrine was going to be more than just your typical EDM event.

Robinson is on tour in support of Worlds, his first album and a massive change from what his fans had come to expect from him based on his hard-hitting EP Spitfire. While Spitfire was bass-heavy, Worlds relies more on pretty melodies and influences from Japanese anime to create an alternative, more ambient sound. 

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Last Night

Elvis Costello, Ben Folds - Hollywood Bowl - September 5, 2014

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Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM
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  • Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello, Ben Folds
Hollywood Bowl
September 5, 2014


“How ‘bout my band tonight?” Ben Folds asked the audience, gesturing behind him to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The crowd responded with a throaty, rock ‘n’ roll roar. Although Folds and headliner Elvis Costello were atop the marquee, the Phil, led by conductor Scott Dunn, was the real star of the evening. The Hollywood Bowl’s resident orchestra has developed a well-deserved reputation over the years for providing brilliant accompaniment to a diverse array of pop and rock acts, from John Legend to Belle and Sebastian. Backing up two celebrated singer-songwriters on Friday, they did not disappoint.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Last Night

Interpol - Mack Sennett Studios - August 26, 2014

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 8:42 AM
ETHAN SHVARTZMAN
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Interpol
KCRW show at Mack Sennett Studios
August 26, 2014


Playing several songs from their first release in four years, El Pintor, New York aught-rock band Interpol followed up a strong set at FYF Fest with an intimate show for KCRW last night at Mack Sennett Studios. 

The new recorded work shows that these black-garbed rockers haven't lost their ability to create lush textures. But the record doesn't have much in the way of hooks or captivating choruses, making us wonder if singer Paul Banks' time off, taken so he could work on other projects — as well as the loss of founding member Carlos D — has slowed them down. 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Last Night

Le Butcherettes - The Roxy - August 13, 2014

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Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM
Le Butcherettes - PHOTO BY ARTEMIS THOMAS-HANSARD
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Le Butcherettes
The Roxy
August 13, 2014

Usually when a singer stage dives into the crowd and surfs on their back while playing their instrument, it's a show highlight. For Le Butcherettes, who opened for Mars Volta spin-off band Antemasque last night, it was just the beginning.

Since forming in 2007, Le Butcherettes have become notorious for their borderline-insane on-stage antics. Raw meat, fake blood, and 1950s housewife attire have been staples of the Mexican garage punk band's performances, led by frontwoman Teri Suarez, who's even been known to violently cut her own hair while playing. 

She recently began to distance herself from her gory Teri Gender Bender persona, so, on the heels of the act's new album Cry Is For the Flies, it wasn't clear what the show last night  would entail. 

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