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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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Fan Landers

Farewell, Fan Landers

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Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 8:25 AM
Not Jessica Hopper.
  • Not Jessica Hopper.
If you follow Pitchfork on Twitter, you may have already guessed what's coming next: Fan Landers is no more. Its author, Jessica Hopper, has been hired out to greener pastures to tend more copy as Pitchfork's Senior Editor and Editor-in-Chief of its slick, new-ish print product, The Pitchfork Review. And though it pains us to say goodbye to her column, which has run every week in this space for well over two years, we couldn't be more happy for her.

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Hip-Hop

The Lonely Midnight Life of DJ Quik

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Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 4:30 AM
DJ Quik - PHOTO BY KENYA FRANK
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  • DJ Quik
In the conventional rap narrative, a star is born out of the 'hood, overcoming his circumstances to achieve fame and wealth beyond his dreams.

But he's then confronted with a choice: Does he remain of the 'hood?

Sure, he can afford to buy a nice house in the Valley, and he'd be foolish not to. But how often does he come back home? Is he looking out for his former crewmates? Is he still enmeshed in their struggles and drama? Both benefactor and compatriot, he's expected to save them from drowning and simultaneously swim his way to a gold medal.

No one knows this better than DJ Quik.

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The Lucid Cannabis bar: a THC-infused meal replacement. - DAISY STAGGS
  • Daisy Staggs
  • The Lucid Cannabis bar: a THC-infused meal replacement.
Forget Soylent. Forget Clif bars. The meal substitutes of the future will not only fill your belly; they will get you high.

Two months ago, a few Los Angeles dispensaries began carrying the Lucid Cannabis bar, an organic, vegan, raw and gluten-free protein bar, with 341 calories, 20 grams of protein — and either 40, 80 or 160 milligrams of THC.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Randy Newman - FILE PHOTO, COURTESY OF ELEKTRA RECORDS
  • File photo, courtesy of Elektra Records
  • Randy Newman
Much like you, dear reader, I was shocked and astounded that Randy Newman’s delightful 1983 pop gem “I Love L.A.” was left off of our “20 Best Songs Ever Written About L.A.” list. Imagine my dismay when our new editor, Andy Hermann, informed me that it hadn’t been left out of the hearts and minds of our writers; no, it was a deliberate omission on his part, because he hates the song.

And what Angeleno could blame him, really? Newman’s built the last 30 years of his career on playing this song. A song that, by the way, is about how L.A. kind of sucks.

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Warren G had to "Regulate" in "DJ West's" wake. - COURTESY OF G FUNK MUSIC
  • Courtesy of G Funk Music
  • Warren G had to "Regulate" in "DJ West's" wake.
Last week, iconic hip-hop label Def Jam Records celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gigantic concert at New York’s Barclay Center. While the New York-based label's storied history has been told repeatedly in film, television and books, there’s one part of their three decades of dominance that often gets left out.

Did you know that there was a Def Jam West?

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See Tuesday: Banks - PHOTO BY WILLIAMS & HIRAKAWA
  • Photo by Williams & Hirakawa
  • See Tuesday: Banks
Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

Monday, October 20


Aeges
SILVERLAKE LOUNGE
L.A. post-post hardcore crew Aeges’ new Above & Down Below (Mylene Sheath) finds the band in newly inspired and jacked-up mode, with a new drummer and guitarist kicking it into gloriously high gear on tracks that, as on their much-praised 2012 debut album The Bridge, feature melodic and even semi-anthemic tunes that don’t skimp on slamming riffage and massive low-end boom. Above is one of the most well-produced records you’ll hear all year, awash in great, nonstandard power chords and supremely satisfying bass tones. But all this inventively crafted heaviness can be savored at the band’s live shows, too, which stomp like a veritable beast. This free show is part of Aeges’ monthlong residency at the Silverlake Lounge; tonight also features The Vitals, True Rivals and Hellbenders. —John Payne

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Adventure Club performing at Safe in Sound - PHOTO CREDIT: SARAH PURKRABEK
  • Photo credit: Sarah Purkrabek
  • 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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Friday, October 17, 2014

Daniel Wright-Fresco - PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT CIFUENTES
  • Photo courtesy of Robert Cifuentes
  • Daniel Wright-Fresco
This February, Daniel Wright-Fresco, the homeless man who serves as the unofficial security guard of downtown DIY venue the Smell, was arrested. He was charged with the crime of making "criminal threats" after allegedly threatening Ignacio Nava, an employee at a used car dealership nearby. Nava had claimed Wright-Fresco flashed a knife held in the waistband of his pants after verbally assaulting him.

Before the date of his trial (which was set for July 4, 2014), Wright-Fresco accepted a deal with the District Attorney's office. He pled guilty to possession of a knife, but not guilty to the charge of criminal threats — a non-strike offense. He was sentenced to serve 486 days in prison.

As of October 10, however, Wright-Fresco is a free man.

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Metal

The 10 Best Prog Metal Bands

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Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 3:30 AM
Dream Theater
  • Dream Theater
Progressive metal, unlike other sub-genres of heavy metal, borrows heavily from hard rock, classical rock and early heavy metal influences. Although several of the bands on this list might not technically considered metal, we group hard rock and metal under the same umbrella for the sake of clarity.

Progressive metal (prog metal for short) is less about brutality and speed, as is the case with extreme metal or thrash. And the focus is not so much on evil or satanic themes, much like black metal. Instead, listeners can hear everything from classical music, symphonic metal, speed metal, power metal and traditional heavy metal in many "prog metal" bands. The focus has always been in the proficiency of the musicians, epic songwriting, and sounds that aren't neatly categorized into only one type of metal. As this list will show, even extreme metal bands can lean more towards the prog metal side. We now present our list of the 10 best progressive metal/hard rock bands.

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