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Aug 01 Jon Bon Jovi And The Kings Of Suburbia At The Count Basie Theatre, Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, reviewed
No, Jon, it is not alright. It isn’t remotely close to alright, this is a dire, depressing version of one of the few bearable Bon Jovi songs. Yes, that was the worst moment, but there was lots and lots of competition: the last song “American Pie”, the ridiculous “Baba O’Reilly” not remotely saved by the violinist, “Bad Medicine” overblown and heavy…
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Aug 01 The Muffs At Amoeba, Tuesday July 29th 2014
The most striking thing about seeing the Muffs live, is their laid-back attitude, as well as the casual chatting and deadpan humor between the songs, as if they were some stand-up comedians doing the Muffs routine before bursting into their short punk songs. Kim looked almost exactly as she did at Burgerama
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Aug 01 Conor Oberst Central Park SummerStage Tuesday July 29, 2014 Reviewed
IIt’s a weird realization, feeling like I’ve grown out of who I’ve considered my favorite musician for years. I’ll still listen to him, I don’t skip Bright Eyes when it comes up on shuffle, but his newer work doesn’t appeal to me and some of his older stuff is unlistenable. Conor’s grown up, and I have too, and we’ve gone our separate ways.
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Aug 01 $200 Interview Rights, Featuring Black Veil Brides
Pay 200 clams and get press credentials to a show with photo pass! So THAT’S the going rate for it! You’ll get the opportunity to interview a member of the band with FIVE questions (that’s spelled out so don’t think of four or six), you’ll get to go in the photo pit for the first three songs (no flash!) just like the real photogs
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Aug 01 Dream Alive At The Dragonfly, Wednesday July 29th 2014, Reviewed
they gave us a grandiose opening, and continued with the same exuberant energy till the end, attempting to take everybody’s breathe away attach song. If each member of the band were actively participating into this over-the top celebration, the charismatic showman-frontman Nik Phoeniks worked very hard to push the show to a new level
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Aug 01 Jenny Lewis Talks… Just Not To Us
It encompasses a grueling period during which Lewis’ father passed away, her band of more than a decade broke up, and she conquered two years of chronic insomnia. “All these things pushed me over the edge. In your mid-30s, you have to take inventory, or you’ll stumble.”
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Aug 01 Best Songs Through July 31st, 2014
Leave Your Lover – Sam Smith
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Aug 01 Marshall Crenshaw’s Epic Request Show Returns To City Winery August 6th, 2014
Take a look at this back up band. Graham Maby, Joe Jackson band member since the Look Sharp era, on bass; Rich Pagnano, the Fab Faux’s Ringo, on drums, and Andy York of the tremendous rockabilly Jason And The Scorchers and more recently John Mellencamp’s band
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Aug 01 Best Albums Through July 31st, 2014
Moanin’ At Midnight – Tomas Doncker Band – Rewrites the story of Howlin’ Wolf for the 21st century by a man who defies pigeonholes, especially blues pigeonholes, but finds himself a blues star despite himself.
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Aug 01 10 Songs: Friday, August 1st, 2014
Shimmy Shimmy Ya – Ol’ Dirty Bastard – this has the addictive kick of the Sugarhill Gang, and which nobody would claim ODB was Wu Tang’s greatest rapper, nobody came close to his mix of aggression and self-deprecation, and let this be exhibit A – Grade: A
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Jul 31 Corners Residency At The Echo With Debt And Adult Book, Monday July 28th 2014
The cool thing with these residencies is that the crowd is full of musicians enjoying the set of other bands (I recognized at least one of the Mystic Braves), and my Silver Lake-Echo Park neighborhood looks like a big family of musicians packed inside the Echo, right?
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Jul 31 TicketNetwork Makes Nice With The FTC
In a nutshell, TN would make you redirect from a venue representing itself as the ‘official’ ticket seller for places like Radio City Music Hall. So the consumer felt they were buying direct but they were actually purchasing bumped up tickets from a reseller.
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Jul 31 Stream Michelle Shocked’s Silent New Album
She is releasing an LP entitled ‘Inaudible Woman’ consisting of 11 tracks, all totally silent. The ‘songs’ that you can stream on CD Baby (is this a joke or what?) are named after executives in the digital music world, such as SiriusXM executive Patrick Donnelly, Clear Channel executive Robert Walls,… and are available for download at $0.99 each
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Jul 31 Spotify-Viacom Deal A Biggie for The Streaming company
It seems to me Spotify have settled themselves after last years somewhat stalled growth (and I still think they have passed on the older generation before they had to), are back to taking over the world of streaming by storm. And I believe this is a future of music distribution (which is what we are discussing, of course
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Jul 31 Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga’s “Anything Goes” reviewed
Lady Gaga, who I am sick to death of, doesn’t simply jump the Shark here, but climbs on top of it, squeezes it between her legs and rides it like Slim Pickens at the end of “Dr. Strangelove” and in the worst is yet to come mode, Bennett delivers his single worst vocal performance of all time
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Artist: Music Festivals

More Controversy Before Made In America Arrives In Los Angeles

You know how it works, only people who disagree protest, but if Facebook comments can be any indication of the […]


Growing Out Of Warped Tour

I used to be one of those kids. I could barely sleep the night before, woke up stoked, and spent the entire day covered in sweat, running around to catch the fifteen plus bands I wanted to see, and meeting friends. This year, I realized that I’ve officially grown out of Warped


Kanye West And Iggy Azalea Added To Jay Z ‘s Made In America In Los Angeles.

Kanye (who is already playing at the east coast version in Philly) will play on Sunday and Iggy on Saturday, but she is not headlining, you are still stuck with the always generic Imagine Dragons for that. Will this addition make me spend $200 and go to the two-day festival?


New York City’s ‘Global Citizen Festival’ Lineup Trickle

So .. is that why we get Jay Z? The ol’ standby guy is back headlining the Global Citizen Festival along with the amazing Gwen Stefani and No Doubt. Personally I would reverse the bill making Gwen the headliner but hey it aint my gig


Lolipalooza At The Echo/Echoplex, Saturday June 28th 2014 (Part I)

This new Lolipalooza event had 33 bands playing on three stages in just one afternoon-evening, I managed to see 29 of them, and it felt like a marathon! Yes, I am exhausted today, it was a bit crazy and way too much for the same day, but it’s always the case for festivals. There is no way I am gonna remember what the first or even the 15th band sounded like but who really cares?


Lolipalooza At The Echo/Echoplex, Saturday June 28th 2014 (Part II)

I must say that the Echo/Echoplex is probably my favorite place in LA for many reasons (beside the awesome shows they host), the managers are so cool with any crowd antics, they let people climb on the booth seats when they can’t see the stage, they let people stage diving and crowd surfing their heart out, and nobody felt restrained to do so on Saturday night.


Coachella Being Uncool With Its Artists

This year was the first year artists saw their names printed on the Coachella poster, obviously a big progress in the recognition process. There was a time when artists were barely paid, had to buy their water like any concertgoer and didn’t even had private toilet or shower


‘No Cameras Allowed’ By Photograph Renegade James Marcus Haney

James Marcus Haney is a sort of dream fantasy for me, as he has done it at a completely different level, getting into Coachella in 2010 by hopping a fence, using fake bracelets around his wrist and spending a night in a porta-potty – when you know how these things smell, this is award-worthy