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Sep 19 Sam Smith At United Palace Theater, Thursday, September 18th, 2014, Reviewed
Sam seemed to have no command of the stage as he wandered back and forth, no idea how to speak to the audience, he couldn’t tell a story and he couldn’t seem to make it a personal experience.and while his life trajectory has been resolutely towards show business, he doesn’t have a feel for the stage.
Posted 19 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 19 Avi Buffalo At Amoeba Music, Wednesday September 17th 2014
Avi is a young guy but he has now reached the drinking age (he is 23 but was only 19 when he wrote his fist album) and the music has taken many interesting directions with fast-driven guitars, emotional ballads, plenty of hooks sung with a large range of falsettos and beyond, detailed guitar play and harmonies
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Sep 19 Loudon Wainwright III “Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet)” Reviewed
It is an ongoing process of decay and degradation and iteration on on his fine, though maybe not as fine as Older Than My Old Man Now, look back in astonishment at pops and at age. LW was 63 years old when he died, LWIII is 68 years old.
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Sep 19 Bono’s Next Plan: He Is Gonna Save The Music Industry
Not only U2 has received the big bucks from Apple – reportedly $100 million, and if you don’t call this prostitution I don’t know what it is – to release their album and deliver it for free in every iTunes account of the planet, but there are about to make some big announcement?
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Sep 19 Scotch Musicians Listed (For Obvious Reasons)
Now it’s all over and we wipe away our tears and turn to face a new day for Scotland and the rest of the world, let’s take a break from Scotch Whiskey, Golf, Haggis, and making fun of the Scotcish accent, ach aye, I dannae can… and take a look at Scottish musicians as listed by Wikipedia
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Sep 19 Mark E. Smith Says He hates Metallica -Just Not To Us
Who decided it was time to start liking her again? I never even liked her the first time round. It’s like all these radio DJs have been raiding their mam’s and dad’s record collections and decided that Kate Bush is suddenly cool again. But I’m not having it.”
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Sep 19 What NYU Students Are Listening To
We stole this one off brooklynvegan but we are happy to credit the wise cut and pasters for a great great idea: viz taking from Spotify NYU’s listening habits. So what have we learnt: nothing very surprisingly. There is much much worse musicians to patronize then James Blake.
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Sep 19 The A+ List: 9-19-14
The Heart That Time Forgot – Kelly Willis – MCA Nashville made her a star but not on the Bang Bang album, her sophomore effort and still a masterful 80s country album with strong countrypop songs including this one by Nashville pro Kostas Lazarides. Willis aches through the melody and the guitar break is simple and understated.
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Sep 19 10 Songs: Friday, September 19th, 2014
Speaking of blueprint, off Kanye’s first alum this sounds like his manifesto, west worries about politics but he can’t get out of the way of Jay Z’s stampeding ego, connected by a self made manual: “we are all here for a particular path”. Good to know – A
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Sep 18 Karen O At Amoeba, Tuesday September 16th 2014
Karen O appeared on stage wearing a summery, white and black outfit, and she was radiant… ‘it’s about fucking time’ she said meaning it took her forever to have her show at Amoeba. She was backed up by only two musicians and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize Moses Sumney on electric guitar — I have seen him several times and truly enjoyed his solo shows
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Sep 18 Beyonce Is Lip-Synching, Why I’m Not Surprised?
It’s blatantly visible for a very short time, there is no doubt about this. It’s true that pro-Bey snaps the mic back to her lips very fast, and with her signature hair whip, she is back on track almost flawlessly, but she was lip-synching…
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Sep 18 Barbra Streisand And Jimmy Fallon And Lieing
With Barbra Streisand, he skipped the game but otherwise he was Rolling Stone reviewing a Springsteen album. You can’t trust him, you really really can’t. Fallon has no sense of proportion and it is like it is cute for him to lie about what his real feelings are and it isn’t cute at all.
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Sep 18 Hey Harley Streaming Tracks Off Their Upcoming Debut Album
Americana by way of its many restless meshing of genre’s, Hey Harley is a seamless meeting of minds,two entwined sensibilities playing off each other as they effortlessly move from country to jazz, to soft shoe shuffle, with a deft intensity.
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Sep 18 rock nyc Top 10 Songs, Week Of September 15th, 2014
Broncos song is killer and while they don’t sustain it, this is enough to be going with, Skrillex is from earlier this, Tennis is better than I gave em credit for, and Kong is a testament to freedom and Kings in the Bronx. One more: Jhene is a female Drake on “Lyin’ King”.
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Sep 18 US Top 10 Singles 9-27-14
Meet the new week, same as the old week. I guess the shocker here, if it can be called a shocker any more, is how completely dominated this chart is by women. Six of the top seven positions, seven of the top ten, everywhere you turn, women! Also: pop women, not soul, not rock, but the modern form of pure pop for nw women is completely dominated by women.
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Artist: Music Festivals

How To Choose The Best Toilet At A Music Festival

At the end, these 15-minute of calculus (if you manage to watch the whole thing) will teach you that you simply have to scope out 37% of the toilets to have a good idea of the situation… after 37% you can start accepting the one that is the best so far.

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Made In America Is This Weekend And It Has Not Sold Out!

Summer is not totally over yet, and we still have one festival to go here in Los Angeles, the brand new version of Made in America which will take over downtown LA this weekend… but I am not going because the line up sucks… and I am not the only one!

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FYF Fest Day One, Part 1, Saturday August 23rd 2014

I continue to go to music festivals despite my hate and love relationship with them, it’s probably the worst place to see a band, as it’s gonna be hot and very crowded, and you are gonna be tired and thirsty… My first day at the FYF fest this year was a perfect example of all this, I struggled the whole day and it was (almost) no fun

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FYF Fest Day One, Part 2, Saturday August 23rd 2014

I stayed at the main stage to see Future Islands, with its very theatrical frontman Samuel T. Herring doing grand gestures […]

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FYF Fest Day One, More Frustration Than Fun

As I was walking (and I did a LOT of walking that day) I could not see the end of the line, they made us walk and walk around some structure and a parking lot and it took me forever just to reach the end of the line. Then it took me again forever to reach the entrance gate, more than an hour to be exact!

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Echo Park Rising Day 3, Sunday August 17th 2014

Day three (and last day) at Echo Park Rising was concentrated inside the Echo /Echoplex. There was still a lot going on about everywhere, but there was already so much to see inside the two-level club, and the twelve or so bands that I saw there kept me very busy.

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Echo Park Rising Day 2, Saturday August 16th 2014, Reviewed

There was a grrrl riot in the making with Sex Stains, a provocative moniker for two bold women, Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Partyline) and choreographer Mecca Vazie Andrews (artistic director of The MOVEMENT). Allison with her shark-week dress and ocean-blue lipstick and Mecca

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Echo Park Rising Day 1, Friday August 15th 2014

Tthe festival is happening over 20 locations, stretching along Sunset Boulevard and beyond, and it has become a real challenge to run from one place to another, going indoors then outdoors then indoors again, inside the Taix restaurant, inside the Echo, down to the Echoplex, back to the outdoor main stage, I am already exhausted

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