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Sep 20 Drive-By Truckers, South Side Ballroom, Dallas, Texas, Thursday, September 18th, 2014 Reviewed
Sometimes you come to bitter conclusions with lost loves. The 2014 version of the Drive-By Truckers can no longer compete with their own past either in the studio or on stage. They are almost trapped by their former greatness, because they can neither effectively replicate the band they were on Southern Rock Opera and Decoration Day.
Posted 20 September 2014 by Steve Crawford  Add comment
Sep 20 The Alexandra & The Starlight Band Headlining “Acoustic Anarchy” October 9th At Cakeshop
They sound soulful, they look glam, they are eintensely talented and cool and they are headlining “Acoustic Anarchy” -a night of acoustic versions of New York Dolls and Sex Pistols classics, I mean of course the very very wonderful Alexandra & The Starlight Band, headlining what should be a treat of an evening as part of the CBGB’s Festival.
Posted 20 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 20 Negativland About To Release ‘It’s All In Your Head’
So not only Negativeland has dared to mock our most sacred band (Bono is close to be the pope these days) but they have no respect for our most sacred institution, Disneyland? But wait there’s more, much more
Posted 20 September 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Sep 20 An Urgent Call From Paul McCartney!
. ‘Listen, I need your help. All I want you to do is just log in on and pledge your support to the idea of Meat Free Mondays.That’s all you need to do, I need your help. Please do it. We’ll send all these pledges to the politicians and then they’ll do something about it.’
Posted 20 September 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Sep 20 Iranian Kids Get Happy
Suddenly, you couldn’t dance, couldn’t drink, the maniacs drained all life out of life. Or at least they certainly tried. Of course, much like Saudi, which is something in the nature of a 24 hour a day rave behind locked doors, nothing can stop people from living their lives.
Posted 20 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 20 ISIS Wants You
It is like following a band on twitter: the information comes through the same way, hip, jargoned, cool slash With a mix of hi tech hi jinx, Yankee armor, and a creative department who act like a specialty advertising agency, they spread the word in appealing coatings of dread and last gang of town
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Sep 20 10 Songs: Saturday, September 9th, 2014
A strange conglom of trip hop inspired (but not trip hop beats), modern r&b and… Keane? It shouldn’t and it sure shouldn’t work this well, but the song is a crafty smart beauty, catchy as hell, and while the f bomb means it ain’t gonna break pop, it should do – A
Posted 20 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
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
Posted 19 September 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
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.
Posted 19 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
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?
Posted 19 September 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
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
Posted 19 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
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.”
Posted 19 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
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.
Posted 19 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
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.
Posted 19 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment

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Posts Tagged ‘Live On Stage’

Echo Park Rising, Saturday August 17th 2013, Photo Journal

the anticipation appears overwhelming…












 Music festivals can be overwhelming, so many bands to see and so little time, but this Echo Park Rising  just went to an extreme rarely reached! Imagine hundreds of bands playing in at least 17 different Echo Park locations, along Sunset Boulevard! How do you cover that? I hesitated between seeing as many bands as possible, and switching from one place to another before watching a band finish its set, or seeing just a few and watching their whole set each time? I stayed for bands’ entire sets on Saturday and ended up watching 10 bands, but I am gonna try the other way on Sunday, because it was just so frustrating! The whole afternoon, I was going from the Echo to the Echoplex to the Echo Patio to the Taix restaurant’s Champagne Room to the outdoor stage, but I missed so much! I didn’t have time to check out what was happening at Origami Vinyl, Lolipop Records, Lot 1 or any of the cafes, which were also hosting music.


Joyce Manor at the El ‘N’ Gee August 16th, 2013

moshin’ mo’fo’s















I went to the best show of the entire summer, no, of the year, last night.


The English Beat at the Twilight Concert Series on Thursday August 15th 2013

rough riders
















The English Beat’s performance at the Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier was madness, the crowd got so rowdy that I saw some people, who had saved their front row spot hours ahead of the show, just give up and move away from the stage to watch the concert from afar, letting plenty of room for a few opportunists. Alcoholic beverages may have been forbidden on the pier, but it didn’t prevent some guys to get drunk and a fight almost started behind me while singer/guitarist Dave Wakeling and the other members of the band were preaching peace and love to the crowd.