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ALLAH-LAS @ HOLLYWOOD FOREVER

Photos and recap by Bailey McDaniel The Allah-Las’ sound at the Hollywoood Forever was just as their name implies: “Ah, La, La.” The band crooned us with surf rock anthems such as “Raspberry Jam” and “Catamaran.” Many of their songs featured melodic vocals, with abundant…

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MAC DEMARCO @ THE GREEK THEATRE

Photos by Stephanie Port The last time Mac DeMarco played the Greek Theatre, he didn’t live in Los Angeles, but now he does. Last evening, DeMarco played the sold out Greek under a full moon to a dedicated crowd that has always welcomed him as…

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LAURA CARBONE @ THE HI HAT

Photos and recap by Phil Nacionales With support by the stalwart presence of STILL and the moody artistry of Poppy Jean Crawford and crew, Laura Carbone touched down at the Hi Hat, kicking off her Empty Sea US tour. Carbone has been generating a great…

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EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY @ THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM

Photos by Matt Cowan It’s hard to believe that Explosions in the Sky is celebrating 20 years together as one of the most beloved rock instrumental bands. The group, who still maintains their original members, delivered quite a memorable soundscape at the Hollywood Palladium. They…

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TRACK PREMIERE: PINK $OCK “STAY IN TONIGHT”

You'll probably know just what this new single by L.A.'s Pink $ock will sound like by the art—they included everything but the glass of white wine with ice cubes—but just in case a pastelified beachfront paradise at sunset doesn't compute for you, expect smoothness so smooth it's practically intoxicating. "Stay In ..." is a late-nite FM1980s ode to Betamax-and-relax that lands gently between litely funky AOR and a slow-mo modern funk b-side, drifting toward the sound of Hobo Camp locals like Boy Dude or Brian Ellis, although Brian Ellis is lately into a gloriously bold AOR-auteur sound, as detailed here. Anyway: this is luxury itself, from a crew of people that includes members from normally more abrasive L.A. RECORD featurees Wild Wing, although as we heard this summer, even Wild Wing is succumbing to the power of the synthesizer. Single is out Friday the 13th—Spotify it here and get on board here.

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THE BIRD AND THE BEE @ THE GRAMMY MUSEUM

Photos by Leslie Kalohi The Grammy Museum’s latest edition of its program, The Drop, featured a discussion and intimate performance from The Bird and the Bee(comprised of Inara George and Greg Kurstin). The powerhouse pop duo went into detail on their Interpreting the Masters Vol.…

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