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ARCADE FIRE + ANGEL OLSEN @ THE FORUM

Arcade Fire managed to put on a spectacle of a career showcase for an interactive evening that maximized the full capability of the Forum. With a rotating centerpiece on stage allowing the band members to constantly move about, it really begs the question why more artists don't perform "in the round" on a regular basis.

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SCREAMING FEMALES + STREET EATERS + HIT BARGAIN @ THE BOOTLEG THEATRE

The packed room of devoted fans rocked and cheered to the group's punching guitar riffs, funky bass lines, and singer Marissa Paternoster's compelling vocals.

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GRETA VAN FLEET + WELLES @ THE TROUBADOUR

Echoes of rock’s golden age permeated the air as Greta Van Fleet brought classic R&B, blues, and R&R sounds to an enthusiastic crowd at The Troubadour.

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WARBLY JETS + THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE @ THE MOROCCAN LOUNGE

Launching into the monster riff of one of their best songs, “The Lowdown,” they nearly blew the walls down—the hip crowd and sexy lighting making it feel like we were in their future Levis commercial.

Interview

SUDAN ARCHIVES: IT’S ALL SO SIMPLE

A chance encounter at a show with Stones Throw A&R and Leaving Records owner Matthewdavid eventually turned into a record deal. But if it weren’t for a singing and dancing fiddle group from Canada she saw perform in the 4th grade, Sudan Archives might have never become a singing and dancing violinist. She realized this while describing her self-titled debut EP on Stones Throw and divulging a short version of her life. Sudan Archives performs with Moses Sumney on Sat., Oct. 21, at the El Rey. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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TRACK PREMIERE: MERCH “TWO HEARTS”

Joe Medina makes music as MERCH, except "makes music" doesn't really fully sell what's going on here. Really he makes movies or even mountains, with a silent-film-era sense of grandeur and a Sunset Blvd.—the movie and the golden-age music scene—sense of style. He'll unveil his new Amour Bohemian on Nov. 3, but right now he's got the song "Two Hearts," a go-for-broke track with Tijuana Brass horns, unexpected but fearless power-ballad guitar and the last-call spirit of Warren Zevon or Leonard Cohen.