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THE FAINT @ THE GLASS HOUSE

With striking strobe lights, frontman Todd Fink led The Faint through a sinister, dark tapestry of electronic-tinged rock as fans jumped, danced, and howled throughout in adulation.

Live Photos

SUFJAN STEVENS & CO.’S “PLANETARIUM” @ HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

While one might have to squint to see a few stars in the sky sitting on a blanket on the lawn of the Hollywood Forever cemetery, one clearly felt closer to the twinkling things in the sky as Sufjan Stevens, composer Nico Muhly on piano, guitarist Bryce Dessner of The National and James McAlister on percussion took us on a tour of the solar system with songs from their collaborative album Planetarium.

Live reviews

CAP’N JAZZ + CAIRO AND THE GANG @ THE ECHO

Part of the genius of this reunion lies in the inherent slop of their sound – tempos were stretched, verses improvised, songs started and stopped again, and yet the energy never strayed far from a college basement show.

Live reviews

HAZEL ENGLISH + KERA AND THE LESBIANS @ THE BOOTLEG

he oxymoronic titled of her LP may be telling. Hazel English appears caught in between disparate directions. Should she stay or should she go?

Interview

KAMAIYAH: AIN’T SETTLING FOR NOTHING

It’s not quite accurate to say Kamaiyah came from out of nowhere over the past year to become hip-hop’s next big thing, but it’s not that far off, either. By committing to her singular vision and going against the grain, Kamaiyah separated herself from the darkness and drama of so much hip-hop these days. Now, she’s preparing her second act—expected to drop in June—and gearing up for full world domination this summer. She plays Friday, July 21, at FYF Fest in Exposition Park. This interview by Ben Salmon was conducted the morning of Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kamaiyah’s hometown Golden State Warriors.

Interview

BRAINSTORY: OUR SOULS ARE INFINITE

Brainstory's self-titled mini-album came out in May and was produced by Chicano Batman’s Eduardo Arenas. We sat down at my kitchen table to talk about it. Tony Martin arrived strapped with an acoustic bass strapped, playing from the moment he walked in until the minute he left. They perform on Thurs., July 20, at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park and at the Music Tastes Good festival this fall. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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