Last night, I partook in a favorite LA past-time: comedy shows. To the city of Angels, stand-up shows are as commonplace as palm trees or donut shops, and like them, offer a lovely reflection of the city’s vibrancy and diversity. Continue reading Marcella Arguello @ Nerdmelt Showroom 9/27/16
Coming off the fresh excitement for their latest album, How to be a Human, Oxford-bred Glass Animals held a small concert at the Village studios in West LA (with sponsorship from Spotify and Icebreakers). Waiting in line for this event felt like an eternity, but now I also have enough ice-breakers to last me until the sun dies. Continue reading Glass Animals @ The Village 8/31/16
The third event in the Broad Museum’s Summer Happenings series demonstrated that this fresh space lends itself not just to visual art but to immersive experiences altogether. Continue reading ROSTAM & Macy Rodman @ The Broad 8/20/16
Birds and bees usually pair together as a euphemism, but this pairing is a sonic rather than sexual one. Continue reading The Bird and the Bee @ Teragram Ballroom 7/9/16
What a year. What a yesterday. (*see above) Continue reading Mid-year review: What’s the best, and what’s to come
The Broad’s Nonobject(ive): Summer Happenings… series is intended to merge the visual objects present at the museum alongside performance pieces, creating a more immersive experience for the viewer. Continue reading Perfume Genius @ The Broad 6/25/16
Last night’s 10-year anniversary of the Hush Sound’s “Like Vines” was dedicated “to Axl Rose’s broken foot,” so said to Hush Sound keyboardist/vocalist Greta Salpeter. Continue reading The Hush Sound @ The Troubadour 6/1/16
Give a Beat is an LA-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of America’s mass incarceration problem via the electronic music community. I freelance for them, interviewing artists and activists they work with, producing audio pieces for Give a Beat’s blog space.
As snail mail grows more antiquated with each iPhone update, receiving a physical letter bestows a sort of importance upon its contents. Jim Tremayne, editor of DJ Times Magazine, responds to the publication’s fan mail, and looks forward to receiving a particular type of snail mail, prison letters. Over the years, Tremayne has established conversations with many inmates who’ve reached out, always happy to lend a helping hand, especially on his favorite subject, music.
For Tremayne, Give a Beat presents a unique opportunity to help connect others to the cause, the same way a few letters connected him to new relationships.
The Broad’s Callings Out Of Context brings together innovative artists together for a spectacle that celebrates the show itself as much as the act. Continue reading Callings out of Context: Junglepussy & Dan Deacon @ Teragram Ballroom
Last night marked self-described “dark pop” singer, Dua Lipa’s first Los Angeles performance. Lipa possesses a lofty voice which dances above the beat, finding its footing against booming percussion. Though not a fault of her own, the mighty sound she and her band produced felt more suited for a larger venue, where one could dance among the echoes they leave behind. But I expect much larger things for Lipa’s future, for there’s nowhere but upwards for her from this point. At age 20 she’s already produced a number of quality tunes, aside from her well-received singles, “Be The One” and “Last Dance.” The aptly named “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” shined just as brightly as Lipa’s early singles, littered with lyrics that are as confident as they are confessional: “if we don’t fuck this whole thing up guaranteed I can blow your mind”. Honesty is usually the best policy, and it sounds extra good on her.