Review: Dark Waves Live at Dirty Laundry, April 14

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On a windy night, just off Hollywood Blvd, a handful of people gathered in the dimly lit backroom of Dirty Laundry to see one of LA’s up and coming artists Dark Waves. After the soft space rock of opener Cody Crump, Nick Long AKA Dark Waves took the stage with tired eyes, an oversized leather jacket, a laptop and a black Les Paul.A few clicks on the computer and the show began, kicking off with lead single “The Heartbeat The Soul,” a catchy tune with a falsetto chorus and layers of keyboards and percussion. His songs follow this same pattern […]

Reba and Friends Outnumber Hunger Concert (Photos)

BURBANK, CA - MARCH 31: Entertainer Reba McEntire kicks off the Outnumber Hunger campaign with a special concert event "Reba and Friends Outnumber Hunger" on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in Burbank, California. Tune in starting April 17, 2015 to the "Reba and Friends Outnumber Hunger" concert event, which officially launches the fourth annual Outnumber Hunger campaign. This collaboration between General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America highlights the issue of hunger in America and helps provide meals to people and families in need. Reba headlines along with performances by Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band and Maddie & Tae. Visit OutnumberHunger.com for local listings. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for General Mills)

We have added some great photos from the recent Reba and Friends Outnumber Hunger concert. Reba headlined the event, which will air April 17th at 8 pm EST and was joined by Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band and Maddie & Tae. You can catch the concert on CMT and local Gannett TV affiliates as well an exclusive version on all iHeart Radio Country stations. Outnumber Hunger has helped Feeding America provide over 35 million meals for local food banks. Reba’s Love Somebody album was officially released on April 14.

Make Time For These Five New Songs, April 15, 2015

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There are a lot of great tunes coming out, to sift through it all can prove to be incredibly taxing, so here are five essential new tunes to check out this week! Hudson Mohawke – Very First Breath Ft. IrfaneThe Scottish producer has a penchant for giving the world some of the most thunderous tunes to be found in the bass music scene. Whether it was the cerebral Trap he made with Canadian bass master Lunice as TNGHT (check out their monstrous track “Acrylics”) or his impressive solo work (try his insatiably grimy tune “Chimes”) that have garnered accolades from […]

Review: Squarepusher Live at the Regent Theater, Downtown LA April 13

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  A wonderful Monday night in Downtown Los Angeles would be incomplete without a dive into the genius of a true legend, or maybe that’s just me. Either way, I dove into the genius of a true legend Monday night, deal with it. Downtown has some of my favorite venues in town, and tonight I got to go to one of the best, the Regent Theater off Main Street. The Regent is aesthetically great; in being that it is spacious and has great sound. The night saw a loud, visually stunning performance from one of the most talented musicians alive, and […]

Nostalgia Bomb: The Elephant 6 Recording Collective Ten Essential Tracks

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Oh the 90s. In the past few years, the world has celebrated some of the decade’s classic trends with such a nostalgic fervor that it’s almost hard to believe that it was over 20 years ago. While pop music shook off the glossy synthetic excess of the 80s by way of Nirvana’s angst and Oasis’s cocaine fueled arena rock, a lo-fi indie scene was growing in the Denver Colorado, where childhood friends Robert Schneider, Bill Doss, Will Cullen Hart and Jeff Mangum formed the Elephant 6 Recording Collective.Armed with 4 track tape machines and a love of 60s psychedelic pop, […]

Review: Toro y Moi ‘What For?”

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Toro y Moi, also known as Chaz Bundick, is perhaps one of the bigger names in the Indie Pop and Electronic circuit. His debut was in 2010 with “Causers of This” and he has just come out with his new album, “What For?” In the last five years, Bundick has not only released four great albums under the Toro y Moi moniker but also has played festivals worldwide, and even performed at the Boiler Room, the online club show.His albums, for the most part, fall under the genre of Chillwave; a perfectly accurate description in my opinion. His newest album […]

Review: Drug Cabin “Wiggle Room”

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Drug Cabin is part of the wave that has softly landed on the shores of the Los Angeles indie scene that echoes the 1970s singer-songwriter artists and soft rock bands like Steely Dan, Chicago, Todd Rundgren, and Neil Sedaka. Drug Cabin’s third release, “Wiggle Room”, is teeming with mellow grooves and clean guitar chords on all 12 tracks. It is essentially a release of an additional 12 songs Nathan Thelen of Pretty Girls Make Graves and Moonrats and Marcus Congleton of Ambulance Ltd. wrote and recorded with Brandon Owens on bass, Sheridan Reily on drums, and Frankie Palmer on pedal […]

AXS TV’s “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” Natural Wonder at the Whisky a Go Go

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People who don’t enjoy a good tribute band don’t know how to enjoy life. Period. Seeing a band go through an artist’s catalog with fervor and reverence reminds me how much impact music can have on someone’s life, or even their own personal music pursuit. It takes stark audacity to take on a legendary artist’s or groups collection of songs, even dressing up like them is probably the best display of theater there is.  Whether it’s Lep Zepagain (Led Zeppelin tribute from Ventura, California), Which Ones Pink (a Southern California based Pink Floyd Tribute) or Dead Man’s Party (Oingo Boingo […]

Make Time For Stockholm’s Synthpop Lust for Youth

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Sweden is a great place for music and possibly the best in Europe, so suck it England.The Scandinavian country has been made into a hotspot for multiple music scenes with it’s great tunes, whether it’s the pop glory of ABBA or Ace of Base, the avant-garde genius of The Knife or Fever Ray, the sullen meditations of Lykke Li or El Parro Del Mar, Sweden has a proverbial smorgasbord of artists who have taken the international scene by storm. Even listening to contemporary acts like Makthaverskan or First Aid Kit, there is an undeviated flow of new exciting artists to […]

What We Were Listening To In March 2015

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It’s the end of the month! Here are 20 Monsters and Critics’ Music staff (Bella, Kieran, Anthony and Ethan) picks you should be listening to!Bella Elbaum Kendrick Lamar- King Kunta“To Pimp A Butterfly” has been the most talked about album this past month, and probably will be for the upcoming year. It’s dark, twisted, and really makes you think about your attitude through life. “King Kunta” is one of my favorite songs off the album, from the bubbly beginning to the abrupt small line from his poem at the end. The song hooks you in with it’s disco like beats […]

Review: Crookers, La Muerte at the Los Angeles Exchange

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 Some of us can’t afford a tumultuous trip to Miami for the week dedicated to EDM club parties, or it’s massive Ultra Music Festival. Luckily, we Angelenos have our awesome clubs to suffice. While almost every established Electronic artist stayed in Miami this past week, Italian DJ and legend in the making Crookers came back to Los Angeles venue Exchange this past Friday (3/27) from playing the bottom of the pan handle the day before to grace us with one of his goofy DJ sets.   The night began with a throbbing Deep House from La Muerte, his mix was a […]

Nostalgia Bomb: Five Siouxsie and the Banshees Essentials

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Growing up with my older brother, I was exposed to music that was, to my perception, a lot cooler than the swill my classmates were listening to. While others were fervently listening to Blink 182 or Christina Aguilera, as if it was they were programmed to, I was immersed into darkness with bands like Bauhaus, Joy Division and Sisters of Mercy. Showing up to school with a KMFDM shirt (that I may or may not have taken from my brother) labeled me as a weirdo because my music taste was blatantly incongruous with my peers and their tragically lame, or […]

Make Time for Russian Post Punks Motorama

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When we think about Russia a few things come to mind, Vodka, Stalin, and anger. Very little is actually known about the music scene there. They have a wide variety of genres including the ignorant rap we occasionally subject our ears to, to classic rock n’ roll. Coming from a Russian family I thought I had pretty much heard it all. Until Motorama came into my life. All the Russian music I had been listening to previously was all in Russian. That’s not necessarily bad, but it’s a bit harder to pick up on the slang when it’s being sung. […]

Live Review: Gang of Four Live At El Rey, March 24

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It’s a Tuesday night, March 25th 2015 to be exact. All the shops and museums along Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile District of the great city of Los Angeles are closed. Cal-Trans is hard at work accomplishing some task that entails tearing up and repaving the asphalt between La Brea and La Cienega, people have long since left work and most have already had dinner and are now beginning to watch some night time television either by themselves or with their families to unwind from a long day at work. The street lights shine brightly in all their newly […]

Beatport Enters Mobile Streaming With New Apps

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Beatport, an SFX Entertainment company and the trusted home of the global dance music community, released a mobile app for iOS and Android devices today that will allow fans of electronic music to take all the features of the new Beatport experience with them on the go. “The evolution of Beatport involves far more than just streaming music,” said Greg Consiglio, President and COO of SFX. “We’ve built the definitive home of electronic music in all forms and formats, including festivals and events, streaming, music downloads and news and information available on web and mobile.”With the first-ever official Beatport mobile […]

Live: Pores, Sashcloth & Axes, Flesh, House of Light, Terminal A at Space 42, March 20

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It’s not every night that one is moved so much by a set of performances that they spontaneously decide that the events they are witnessing absolutely must be documented, and such was the evening of March 20th, 2015. A friend and I had just gotten off work and decided we were going to catch a show we had heard about that was happening in the No Man’s Land that lies on Venice Boulevard between the 10 Interstate Freeway and Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles. In recent months another venue – Space 42 – had sprouted up in that area and […]

Catch Crookers North American Tour, Dates and More

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Before there was Skrillex, or DJ Snake, the EDM scene belonged to a funkier batch of producers, zeroth to Dubstep and Twerk Bass was Europe’s insatiable Fidget House movement. I remember going to the Hard Haunted Mansion festival (now Hard Day of the Dead, and now +18) in 2009 and seeing some of the best producers of House, including British beat scientist Fake Blood, then burgeoning Wobble masters Jack Beats and American genre defiers Major Lazer (when Switch was still in the group), but it was Italian duo Crookers that took the show. Their brand of House was noisy, intoxicating […]

Top Ten Albums Of 1967

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The year 1967 was one of the most influential in all of rock music history. There was a whole new sound, and people started to become one with each other and allow the music to bring them together. A time where war was a huge topic, and a big contributor to the thriving music scene and a controversial subject matter that musicians could not stop talking about.This was the year of the famous Summer of Love which aided in the hippie counterculture, and brought social awareness, as well as being open with a lot of drug use. Being creative and […]

Five Must Watch Music Videos

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Whatever happen to music videos? Did they die with the CDs? Where can I find them? All fair questions. Since MTV has gone to do whatever the hell they’re doing (how about “True Life: We Ruined a Network”), plus the music industry has shifted into a “festival this and tour that” business model, the music video has had to evolve with the precarious times we live in.Let’s face it, YouTube killed the Video star. For a good while now record labels have been pushing out visual swill to accompany their new singles, as it is apparent typically without the artists […]

Review: Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp a Butterfly”

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After three years, Kendrick Lamar is back with his follow up to the superb “good kid m.A.A.d city,” and holy shit, it hits hard. The production is expansive, with glossy G-Funk grooves, squealing free jazz horns, dark atmospheres, clicky beats and swirling psychedelic synths. Lyrically, he doesn’t waste a second, discussing racism, identity, class division, religion and social politics in his rapid fire style. His rhythm, wit and wisdom show Kendrick at the top of his game, weaving his rhymes through the music so effortlessly that the two often become indistinguishable, taking left turns freely to confidently challenge the audience […]

Go Deep with Cerebral Three Hour Mix by Lane 8

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Deep House is the most exciting, yet accessible, iteration of Electronic Music that is currently taking the scene by storm, be it the arena bangers of Oliver Heldens, the funky Pop treatment of Disclosure or the surreal works of Justin Martin, Deep is in vogue and I am loving it. This past month I had the pleasure of covering Above & Beyond’s “We Are All We Need” sold out show at the L.A. Forum. The opener that night was spinning some of the best House tunes I’ve ever heard at a show, what is typically expected to be a warm […]

Richie Hawtin Proudly Presents for 2015: CNTRL Tour

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Richie Hawtin proudly presents for 2015: CNTRL:Individuality & Creativity In Technology-Based Music, a college campus tour. Beginning April 15 in Boston, MA at Berklee College of Music and Middle East Downstairs, this innovative, inventive, and immersive experience will touch down at colleges and hot spots in eight major college markets across North America before finishing up in Los Angeles April 25th at UCLA and the Hollywood Palladium.In 2012, CNTRL established a groundbreaking model of daytime lectures on music, technology, and their intersection and nighttime performances that proved to be a first for the genre. Now, that template expands and evolves […]

Foo Fighters live on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio (Pictures)

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The Foo Fighters performed at an event  hosted by Chelsea Handler on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater on March 17, 2015 in Burbank, California. The event, which included a Q&A,  celebrated the the band’s 8th studio album, Sonic Highways and the April 7 DVD/Blu-Ray release of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, the HBO docuseries directed by Dave Grohl. All photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia.

Review: Fritz Kalkbrenner At The Avalon In Hollywood

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Sometimes, there’s beauty in getting lost in the music on the dance floor. Everyone forgets about their work week or anything else that troubles them, at least for a little while. When the kick drum comes in, it’s nothing but smiles and ecstatic body movement. When you’re at the Avalon in LA, you’re guaranteed to have a great time.  This past Saturday was the first I’ve been to Hollywood’s Avalon since they remodeled the legendary venue into one of the most state-of-the-art concert halls in Los Angeles, moreover, the world. With giant LED screens parallel to each other and one […]

Review: Datsik Live At Exchange, Downtown Los Angeles

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 Los Angeles is the best for EDM shows, period. With luxurious, world class nightclubs and legendary venues, the electronic music scene here is flourishing, even if the massive Electronic Music festivals have moved out of town. “Honestly Los Angeles is one of my favorite places to play,” said Troy Beetles, otherwise known as Canadian DJ/Producer Datsik, Beetles is a big fan of LA, “I always dreamed to come here to play, I’m from Canada and to finally be able to come down to the place I really love the most is very humbling.”  He spoke to me outside of the […]