Sleeper Agent and Ben Kweller Rule the El Rey

Published in Live Reviews
Thursday, 26 April 2012 14:14
Alright, I'm gonna come out and say it: Sleeper Agent is hot.  They've recently released their first kick-ass album, Celebrasion, they just played Coachella, they're in the middle of touring their sweet Kentucky faces off, and, thanks to the band's ruthless energy, they make it seem pretty effortless.  Now that that's out, I have another confessi...
In case you didn't read my review of Brian Lopez's recently released album, Ultra, go now, oh foolish one, and read it.  There. Well done. Thus, in case you didn't notice, Brian Lopez is, indeed, awesome. And now, as you arrive at the top of this interview, you, in the privacy of your own mind, are tirelessly thanking me for bringing you more abo...

The Shins In Concert on NPR

Published in Breaking News
Thursday, 08 March 2012 18:43
March 7, 2012 After a five-year hiatus, James Mercer and his band The Shins are back with a new lineup and one of the year's most anticipated new albums, Port of Morrow. Watch the group play old and new songs in an NPR Music Presents show at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge....
Thursday night, the Troubadour had a killer lineup of L.A. Locals: Kid is Qual and thatwasthen co-headlined, introduced by Acidic and Bikelock.  The crowd consisted of a lot of music veterans and industry people, mainly because Kid is Qual and Bikelock are offshoots of the band Jack's Mannequin.  This also meant that Jack's Mannequin lead singer ...

Emily's Army Storms The Roxy

Published in Live Reviews
Monday, 10 October 2011 16:16
On Friday night, I was treated to a night of youthful energy, served up by the contagiously vivacious punk quartet from Oakland, CA: Emily's Army.  This group of kids--seriously, they're still in high school--lit up The Roxy in Los Angeles and outshined the bright, colored lights beneath which they performed.
Walking in to the dark venue...

Sleeper Agent Wakes Up the Bootleg

Published in Live Reviews
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:33
Driving to the Bootleg Theater last night, I was yawning the whole way there.  School had just started, and I had spent the past two hours reading Shakespeare (seriously…).  I was in serious need of a pick me up, and, fortunately, that's exactly what I got. Walking into the old warehouse venue I could already feel and hear the distorted scream...

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