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Just Announced
December 19, 2014


12/27 Nosaj Thing, Them Jeans, D33J, Low Limit @ Los Globos
12/27 Cut Chemist @ The Echo
01/02 Cherry Glazerr, Surf Curse, Girlpool, Moaning, Roses, Dunes @ The Smell
01/03 Mia Doi Todd, Fig (featuring Yuka C. Honda of Cibo Matto and special surprise guest collaborator), Carla Bozulich, Subtitle, Sissy Spacek, Sacred Destinies @ The Smell
01/09 The Audacity, GRMLN, Wolvves, Billy Changer @ The Smell
01/15 Harriet, Henry Wolfe @ Troubadour
01/23 FIDLAR, Meatbodies, Frights @ The Regent Theater
01/25 Rene Hell, Dolphins Into The Future, Floris Van Hoof, Pinhead in Fantasia, Tsembla, Itasca, Madalyn Merkey, Vom Grill, Nuslux, Tomutonttu, Orphan Fairytale, Dracula Lewis @ Jewels Catch One
01/25 Go Betty Go, The Dollyrots, A Pretty Mess, Images @ The Roxy
01/27 Sage Francis @ The Observatory
01/29 Susanna Hoffs @ Largo
01/31 INDIGO MUSIC FESTIVAL with Melvins, Deafheaven, Blonde Redhead, Deerhoof, Moving Units, Mike Watt, Talk In Tongues, Kiev, and more! @ The Observatory
02/01 INDIGO MUSIC FESTIVAL with Rocket From The Crypt, The Black Angels, Converge, Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), Youth Code, The Warlocks, Fever The Ghost, Dahga Bloom, LA Witch, Morgan Delt @ The Observatory
02/04 Seinabo Sey, Gavin James @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
02/05 Pinback @ The Observatory
02/06 Leftover Crack, Blackbird Raum, Juicy Karkass, Homesick Abortions @ Jewels Catch One
02/07 Weyes Blood, Mary Lattimore @ Jewels Catch One
02/14 Sparks @ The Theatre at Ace
02/20 Never Shout Never @ Troubadour
02/24 Sales, Winter @ The Echo
02/28 Thee Satisfaction @ Jewels Catch One
02/28 Kevin Morby, Jessica Pratt @ The Echo
02/28 Finch @ The Glass House
03/02 Theophilus London, Doja Cat, Father @ The Echo
03/03 Theophilus London, Doja Cat, Father @ The Observatory
03/04 Old Man Gloom @ The Echo
03/06 Viceroy, Phantoms @ The Roxy
03/09 Lido @ The Echo
03/10 Retox, Whores @ Los Globos
03/11 Hey Rosetta! @ Bootleg
03/12 Walk The Moon, The Griswolds @ Hollywood Palladium
03/13 Naomi Punk, PC Worship @ Jewels Catch One
03/14 frnkiero andthe cellabration, The Homeless Gospel Choir, Modern Chemistry @ Troubadour
03/16 The Juliana Hatfield Three ("Become What You Are" 21st Anniversary Tour) @ The Roxy
03/17 Flogging Molly @ Hollywood Palladium
03/19 Joe Pug @ The Echo
03/19 Tim Barry, Jenny Owen Youngs, Cory Branan @ The Roxy
03/24 Matthew E. White @ The Echo
03/25 Blockhead, Arms and Sleepers @ Bahia
03/25 Lust For Youth, Marshstepper @ Jewels Catch One
03/27 Makthaverskan, Self Defense Family @ Jewels Catch One
03/27 Roky Erickson & The Hounds of Baskervilles @ The Roxy
04/06 System of a Down @ The Forum
04/19 Electric Wizard, Satan's Satyrs @ The Roxy
04/21 Iggy Azalea, Nick Jonas, Tinashe @ Staples Center
05/08 The Mowgli's @ The Regent Theater
06/04 Alkaline Trio @ The Observatory
06/05 Alkaline Trio @ The Observatory
06/06 Alkaline Trio @ The Observatory
06/07 Alkaline Trio @ The Observatory


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Recommended Show
December 16, 2014

Written by Patrick McNamara

Let’s talk about the decent shows happening this week. No, let’s talk about the good ones. Wait. Forget all that. We’re here today to talk about the BEST.

These are the 5 best shows this week….. according to this music blob. You feel differently? Start your own blob, man. I’m a blob. You’re a blob. We are all just blobbing along on this choppy river called life. Forever and Ever. Amen.

#1. Smashing Pumpkins - The Fonda - Tuesday - December 16 - 2014 A.D.

This show was just announced yesterday (which, as of this writing, was yesterday). SP have a new album out. We’ve heard it. It’s not “Siamese Dream.” But it’s not “Siddhartha” either. I’d say that leaves enough wiggle room for goodness.

Read Patrick from Oh My Rockness' account of going to his very first ever show. Hint: it was Smashing Pumpkins.

#2. Gothic Tropic - The Echo - Tuesday - December 16 - 2014 A.D.

We’ve been giving Gothic Tropic’s (click that) super solid post-psych-dance-pop some mad propness on this music blob since 2012, son. If you’re still not in on this party, good news, it’s not too late. It’s never too late….. until it’s too late.

#3. Weezer - The Observatory - Wednesday - December 17 - 2014 A.D.

Want to go see a band that was last good circa 18 years ago and pay $75 plus fees for the privilege? You can! Or, maybe not. This show is sold-out, you see. Big Weezer is a Big Band. But don’t let that discourage you if you're still a fan of Weezer and don’t have a ticket. Remember. Where there’s a will - there’s a pay.

#4. Fartbarf - Alex’s Bar - Saturday - December 20 - 2014 A.D.

With a name like Farbarf (click that) they gotta be good!

#5. Stevie Wonder (playing “Songs in the Key of Life”) - The Forum - Saturday - December 20 - 2014 A.D.

Never heard of him.

(too soon for to use this clip? too soon?)

Band We Like
December 15, 2014

Written by Patrick McNamara

Did you know that in 2014 we listed more shows on Rockness for Sunflower Bean than any other band? It’s totally true. We crunched the shit out of those numbers to come up with that fact. So who are they and why do they play out so much? #1 I’m about to tell you and #2 because playing shows is really fun.

Sunflower Bean play sludge-psych indiepop. Oh no he didn’t just make up that “throw shit on the wall and see what sticks” genre. Yes, I did and yes they do. This band goes heavy and often bring the mighty riffs and rolling thunder. But you’re also going to get little shimmering twinkle-y reverb-y jingle-jangles tossed gently in too. It’s that contrast that makes it good. Can’t have those sunsets without them clouds, though.

The band is comprised of three: Jacob Faber (drums) + Julia Cumming (vocals/bass) + Nick Kivlen (vocals/guitar). They live in Brooklyn and wrote a song called “Tame Impala.” That’s their heavy one and it sounds more like Yeah Yeah Yeahs than Tame Impala. I’m going to post it for you in a minute. But be sure to browse through this band’s catalog. You won’t hear jingle-jangle in “Tame Impala” but that doesn’t mean it’s not there in the song “2013.” Give Sunflower Bean space. Give them time.

I wonder how many shows this band will play in 2015. Can it be more than 50? Because that’s the number of shows we listed for Sunflower Bean in 2014. 50. That’s the truth. Bet.

December 15, 2014

This is a good song.

Just Announced
December 12, 2014


12/15 Tijuana Panthers, Hidden Charms, Sean Watkins, Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Nick Waterhouse (DJ Set) @ Bardot
12/27 Chromeo (DJ Set) @ Sound Nightclub
12/30 together PANGEA @ The Echo
12/31 Hot Chip (DJ Set), Derrick May, Etienne De Crecy, Omar S, Goddollars, Jimmy Edgar, Peanut Butter Wolf, J. Rocc, Moon Boots, Martyn, and more! @ The Standard, Downtown LA
01/04 Melvins @ Permanent Records
01/22 WATERS @ The Roxy
01/22 Twin Shadow @ Troubadour
01/23 Night Terrors of 1927 @ The Roxy
01/30 The Hood Internet @ The Echo
01/30 The Airborne Toxic Event @ Troubadour
02/03 Bass Drum of Death @ The Echo
02/04 Bass Drum of Death @ Alex's Bar
02/06 Alvin Risk @ El Rey Theatre
02/08 Buffy Sainte-Marie @ Bootleg
02/08 Heavenly Beat, The Bilinda Butchers @ The Echo
02/10 Nicole Atkins @ Bootleg
02/13 Nerf Herder, Sanglorians, Punch Punch Kick @ Bootleg
02/13 Pharmakon, Allegory Chapel LTD, Liebestod, Antwon @ Jewels Catch One
02/13 Joyce Manor @ The Glass House
02/21 The Dickies, The Muffs, Bad Samaritans @ The Roxy
02/24 Gregory Alan Isakov @ El Rey Theatre
02/27 Dan Deacon @ Center For The Arts, Eagle Rock
02/27 Craft Spells, The Bilinda Butchers @ The Echo
03/04 JMSN, Rochelle Jordan @ Flyway at Fox
03/05 Broods @ The Fonda Theatre
03/06 Broods @ The Observatory
03/07 Joshua Radin, Rachael Yamagata, Cary Brothers @ The Fonda Theatre
03/10 Lido @ The Echo
03/10 San Cisco @ Troubadour
03/12 Kevin Devine and The Goddamn Band, Dads, Field Mouse @ The Echo
03/12 2:54, Honeyblood @ The Echo
03/12 Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alana Amram @ Troubadour
03/13 New Found Glory, This Wild Life, Turnover @ The Glass House
03/13 MisterWives, BORNS @ Troubadour
03/14 MisterWives @ The Observatory
03/14 Title Fight, Merchandise, Power Trip @ The Regent Theater
03/15 Title Fight, Merchandise, Power Trip @ The Glass House
03/20 This Will Destroy You, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ The Roxy
03/28 Schedule TBD, Weezer, Ty Segall, FIDLAR, The Black Lips, Ariel Pink, Witch, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Gang of Four, Beach Fossils, Cherry Glazerr, Roky Erickson, Nick Waterhouse, Tijuana Panthers, The Garden, together PANGEA, and more of your favorite bands! @ The Observatory
04/03 TV on the Radio @ Hollywood Palladium
04/04 Tobias Jesso Jr. @ The Echo
04/05 Hookworms, Disappears @ The Echo
04/08 Jessie Ware @ The Wiltern
04/11 Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock, Chumped @ The Echo
04/22 Nosaj Thing, Clark @ El Rey Theatre
04/23 IAM @ Bahia
04/25 Dead Milkmen @ Troubadour
05/01 Sleater-Kinney @ Hollywood Palladium
05/01 They Might Be Giants @ The Regent Theater
05/05 Kodaline @ The Wiltern
05/07 Shlohmo @ The Fonda Theatre
05/29 Neutral Milk Hotel @ The Observatory
05/31 Neutral Milk Hotel @ The Majestic Ventura Theater


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Recommended Show
December 09, 2014

Written by Patrick McNamara

There are many good shows this week. But let’s just highlight five of them. It’s better that way. A boatload (i.e. buttload i.e. #breaktheinternet) of choices is often overrated. It only takes one show to change your life, after all. Scroll and browse a bit and that one show just might be staring back at you, waiting for you to make the first move. You gotta be in it to win it.

#1. tUnE-yArDs - The Wiltern - Wednesday - December 10 - 2014 A.D.

wHaT mOrE cAn bE sAiD aBoUt tHiS bAnD tHaT hAsN’t aLrEaDy bEeN sAiD? tHe oNlY tHiNg i cAn aDd iS a qUeStIoN tHaT mAy nEvEr bE aNsWeReD. wHy dO wE dInE oN tHe tOtS? a pOwErFuL qUeRy, iNdEeD.

#2. American Football - The Fonda - Sat/Sun - December 13/14 - 2014 A.D.

Legendary Illinois emo band American Football have reunited and you have two opportunities to see them play their blissfully nostalgic ennui. Embrace this goodness while you can or you will never forget to remember your regret. Sigh.

#3. College - The Roxy - Saturday - December 13 - 2014 A.D.

Paris knob twiddler College (a.k.a David Grellier) makes ‘80s retro synth magic of the finest kind. You may know the following song from the movie “Drive.” It’s a really good song. And there’s more where that came from - as this was three years ago.

#4. Yusuf Islam a.k.a Cat Stevens - NOKIA Theatre - Sunday - December 14 - 2014 A.D.

This is Cat Stevens’ first American tour in almost 40 years. 40 years! Go see this living legend so that one day you can say you did. To tide you over here is one of the greatest pop songs ever written, NBD.

#5. KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas - The Forum - Sun - December 14 - 2014 A.D.

This thing is still going, huh? The lineup on Sunday happens to be pretty top notch quality (the Saturday lineup - not so much). Alt-J + Modest Mouse + The Smashing Pumpkins + Interpol + Weezer + Tears For Fears + more are playing. Please enjoy this two hour concert by Smashing Pumpkins (before they added the “The” and started to stink) from 1993 - the year they were the best band on the planet and it wasn’t even close.

Band We Like
December 08, 2014

Written by Patrick McNamara

This one is going to be kind of hard to explain but I’ll try - so help me blob I'll try. Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake is a brand new band that consists of Swami Records’ John Reis (a.k.a. Speedo a.k.a. Slasher a.k.a. shredder of legendary punk bands Hot Snakes + Drive Like Jehu + Rocket From The Crypt) backed by noisy Minneapolis band The Blind Shake. I hope this excellent opening has given you more clarity on what Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake is all about. There's no way you could have figured it out without me.

Full disclosure time: I will write about any band John Reis decides to be involved with (and he’s decided to do that a lot over the years). I’ve seen a lot of shredders come and go in my day and he has always been one of the very few shredders for me. And by always I mean since the first time I heard “Yank Crime.” Minneapolis’ The Blind Shake are good too, especially when they shred and go BIG which is basically all the time but I forgot to include them in the nostalgic memories of my youth because they weren’t born yet.

So, based on the above information, if you were to think Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake would sound like a band that shreds you’d be somewhat accurate but mostly incorrect and I am sorry I unintentionally steered you in that direction. However, if you were to think this band shreds but in like that surf rock kind of way, well, your thinking would have nailed it. Well done, old boy.

Yes, I guess John Reis and The Blind Shake decided to make some surf rock together. Weird, but if Reis says this is the hot new thing that's happening next then paddle me out, man. Am I using the correct terminology? Paddle me out? I only went surfing once and it ended in hurt feelings.

Watch the video below. Keep an open mind. You just might like it.

Don’t File Under: Drive Like Jehu + Hot Snakes + Rocket From The Crypt

RIYL: paddle me outs


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