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Recommended Show
November 29, 2015

Written by Patrick McNamara

There are many good shows in LA this week. Click here if you don't believe.

But let's just highlight five of these good shows.

For fun.

#1 Tanlines - The Fonda - Wednesday - December 2 - 2015 A.D.

Super dope dance pop duo Tanlines will instantly put you in a better mood. They play The Fonda on Wednesday. Go. Be happy. Stay at home. Remain slightly unnerved.

#2 Four Tet - Lot 613 - Saturday - December 5 - 2015 A.D.

Kieran Hebden (AKA Four Tet) plays a six hour (oh my god) DJ set at Lot 613 on Saturday. That's a lot of knob time, Kieran! Good thing he's good and at least his sounds aren't inspired by Siddhartha.

#3 Two Gallants - The Observatory - Friday - December 4 - 2015 A.D.

Bay Area post _____ folk rocksters Two Gallants have been slinging the musical goodness for years but this old song (what was 2005 even LIKE, man) is still my favorite of theirs. It's one of the best murder ballads this (alive) side of J. Cash. See them Friday at The Observatory or die tryin'.

#4 Purity Ring - Shrine Expo Hall - Saturday - December 5 - 2015 A.D.

Canadian electronic duo Purity Ring do their cold melodic thing at Shrine Expo Hall on Saturday. Also (as of this writing) their hometown hockey team the Edmonton Oilers are in dead last place in the NHL at a cooooool 8 wins and 14 losses.

#5 !!! - Echoplex - Sunday - December 6 - 2015 A.D.

I guess it's possible to have a miserable time at a chk chk chk (!!!) show but it's not likely. I'd play the odds on this one. Sunday. Echoplex. Be there. Or, don't. I don't care. I just want you to be #happy

Other notable shows = The Big Pink at The Echo (free) + Miami Horror at El Rey + Aimee Mann and Ted Leo at Largo + Jonathan Richman at The Wayfarer + Gary Clark Jr. at The Fonda + X at The Roxy + together PANGEA at Echoplex + Three Mile Pilot at The Satellite + OOIOO at The Getty


Contests & Giveaways
November 23, 2015

We have a pair of tickets to give away to see MUSE with PHANTOGRAM at the Staples Center on Saturday, December 19th! The show on Friday, December 18th is already sold out and this one will be soon, too.

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Band We Like
November 22, 2015

Written by Patrick McNamara

Last year Haybaby played 27 shows that we listed. They probably played a bunch more that we didn't list for whatever reason let's not read into the listing vs. not listing thing too much let's just have fun and talk about good music. This year, as of this writing, (9:36 AM in the Year That I'm Writing This A.D.) Haybaby has played 26 shows that we've listed. Why didn't we list the other ones they probably played? I don't know, maybe because Rockness is only two people we do our best and sometimes it might not be good enough but we try real hard and GET OFF OUR BACK.

These real music stats expertly researched by me proves that Haybaby has been out there (since 2011) and they've been working hard and that's why they now sound so good. That's the way it works, right? Practice = good. I hear talent plays a factor too. Luckily, Haybaby doesn't have to choose between the two. They have both.

So you wanna know what kind of sound these three peeps (Leslie! Sam! Jeremy!) are slinging? No need to answer I'm going to tell you anyway so put your thinking caps on. Think rock. Think punk. Think sludge. Think math. Think pop. Think heavy meets pretty. Think of a time you were really happy. Think of the best meal you've ever had. Think about those you love. Think whatever you want. Just keep thinking. The mind is a terrible thing to waste.

If listening is more your thing, Haybaby has released several different sound offerings over the span of their existence and you can find and blast them all right here. The convenience of the World Wide Inter Face is amazing. But let's focus on the band's very fine debut album which was recently released by the very fine record label, Tiny Engines (home to: Beach Slang + The Hotelier + Somos + Annabel + Cayetana + Mannequin Pussy + a bunch more bands I like feel free to like them too). You can stream it directly below these words. You don't even have to leave this page you can just play and repeat and stay on Oh My Rockness forever if you want.

(I never update these band profiles since there are no rear view mirrors here at Oh My Rockness but I promise you I will return to this page in 2016 and fill you in on how many shows Haybaby played that year. This is my solemn music blob vow.)

File Under: talent and practice =

RIYL: good

Just Announced
November 19, 2015


12/04 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell Williams, Wiz Khalifa, Dej Loaf, Travis Scott, Logic, Post Malone, Skeme @ The Forum

12/08 The Dears @ The Observatory

12/10 Best Coast, Tink, Alex G, YACHT (DJ Set) @ The Regent Theater

12/12 Dam-Funk (and The Light), Peanut Butter Wolf, Mayer Hawthorne (DJ Set) @ The Echo

12/12 AWOLNATION, Bastille, Cage the Elephant, Disclosure, Foals, Halsey, Silversun Pickups, The Struts, Twenty One Pilots, Weezer, X Ambassadors @ The Forum

12/13 Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Chris Cornell, Cold War Kids, Elle King, Fall Out Boy, George Ezra, James Bay, Of Monsters and Men, Panic! at the Disco, The 1975, The Neighbourhood @ The Forum

12/13 Tyler, The Creator @ The Observatory

12/13 Post-Life, Peach Kelli Pop, Melted, The Grinning Ghosts @ The Smell

12/17 Psychomagic, Trabants @ The Lost Knight

12/19 Feels, Melted, Ladywolf, French Vanilla, Mechachief, ContraFang, Sin Quince, Hoop Screams, Bad Bikini, Benny's Forgotten Garden @ 560 Auto Glass & Car Stereos

12/19 No Parents @ The Observatory

12/22 Kid Cudi @ The Observatory

12/31 A Place to Bury Strangers @ The Viper Room

01/08 Surfer Blood, Cayucas @ Teragram Ballroom

01/10 Surfer Blood, Cayucas @ The Observatory

01/12 Quilt, Mild High Club @ The Echo

01/16 SWMRS, The Aquadolls @ The Observatory

01/22 Madeon, Skylar Spence (FKA Saint Pepsi) @ Club Nokia

01/22 Chrome Sparks @ The Echo

01/22 Chicano Batman, Tijuana Panthers, Sad Girl @ The Glass House

01/22 Grizfolk @ The Observatory

01/22 All Them Witches @ The Roxy

01/23 Dawes, Vetiver @ The Theatre at Ace

01/24 Shigeto, Groundislava @ The Echo

01/26 Haelos @ The Roxy

01/29 Mike Gordon @ The Fonda Theatre

01/29 The Devil Makes Three @ The Wiltern

01/30 Julia Holter @ Teragram Ballroom

02/03 Marlon Williams @ Bootleg

02/04 BAIO (of Vampire Weekend) @ El Rey Theatre

02/05 Snails @ El Rey Theatre

02/05 The Neighbourhood, Hunny, Casinos @ Fox Theater Pomona

02/05 The Shook Ones, Creative Adult, Super Unison @ The Observatory

02/06 The Neighbourhood, Hunny, Casinos @ The Observatory

02/06 WATERS @ Troubadour

02/09 Jukebox The Ghost, The Family Crest @ The Regent Theater

02/10 Guster (performs Lost and Gone Forever in its entirety plus a set of favorites) @ Teragram Ballroom

02/10 Hoodie Allen, SuperDuperKyle, Black Bear @ The Observatory

02/11 Guster (performs Keep It Together in its entirety plus a set of Guster favorites) @ Teragram Ballroom

02/11 WATERS @ The Observatory

02/12 Alessia Cara, Kevin Garrett, Craig Stickland @ El Rey Theatre

02/13 Young Galaxy @ The Echo

02/13 Hoodie Allen, SuperDuperKyle @ The Fonda Theatre

02/16 Mass Gothic, Mazed @ Bootleg

02/17 Emily Wells @ El Rey Theatre

02/19 The Donkeys @ Bootleg

02/25 Beacon, Natasha Kmeto @ Club Bahia

02/25 Palehound, Miya Folick @ The Echo

02/26 Metric, Joywave @ Hollywood Palladium

02/26 Lake Street Dive, The Suffers @ The Wiltern

02/27 The Cave Singers @ Bootleg

02/28 Metric, Joywave @ House Of Blues Anaheim

03/02 The Cave Singers @ The Observatory

03/03 Black Tiger Sex Machine @ El Rey Theatre

03/10 Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces) @ The Satellite

03/11 Loreena McKennitt @ The Theatre at Ace

03/16 The Revivalists @ Teragram Ballroom

03/25 Hey Marseilles @ The Echo

03/25 Polica, CLARA-NOVA (Sydney Wayser) @ The Fonda Theatre

03/25 Wolfmother @ The Observatory

03/26 Rob Crow's Gloomy Place @ The Echo

03/27 Abbath, High on Fire, Skeletonwitch, Tribulation @ The Observatory

03/28 Abbath, High on Fire, Skeletonwitch, Tribulation @ The Regent Theater

03/29 Porches, Alex G, Your Friend @ The Echo

03/31 Porches, Alex G, Your Friend @ The Observatory

04/08 Ellie Goulding @ Staples Center

04/08 The Jezabels @ The Roxy

04/20 Judah & the Lion @ Troubadour

04/29 Thao & The Get Down Stay Down @ The Regent Theater

05/27 The Used @ Club Nokia

05/28 The Used @ Club Nokia



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Random Rockness
November 17, 2015

This is a good song.

Random Rockness
November 16, 2015

Written by Patrick McNamara

I've listened to a lot of new music this year and most of it was fine. Not great. Not terrible. Fine. Some music I listened to sucked, for sure. But I just turned those songs off. No big deal. No harm. No foul.

And then there were the songs I listened to that I loved. I'd like to talk to you about those songs now.

The following are my 15 favorite jams of 2015. They are listed in no particular order. I love them all equally. They are all my songs.

The Best Songs of 2015

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - “January 10, 2014"

This almost six minute song from this very fine Connecticut band has everything, man. Emo. Punk. Math Rock. Pop. It's all here. Here what you're gonna hear. Dueling male/female vocals soar over pretty melodies that (spoiler) soon shall explode. I'm not going to tell you when. Just wait for it. Wait for it all. There are so many moving parts to this song you're going to have to just see how it plays out and when it's all said and done I bet you feel something and isn't it nice you can still do that? Also (and you can totally quote me on this) “January 10, 2014" is the best song based on a This American Life podcast EVER.

From the album: Harmlessness