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Just Announced
August 27, 2015
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SELECT SHOWS ADDED TO THE SITE THIS WEEK

09/01 Family Of The Year @ Amoeba Music- Hollywood

09/03 FIDLAR @ Amoeba Music- Hollywood

09/15 Social Distortion, Bleached @ The Observatory

09/16 Social Distortion, Bleached @ The Observatory

09/17 Goatsnake, Black Breath, Battalion of Saints, Obliterations @ Alex's Bar

09/17 Le Butcherettes @ Amoeba Music- Hollywood

09/18 Nosaj Thing, Tourist, Jacques Greene, George Maple, Durante @ The Wiltern

09/23 Bass Drum of Death @ Bootleg

10/01 Omar Souleyman, Nick Monaco, Navid Izadi @ The Regent Theater

10/02 Yonatan Gat, Vinyl Williams, Don Gero @ Non Plus Ultra

10/03 Ratatat @ The Observatory

10/08 Hercules and Love Affair, FEMME @ The Regent Theater

10/08 Magic Bronson @ The Satellite

10/10 Battles @ The Regent Theater

10/12 Jamie XX @ Shrine Expo Hall

10/13 Hammerhead, Qui, High Cameras @ The Echo

10/15 Vinyl Williams @ The Echo

10/16 Run The Jewels @ Fox Theater Pomona

10/16 The National @ Troubadour

10/17 Deerhunter, Atlas Sound @ The Regent Theater

10/26 Potty Mouth @ Bootleg

10/27 Landshapes @ Bootleg

10/27 Coheed & Cambria, Thank You Scientist, The Silver Snakes @ The Majestic Ventura Theater

10/28 Mini Mansions @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

11/01 Kristin Hersh @ The Echo

11/05 Made of Oak (Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso), Tushka (Phil Moore of Bowerbirds) @ Bootleg

11/05 Reptar @ Club Bahia

11/05 Big Black Delta @ Teragram Ballroom

11/06 Beat Connection @ The Echo

11/08 Wax Idols, Them Are Us Too, Pleasures @ Complex

11/08 Art Garfunkel @ The Wiltern

11/11 Moon Taxi @ Troubadour

11/12 The Paper Kites, Old Man Canyon @ Troubadour

11/13 Lagwagon, Runaway Kids, Bobgoblin @ Troubadour

11/15 Lagwagon, Runaway Kids, Pears @ Troubadour

11/17 Meg Myers @ El Rey Theatre

11/18 Keep Shelly In Athens @ Club Bahia

11/18 Big K.R.I.T. @ The Observatory

11/18 The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die, Foxing, TTNG, Brightside (ex-Aqui) @ The Roxy

11/18 Movits!, Sidewalk Chalk @ The Satellite

11/23 Refused @ Fox Theater Pomona

11/24 Refused @ The Wiltern

11/25 Girl Band @ The Observatory

11/27 Girl Band @ Bootleg

11/28 Flamin' Groovies @ Bootleg

11/28 Robert DeLong, Coleman Hell @ The Fonda Theatre

11/28 Family Of The Year, Kaleo @ Troubadour

12/02 Daniel Bachman @ The Echo

12/03 X, Mike Watt & The Secondmen @ The Roxy

12/04 Mr. Carmack @ El Rey Theatre

12/04 X, Mike Watt & The Secondmen @ The Roxy

12/05 Mr. Carmack @ El Rey Theatre

12/05 Purity Ring, Baths @ Shrine Expo Hall

12/05 X, Mike Watt & The Secondmen @ The Roxy

12/06 !!! @ The Echo

12/06 X, Mike Watt & The Secondmen @ The Roxy

12/13 ODESZA @ Shrine Expo Hall

12/14 ODESZA @ Shrine Expo Hall

12/18 Slow Magic, Giraffage, Lindsay Lowend @ The Fonda Theatre

12/19 Slow Magic, Giraffage @ The Observatory

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Recommended Show
August 23, 2015
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Written by Patrick McNamara

There are lots of good shows this week but we're going to only highlight five of them. Because how many choices does a person need? This is something In-N-Out discovered long ago. And you like In-N-Out don't you? Of course you do! What kind of monster doesn't like In-N-Out?

Anyway, we're not here to talk about hamburgers. But if you want to meet up later and crush a 4 x 4 together, lemme know.

Presenting: The Five Best Shows This Week

#1 Death Grips - The Glass House - Tuesday - August 25 - 2015 A.D.

A turbulent band like Death Grips is just about the last group I would want playing at a place called The Glass House because they're liable to throw a bunch of stones and break that shit, assuming they show up at all. But, you know, punk rock and anarchy and all that. So let's hope this one goes off without too many hitches because when Death Grips are on they're ON.

#2 King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The Echo - Wednesday - August 26 - 2015 A.D.

It's not like King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard can't raise a ruckus either. Their live shows are all kinds of crazy in the very best way. Psych. Swirls. Sweat. Shrieks. Spit. Skin. You could get all of that if you head to The Echo tonight. It'll be a cosmic journey through space and time, man.

#3 Savages - The Roxy - Wednesday - August 26 - 2015 A.D.

UK post ________ rockers Savages play The Roxy and it should be a chilly, haunting, intensely good time and 100% post __________.

#4 Death From Above 1979 - The Forum - Friday - August 28 - 2015 A.D.

Good News! Death From Above 1979 play The Forum tonight! Bad News! Incubus and Deftones are also playing and they are two terrible bands! Oh, well. Can't win 'em all. 1 out of 3 ain't bad.

(sorry to all the Incubus and Deftones fans I may have offended but can I follow up that apology with a question? why are you even reading this?)

#5 Fool's Gold Day Off - Shrine Expo Hall - Saturday - August 29 - 2015 A.D.

Fool's Gold has a big blowout today at Shrine Expo Hall with Action Bronson + A-Trak + a ton more peeps. This starts at 2 PM and goes late so settle yourself in for a long and lovely time.

Other notable shows = Carly Rae Jepsen at The Troubadour + Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear at The Echo + Jenny Lewis at The Observatory + Nick Kroll at The Lyric Theatre + Gothic Tropic at The Satellite + Six Organs of Admittance at Bootleg + Cold Showers at The Echo + Del Tha Funky Homosapien at The Echo + YACHT at The Getty + Melvins at The Observatory + MSTRKRFT at The Regent + Erykah Badu at Hollywood Bowl + Media Jeweler at The Smell

Just Announced
August 20, 2015
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SELECT SHOWS ADDED TO THE SITE THIS WEEK

08/23 Hannibal Buress @ The Observatory

08/27 Busdriver, Eureka the Butcher, RYAT, Moonzz, Ana Sia, Dot, Fei-Fei @ Los Globos

08/29 Daniel Lanois, Rocco Deluca, Musician's Friend, Ken Camden @ Temporary Space

09/02 Lee "Scratch" Perry, Tom Chasteen (DJ Set), DJ Boss Harmony @ The Echo

09/08 Craft Spells @ The Observatory

09/12 Peach Kelli Pop, Winter Break, Massenger, King Walrus & the Magicians @ Pehrspace

09/13 Destruction Unit, Lock, Blazing Eye, Volahn @ Teragram Ballroom

09/14 Colleen Green, Jaill, Punani Huntah @ All Star Lanes

09/16 All Dogs, Upset, R.L. Kelly @ Gal Palace

09/17 Optimo, Joakim, Cooper Saver, Remy Marc @ The Echo

09/18 Gap Dream, Death Valley Girls, Slow Paradise @ Ace Hotel & Swim Club

09/18 S-Type, Obey City, Neo Fresco, Heathered Pearls @ Los Globos

09/19 The Abigails, Burnt Ones, Thee Commons @ Ace Hotel & Swim Club

09/19 Mike Watt & The Missing Men, B.D., Bombon, Pinned in Place @ Pehrspace

09/20 Le Butcherettes, Sister Crayon, Eureka the Butcher @ The Observatory

09/24 Phases @ The Lyric Theatre

09/25 Saul Williams @ The Lyric Theatre

09/25 Julia Nunes @ The Satellite

09/27 Silversun Pickups @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

09/28 Silversun Pickups @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

09/29 Silversun Pickups @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

09/30 Silversun Pickups @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

09/30 Daedelus, Elusive, Goodnight Cody, Kodak to Graph @ The Airliner

10/02 Tei Shi, Dawn Golden, Ofelia K @ The Roxy

10/03 Maria Taylor, Big Harp @ Bootleg

10/07 The Maccabees @ Troubadour

10/08 Sun Drug, FMLYBND, Thrillers @ The Well

10/10 Neil Young @ Santa Barbara Bowl

10/11 The Frights, Buttertones, Melted @ The Echo

10/13 Off With Their Heads @ The Observatory

10/14 Neil Young @ The Forum

10/14 The Struts @ Troubadour

10/15 Other Lives @ El Rey Theatre

10/16 The National @ Troubadour

10/17 A Wilhelm Scream, Versus The World, Spanish Love Songs, Lowbrow @ Alex's Bar

10/19 Givers @ The Roxy

10/21 Computer Magic @ Club Bahia

10/22 Mr. Twin Sister @ The Echo

10/23 Emily Wells, Alela Diane @ Bootleg

10/27 The Knocks @ El Rey Theatre

10/29 Passion Pit, Atlas Genius @ The Observatory

10/30 Summer Camp @ Bootleg

10/31 Danzig, Prong, Veil of Maya, Superjoint Ritual, Witch Mountain @ Microsoft Theater (FKA Nokia Theatre L.A. Live)

11/04 Shopping @ The Echo

11/06 Shopping @ The Observatory

11/09 Micachu & The Shapes @ The Echo

11/10 Houndmouth @ El Rey Theatre

11/11 Houndmouth @ The Glass House

11/12 Dave Simonett @ The Echo

11/14 Beach Slang, Lithuania, Worriers @ Bootleg

11/17 Strange Names @ Bootleg

11/18 Ryan Bingham, Jamestown Revival @ The Regent Theater

11/20 Emancipator Ensemble @ The Regent Theater

11/22 True Widow, King Woman @ The Echo

11/23 BORNS, Avid Dancer @ El Rey Theatre

11/29 Between the Buried and Me, Enslaved, Intronaut, Native Construct @ Mayan Theater

11/29 Public Image Limited @ The Fonda Theatre

12/01 James Bay @ Hollywood Palladium

12/03 Phutureprimitive @ Club Bahia

12/08 Israel Nash @ The Echo

12/08 The Weeknd @ The Forum

12/10 Puscifer @ Ace Hotel Downtown LA

12/11 Puscifer, Luchafer @ Ace Hotel Downtown LA

12/11 Sun Kil Moon @ The Regent Theater

12/12 ODESZA @ Shrine Expo Hall

12/12 Armor for Sleep @ The Glass House

12/17 Dillon Francis @ Shrine Expo Hall

12/18 Dillon Francis @ Shrine Expo Hall

12/19 Dillon Francis @ Shrine Expo Hall

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Festival Guide
August 16, 2015
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FYF FEST is this weekend and we have all the super important information for you. 2-day passes are still available for sale - you can buy them here. Kids under 10 get in for free with an adult, too, so bring the kids if you want.

There are also a ton of local club shows happening this week around the festival dates. Most of those are sold out already, but a few still have tickets available. See some big time names in a small sized club! Here's every show we've listed for FYF FEST week.

Don't forget to bring some $, some sunscreen and some earplugs (love your ears).

See you there!

10 BANDS TO SEE AT FYF FEST

You probably already know all about the headliners, so we picked 10 somewhat smaller bands & artists that we're super excited to see. To find out when and where they're playing, you can check out the full schedule here. You can also download the official FYF FEST app.

ALVVAYS

Toronto's Alvvays has been blovving up in the last year and vve're pretty sure it's all due to the vvonderfully positive press vve have dished out in generous doses right here on this very music blob (tee-hee!). The band's popularity might also be because they vvrite really good songs and goodness alvvays vvins in the end. Not sure. Anyvvay, and once again vve made all the Ws look like Vs because our copy goes the extra blob.


BATTLES

They've been such a solid band for so many years that it's easy to take their goodness for granted in a strange weird sort of way and then you see them play live again and you watch all the crazy technically precise shit they do and you take them for granted no more. Love Battles. Let's not fight about it.


GIRLPOOL

Vocalist/bassist Harmony Tividad + vocalist/guitarist Cleo Tucker = Girlpool. No. They don't have a drummer. The two play singer/songwriter punk. Now, if you're going to pretend you don't know what I'm talking about when I say singer/songwriter punk, that's fine. It's your journey. You do you. But that's what this is. The songs are catchy and simple (not to be confused with simplistic) and honest. Many of these jams seem wrapped in some pain. I get that. We're all just trying to deal out here. Just trying to make it. "Go to hell. Drink my wine. Everything's fine."


HOP ALONG

Hop Along is a good band from Philadelphia. They make punk pop that's not pop punk. It's epic and cathartic and tortured and just a really good goddamn listen. Now, I don't like to use the word "awesome" unless I really mean it (i almost always reserve the term for sunsets and chicken pad thai). But I have to tell you something right quick. Frances Quinlan's voice is AWESOME. (and I hardly EVER make use of the CAPS LOCK so you know things just got Triple Dog Dare). Her vocals sound perfectly pleasant sometimes. That's where the pop comes in. And at other times, she sings like pitch perfect sandpaper. That's where the punk comes in. What a good goddamn band.


JOYCE MANOR

Joyce Manor is a punk pop band (not to be confused with pop punk - totally different sitch) from Torrance, CA (birthplace of the American Youth Soccer Organization and home to Bo Derek - wow! - thanks, Wikipedia!) who write strong and lamentable sing-songs that will leave you feeling like EMO ISN'T A DIRTY WORD. Listen to their album "Never Hungover Again" when you're hungover and/or sober. And definitely go see them play it live, man.


KEVIN MORBY

Sail away on this truth seeking pop sweetness. You may know Kevin Morby from his days in Woods and The Babies. He moved from Brooklyn (goodbye, wonderfully dark days) to Los Angeles (hello, pleasant isolation) and released his first solo album (on Woodsist). It's called "Harlem River." It's really good. You should try it. Ask a wise old river man to ferry you across to experience it (river men are around - you'll see them everywhere - once you start looking). Morby sings easy breezy songs about love and death, the road, god and the devil. So yeah. There's a weight to this. But the heaviness won't get you down. Because when Kevin sings, things sound more resigned than forlorn. "It is what it is so we might as well consider the chill." My words. Not his.


LOWER DENS

Lower Dens is a band out of Baltimore, but you may already be in love with their smoky, folk-y and psych-y singer. Her name is Jana Hunter. Yeah, I thought you would know that name. Hunter has been playing stripped-down, eccentro-folk to enchanted fans for a while now, and has released some critically acclaimed albums for friend Devendra Banhart's Gnomonsong record label. She's not huge, but the people that like her music REALLY like her music. Count me as one of them.


METZ

The best shred band currently playing the shredful game, basically. TORONTO WE SEE YOU.


MIKAL CRONIN

You might know San Francisco's Mikal Cronin if you're a fan of Ty Segall (which I am). He's played in the punk's band forever. Cronin also plays in the well-respected band, Moonhearts. But now Cronin's solo, and his self-titled debut album seems to be on almost everyone's year-end best album shortlist. Why? Because it's so damn catchy, that's why! This is just good old fuzzy garage rock that will leave no one in a worse mood after hearing it. There are so many hooks to this guy he might as well open a bait 'n tackle shop when his rock 'n roll days are behind him. That's good retirement living, right there.


TORO Y MOI

I'm feeling 100% more chill just typing Toro y Moi's name so imagine how chill we will all feel when we see Chaz Bundick do his thing live at FYF Fest this weekend. Alllllllll good.




Recommended Show
August 16, 2015
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Homepage photo credit: Rich Fury for FYF

Written by Patrick McNamara

Let's talk about the good shows this week. There are so many it kind of makes me want to cry. And I'm not sure if they're happy or sad tears. Oh, well. That's what happens when you run your own music blob.

Begin.

#1 FYF FEST - Los Angeles Sports Arena - Saturday/Sunday - August 22/23 - 2015 A.D.

FYF FEST is an abbreviation for Fuck Yeah Fest Fest. Kind of like when we say PIN number and ATM Machine we're really saying Personal Identification Number Number and Automated Teller Machine Machine. So that's fun. Anyway, this is going to be a big one. Some guy named Morrissey headlines and dozens of other good artists and bands are playing too. Check out the full lineup here. I'm going. So let me know if you want to hang out. We can talk about books and basketball.

#2 Fucked Up - Teragram Ballroom - Monday - August 17 - 2015 A.D.

Speaking of swear words, Fucked Up play Teragram. I have seen this Toronto hardcore goodness several times and it's always a 100% chill experience in that sweet noise shred sorta way. Out of a possible 5 stars I give this band all the tea in China.

#3 Ariel Pink - Santa Monica Pier (free) - Thursday - August 20 - 2015 A.D.

Excellent eccentro-pop* master Ariel Pink plays Santa Monica Pier for FREE and I would pay to see this one. I'm not going to. But I would, man. I would.

*I've been trying to get “eccentro-pop" recognized as a legit music genre for years - I hope someday someone finally hears me - and when/if they do I want 100% of the credit, please - thx.

#4 METZ - The Echo - Thursday - August 20 - 2015 A.D.

Toronto's METZ are basically one of the best live bands playing the game today. Bet. See them at The Echo tonight or see them at FYF Fest later this week. I don't really care when/where you see them. I just care that you see them. Because I want the best of things for U. Also playing this show is RETOX and Obliterations. That's 3 for 3 if you're keeping score at home.

#5 Modest Mouse - Hollywood Forever Cemetery - Friday - August 21 - 2015 A.D.

Modest Mouse play Hollywood Forever and people are DYING to get into this one. That's a joke for my pops. You can do these kinds of things when you run your own music blob. Thanks for listening.

Other notable shows = Mumford & Sons at The Forum (leave your fedora at home in your garbage can, please) + Total Control at Teregram Ballroom + The Jesus and Mary Chain at The Fonda + The Velvet Teen at The Satellite + DJ James Murphy at Unici Casa + Ghost at Amoeba (free) + The Vaccines at The Observatory + Bloc Party at The Roxy + DJ Simian Mobile Disco at The Belasco + Lower Dens at The Echo + The Drums at The Glass House + Dinosaur Jr at The Roxy


Band We Like
August 16, 2015
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Written by Patrick McNamara

I listen to a lot of songs, man. A lot and a lot and a lot of songs. They come in all sorts of shapes and flavors. Some of them are good. Several stink. Many of them are fine. But sometimes I'll stumble across a song that harnesses the divine. I'm not being dramatic. I'd like to talk to you about one of those songs today, if I may be so bold.

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die is a band that's been around since 2009. They formed in Connecticut and released some stuff over the years that I've never really listened to (I will change that). Maybe it was their audacious and borderline braggy name that kept me from getting into them. You're not afraid to die, are you? Most of humanity and I would sure like to know your secret to that. But regardless of real and imagined stumbling blocks, the band's brand new song (as of this writing it's brand new and all of this shit I'm writing is going to be almost immediately outdated soon after I finish this but I don't care because this is my music blob) is honest to goodness wonderful and it's one of those songs that make me glad I can still feel things when I listen to songs and maybe I'm not all washed up just yet.

The song is called “January 10th, 2014" and vocalist David David Bello says it's “a song about retaliation from predators. The character in the song, Diana, is based on the story of a woman from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico who avenged unprosecuted and largely ignored sexual assaults being committed by bus drivers on their routes." Lollipops and rainbows and whiskers on kittens, this subject matter is not. Evil is real. And sometimes evil must be hunted and fought and made to be afraid and ultimately destroyed using evil's own fucking shadow.

So that's what the song is about. How's it's executed is something else. 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 that songs can still make us do that? Even after all these years?

“Are you Diana, The Hunter?"

“Are you afraid of me now?"

“Well, yeah…..shouldn't I be?"

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

God, I love music so much.

Contests & Giveaways
August 13, 2015
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Our friends at Flavorpill and Perrier are putting on another great daytime dance party at Lure this Friday, August 21st. And while we have this filed under ticket giveaways, the great thing is that EVERYONE WINS.

NADASTROM will be spinning the tunes, you will be dancing on your lunch break, and when it's all over, you will be given a free bagged lunch to take back to the office! Sounds like a great way to start the weekend. Did we mention it's free?

RSVP HERE TO ATTEND >>

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