Concert Review - 'Weird Al' Yankovic at the Hollywood Bowl, July 23 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 10:53 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts The prim woman folding her arms and scoffing in the box seat apparently didn’t get the memo that the theme of the performance was Mandatory Fun. Outraged by a barf joke – tame by comparison to other comedy acts – the regal patron was more likely in attendance to see the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra than to see headliner “Weird Al” Yankovic.   Her loss.   Comedy of Yankovic’s stature isn’t easy or pedestrian. Take “Word Crimes,” his Robin Thicke-biting... READ MORE

Concert Review - Madeon

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:33 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts Can one survive an EDM concert sober?   With its flickering strobes, oculus rifts, subwoofer earthquakes, underdressed under-aged throngs and haze of PLUR penetrating the soul, you might think not. The atmosphere is noisy and sweaty, with possessed arms flailing in your face— if they’re not aiming for your unmentionables. In spite of the cliché hedonism of DJ performances, a French kid called Madeon elevated the unaltered state of mind at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Jan. 22. Hugo Pierre... READ MORE

Introducing: Len Sander

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   Switzerland is exporting some beautifully sensual sounds these days. Zurich's Len Sander has wooed us with the melancholy "Ungrowing" off their upcoming debut LP, Phantom Garden. The six-piece band evokes Portishead and latter-day chillwave, with Blanka Inuaen's vocals personifying a spectre from a dream. The percussion by Alessandro Hug and Markus Brutsch pin-prick the subconscious, while the synth and guitar instrumentation from Simon Inuaen, Flavio Schonholzer and Dennis Scharer coasts like gentle waves. Phantom Garden is... READ MORE

Concert Review: Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly and More Giants of Industrial

Monday, December 22, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts   Sara Taylor of Los Angeles industrial duo Youth Code prowled around the Fox Theater stage in Pomona and observed voraciously that rumors of the scene’s death were greatly exaggerated. Here was a near-capacity concert full of denizens of darkness, gathered to hear legends of the genre Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly deliver their morbid, rhythmic songs. It was a cotillion of the macabre, skin-tight vinyl and pleather warming pale bodies and platform boots elevating... READ MORE

Robert Schwartzman Is on a Roll

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry Photo by Zoey Grossman Pioneers used to traverse the United States in covered wagons in the name of exploration and in search of a better way of living. The Wild West lured dreamers from the East Coast to experience the great unknown due to an innate drive. Manifest Destiny ruled the day and inspired many to leave their comfort zones and start anew, no fences found. Robert Schwartzman is a modern-day pioneer. Instead of traveling in a... READ MORE

The iLatin Jazz Mini Fest: Smooth Caribbean Sounds and Sax

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:25 PM
Kyle Jarmon

  Music Catalina Bar & Grill is known for providing "nothing but the best in jazz." This was made abundantly clear during the iLatin Jazz Mini Fest. From the superb cuisine to the impeccable musical talents of Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre, Puente del Mundo and Elio Villafranca, it was an enjoyable experience with Miles Perlich of KJazz 88.1 FM hosting the event. Night one began with Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre taking center stage. The crowd assembled in the... READ MORE

Concert Review - Band of Skulls

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts Sometimes the bravest, brashest thing a rock band can do is scale it back. England’s Band of Skulls did just that to great success at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on May 21, trading their rambunctious style for acoustics and a string quartet. The gorgeous Masonic Temple at the hallowed grounds served as the perfect venue for the muscular trio. Cranking out beautiful, revamped versions of boot-stompers off 2014’s Himalayan (Electric Blues Recordings), Band of Skulls filled the... READ MORE

Concert Review - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts Photo by Shervin Lainez   It’s awkward when you lose half your band to BuzzFeed. But if you’re the Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Kip Berman, you soldier on. You call on old pals, like once and future Pain Christoph Hochheim, and recruit new ones, like Jen Goma of a Sunny Day in Glasgow. You emphasize the communal nature of the music, and you revel in the reverb. So it went at the Troubadour in West Hollywood... READ MORE

Concert Review - Flagship and Little Daylight

Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts The Troubadour is a place of legend. Elton John, Carole King and so many others spring-boarded their historic careers there, amid the oaken acoustics and barroom regulars. They went on to astronomical heights, and it seemed as though the musical acts playing there on April 23, 2014 were aiming for the stars, too. Dubbed the Three of Clubs tour, the cross-country trek featured Flagship, Little Daylight and Terraplane Sun, a triumvirate of glistening rock. None of... READ MORE