5 Must-See Acts at FYF Fest

Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 7:40 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Festivals FYF Fest, Los Angeles’ premiere music gathering, has really outdone itself with this year’s lineup: Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, Missy Elliott, pizza burgers… and the down-ticket ain’t so shabby, either. Here are five acts you need to catch in between Cara DeLevingne sightings and taking lit Instagram selfies.   Helena HauffFriday, 11:45, Outer Space Stage A student of “Systematic Music Science,” this fiery DJ from Hamburg literally puts her back into her performances. Watch a video... READ MORE

L.A. Artists You Need To Catch at Coachella

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 12:42 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Festivals It’s that time of year again! We’re heading out to the desert oasis of Coachella to celebrate good music and good vibes. Come along with us and check out these local artists as they make their ways to the Sahara tent and other stages.   Chicano Batman These Latin soul survivors have been kicking out the jams for a decade now. But as the tides turned and Trump became president, their star rose on the strength of songs... 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

Music and Religion - Is It the Same Thing?

Monday, January 12, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Image by Christopher Michel/Creative Commons The venerable Dalai Lama of the exiled Tibetan Monks is rumored to speak at Glastonbury 2015. While the media fawn over the prospects of the spiritualist appearing at the world-renown music festival in England, it is not the first time faith has infiltrated the hallowed grounds of rock ‘n’ roll. Entire careers are devoted to comparing rock gods with sectarian gods. (We recommend perusing the thorough and fascinating site Rock and Theology.)... READ MORE

Youbloom Festival Will Nurture New Music in Highland Park

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Festivals   Highland Park is having a moment. Its streets are abuzz thanks to top contenders in the foodie community (Donut Friend, Maximiliano) and an evolving creative spirit. To honor this wellspring of energy, the enclave is hosting youbloom, a global music village much like the gathering of international athletes at the Olympics, Nov. 13-15.   A cavalcade of sounds from all corners of the globe will descend upon Highland Park (as well as Pasadena and South Pasadena) for... 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

10 To See at Glastonbury

Monday, June 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Festivals Glastonbury 2011. Photo by Melissa Bobbitt   America’s outburst of summer festivals owes so much to the granddaddy of them all, England’s Glastonbury. The OG, five-day extravaganza pops up (nearly) every June on an unassuming farmland, welcoming fans of all walks of life to get muddy, get giddy and get saved by the power of rock ‘n’ roll (and blues, and jazz, and world music, and EDM, and… you get the picture). There is literally something for everyone... READ MORE

Iceland Airwaves 2013 - Founder's Favorites

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:42 PM
Marcus Floyd

  News My apologies on this post as it's several months late, but better late than never! Here are my favorite acts from Iceland Airwaves 2013: Lescop Pourquoi? Parce que j'aime merde français! I'm not a huge punk fan, but this one makes me dance. Also I can imagine Serge Gainsbourg singing it while taking a cigarette drag at carefully timed intervals as if the act were part of the song itself.     amiina They've worked with Sigur Rós quite... READ MORE