Occur's Favorite Music of 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music U2 invaded our iTunes, everything came up butts and Taylor Swift became the first musician since ... herself to sell more than 1 million copies of an album in its debut week. Underneath the publicity stunts and sonic 180s (not just the Sonic Highways), 2014 provided some memorable surprises musically. Dig in and see what we dug this year.   Album image courtesy Republic   FAVORITE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End In... 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