Concert Venues: Small Clubs vs. Arenas

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The title of Music Slut comes with many responsibilities, and being a concert addict is one of them. Did I make up this list of responsibilities myself? Yes. Do I happily abide by them? Oh yes.

Luckily for me, Los Angeles has no shortage of concert venue options, from the historic Troubadour to the atmospheric outdoor Greek Theatre to the newly re-opened Forum. A true music slut must have a taste of them all. Continue reading

Wolf Alice’s ‘Yuk Foo’ Takes No Prisoners

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If there’s one thing you should know about Wolf Alice, it’s to never put them in a box. Their Grammy nominated debut album “My Love Is Cool” bounded between pacifistic indie-folk to turbulent grunge from track to track. If “Moaning Lisa Smile” was their ode to grunge revival, “Yuk Foo” is their jab into riot grrrl punk… except with boys, too. Continue reading

Concert Review: MAGIC GIANT Gives Breath of Fresh Air in So Many Ways

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If you have been having a tough time coping and find yourself in need of a hug, you should really find your way to a MAGIC GIANT concert. I’m not just talking about how Austin, Zang and Zambricki give the most amazing hugs – I’m talking about how there is so much positivity radiating from these guys, it becomes an encompassing force throughout the room that feels like a giant embrace.

Admittedly, I had no intention of writing a review when I went to the “In The Wind” album release party, but that show was so beyond words, I decided I had to take on the challenge of at least trying to capture the incredible experience.

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Sexual Assault: Crowded Concerts Are No Excuse

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{WARNING: The following contains material that may be triggering to survivors of sexual assault.}

Imagine standing amidst a packed dance floor, excited to see that band/musician/artist you have been waiting forever to see. You scoot your way through the crowd because close just isn’t close enough as your anticipation builds. The lights dim and suddenly the crowd rushes in pressing you up against everyone around you. No problem. You’re a veteran of the pit. It’s all part of the experience.

The artist(s) take the stage and the crowd moves and settles as the music begins. People are still pushing forward and you have no room to move. Suddenly you feel a hand on your hip. No big deal, the person behind you probably has less room than you and that’s the only way he can have his arm down. Continue reading

Concert Review: Balance and Composure’s Conflicting New Direction Translates Live

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Balance and Composure has always been one of those bands that has been on my radar, although never the subject of my sole attention. I had been reading several reviews about their newest album and how divisive it was, so when I was offered the opportunity to do a live review for The Poly Post, I couldn’t turn it down.

Balance and Composure played to a sometimes raucous, sometimes subdued crowd at The Glass House in Pomona on Wednesday in support of their third album, “Light We Made.”

The band’s departure from their punk/post-hardcore roots, trading in distorted guitars for more polished vocals, has created a divide in their sound and their fan base.

Members of the audience were a mix of angsty and indie rockers distinctive of Balance and Composure’s old and new phases, which made for a volatile blend. Continue reading

Concert Review: La Bouquet Embodies Flowery Alt-Pop

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Emerging Los Angeles band La Bouquet refer to themselves endearingly as the “dads of sad.” With their two released singles, “Loser Baby” and “Loveless,” and an upcoming album titled “Sad People Dancing,” the name fits. Continue reading

Concert Review: Big Sean Delivers Back-to-Back Sold-Out Shows

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The Observatory Orange County hosted Big Sean, born Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, for two sold-out shows he performed back-to-back March 26 as part of the tour to promote his new album, “I Decided,” released in February.

The initial 8 p.m. show sold out within hours, prompting the venue to schedule a secondary late show for 11 p.m. to accommodate the popular demand. Continue reading

Concert Review: ODESZA’s Dynamic DJs Sell Out SoCal

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The presence of electronic dance music, or EDM, has erupted into mainstream recognition becoming particularly popular with the club-aged college crowd. But DJs are no longer limited to club dance floors and raves.

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