LANY Surprised L.A. with a Pop-Up Shop

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If you happened to be driving down Wilshire Boulevard on July 6 and noticed an impossibly large crowd wrapped around a significantly smaller storefront, odds are you witnessed LANY fans in their element.

The L.A.-based synth-pop band surprised fans that Thursday with a one-day pop-up shop to celebrate their self-titled debut album less than a week after its release.

Appropriately, the shop matched the band’s pastel aesthetic, coated in millennial pink with their album artwork and merchandise, including some pop-up shop exclusives, displayed throughout.

For those of you who missed out on the five-plus hours of waiting in the summer heat rose-colored festivities, I’ve created a photo gallery below of everything the shop had to offer, including the LANY boys themselves: Paul Klein, Jake Goss and Les Priest. Continue reading

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

Wolf Alice Instigates Grunge Revival from Across the Pond

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The returning trends of Doc Martens, choker necklaces, oversized flannels and crop tops have us wondering what decade it is — but fashion isn’t the only area that ’90s grunge is making a comeback.

Grunge is experiencing a resurgence in music as well, but not in the way you might think. For a male-dominated genre known as the “Seattle Sound,” you wouldn’t expect a female-fronted British band to take on grunge’s revival. Enter Wolf Alice.

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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

Musical Therapy: Kid Cudi is Not Alone in His Struggle with Mental Illness

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Fans of Kid Cudi may already be aware of his announcement a couple days ago that he has checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal urges, revealing that he has struggled with these feelings his entire life. Continue reading