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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Concert Review: Jai Wolf brings Coachella vibes to The Glass House

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The perk of Coachella season in Southern California is that many of the artists play supporting shows surrounding the two-weekend music and arts festival. So those who can’t afford the triple digit price-tag of a Coachella wristband can still have the chance to see their favorite artists. Continue reading

Concert Review: Blaise Moore can please sit down

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Let me just start with saying: MY EYES COULD NOT ROLL ANY FARTHER BACK IN MY HEAD. And I’ll count it as a blessing to avoid having to witness such a clichéd, lackluster performance.

Blaise Moore had all the authenticity of Iggy Azalea (translation: none), enthusiasm of Lana Del Rey (translation: none) and vocal range of a child’s toy keyboard (translation: a single octave).

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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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