Wolf Alice Smoothes Out Rough Edges with ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’

Upon the conclusion of their U.S. tour, going into their small venue U.K. tour, Wolf Alice is getting intimate in more than just their concert gigs. The four-piece recently released the amorous music video for their most unabashed love song, “Don’t Delete the Kisses.” Continue reading “Wolf Alice Smoothes Out Rough Edges with ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’”

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The Japanese House is Somebody I’m Happy to Have Found

The Japanese House — not to be confused with Japanese Wallpaper or Japanese Breakfast — is nowhere near new to my playlist having put out a steady stream of EP releases to keep listeners at bay since 2015. But Amber Bain seems in no rush to satiate her fans’ appetites with an LP. Continue reading “The Japanese House is Somebody I’m Happy to Have Found”

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

If you happened to be driving down Wilshire Boulevard on Thursday 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 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 “LANY Surprised L.A. with a Pop-Up Shop”

LANY Makes a Debut Album Perfect for Millennials

While LANY is arguably referred to as an alternative band, one thing is for sure — they are the epitomical sound of the millennial generation. From their lyricism to their composition to their song titles, this synth-laden album checks all the boxes for mass appeal to teens and 20-somethings. Continue reading “LANY Makes a Debut Album Perfect for Millennials”

Wolf Alice’s ‘Yuk Foo’ Takes No Prisoners

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 “Wolf Alice’s ‘Yuk Foo’ Takes No Prisoners”

Concert Review: MAGIC GIANT Gives Breath of Fresh Air in More Ways Than One

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.

Continue reading “Concert Review: MAGIC GIANT Gives Breath of Fresh Air in More Ways Than One”

Sexual Assault: Crowded Concerts Are No Excuse

{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 “Sexual Assault: Crowded Concerts Are No Excuse”

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

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: Balance and Composure’s Conflicting New Direction Translates Live”

Concert Review: La Bouquet Embodies Flowery Alt-Pop

{This article was originally published in The Poly Post.}

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: La Bouquet Embodies Flowery Alt-Pop”

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

{This article was originally published in The Poly Post.}

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: Big Sean Delivers Back-to-Back Sold-Out Shows”