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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{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: Jai Wolf brings Coachella vibes to The Glass House

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The perk of Coachella season in Southern California is all the supporting shows many of the artists play surround 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