WALK THE MOON is Pressing Restart With New Introspective Album

For fans who first became familiar with Walk The Moon in 2015 when their Talking is Hard single “Shut up and Dance” was at its peak popularity, their unexpected hiatus, announced in April 2016, may have seemed quite abrupt. They were beginning to attract a whole new fan base and ended up cancelling a tour in the midst of a wave of success.

But for the fans that have been following the band since “Anna Sun” and their self-titled 2012 album, their absence left a hollow feeling and some haunting questions: Would Walk The Moon come back? And how will the break have changed them? Continue reading “WALK THE MOON is Pressing Restart With New Introspective Album”

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La Bouquet Gets the Sad People Dancing

Have you ever wondered what sad people dance to? I suppose most of you haven’t. You probably don’t even imagine that sad people dance. Well that may have been true before, but it was probably because no one bothered to make music for the dismal dancers.

The dads of sad, La Bouquet, have emerged out of the Los Angeles music scene to rectify that issue.

With two singles, “Loveless” and “Loser Baby,” already released, and an upcoming EP in the works with a full length album soon to follow, people all in their feels can now pull away from the walls and dark corners and experience all the feels out on the floor with everyone else.

The L.A.-based band has done limited touring and is still growing their roots in SoCal (something I’m sure will change once they officially release more material), so non-local fans have very minimal exposure to anything beyond the two already released singles. For you, my poor unfortunate souls, I have their full six-song set from their recent show at Bardot in Hollywood. Think of it as an album teaser and taste of their live show for when they hit the road again. Continue reading “La Bouquet Gets the Sad People Dancing”

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.

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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”

Concert Review: ODESZA’s Dynamic DJs Sell Out SoCal

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

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

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: Jai Wolf brings Coachella vibes to The Glass House”

Concert Review: Blaise Moore can please sit down

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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