Kishi Bashi Returned to LA for a Joyful and Emotional Show at the Belasco

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photos by Steven Ward. What set this concert apart for me was Kishi Bashi’s ability to keep us grounded. This wasn’t just a blissful romp; he also got political and emotional (but thankfully not at the same time). I felt Beach Goth was surprisingly absent of political rhetoric, but Kishi Bashi made up for it by emphasizing … Continue reading Kishi Bashi Returned to LA for a Joyful and Emotional Show at the Belasco

Julien Baker Bewitched Audiences at the El Rey Ahead of FYF Performance

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photos by Danielle Gornbein.  From the very first moment, everyone in the room was fully invested in Julien Baker’s performance. The beginning of her set had us all in a stupefied silence, breaking only to applaud at the end of each song. Baker plucked her guitar strings with such control that it cut through me, like a bitter … Continue reading Julien Baker Bewitched Audiences at the El Rey Ahead of FYF Performance

Broods Ignite Passion at Their First “Local” LA Show, Supported by Jarryd James

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photos by Andrew Gomez.  Broods gives off an infectious energy. It is the kind of feeling that makes you want to pursue your passions and also forces you to be in the moment. For some at this show, that translated to dancing until your drink gets knocked over or taking lip syncing selfies; for others, it meant getting … Continue reading Broods Ignite Passion at Their First “Local” LA Show, Supported by Jarryd James

Intimacy Ebbs and Flows in Paul Bergmann’s New LP, Stars and Streams

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  As I ponder this record, the final image is one that I can’t seem to shake. Paul Bergmann arranged his new album, Stars and Streams, so a track called “Goodbye” feels like everything is coming to a close, yet is only the penultimate track on the record. The song that follows, “100 Years,” releases not only the body, but also … Continue reading Intimacy Ebbs and Flows in Paul Bergmann’s New LP, Stars and Streams

Margaret Glaspy and Her Incredible Voice Shone at the Bootleg, Supported by Franky Flowers

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photos by Manuel Dominguez.  Margaret Glaspy is a rapidly rising star. She has been featured in some of the most high profile publications imaginable — The New Yorker, New York Times, NPR — and she deserves it. As the youngest in a family of musicians living in northern California, Glaspy learned to play the fiddle, but eventually abandoned … Continue reading Margaret Glaspy and Her Incredible Voice Shone at the Bootleg, Supported by Franky Flowers

Body Language and Wild & Free Light Up Resident in DTLA with Invigorating Performances

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photos by Andrew Gomez.  It’s not a secret that one of my favorite live shows to date was Body Language at the Echo last February. Since seeing them, I feel I’ve come a long way. I’m taking music and writing more seriously, having graduated from a small Hype Machine blog to keeping a blog of my my own … Continue reading Body Language and Wild & Free Light Up Resident in DTLA with Invigorating Performances

Eagulls Bring the Noise to Teragram Ballroom Alongside Adult Books and Tennis System

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, pics by Wes Marsala. Every show I’ve seen at the Teragram Ballroom always exceeds my expectations. Ty Segall put on an unforgettable performance at the beginning of the year, and Julia Holter had enchanted me; now I can add Eagulls to that list. They have been on tour for a month supporting their brand new album, Ullages, and stopped … Continue reading Eagulls Bring the Noise to Teragram Ballroom Alongside Adult Books and Tennis System

“Breaking the Blues” with Amy Blaschke’s Newest LP, out July 1st — Record Release at Grande Olde Echo

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  There is not a genre so forlorn as the blues. That seems obvious; it’s all in the name. Cultural appropriation aside, blues has endured because, well, the human condition can sometimes lead us down a dark path. But Amy Blaschke takes turmoil and creates purpose in her newest album, aptly titled, Breaking the Blues. Blaschke is local to LA by … Continue reading “Breaking the Blues” with Amy Blaschke’s Newest LP, out July 1st — Record Release at Grande Olde Echo

Sunstock Fest Makes a Case for Going Solar with Performances by Cults, Wavves, Kaki King and More

Trapdoor Social Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photos by William Gormley. Last Saturday was one of the hottest days of the year so far. It was forecasted to be so brutal over the weekend that it prompted LADWP to caution customers against using too much A/C, or else there would be mass power outages. There could not have been a better time to … Continue reading Sunstock Fest Makes a Case for Going Solar with Performances by Cults, Wavves, Kaki King and More