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Review: Jeremy Loops and Brick + Mortar live at The Roxy

October 15th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Drum & Bass, Pop, Rock |

Last night I got to catch two artists I’ve never seen or really dug deep into to be quite honest. However after the show, I left a huge fan, scanning the internet for as much of their material as possible as Brick + Mortar and Jeremy Loops were two incredible bands that got the party started on hump day last night at The Roxy in West Hollywood. This was the first night of their tour together and both DIY artists really impressed the young millennial audience by crafting jams that were hand-clapping, raise your fist in the air pop/rock fun. (more…)

Review: French Horn Rebellion and Hey Champ’s farewell show

June 2nd, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Music Video, synthpop |

About a week and a half ago, I had the pleasure of seeing French Horn Rebellion and Hey Champ at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood. Read my review below. (more…)

Review: Miniature Tigers at The Roxy Theatre *They were AMAZING!

March 31st, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Pop, Rock |

Maybe the best performance I’ve ever seen at The Roxy Theatre occurred last Saturday when I went to see Miniature Tigers perform at the classic West Hollywood venue. Read more of my review below.
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Review: Camp Lo and Pete Rock & CL Smooth live at The Roxy

November 3rd, 2013 by | Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Last Saturday I witnessed one of the best hip-hop producers of all time, Pete Rock, reunite with CL Smooth to perform many of their classic hits as well as hear Camp Lo perform some oldies but goodies in hip-hop. It was a show with people of all ages and colors, mostly dudes and latin folk but overall a good sold-out vibe that was impossible not to sweat in the cosy confines of The Roxy in West Hollywood.

Overall it was a fun show but I’ve learned that I will never love a hip-hop show over other genres if I can’t rattle off most of hte lyrics to most of the songs. It’s why I’ve never become a big fan of Busta Rhymes or Twista, their dialect is just too quick in rapping for me to repeat and follow along. However the production behind the old school hip-hop acts I saw, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and before them Camp Lo, really made me appreciate how the older hip-hop acts sampled quality old school jazz, soul and blues rhythms to create the songs that made them special.

It’s hard for me to quite remember my favorites that I didn’t already enjoy because like I said earlier, for me it’s tough to rap along to lyrics I hadn’t previously heard. Below is my favorites from the acts I saw last Saturday at The Roxy. (more…)

Review: Air Dubai & For The Foxes at The Roxy

April 11th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hip-Hop/Rap, Rock |

Last week we saw Air Dubai and For The Foxes perform at the legendary music venue The Roxy on Sunset Boulevard. For the most part it was a very solid show. However there were a few turn offs.

Air Dubai’s music is great and very cutting edge. I really love their alternative hip-hop vibe. However, their sound system and drummer were way to loud. Therefore it was really tough to hear the singers and gain a full appreciation for the music being played.

If they lowered the sound a little bit and got rid of the drummer, it would be perfect. The drummer should only be used if they ever perform at large festivals and not for small, intimate music venues. If they can fix those things I mentioned above, then their live shows will be taken to a whole other level. Below is my favorite song of theirs that they performed from the night.

Air Dubai – “All Day”:

Next up on stage was For The Foxes. I never heard of them prior to their set and in all honesty, was not much of a fan. The smooth instrumental’s were solid but the main singer seemed like he was trying too hard to be a singer from One Direction. His extremely high voice was just not cutting it for me. Maybe it’s just not my type of music. My favorite track of theirs from the night is below.

For The Foxes – “The Revolution”:

 

 

 

Review: Capital Cities at The Roxy

December 4th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electropop, Pop, synthpop |

Last Friday night I saw indie dance pop band Capital Cities perform their last LA show for a long time as they prepare to hit the studio to record their next album. It was a packed audience with lots of passionate fans who sang along to most of Capital Cities releases and while this was my 3rd time seeing them live, they continued to impress with a more upbeat slightly improved set list, more dancing on stage among the founding duo of the band with a uniform clothing style of all band members wearing gold/yellow jackets.

It felt almost magical seeing them live as most of the audience and I knew this would be Capital Cities last Los Angeles show for the year and maybe the next several months. I loved the show because it was the fans way of getting to celebrate Capital Cities recent signing under the Capital Records imprint.

Big things continue to happen for Capital Cities and if you haven’t seen them live, I suggest you try to do so soon before they start selling out arenas all over the world.

Here’s a great why you should see them live: “Safe & Sound”.

PK @ The Roxy, 6/15

June 21st, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review |

Photo by M. Depauw

“I don’t like the parking in this town!” singer, Travis Hawley, joked to the crowd. Playing their first show at The Roxy in Hollywood (and overall second gig in Tinsel Town), the San Luis Obispo based PK was more than ready to rock the legendary venue. The crowd was so exhilarated just at the sight of these hunks, Travis really could have said anything and they’d go wild. (more…)

PK @ The Roxy Friday, 6/15

June 13th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie |

The handsome (and talented) fellas of PK are knee deep in their west coast tour in honor of their EP release, The Lost Boys Sessions, this past May. This Friday, June 15, PK will be gracing The Roxy with their undeniably catchy tunes! Sure, sure they’ve got some of The Killers rhythm and one can really compare them to whichever alt-rock meets indie band but what is setting PK apart is their everlasting energy, eccentricities and delicate balance of pop-y ballads.

This show is all ages and $12 at the door. Snag the The Lost Boys Sessions EP + ticket bundle for just $17 in this bundle. For more information, RSVP to the show on Facebook!

Check out the official video for “London” and following tour dates after the jump:
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The Mowgli’s CD Release Party @ The Roxy, LA 5/8

May 11th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review |

In a word, Los Angeles’ The Mowgli‘s are happy. The excitement of finally releasing their debut album, Sound The Drum, was palatable as the big 8-piece hid behind a curtain for their mic checks. The crowd that follows The Mowgli’s is quite a diverse one, not so surprising given their demeanor – filling The Roxy with old and young, long skirts, short shorts and even studded belts. Turns out love & happiness aren’t just reserved for flower power!

The benefits of releasing an album before throwing the party are that the audience already owns, loves and knows every word so this crowd didn’t miss a beat once the curtain rose! The Mowgli’s started things off with “Hi Hey There Hello,” the first track on Sound The Drum. Their set followed the album consecutively, giving a great feel for the flow of things and testing the band’s stamina – their slower songs are few and far between which makes for a great party…and a lot of sweat!

The Sunset Strip’s legendary Roxy Theater proved to be a great host, appropriately presenting and catering to The Mowgli’s big sound. Granted, the best environment to enjoy them is probably your back yard where you have plenty room to dance and be merry. This must be the most amiable group of people, happily talking with the crowd between songs, inviting friends to the stage and Colin Dieden was even nice enough to lend his special necklace to a fan. A defining characteristic of their live performance, aside from constantly moving about, is their sense of brotherhood and togetherness. They sing, they shout, they dance all together – sharing microphones and the spotlight. Even during a solo song like “Time,” a song guitarist Michael Vincze sings with an acoustic guitar, has a sense of camaraderie as his fellow mates offer back up vocals and instrumental support. “Slowly, Slowly” featured a peak in the all-around energy of the room as the band demonstrated that they practice what they preach through shouts, smiles and love for everyone in the room. The song’s excitable instrumental breakdown offered everyone time to get sucked into the moment and release their free spirits. The same went for well-known single, “San Francisco,” featuring more exhilarating shouts and waving hands than the recording implies. Before performing “The Great Divide,” Michael announced, “this song is about how you can make every day the greatest day of your life, it’s the first song we ever wrote.” Producer, Christian Hand joined his friends on stage for some vocal assistance as Katie Earl finished the song with band member introductions to the crowd.

The Mowgli’s define an important lesson that fellow Angelino’s need to learn – it’s time to let go and just live! As they shout in “Carry Your Will,” “Let your faith guide your fate / If you carry your will I will carry my will.” Filling the percussion driven dance party void that The Local Natives have left, The Mowgli’s are a guaranteed good time, even the most bitter moods can be salvaged with a dose of a Mowgli’s track.

Grab Sound The Drum off of their Bandcamp at a price you name for yourself. I suggest giving it a good listen below to determine how worth it the album is! (more…)

Shinobi NInja & MIckey Avalon live at The Roxy

May 16th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap, Remix, Reviews, Rock |

This past Saturday (May 14), Shinobi Ninja and Mickey Avalon performed at The Roxy theater in Los Angeles. I only had a couple favorites from each group and left with the same favorite songs from each artist.

Got to the venue at 10 pm, thinking I was going to be about 10-15 minutes late for Shinobi Ninja‘s set, which didn’t start until 10:15 and ended at about 10:45. They started it off with an upbeat song, showcasing each of the band members talents. Shinobi Ninja stands out with a female rapper/singer/dancer Baby G, who reminds me of a shorter Nicki Minaj. They also have twin brothers on guitar and bass, a DJ, a white rapper (Duke Sims) and a drummer.

I was intrigued by the dynamics of the band and their mix of genres mentioned on their facebook page. However I was left thinking this band is heavy on hard rock, with forgettable rapping yet solid stage presence. I could tell only several in the crowd actually knew Shinobi Ninja’s music and when Shinobi Ninja mentioned playing at lots of high schools, I was a fairly turned off.

Shinobi Ninja’s strength would have to be their remix/covers. They played original stuff for the first 20 minutes, which wasn’t enjoyable with screamo/hard rock/metal and gave me a sense that (A) they are heaving on hard rock with some screaming and average rapping or (B) the sound engineer didn’t do a great job as it was hard to hear most of the vocals.

After the first 20 minutes, Shinobi said they were going to take it to the next level, so they busted out one of the dopest covers, Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It”. This got the crowd pumped and for the last five minutes after that, they did cover/remixes to some familiar rock and hip-hop like Papa Roach’s “Last Resort” and a Nas song.

On a scale of 1-5, I would give the show a 2 with the recommendation that if you like hard rock, tolerate average rapping and enjoy a mix of sounds, this band is for you. Below is my favorite track, “This Is How We Do It”.
Shinobi Ninja – This Is How We Do It
Read more for my shorter review on Mickey Avalon. (more…)


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