BØRNS (El Rey Theatre)

El Rey Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | November 23, 2015 | Photo Credit: ZB Images | “My name is James Bay.” declared Garrett Borns. As identity crises go, there are worse ones for BØRNS to suffer from as both he and Bay had simultaneous extraordinary runs at this year’s South By Southwest. But even if he lacked self-recogniton, the full house […]

Young Rising Sons @ Club Bahia

Young Rising Sons | Club Bahia (Los Angeles, CA) | October 29, 2015 | Photo Credit: Kristen Coveleskie | It’s a case of then versus now. The last time we saw Young Rising Sons live was post-SXSW: In March at the Troubadour in Los Angeles as they kicked off their national tour with Halsey. And even though frontman Andy Tongren’s […]

X Ambassadors (Shrine Auditorium)

X Ambassadors | Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles, CA) | August 4, 2015 | Photo Credit: Chad Elder | Like that old slogan for Virginia Slims, since their inception as a band in 2009, X Ambassadors have come a long way, baby. The upstate New York alternative pop/rockers and long time friends (and family) have never hidden their collective jones for […]

Anderson East @ The Hotel Cafe

Anderson East | Hotel Café (Los Angeles, CA) | June 25, 2015 | Sometimes entries on my music calendar can extend as far out as eight months: when a must-see show pops up on my radar, that puppy gets noted in order to block out and dissuade any other potential options. While not as far out as the eight month […]

Tokio Hotel @ Viper Room

Tokio Hotel | Viper Room (West Hollywood, CA) | January 15, 2015 | A lot of secret things happen in Los Angeles each night, that is unless you’re a super fan. When word leaked of a secret Tokio Hotel show at the Viper Room, “Aliens” (that’s what Tokio Hotel fans call themselves) began to queue up in the early afternoon […]

The Wild Feathers @ The El Rey

The Wild Feathers | El Rey Theatre (Los Angeles, CA) | October 29, 2014 | Everyone left The El Rey Theatre Wednesday night with a smile on their face but how could you not smile after such a rousing set from Tennessee rockers, the Wild Feathers? The set began with a palpable energy shift in the room as the audience crept […]

Sir Sly @ the El Rey

Sir Sly | El Rey Theatre (Los Angeles, CA) | September 29, 2014 | You would have been hard pressed to walk out of the El Rey after Sir Sly’s thrilling set without it having some kind of impact on you. There’s a good chance you might have found yourself absentmindedly singing or humming to any one of their songs […]