Show Reviews

Show Review: The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir at the Fox Oakland, 4/30-5/1/2017

May 5, 2017

Two nights of intimacy and storytelling with the man who plays a hundred instruments The Magnetic Fields are an extremely strange phenomenon: a group that is wildly talented, successful, and fiercely loved by their fans, despite staying relatively far from the radio-friendly limelight. The songwriting of creative leader Stephin Merritt evokes memories of both Sondheim-esque theatrical compositions […]

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Show Review: deadmau5 w/Feed Me at the Fox Oakland, 4/25/2017

May 4, 2017
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In a now-relatively-infamous Tumblr post, Canadian electronic wunderkind deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) called out the DJ world for the lack of ingenuity and overall simplicity of their live shows. Ever since, he’s worked to keep pushing the envelope of his own performances, adding layer after layer of lights and screens that are all triggered by his own available […]

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My 2017 Journey with Sigur Rós, Part 2: Walt Disney Concert Hall w/Los Angeles Philharmonic

May 1, 2017

LA’s world-famous orchestra adds an entire extra universe of sound to the Icelandic trio’s performances If the experience of Sigur Rós live can be described as wondrous, then beholding them with an orchestra is a truly transcendent experience. Prior to this tour as a three-piece, I’ve always seen them with some form of miniature assemblage accompanying […]

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Show Review: Raiders of the Lost Ark Live in Concert with the SF Symphony

April 14, 2017

A lovely night with Williams’s score, Ford’s performance, iconic scenes… there are no bad dates here! Raiders of the Lost Ark is the quintessential action-adventure film. One could confidently claim that it is the greatest action-adventure film of all time! There is nothing about Steven Spielberg’s 1981 classic that isn’t famous — the giant boulder, […]

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My 2017 Journey with Sigur Rós, Part 1: Fox Theater Oakland/Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley

April 14, 2017

Two evenings of spellbinding wonder and incredible sound This is the first of two posts chronicling my journey to see Sigur Rós for five performances in April 2017: two in Northern California, and three in Los Angeles with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra. Be sure to catch them on tour and tune in to Pitchfork on Friday, April […]

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SXSW 2017: An Exhaustive Guide to a Week of Music

April 10, 2017

At The Drive-In’s surprise appearance at Mohawk was just one of the moments that made SXSW 2017 memorable. Every year in mid-March, music nerds from around the globe gather in downtown Austin to test their ability to handle long lines, blisters, alcohol poisoning, and dead cell phone batteries. Why? To get that first scoop on […]

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Festival: DRILL LA – Day 03 @ The Echo and Echoplex (Los Angeles)

April 5, 2017

The music explosion concludes! Anticipation is a tricky thing. Much like hype, it can make or break whatever it surrounds. I don’t think I can even count the number of times my anticipation of something has utterly ruined it. I had built it up so much in my head that when it finally came down […]

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Festival: DRILL LA – Day 02 @ The Echo and Echoplex (Los Angeles)

April 4, 2017

The musical explosion continues! If the opening night of DRILL was a taste of things to come, Day 2 was a build up to the inevitable explosion that appears to be in store for Saturday’s closing night. With use of the entire building, fans and festival goers had a plethora of choices on either stage. […]

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Show Review: Old 97’s at the Fillmore, 3/24/2017

April 4, 2017

The Old 97’s are an alternative country band hailing from Austin; they have been playing twangy rock and roll for the past 24 years. Their songs are three minutes of catchy hooks, marrying country twang with a dash of punk. Their wry cynicism doesn’t mope or lecture – it bursts with joyful irreverence in songs […]

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Festival: DRILL LA – Day 01 @ The Echo (Los Angeles)

April 3, 2017

Three days of music explodes in Echo Park! Wire’s DRILL Los Angeles Festival kicked off with a three band night at The Echo (the smaller of the two venues living in the same building) with performances by Alina Bea, Immersion, and Bob Mould. As I’ve said before, I’m somewhat of a fan of The Echo (and […]

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