Chatmonchy @ Amoeba Hollywood 3/24/10

It’s rare for Japanese bands to play in the US, so the ones that actually do make it over here are generally either very talented and/or very popular. In Chatmonchy’s case, they have a rare combination of both. This was indicated by their strong performance during the in-store and the sound Read more…

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Travis @ House of Blues, Anaheim 4/9/09

Travis is one of those bands who seem to get better with age, despite the fact that their lesser-known debut album Good Feeling (1997) is one of their best. Unlike other well-hyped British bands who never quite made it, Travis really have lived up to the critical acclaim by being Read more…

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Manhattan Love Suicides @ House of Shields 3/27/09

It’s a rare thing for bands to come along and really excite my interest in new music. The Manhattan Love Suicides are one of those rare cases. Hailing from Leeds, England, their sound blends C-86 style indie pop with noisy Jesus and Mary Chain style guitars. The Manhattan Love Suicides Read more…

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The Submarines w/Morning Benders @ Detroit Bar 1/30/09

Orange County’s best venue for reasonably priced indie shows, the Detroit Bar, was treated to the sweet and sunny sounds of Los Angeles-based musical partners, John Dragonetti (of the band Jack Drag) and Blake Hazard (the great granddaughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald), better know as the Submarines. The Submarines’ music Read more…

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The Long Blondes @ Glass House 6/3/08

ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY LIANE CHAN JUNE 3 | POMONA—The Long Blondes played an exceptionally good show tonight at the Glass House in Pomona, a long way from their hometown of Sheffield, England. Not only are they excellent performers and songwriters, but they are also very stylish in their striped shirts, Read more…

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Mates of State @ Henry Fonda 5/28/08

MAY 28 | HOLLYWOOD— A true indie rock show is just what you’d expect from Mates of State. Husband-wife duo Kori Gardner (vocals, keyboards, piano) and Jason Hammel (vocals, drums) brought their signature vocal harmonies, bouncy keyboard and piano riffs and rocking drums tonight, mixing it with a mini-string section of Read more…

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ The Wiltern 3/30/08

ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY LIANE CHAN MARCH 30 | LOS ANGELES—After one of the longest world tours they’ve ever played in 2007, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club continues on their quest for world domination with their current tour. It started a few days ago in Arizona and stretches as far as Buenos Aires, Read more…

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: “Life inspires me to write music”

“If I only get 15 minutes of fame to say something, you want to make it count.” – Robert Levon Been “I guess the key word in that is life, it’s full of everything.” – Peter Hayes Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) are a band of musicians who manage to Read more…

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: "Life inspires me to write music"

“If I only get 15 minutes of fame to say something, you want to make it count.” – Robert Levon Been “I guess the key word in that is life, it’s full of everything.” – Peter Hayes Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) are a band of musicians who manage to Read more…

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ The Wiltern 5/8/07

The stage was really high – like 5 feet tall at least. Unlike the previous 2 shows, there was another opener named HT Heartache. She was like a country folk singer with a warbly voice. She really seemed out of place at this show. The audience politely applauded all her Read more…

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