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SXSW Preview: The LA bands to see, and other highlights

South By Southwest (SXSW), the music, film and interactive festival kicks off the music portion of the festival next week in Austin, TX.  There are so many bands and so much to see at SXSW that it can get overwhelming pretty quickly.  That’s why we are here to help you!  Don’t worry, we listened to every single band playing at SXSW over the last few weeks just to provide this guide for you.  Yes, it took us 24 hours a day for 14 days, but that’s our dedication to you!  Check out the guide, you’ll thank us in Austin…

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Live Review: Night Horse @ The Echo 1/20

Alright, it’s taken us awhile to get this review up, but trust me when I say it will be worth the wait.  Night Horse might not be a name that you are familiar with, but you should be and will be.  Here is the simple reason why: Night Horse is one of the most genuine local rock & roll outfits you can see in Los Angeles and if you are not at their next show you are simply missing out!  Night Horse released their second full length album this past fall with Perdition Hymns.  The album is pure rock & roll spirits with a southern-blues-rock attitude that moves fast and gets you dancing.  The same description can be applied perfectly to their live shows.  (more…)

Coachella line-up announced. Big acts, few surprises.

The Coachella line-up was officially released late last night.  Waiting for the announcement has become over the years part of the tradition and buzz of Coachella itself.  Well, it’s finally here and we don’t have to guess our spread rumors about the bands playing this year.  The line-up is heavy at the top with Kings of Leon, Kanye West and Arcade Fire all being huge touring acts.  From there we are greeted with a mix of local bands, Coachella regulars and Indie projects.  We would have liked to see one of those huge surprise headliners (Paul McCartney, Ozzy with Slash, Red Hot Chili Peppers- where are you guys?) and we still might with a late addition, but it doesn’t look too good for now.  (more…)

Live Review: A Perfect Circle @ The Avalon 11/9

It has been 6 years since A Perfect Circle performed on stage together.  During those 6 years, some of the more regular members of this modern day super group have went on to other projects.  Still though, the core of A Perfect Circle has remained in tact, and their performance on Tuesday showed they haven’t missed a step along the way.  Before we get to the actual concert review, we were lucky enough to score a few of the very special VIP Wine Tasting and Meet & Greet tickets for the show.  A Perfect Circle (APC) has never had a meet & greet for fans before, so we jumped on the opportunity right away.  Well, I guess there is a reason why APC has never done a meet & greet all these years.  (more…)