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Milky Chance know how to make us feel good

Milky Chance

SHOW REVIEW: If music has the ability to heal the body, then these guys played doctor to their fans at The Independent all night.

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Spoon give us plenty of ‘Hot Thoughts’ during their private show at Apogee Studio

Spoon

SHOW REVIEW: I’d like to think it didn’t take me nearly 25 years to come around to Spoon’s unique sound, but this is one band I never should have slept on.

Run the Jewels spoil 5,000 fans in LA with special guests Zack de la Rocha, Danny Brown & more

Run the Jewels

SHOW REVIEW: As their sold-out show at the Shrine Expo Hall proved, El-P and Killer Mike have already reached hip-hop’s mountaintop in just a matter of four years.

Once and Future Band crush The Chapel at their record release show

Once and Future Band

SHOW REVIEW: The stamp of Castle Face Records and Burger Records also lends itself to the notion that something special is happening here.

After two decades in the rap game, Talib Kweli is still fighting for what he believes in

Talib Kweli

SHOW REVIEW: Whether it was convenient or not, the man with a lot to say made sure to give us a whole lot to think about.

Supergroup or not, Gone Is Gone roar loud at their album release party in LA

Gone Is Gone

SHOW REVIEW: Featuring Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age and At the Drive-In members, Gone Is Gone are a rare collection of musicians who all complement each other’s playing.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood put the pedal to the metal at LA’s newest home for jam bands

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

SHOW REVIEW: The Fonda Theatre appeared to serve the five-piece well, and it felt like a good way to celebrate a Saturday night in LA.

In his new hometown, Jim James reminds us why he’s one of the most gifted songwriters out there

Jim James

SHOW REVIEW: The My Morning Jacket frontman is in rare company these days, amid a dying breed of guitar-rock gods like Jack White and Josh Homme.

Nick Murphy shows he’s the new-and-improved version of Chet Faker to close out 30 Days in LA

Nick Murphy

SHOW REVIEW: Call him Chet Faker, Nick Murphy or whatever name you want — it doesn’t change the fact that he always pours his heart and soul out onstage.

Lucky to be alive, YG is celebrating life to the fullest

YG

SHOW REVIEW: If extended album delays, a near-death experience and government censorship can’t stop YG, I don’t know what can. And neither does he.

A night of nonstop dancing at The Fillmore with RÜFÜS DU SOL, Kllo & Yuma X

RÜFÜS DU SOL

SHOW REVIEW: All three Australian groups provided groovy tunes that incorporated funky synth lines, driving drum beats and sensual vocals.

Jhené Aiko turns a hometown show at Avalon into her own living room party

Jhené Aiko

SHOW REVIEW: On this night for Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in LA series, the local songstress really, really, really didn’t want to leave her home.

After touring with Sia, AlunaGeorge have never been more well-suited to succeed than now

AlunaGeorge

SHOW REVIEW: Whether many attendees had heard of them or not, English electronic duo AlunaGeorge did everything they could to help them not forget.

With dignity and grace, Pusha T stays true to himself

Pusha T

SHOW REVIEW: The veteran Virginia Beach-raised rapper made it clear on this night that his appetite for more will not be diminishing anytime soon.

Isaiah Rashad makes a statement at Echoplex while giving fans a lesson in reverse psychology

Isaiah Rashad

SHOW REVIEW: The 25-year-old emcee has gone from being the contemplative unknown in superstar Kendrick Lamar’s crew to a complete artist deserving of your attention.

The ‘EDM bubble’ may be bursting, but Pretty Lights remains a beacon of hope at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Pretty Lights

SHOW REVIEW: If there’s one electronic artist whom others should look to for inspiration, it’s unquestionably Pretty Lights.

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional give one last hurrah before Election Day

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional

SHOW REVIEW: Billed as a birthday/pre-election/potential apocalypse show, The Sam Chase & The Untraditional gave fans in Petaluma a night to remember.

On a night full of metalcore, Every Time I Die upstage Beartooth at The Regent Theater

Every Time I Die

SHOW REVIEW: We’re thrilled the Buffalo band is still with us and amazed that its music continues to improve at an almost alarming rate.

Despite a disappointing crowd, Warpaint still take their SF fans on an introspective sonic journey

Warpaint

SHOW REVIEW: The Los Angeles four-piece remains a super-tight band that has grown not only in terms of commercial success, but also musically.

Chris Corner turns an ordinary Monday night in SF into an electric one with his IAMX project

IAMX

SHOW REVIEW: The combination of IAMX’s music, energy, lighting, video and costumes created a primal undercurrent of shadow and pulse at the Great American Music Hall.