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Courtney Barnett reminds us why she’s simply the coolest at LA’s Greek Theatre

Courtney Barnett

SHOW REVIEW: If you’ve been lucky enough to see her live, you know it and you also know that she, somehow, still doesn’t know it herself.

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Grizzly Bear & TV on the Radio unite for one night in their new hometown to play the Hollywood Bowl

Grizzly Bear

SHOW REVIEW: Now both based in LA, the two Brooklyn-bred bands gave us one last taste of summer on the season’s final day.

After winning their first Grammy, The National don’t hold back at the Hollywood Palladium

The National

SHOW REVIEW: Like any good band these days, Matt Berninger and company have been expanding their fan base with each and every album they release.

At the age of 66, David Byrne is completely nailing one of the year’s most ambitious tours

David Byrne

SHOW REVIEW: The former Talking Heads leader knows how to mix his mediums to absolute perfection in a way that’s not only relevant, but also completely engrossing.

Jack White proves at the Santa Barbara Bowl that a phone-free show is a better experience for us all

Jack White

SHOW REVIEW: One of rock’s last remaining guitar heroes hasn’t lost his unique ability to surprise an audience at any moment, especially when we all aren’t staring at our phones.

Deafheaven continue their evolution at The Wiltern

Deafheaven

SHOW REVIEW: There are still echoes of black metal at times, but you can feel this is a band that’s embracing its differences instead of defending them.

Weezer show a sold-out crowd in their hometown that they can still be wildly entertaining

Weezer

SHOW REVIEW: From costume changes to a surprise “Weird Al” cameo, Weezer made it clear why they’ve been performing second on their summer co-headlining tour with the Pixies.

The unusual pairing of Glassjaw & Quicksand at the Observatory OC proves to be fruitful for both bands

Glassjaw

SHOW REVIEW: Having the chance to see these two New York post-hardcore bands share the stage is something that we’re likely never going to get again.

Thirty-five years later, the Melvins are still rockin’ as hard & loud as they ever have

Melvins

SHOW REVIEW: With a sold-out crowd on hand at SF’s Great American Music Hall, Buzz Osborne and company performed as if everything depended on it.

Soulwax make up for lost time with a wild LA show

Soulwax

SHOW REVIEW: After a hypnotic set at Coachella, the group’s performance at The Fonda Theatre only further cemented its live legacy in Southern California.

With CyHi the Prynce on the bill, Big K.R.I.T. shows fans why his moniker is much bigger than him

Big K.R.I.T.

SHOW REVIEW: The rapper painted a picture of his royal advancement — a positive one that he explained is not only meant to be a reminder for him, but also for us.

Moby might think he’s old, but his 15th and newest album doesn’t sound it at Apogee Studio

Moby

SHOW REVIEW: As one of electronic music’s, if not simply music’s, most important figures, his star continues to burn bright in 2018.

Going below the surface with Will Varley in SF

Will Varley

SHOW REVIEW: The British folk singer-songwriter has a way about him that engages his listeners, as though they are not just listening to him but listening with him.

Joywave make fans at Swedish American Hall feel ‘Content’ with their latest studio material

Joywave

SHOW REVIEW: The crowd was clearly connected to the New York-based outfit’s genre-jumping and experimental music months after the release of its 2017 LP.

Lo Moon are officially LA’s newest buzz band after their sold-out show at the Troubadour

Lo Moon

SHOW REVIEW: This may only be the beginning for the indie-electronic trio, but these guys sure know how to shoot for the moon.

Beach Slang make good on their promise in LA, punching us in our ‘big, dumb heart’ at Echoplex

Beach Slang

SHOW REVIEW: With their unmatched energy and peerless sound, these Philly punks will undoubtedly be a favorite of many for some time to come.

After two sold-out nights at The Fillmore, LANY’s popularity only continues to trend upward

LANY

SHOW REVIEW: It was immediately clear from the line, which wrapped around the block, that the band has grown an enviable, die-hard audience.

Back on the road, Broken Social Scene rock The Fox with a career-spanning set

Broken Social Scene

SHOW REVIEW: Despite a long break between albums, the sense of professionalism built into the band’s live experience remains prevalent.

Touché Amoré bring it back home to LA, headlining two intimate nights at Teragram Ballroom

Touché Amoré

SHOW REVIEW: When you tour as broadly and universally as Touché Amore have, a pair of small hometown shows means something.

Coldplay live up to their “biggest band in the world” claim in front of 60,000 strong at Levi’s Stadium

Coldplay

SHOW REVIEW: Chris Martin and company certainly did nothing during their electric, almost two-hour performance to dissuade that sort of thinking.