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Video: SASAMI, ‘The Greatest’

You were expecting a second album of inward-gazing indie-rock from SASAMI, perhaps? You have another thing coming. Or things, as it turns out. The L.A. singer-songwriter — born Sasami Ashworth — checks in with all barrels blazing on the two singles she released this week, “The Greatest” and “Skin a Rat.” The follow-ups to her positively unhinged cover of Daniel Johnston’s “Sorry Entertainer” issued in July, the songs will appear on […]



Photos: X at the Greek Theatre

[See image gallery at buzzbands.la] Legendary L.A. quartet X on Saturday night returned to the place they made famous in song, “Los Angeles,” for a career-spanning, one-night-only concert at the Greek Theatre. The show served as a belated (due to the pandemic), 40-year anniversary celebration of their seminal debut album, “Los Angeles.” The band — originals Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake — played the record front […]



Video: Bedouine, ‘The Solitude’

Still waters belie a depth of swirling emotions in Bedouine’s third album, “Waysides,” released last Friday. Produced and mixed by Gus Seyffert (Roger Waters, Beck, Norah Jones, Michael Kiwanuka, Michelle Branch, HAIM, James Supercave, Spain, Steady Holiday and more), with band assists from Josh Adams (drums), Gabriel Noel (strings) and Mike Andrews (guitar and mandolin), Azniv Korkejian sails through the rocky terrain of love, loneliness, betrayal, abandonment, death and duplicity […]



Bon Iver sounds celebratory, ‘hyperreal’ at YouTube Theater

[See image gallery at buzzbands.la] In this age of uncertainty, there are still a few things to be grateful for: One was Friday night’s celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Bon Iver’s acclaimed self-titled album, an extravagantly staged concert at the new YouTube Theater, with its high-tech L-ISA sound system. Both the theater, a 6,000-capacity architectural stunner across the plaza from SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, and its acoustics, exemplary of […]

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Video: SPELLES, ‘Ghost Ship’

’Tis the season for haunting, and Kathryn Baar — aka SPELLES — glides in with sails full of ominous choral vocals on “Ghost Ship,” wondering “What arms soon will welcome me / when I reach the other side?” The self-produced song is the second single of 2021 from SPELLES, whose last EP came out in 2018. “‘Ghost Ship’ was born from my own experiences of personal evolution,” the songwriter says. […]

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Photos: Gypsum at Zebulon

[See image gallery at buzzbands.la] Gypsum — the trio of Anna Arboles, Sapphire Jewell and Jessy Reed — celebrated the release of their intricately creative self-titled album “Gypsum,” performing the album from beginning to end at Zebulon last week to a mesmerized audience. One source of intrigue with Gypsum is listening to the vocal transitions between Arboles and Jewell. All in one song, you might have a section where the vocals […]

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Inaugural Cali Vibes Festival kicks off Feb. 4-6

The inaugural California Vibes (“Cali Vibes”) Festival is set for the weekend of Feb. 4-6, 2022, in Long Beach’s Marina Green Park, with a special Bob Marley tribute performance for his 77th birthday by the Marley Brothers (Ziggy, Stephen, Damian, Ky-Mani and Julian) and featured Sunday performance by Wu-Tang Clan. The official headliners are Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, Rebelution, Sublime With Rome, Stick Figure, Sean Paul. Multiple stages will also […]

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Adult Swim Festival 2021 scheduled online Nov. 12-13, lineup announced

Adult animation and pop culture network Adult Swim announced it will continue its worldwide online format for its annual festival this year on Nov. 12-13 with new music performances by Lil Baby, Karol G, 21 Savage, Flying Lotus, Alessia Cara, Angel Olsen, Alien Weaponry, ASAP TyY, Moor Mother and many more. Set to air on its YouTube channel, with additional content on HBO Max, the festival will also feature exclusive […]

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Photos: Rosie Tucker at the Echo

[See image gallery at buzzbands.la] On an early Saturday night, Rosie Tucker brought a mix of chill music and deadpan humor to the Echo’s stage, leaving the audience both cheering and laughing throughout the show. This was their first set in Los Angeles in nearly two years and was in support of their 2021 album, “Sucker Supreme.” The set started out with the rapid-fire and spacey pedal-board effects song “Barbara […]

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