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Photo Review: Nosaj Thing, Toro Y Moi, Jogger, Monday, Nov. 15 @ Holocene

On Monday night, Nosaj Thing—one of L.A.'s most promising young beat makers—brought his hyper beats and even crazier visuals to Holocene. The show was almost a visual overload, with all three bands on the bill augmented by synchronized lights and videos cou...   More
Friday, November 19, 2010 by Ben Johnson

Photo Review: Phoenix, Sunday, Jan. 24 @ the Crystal Ballroom

On Sunday night, French pop band Phoenix played to the most excited crowd I've ever seen at the Crystal Ballroom. I was smart enough to throw myself into the middle of it, eschewing the safety of the 21+ side to jump around in the middle of a pack of friends and 16-year-old...   More
Thursday, January 28, 2010 by Ben Johnson

Photo Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Girls, Thursday, July 23 @ Backspace

Last Thursday, two of the hottest indie bands around—New York's the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and San Francisco's Girls—played to a packed all-ages crowd at Backspace. It was right before the start of Sunpocolypse 2K9 (or my preferred term "Helter S...   More
Thursday, July 30, 2009 by Ben Johnson

Photo Review: Passion Pit & Harlem Shakes, Sunday, May 24 @ the Wonder Ballroom

Passion Pit just dropped its debut album of shimmering electronic soul last week to rave reviews, and the boys stopped by the Wonder Ballroom on Sunday night for one of its first shows as a full band. We ...   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 by Ben Johnson

PHOTO REVIEW: Ladytron, The Faint, Crocodiles, Friday, May 1 @ Roseland

Last Friday we sent the amazing Ben Johnson to take some pictures at the Ladytron/Faint show, and he returned with this hot fire. The one with the drummer framed between the singers legs?!? And all those beautiful blues and and pinks and reds? Now I'm a little bummed ...   More
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 by Ben Johnson

Photo Review: Andrew Bird and Loney Dear, Saturday, Feb. 21 @ Roseland

Andrew Bird and has new backing band played the Roseland Theater on Saturday night, and it was awesome. How do I know that? Just look at these pics! We sent our ace photographer Ben Johnson to the show, and he came back with a few black-and-white and color gems of Bird and opener Loney,...   More
Monday, February 23, 2009 by Ben Johnson

Photo Review: Lucky Dragons at Backspace, Wednesday, Nov. 19

We're a bit late posting these photos, but they are so awesome/trippy that we just had to get them up. Last Wednesday the Los Angeles electronic installation project Lucky Dragons played at Backspace with Pit Er Pat, and Ben Johnson caught the group in both black and white and color. Ch...   More
Monday, November 24, 2008 by Ben Johnson

Photo Review: Diplo at the Hawthorne Theatre, Saturday, Nov. 1

The day after Halloween isn't always the easiest time to get down. Whether you've got a wicked hangover or a wicked stomachache (why do I always eat too many Mike and Ike's?), it's inevitable to feel a bit lethargic. And that's where Diplo comes in. We sent our ace photographer Ben J...   More
Monday, November 3, 2008 by Ben Johnson

Photo Review: Jamie Lidell and Janelle Monae @ Wonder Ballroom, Wednesday, Oct. 1

We sent our new photographer Ben Johnson to the Wonder Ballroom last night to shoot pictures at the Jamie Lidell/Janelle Monae show, expecting some pretty amazing things. And then Monae and Lidell treated one of the most lackluster crowds I've ever seen to one of the sweati...   More
Thursday, October 2, 2008 by Ben Johnson

Photo Review: Dr. Dog at Jackpot Records, Tuesday, Sept. 23

Tuesday was quite the afternoon for in-store performances, with two of our favorites playing amidst stacks of vinyl and used copies of R.E.M.'s Monster. We sent brand spankin' new p...   More
Thursday, September 25, 2008 by Ben Johnson
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