Author Archives: Julia Lofstrand

TVD Live Shots: LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Young Fathers at the Hollywood Bowl, 5/5

LCD Soundsystem with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed two nights at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

The band has staged a triumphant comeback since the release of American Dream in late 2017. Their fourth studio album achieved both critical success and a Grammy for the single ” Tonite.” It was also their first number one album in the United States. Frontman James Murphy is a captivating and energetic performer. From the first song “You Wanted A Hit,”he had the sold-out crowd up and on their feet, dancing to every moment.

Fellow New York rockers the Yeah Yeah Yeahs warmed the crowd up with an explosive set, proving once again that they are one of the best live bands in the world.

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TVD Live Shots: Fall Out Boy, Blackbear, Jaden Smith at The Forum, 11/17

Fall Out Boy’s North American Mania tour rolled into the Forum in Los Angeles on Friday (11/17). Opening acts included hip hop artist Blackbear and rapper/actor Jaden Smith. The tour is in support of Fall Out Boy’s seventh studio album, Mania, which was originally set to be released in September. However, over the summer the band announced they would be pushing the date back because they felt rushed, and that the album was not ready.

Fall Out Boy was formed in a suburb of Chicago in 2001. Members include frontman and rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump, drummer Andy Hurley, bassist Pete Wentz, and Joe Trohman on lead guitar. Earlier this year the band also launched the Fall Out Boy Fund, as a way to give back to the city of Chicago. They started by donating money to Back to the Roots, a group that brings gardening and food education to elementary school children in the area.

They opened their set with “The Phoenix,” and continued with catchy and infectious hit after hit, including “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “Dance, Dance,” and “I Don’t Care.” The band made use of a runway that stretched through the entire length of the arena—flames erupted behind them and streamers were shot out of cannons into the air. They played three songs and a drum solo on top of two large platforms that rose above the audience, the crowd cheering, dancing, and singing along with every word.

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TVD Live Shots: The Drums, Methyl Ethel at the Fonda Theatre, 11/2

The Drums supported by Aussie rockers Methyl Ethel played three nights at the The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Drums are an American indie pop/rock band based in New York City, founded in 2009 by current frontman Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham. Earlier in 2017 Graham announced his departure from the group on good terms. Their forth album, Abysmal Thoughts, was released a few months later.

At the first of the three Fonda shows on Thursday, Pierce wore a jumpsuit that proudly displayed his most recent album title. Rightfully so, as he wrote and produced the entire thing himself. He danced and spun across the stage, reaching out into the enthusiastic young crowd again and again.

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TVD Live Shots: The Interrupters, SWMRS, Sharp Shock at the
Fonda Theatre, 10/28

The Interrupters is a ska punk band from Los Angeles, formed in 2011. Members include Aimee Interrupter on lead vocals, and brothers Kevin Bivona on guitar, Jesse Bivona on drums, and Justin Bivona on bass. Their second album, Say It Out Loud, was produced by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, and was released on Hellcat Records earlier this year.

Last weekend The Interrupters played to a full house at the Fonda Theatre, supported by openers SWMRS and Sharp Shock. Obviously a hometown show, the audience was filled with dedicated fans, family, and friends of the band who danced and sang along to every word. They took a minute to pause and thank the crowd for coming and to remind everyone that we were all here to celebrate music and its ability to unite and connect people. The Interrupters will continue touring this fall in South America opening for Green Day.

SWMRS played a killer set. They warmed the crowd up by starting a mosh pit, and also came dressed ready to celebrate Halloween. SWMRS are a young punk rock band from the Bay Area. Members include Joey Armstrong, Cole Becker, Max Becker, and Seb Mueller. Their latest release, Drive North, was remastered and re-released when the band signed with Fueled By Ramen in 2016.

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TVD Live Shots: Future Islands at the Greek, 9/19

Baltimore-based Future Islands released their fifth album, The Far Field, earlier in 2017. Since then they’ve been selling out shows all over Europe and the United States, and have recently performed at Coachella, Bonnaroo, and the Glastonbury Festival. On September 19, they played to a packed house in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre.

FR/BLCK/PR, brainchild of Los Angeles rapper Busdriver, opened the show.

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TVD Live Shots: Dreamcar and Superet at the Fonda Theatre, 8/12

Los Angeles’ supergroup Dreamcar played two nights to a packed house at the Fonda Theatre last weekend.

Dreamcar features No Doubt members Tony Kanal, Adrian Young, and Tom Dumont, as well as frontman Davey Havok from AFI, Blaqk Audio, and XTRMST. They recently played Coachella, and have sold out nearly every other show since then.

Superet opened on both nights. They are a newly formed rock band also from Los Angeles. Members include Matt Blitzer, Alex Fischel, Patrick Kelly, Sam KS, and Isaac Tamburino. Superet debuted their first single, “Pay It Later” earlier this spring.

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TVD Live Shots: Glam Skanks at the Redwood Bar, 7/1

Glam Skanks are creating quite a buzz around Los Angeles. They recently returned home to LA after a very successful UK tour in support of Adam Ant. I went to catch up with them at their intimate homecoming show at the Redwood Bar. It was a high-energy evening filled with glitter, glam-rock, and girl power. These ladies rock HARD and their show is amazing. Really looking forward to seeing what the future holds for them. It is undoubtably, bright.

First in the evening was Scant Regard. Scant Regard is the solo project of mastermind guitarist Will Crewdson who has also played with Adam Ant, Rachel Stamp, and Bow Wow Wow. His set blew my mind. It was a punk-rock spaghetti-electro-western soundtrack I never wanted to end.

The Schizophonics played a set as well. They are an explosive trio from San Diego. I haven’t enjoyed a live set as much as theirs in a very long time. Trust me on this one. Go. See. Their. Show.

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TVD Live Shots: LP at
the Echo, 3/7

LP, also known as Laura Pergolizzi, had been working as a songwriter in New York City for years before she made the move to Los Angeles. It was around that time she started to put more attention and focus into playing her own material. 

The first time I heard LP was four years ago. It was my friend Oliver’s birthday AND we were sitting on the bus after a show. He mentioned that he had also been playing drums for “this bad-ass chick”  back in LA, and they recently finished recording a live EP. As soon as I heard the tracks my jaw dropped to the floor and I thought, “Wow, this woman really is something special…”

The title track from this live EP, “Into the Wild” ended up landing in a Citibank commercial. This exposure and success helped push her career forward and two years later she released her first full length album, Forever For Now. Most recently LP has released another five song EP, in preparation for a second full length release on Vagrant Records. She is also preforming every Monday in March for a residency at the Echo in Los Angeles.

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TVD Live Shots: Girlschool at Bootleg Theater, 1/29–1/31

The very first Girlschool Field Day Weekend was held at Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. Girlschool is a new music and arts collective founded by Anna Bulbrook (The Bullsthe Airborne Toxic Event) that aims to support and celebrate female musicians and artists.

The festival stretched over three nights and included a dynamic and eclectic range of some of LA’s most popular female fronted acts such as Kitten, Veruca Salt, White Sea, The Bulls, Dead Sara, ConwayKera and the LesbiansGothic Tropic, and Kim and the Created.

The first evening began with a discussion panel moderated by Eve Barlow (NME, Spin, Vice, Noisey) and featured several top women leaders in the music industry. All proceeds from Girlschool Weekend will be donated to Rock n’ Roll Camp For Girls LA.

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TVD Recommends: Rodney Henry at Genghis Cohen, 2/13

This Thursday, Baltimore’s favorite pie man, Rodney Henry continues his tour of the west with a show at Genghis Cohen in West Hollywood.

Rodney owns Dangerously Delicious Pies, with several locations in Baltimore, DC, and Detroit. He learned to bake at a young age while spending summers in Indiana with his grandmother and great aunt. As the frontman for the Glenmont Popes, he spent years touring and slinging pies along the way. Thus, Rock and Roll Pie style was born.

In addition to Dangerously Delicious and The Glenmont Popes, you may recognize him from the latest season of The Next Food Network Star as well as Chopped and Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Welcome to LA, Rodney!

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