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Photos: Converge / Torche- The Glass House

Photos: Converge / Torche- The Glass House

What a fun night- hardcore heros Converge headlined a solid bill alongside Nails, Torche, Kvelertak and Anti-Christ Demon Core at Pomona’s Glass House, the first of two Southern California stops for the 22-year-old Massachusetts quartet who are out on the road supporting their fantastic eighth studio album, All We Love We Leave Behind. I’ve been listening to...
Photos: Grave Babies, Ghost Wave & The Golden Awesome - The Echo - Part Time Punks

Photos: Grave Babies, Ghost Wave & The Golden Awesome – The Echo – Part Time Punks

A few weekends ago, Seattle’s droning, caked and blackened punk outfit Grave Babies headlined a Part Time Punks bill alongside New Zealanders Ghost Wave and The Golden Awesome at the weekly event’s longtime home, The Echo. We’ve sung our praises (and shared photos) of Grave Babies before, so consider this to be no exception. Buy their records- we recommend it. Their latest EP, Gothdammit is out now...
Photos: DIIV, Violens & Cold Showers- CYP2- The Echoplex

Photos: DIIV, Violens & Cold Showers- CYP2- The Echoplex

The CYP2 squad does it again. Colorful photos from a great all-around Echoplex bill with Zach Cole Smith’s moody guitar-bouncing project, DIIV, NY’s Violens and LA’s post-punk popsters, Cold Showers are below. DIIV’s Oshin is out now on Captured Tracks while Cold Showers just released their debut, Love and Regret via Dais. Both records are some of 2012′s best. Don’t...
Photos: Dum Dum Girls- "End of Daze" Release Show- Los Globos

Photos: Dum Dum Girls- “End of Daze” Release Show- Los Globos

California/New York quintet Dum Dum Girls celebrated the release of the new notch in their ever-maturing career from skuzz to shine with End of Daze last week at Los Globos. Thanks to the folks at IHEARTCOMIX for throwing yet another solid night. Hear a cut from the five-song EP below or purchase the set here....
Photos: Holograms & Lyonnais- The Echo

Photos: Holograms & Lyonnais- The Echo

Last Sunday, Part Times Punks hosted Swedish punk wavers Holograms alongside kraut/psych travelers Lyonnais and synth act Deathday at its longtime home, The Echo. Holograms’ great S/T debut is available now via Captured Tracks, while Lyonnais has a new one via Hoss Records. FULL GALLERY HERE Lyonnais     Holograms     
Photos: Chelsea Wolfe / Crypts / Gothic Tropic - The Echo

Photos: Chelsea Wolfe / Crypts / Gothic Tropic – The Echo

Last week we ran contest for this show and for those two lucky winners, what a handsome prize… Photos follow from a great Echo bill comprised of delicate, unlit songstress Chelsea Wolfe, Seattle’s dark, bleak and beaty trio Crypts (feat. Steve from These Arms Are Snakes) and LA no-wave gazers Gothic Tropic. Chelsea Wolfe’s first-ever fully acoustic record,...
Photos: King Dude in-store at Mount Analog

Photos: King Dude in-store at Mount Analog

Based on what we’ve heard from TJ Cowgill’s dusty, devil-folk project, King Dude in stunner, “Jesus in the Courtyard,” his upcoming longplayer, Burning Daylight, is bound to be one of this year’s best. While on a brief stop in LA, Cowgill and a guitarist played an in-store gig at Zane (Slow Motion) and Mahssa’s (B Music/Finders Keepers) and...
Photos: DIIV, Part Time & Melted Toys- The Echo

Photos: DIIV, Part Time & Melted Toys- The Echo

Zach Cole Smith’s moody guitar-bouncing project, DIIV, feel like Captured Tracks royalty right now. With their wonderful debut, Oshin out and a solid and practiced touring lineup along for the ride (Devin Ruben Perez, ex-Smith Westerns drummer Colby Hewitt and Andrew Bailey), the band are having quite a good and warranted 2012. The band hit The Echo stage with force (way...
Photos: Salem / IO Echo at Play MOCA

Photos: Salem / IO Echo at Play MOCA

The kick-off for the IAMSOUND, Smashbox, MOCA series, Play MOCA kicked off last Friday in front of the musuem’s Little Toyko location, under giant white balloons, with sets from IO Echo and Salem and DJs HEALTH. This gallery initially appeared on LA Record. The next event, featuring Zola Jesus and Active Child happens August 17th. FULL...
Photos: CYP2- Trash Talk, Spaceghostpurrp & DNF- Echoplex

Photos: CYP2- Trash Talk, Spaceghostpurrp & DNF- Echoplex

The latest installment of the wild and diverse monthly throwdown that is Check Yo Ponytail 2 went off with a steady dose of hip hop and hardcore trading the mic over four sets last week at mainstay venue, The Echoplex. Led off by CA. hardcore quartet DNF- it awesomely stands for Duke Nukum Forever- (Photos of...
Photos: No Age / Tearist- No Walmart Benefit in Chinatown

Photos: No Age / Tearist- No Walmart Benefit in Chinatown

Organized by workers’ rights non-profit group Unionosity and local boutique/art space Ooga Booga, this benefit was in support of the fight against a purposed Walmart being constructed in LA’s Chinatown neighborhood. No Age (who hasn’t played their hometown in quite a while) Tearist and L.A. Fog were on the bill- and small stage- held at the Human Resources Gallery.   FULL...
Photos: Jesus and Mary Chain & Cold Cave- HOB San Diego

Photos: Jesus and Mary Chain & Cold Cave- HOB San Diego

What a bill. Sunday night in San Diego and the only place I could have wanted to be was with my camera at the House of Blues. Following a middle-of-the-road feeling from their Hollywood Park performance, UK guitar-rock mainstays, The Jesus and Mary Chain delivered, within closed walls, a hits-spanning set of material, that though feeling to...
LE1F Vibes Out in Dark York

LE1F Vibes Out in Dark York

New York rapper/producer Le1f makes things flamboyant on his recent mixtape, Dark York, recently released as a free download from the Greenhead and Camp & Street folks. The fizzy and noteworthy issue is a of-its-time mixture of electronic vibe (Nguzunguzu and a bevvy of producers guest) bouncy juke and classic hip hop characteristics; Stream/download the whole tape below and...
Photos: Hecuba- The Echo

Photos: Hecuba- The Echo

LA-based emotional, gender-bending electronic duo Hecuba have just returned with their second LP, Modern via the label they helped co-found Germ Records (Dreamers, E.S.P.). Modern may take some listens to uncover, swaying from pop-leaning to cold and weird, but what the pair do do immediately and quite well is solidify what they want their image to be. Below is visual...
Photos: Is Tropical, Crystal Fighters and Gothic Tropic- CYP2

Photos: Is Tropical, Crystal Fighters and Gothic Tropic- CYP2

The Check Yo Ponytail 2 camp went out to sprout another Tuesday night party last week at their mainstay Eastside den, The Echoplex. Sets from UK trio Is Tropical, UK/Spanish rustic electro leaners Crystal Fighters and LA locals Gothic Tropic, now with a new drummer, were featured. The next CYP2 event goes down next week, the...