MEUTE @ the Wiltern [05/25/23]

The techno-house music that lit up the Wiltern last Thursday night featured no synths, mixing boards, electronic keyboards nor headphones; instead, a marching band supplied the sound.  The Hamburg-based music group, Meute, uses trumpet, marching percussion, saxophone, and other brass instruments to compose an incredible sonic experience for listeners that mimics electronic music with spectacular…

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May Gray: Concatenation Pt. 5

Where I grew up, we always talked about “June Gloom.” It’s when the heat on land sucks in the fog from far out on the water, friends dissipate as obligations become null, and my general apathy about summer is at its strongest. But May? Never.  My mom would always quip around this time of year…

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Interview with The Ryze

Jefferson Alade, also known as the creative mastermind behind Ryze Productions, is a soon-to-be alumnus at UCLA, earning a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Music Industry. I sat down with him to discuss his holistic experience as an emerging musician and how his time in Los Angeles has contributed to his evolution as…

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Interview with CREEM

I’ll preface this interview by saying that Almost Famous is one of my favorite movies of all time.  So when I saw the opportunity to interview John Martin, the CEO of CREEM rock ‘n roll magazine, I immediately jumped on it.   In a digital age, CREEM has taken the road less traveled of producing primarily…

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My Favorite Part of the Brain

Hippo Campus @ SOMA It’s my good friend Brad’s birthday today and I’ve made the trip to San Diego’s historic SOMA to see the sensational indie-rock band Hippo Campus. I’ve only ever been to the smaller side stage at SOMA. But tonight, I’m eagerly waiting to see Hippo Campus rock SOMA’s sizable main-stage. The impressive…

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Hippo Campus @ The Greek [5/14/23]

“album cycle tours? old hat, played out, over! ep cycle tours? IN, fresh, sexy. only the hottest bands tour on ep releases. catch us on the road dishing out the hits and subjecting you to only minimal new music!” Hippo Campus’ Instagram post @thehalocline 5/15/23 Hippo Campus knows why you’re at The Greek. Yeah, they…

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Avey Tare @ The Lodge [5/13/23]

Seven is a significant number, representing fullness, completeness, with numerous religious implications. It is also the number associated with the experience of Avey Tare and his newest venture, 7. The name Avey Tare probably doesn’t ring a bell unless you’re an avid listener of Animal Collective. The band is renowned for their unique style and…

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The Un/Ending Potential of UCLA Dance

Since the beginning of winter quarter, twelve graduating dance majors have been choreographing original pieces for UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance showcase. Titled “un/ending,” these performances represent not only the culmination of the class of 2023’s undergraduate education but also a celebration of their immense talent and individuality.

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