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The New Year!

Hello all, This new year at KSPC will be filled with lots of excitement. You can expect: more posts about upcoming bands our awesome top 20 list of albums more spotlight interviews and favorite songs and albums of our staff…

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Belated Birthday Wishes for KSPC

KSPC rung in its 56th birthday on Friday, February 17th with cupcakes, dancing, and some of our favorite bands at Pehrspace on Glendale Boulevard. Letters started the night off by encircling the audience with yarn; their set was low-key and…

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SHOW REVIEW: Jon Brion at the Largo

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Photo by Lincoln Andrew Defer/The Largo LA.

The Largo at the Coronet is a venerable LA-nightlife institution, as evidenced by the photos of star comedians like Zach Galifianakis and Sarah Silverman in the lobby and, of course, by the great Jon Brion�s status as an essential artist-in-residence there. He has played the Largo monthly since 1996, often bringing friends and surprise famous guests. As an independent musician, producer for artists including but not limited to Aimee Mann, Elliot Smith, Fiona Apple, and Kanye West, and composer of the score for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I Heart Huckabees, and Boogie Nights, Jon Brion has connections and talent enough to be distributed equitably between at least five or six people. Though his set a couple weeks ago on November 18 was more acoustic and mellow than I had been led to expect, I still came away satisfied and impressed by Brion and a certain special surprise guest.

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SHOW REVIEW: Blind Pilot at El Rey

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Saturday November 19, 2011 1:30 AM

I just got back from one of the most amazing concerts of my life: Blind Pilot, with Point Juncture, WA, at the El Rey Theatre in LA on Friday, Nov. 19.

First up was �Point Juncture, WA from Portland, OR.� When asked after the show about the origin of their name, they said they were obsessed with the TV show �Twin Peaks,� and wanted to create their own imaginary town. This puzzled me, because I actually am from Washington, and was wondering where the heck Point Juncture was. Apparently, the band has had several people from Washington come up to them and claim they go to �Point Juncture� all the time� false. Not a real place.

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SHOW REVIEW: GROUPLOVE at El Rey

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It�s rather funny that I spent most of October 26 debating on whether or not to go to this show. However, as I was working diligently on my Anthropology midterm, I mused to myself about the purpose of life.

Okay… maybe not something quite that deep.

But I did decide that I had a great opportunity at hand, and so at that moment, I closed my computer, got in my car, and jetted to LA to try and make it for GROUPLOVE at the El Rey.

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SPACE REVIEW: the dA Center for the Arts

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Last Saturday evening, before Halloween festivities would prompt me to don a disguise of vivid tribal facepaint, I came across a different kind of disguise. At first glance, the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona seems like its just an art galleryand an impressive one at that, with lively sculptural paintings and installations seeping out from every corner (and some even hanging from the ceiling). But thats where its disguise has you fooled: its not only an art gallery, but a concert venue, a yoga studio, and a classroom.

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SHOW REVIEW: tUnE-yArDs at The Music Box

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The key word I must use to describe the show at the Music Box last Wednesday is layered. It was the so-called remix culture at its finest: danceable, sophisticated loops of vocals and instrumentals, sometimes live and sometimes electronically generated, but never once lazy or unoriginal. I was, of course, lucky enough to be seeing tUnE-yArDs, one of the most exciting recent indie projects out there and one that is, rightfully, blowing up in the biggest and best of ways.

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SHOW REVIEW: Battles at Club Mayan

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Photo by Andrew Youssef (Stereogum).

In support of their latest album, Gloss Drop, Battles graced Los Angeles with a night of experimental rock stylings this Monday, headlining a show at Club Mayan in Downtown LA with tour-mates Walls and Nisennenmondai. The Italian electronic duo Walls opened the show. Working from a a table stacked with samplers, drum machines, effects pedals and other miscellaneous gear, they played a handful of lengthy hypnotic movements characterized by blissful ambience and textures morphing over steady electronic beats. Next came Nisennenmondai, an all-girl three-piece band from Tokyo, who pummeled through an otherworldly and upbeat set of progressive and moody instrumentals. With layered guitar loops, steady bass lines and evolving drum patterns, Nisennenmondai’s songs would typically begin with some minimal instrumentation and develop excitedly into epic freak outs (“Mirrorball”) or sometimes remained stubbornly dense with tension until a song’s anti-climactic ending (“Fans”). The openers’ bands set the mood perfectly for Battles, who are in fact co-currating the next ATP where all three bands are slated to perform.

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SHOW REVIEW: St. Vincent at The Music Box

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Fall break 2011 ended fantastically, for me, with a chance to see one of my favorite musical artists of the past couple years: St. Vincent. Even if you dont listen to St. Vincent, you may have enjoyed frontwoman Annie Clarks skills without even knowing it: she was a member of both The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens touring band. Clark, a porcelain-skinned, deceptively-waifish singer and guitarist, is an artist whose sheer talent claws its way through the feeblest of earbuds, unable to be ignoredso you can imagine my excitement to see her perform live. Her talentand there really is a considerable lot of itwas in full, spotlit, often overwhelming display on Tuesday night.

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SHOW REVIEW: Blind Pilot and Dan Mangan at El Rey

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I started off October right this year. My suitemates and I headed out to Santa Ana on a whim on the 1st, having found out about this concert only days before, but it was the best decision we couldve made. My new favorite singer, Dan Mangan, referred to on his website as a fresh-faced folk singer from Vancouver, Canada, was opening for Blind Pilot at the Galaxy Theater.

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