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SHOW REVIEW: Deerhoof at the Echoplex – 1/29/11

Last night Deerhoof murdered at the Echoplex.

I’ve never seen the band perform live before, so I didn’t know what to expect as three rock-band-lookin’ dudes and the petite, eccentric Satomi took the stage. A quick scan revealed a twelve string and a baby-sized guitar (what do I know), a good amount of sparkly eye makeup, and a drum set stage left, even with the other bandmates. It was a sort of bizarre arrangement, but would later make sense as the four musicians played back and forth with one another, not missing a beat.

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LIST: KSPC Blog Committee’s Top 10 From ’10!


We bloggers down here at KSPC have compiled a very special list for everyone this holiday season. After much deliberation, we have created a top ten KSPC-friendly (small labels, sometimes local, etc) albums from 2010! All of these records are fabulous, so tune in to KSPC 88.7fm or listen online to hear some, or go check out these bands on their websites, myspaces, bandcamps, etc!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Lovers – Dark Light


Dark Light, the latest musical offering from the immensely talented Carolyn “Cubby” Berk’s Lovers, covers a wide range of feelings in a creative and revealing way. Whether you want to jump happily around on your bed and sing along (see: “Barnacle”), or you’re more in the mood for brooding over significant others on a lonely street corner (“No Regrets”), you’ll find something to float your emotional boat here. Even though most of the lyrics nod to the latter, more sobering situation, in the end, Dark Light shines optimistically thanks to its well-constructed melodies and strong backing beats.

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SHOW REVIEW: Freelance Whales/Miniature Tigers @ The Troubadour 11/18/2010

*Slightly humorous Troubadour slipup*

Last night at the Miniature Tigers/ Freelance Whales show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, I learned three very important things. 1) I want to marry a dapper, adorable indie rocker; 2) It is indeed possible to die of happiness (and I can say that from experience, since I died of happiness at least 5 times last night); And 3) There’s nothing quite like the magic of an intimate underground concert. While I’ve been to my fair share of amazing concerts over the years, last night’s show might take the cake as the best one yet.

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KSPC CHARTS: 11/8/2010 – 11/15/10


The totally lovable female trio Lovers have this week’s top album at KSPC! Dark Light is a sweet, poppy, catchy, dancey, and all-over infectious album! Hailing from Portland, Oregon, these ladies are super cool, and they played a show here at The Motley last month! Tune in to KSPC 88.7FM to hear more!

Read more after the jump for the rest of our top 30.

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SHOW REVIEW: Tennis & Kisses at Pomona College – 11/12/2010

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Last Friday the concert I’ve been organizing for over a month took place, featuring the Denver-based group Tennis and LA-local Kisses. It was one of the most stressful days of my life. I kept thinking of all the terrible scenarios that could occur that would turn the night into one hella-mediocre event that students would be all “eh” about. Fortunately, shit came together last minute and I got to have that feeling when everyone is happy for you and patting you on the back and you’re listening to sweet jams with everyone you like and people are happy, because of something you did. I mean, I pretty much just made up “that feeling”… but it happened, and it felt like my birthday!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Twin Shadow – Forget


I first heard of Twin Shadow around this time last year through Urban Outfitters’ Music Mondays blog, which collects the best new hipster-approved tracks in bite-sized weekly instalments. “Castles In The Snow” stood out to me because it was so different from everything else I was listening to at the time: its atmosphere is melancholy, irresistibly beautiful and weightless all at once. Now that I have had the privilege of listening to Twin Shadow’s first full-length album Forget, I am pleased to see that it reads in much the same way as that sample track. Although the songs are tinged with sorrow and an abstract feeling of unease, they often defy any superficial negativity and soar to inspiring musical heights.

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