Live Show Reviews

Preview and Win Passes to San Diego Music Thing on September 11-13


SoCal music aficionados mark your calendars for the anual ‘San Diego Music Thing’ conference to take place on September 11-13. The Thursday to Saturday of non-stop jams (and events) is held in the heart of gorgeous San Diego, CA at venues like Casbah, Bar Pink, Soda Bar, The Birch North Park Theatre, The Griffin and The Irenic (to name a few). This year the conference will host a variety of critically acclaimed and emerging talent including MOBY, LIARS, Barcelona, Fenech-Soler, Deap Vally, Dengue Fever, Moving Units, The Hood Internet, CULTS, WATERS, Zella Day, Cherry Glazerr, Slow Magic, Hunny, The Bilinda Butchers, Wild Ones, The Griswolds and many more!

B3SCI is giving away one pair passes for this event to one lucky reader! To win just email us here and let us know you’d like to go to the San Diego Music Thing conference, and we’ll enter you into our drawing to win! (one entry per person.) Our winner will be picked at random from the pool of submissions on Wednesday 9/10, so keep an eye on your inbox. You can get additional details, full line-up, schedules, on the show as well as purchase passes at the San Diego Music Thing website. Good luck!

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Review: The Antlers @ Mack Sennett Studios on 8/15/14

Pandora Presents The Antlers At StubHub's Next Stage

On the night of Friday, August 15, Pandora listeners were treated to a special invite only event showcasing The Antlers live at the Mack Sennett Studios in Hollywood.

The Brooklyn band brought their dreamy and tranquil sound to an excited Los Angeles crowd. Attendees were treated to a radiant performance. There were flashing lights and a colorful set-up which mirrored the emotion of the music. The Antlers delivered a wistful feeling in a positive manner, inspiring nostalgic thoughts as lead singer Peter Silberman sang in his signature falsetto.

Now on their fifth studio album, the crowd (those that were actually listening and not taking advantage of the open bar) responded well to new tracks from the new ‘Familiar’ album. ‘Familiar’ has a good vibe to it and fans appreciated the new album with minor dance/body movements throughout the entire night.

Review By Geovani Donaires
Photos By Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Pandora

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Pandora Presents The Antlers At StubHub's Next Stage

Pandora Presents The Antlers At StubHub's Next Stage

Pandora Presents The Antlers At StubHub's Next Stage

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B3SCI Presents: Drenge w/ Wax Witches this Friday, August 8 @ Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles!

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Fresh off their sold-out UK tour, and an NME award for ‘Best New Band’, not to mention opening for the likes of the Rolling Stones, hotly tipped English brother duo Drenge will bring their distinct post grunge rock to the Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles this Friday, August 8. B3SCI is excited to be teaming up with Time Out LA to present this special evening of music featuring Drenge along with support from Brooklyn band Wax Witches.

Doors for the event are at 8:00pm, tickets are $12 in advance and $14 day of show. Ages 21+. More details for the show can be found HERE. *OR* you can try your luck to win a pair of tickets to the show that we’re giving away! To win just email us HERE and let us know you’d like to be entered in the ‘Drenge Ticket Giveaway’. Our winner will be picked at random from the pool of submissions by Friday morning on August 8, so keep an eye on your inbox (one entry per person). Good luck!

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B3SCI Presents: The Dirty Nil w/ Hunny and LAPD on Thursday 7/24 @ Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles!

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Canadian 3-piece The Dirty Nil have taken to the States in support of their 4th 7″ single ‘Cinnamon / Guided By Vices’ (Fat Wreck Chords). This Thursday in Los Angeles, B3SCI is proud to Present The Dirty Nil’s LA debut at the Bootleg Bar with a killer line-up of support talent which includes on-the-rise local bands Hunny (soon to be tourmates with Bad Suns) and Los Angeles Police Department aka LAPD (…the band folks, not the police). We’re stoked to say the very least, and if you’re looking for a face ripping evening of indie rock this Thursday, then look no further! Have a spin at some jams below.

Doors for the event are at 8:00pm, tickets are $10 and the show is for ages 21+. More details for the show can be found HERE.

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Giveaway: La Roux – ‘Trouble In Paradise’ Limited Edition Signed Poster


Fans of British synth group La Roux have been patient, very patient. Five years after their acclaimed self-titled debut, La Roux now triumphantly return with ‘Trouble in Paradise‘. It’s an artfully approached album which marks songwriting and production as much as it does the synth-y electronic-pop roots for which La Roux has come to be known.

To celebrate the release of ‘Trouble in Paradise’, B3SCI is giving away a limited edition autographed lithograph of the artwork that you see above! To win just email us here with ‘LA ROUX CONTEST’ in the email title and let us know your favorite song on ‘Trouble in Paradise’. Check out the full album stream on iTunes Radio if you haven’t yet. We will pick our winning submission at random by August 1st. Good luck!

You can also catch La Roux now on tour with New Order. B3 writer Brian Litwin recently caught the show in Los Angeles at the legendary Greek Theatre. Below is a recap of the show:

REVIEW: La Roux + New Order @ The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. 7/13/2014

The Greek Theatre, an iconic jewel of the LA music scene, stage was graced by both up-and-comers and legends on Sunday night, July 13. Brit synthpop act La Roux shared the stage that evening with the storied Salford band New Order, creating a most memorable night for all in attendance.

Coming up on her new album release, ‘Trouble In Paradise’, Elly Jackson AKA La Roux opened the show, performing in front of an eager LA crowd who, at first, seemed most keen to see 80’s Brit New Wave rockers New Order, but Elly came out and got down to business. Firing off new singles from the upcoming July 21st release, “Uptight Downtown” and “Let Me Down Gently”, La Roux earned the crowd, creating new fans with every key stroke of the synth. Closing out the set with the undeniable hit “Bulletproof”, La Roux found a new fans in an old mainstay.

It goes without saying, the legacy that New Order and Joy Division have established for themselves, will forever be known. New Order came out to a packed and uproarious crowd that night. Starting off with “Elegia”, the audience was right in it. Playing a career-spanning set, Bernard and the gang proved they may never lose what they have, and they had a great time doing it. Truly impressed by the showmanship and overall professionalism, it was a dream come true for most fans in the audience. Personal favorite moment of the show was the excellent cover of the Joy Division single “Isolation”. – Review By Brian Litwin

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WRAP: The Great Escape 2014 in Brighton, UK


The Great Escape continues to be an awesome event for new music enthusiasts wanting to get a leg-up on international bands poised to make moves. With the 2014 edition including 400+ bands playing over three days in 30+ venues, there’s no lack of good music to check out. The festival is growing quickly with 100 more bands compared to last year. While The Great Escape (a.k.a. TGE) does share the SXSW danger of becoming too big for its own good, this event (for now) still has far more intimacy than the aforementioned Austin festival. Like always, more bands also means more schedule conflicts, and also like SXSW, even top tier Delegate and Press credentials won’t penetrate lines (or in some cases no lines) at venues. For example, Future Islands sounded great… from outside, and the TGE showcase for Wild Beasts would have been great to review had we also remembered to buy a ticket for it (thought that’s what passes were for)? And so for festivals like this, it seems the best plan of attack is to focus on artists that, to date, either haven’t or rarely play live. Both Bruce and Mike from team B3SCI were on the grounds for TGE and here’s their report:

Some 2014 faves for Bruce included Courtney Barnett, who is not only blowing up in the US but in England as well. She plays a mean guitar as it turns out. The melodic electronic artist East India Youth has been an NME darling this year, and as TGE proved, is doing quite well in England. His one-man show has a clean sound and he’s quite animated on stage. The Isle of Wight brothers, Champs, serenaded us in a church at TGE with their sweet harmonies and were also major highlights. Two UK bands, growing in local buzz, who delivered nicely onstage were Childhood and Jaws. The Australian band Calling All Cars is a metal/electronic hybrid with great songs, and they blew the walls down. Interestingly, they will soon be relocating to Manchester. Fellow Australians Sheppard just had a #1 pop single in their homeland and have a commanding stage presence to back it up. The UK’s Echotape have forsaken their art-pysch direction for a more straight forward rock direction that shows strong potential. Amber Run was a fave (see below). Finally, Portland’s Rare Monk must get a shout out. I joined Mike from B3Sci for their 1:30am set on Saturday night. This Portland band is making major forward strides. Their mid-tempo bluesy rock is played with precise power and competence.

Some 2014 faves for Mike came from both the expected and unexpected. Amber Run won audiences with pitch perfect harmonies and pop songs primed for college campuses throughout the world. The young 3-piece of/from Blaenavon lived up to their radar worthy hype with a stellar rock show to boot – big promise here. Hozier was good, while “Take Me To Church” stole the show; the band dynamic felt a bit on the safe side. After being tipped from a friend, Brussels band BRNS were a favorite surprise of TGE, with an energetic and expressive live show that was, at times, reminiscent of heavy pop pioneers WU LYF and indie rock mainstays Local Natives. Rare Monk’s alluring melange of atmospheric indie rock proved a powerful UK debut. Annie Eve drenched listeners with her knack for clever song and a live band including an accordion no less. Peace performed a pleasant ‘surprise’ set at the NME showcase, which was definitely a highlight, and Khushi was another favorite with his live band set up, showcasing what really counts… his songs.

Have a listen to some of our favorite picks from the TGE Festival below:

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Review: Banks @ El Rey in Los Angeles on 5/29/2014


Words and Photos by Russ Ramos

Not just another singer/songwriter/producer. From Los Angeles, Ms. Jillian Banks (better known to the industry as “Banks”) detaches herself from typical genre associations. Her sold out homecoming show at the iconic El Rey on Thursday night, May 29th, was something of a statement from this proclaimed “Goddess”. For an artist whose album hasn’t even been released yet, you already get the sense that this is the last time Banks will play a venue limited to 700 attendees. It’d be a safe bet that her next Los Angeles show would easily bring The Wiltern (1800 attendees) to capacity.

Prior to the show, I’d heard a bit of skepticism from people her previous performances. People saying things like, “She’s boring, she doesn’t move, she hides behind the mic”. After hearing all of that (whilst being a fan myself), I had to check her out. To my delight, they were as wrong as I’d hoped. Banks’ seductive moves, and exponential passion tore down away any doubt. The capacity filled venue sung along, track after track. It’s incredible evidence that Banks’ exotic music, her writing, and her voice are clearly a more engaging representation of the “singer-songwriter” genre. I saw more hands in the air then I did on iPhones. That, in Los Angeles, IS A BIG DEAL.

Banks is currently on a small US tour, and will also be touring Europe for the first half of the summer. Her debut album Goddess is expected to release September 9th, and we can only hope that she’ll grace us with another tour to promote the new album.

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B3SCI Presents: MONOGEM w/ Zella Day, James Alan, Breakfast @ The Bootleg in Los Angeles on Sunday 5/25/2014


The Bootleg, one of LA’s premier live music venues, hosted this month a special Sunday residency featuring buzzy-sparkling pop singer-songrwriter MONOGEM. To round out the month-long series of shows, this Sunday’s finale features a top class slate of acts including rising star Zella Day, local noise makers James Alan and (best band name ever) Breakfast. We know that you don’t have work on Monday, so there’s truly no excuse not to come out and have a full-on fantastic night at the Bootleg Sunday. We’ll see you there!

Doors for the event are at 8:00pm and the show is for ages 21+. More details for the show can be found HERE.

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PHOTOS: Chvrches @ Glass House in Pomona, CA. on 4/14/14

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Words and Photos by Russ Ramos

Perhaps one of the nicest bands on the indie circuit right now have got to be Chvrches. When I say nicest, I literally mean the kindest band. It was a hot day in Pomona CA. Chvrches were getting ready to headline a packed show at the Glasshouse, and before they did their soundcheck, band members Lauren and Martin came outside to a line of patiently waiting fans to handout popsicles and take pictures. Pretty rad if you ask me.

9:00 pm comes around and it’s showtime. A large amount of fog filled up the stage and the venue went black. The Scottish trio then proceeded to put on an amazing show of powerful vocals and dazzling lights. In fact, their immersive light production put fans into a trance. Check out some photos below from their performance that night. If you’re on your way to Coachella for Weekend #2, Don’t forget to catch their set!

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Review: The Crookes @ The Echo in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 23

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After three different visits by The Crookes to SXSW over the past few years, LA fans finally got to lay their eyes and ears on this engaging Sheffield, UK band. While still young, this is a band about to release it’s fourth album, “Soapbox”. They’ve been looking forward to this LA performance debut for a long time and it’s safe to say that virtually everyone at The Echo was more than pleased with the show. This extremely likable ‘lot’ have winning melodies and play airtight with energetic crispness.

The sound couldn’t have been any better that night of March 23rd. The Crookes nailed current single “Play Dumb”, which was a “Rave’s Fave” on this site. Show opener “Don’t Put Your Faith In Me” is a mid-tempo, wise choice for a second single. It could be that with The Crookes’ melodies, lyrics, and George Waite’s beautiful voice, their breakthrough single just might turn out to be a slower charmer. With strong songs from each of their albums, there are no dull moments at a Crookes show. For their encore, the band slipped into the crowd for a mic-less acoustic version of “The Cooler King” from 2013’s “Hold Fast” album. Word is they only do this when they’ve had a great time, and what a dope way to end a show. That bonding provided great vibes, with pictures and videos being shot from every direction. The great Brit bands need to tour… tour, and the tour some more in America. Such is the case with The Crookes, who hope to be back on our shores soon. Plan to see them when you can. Reviewed By Bruce Rave

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Hear Bruce’s “Go Deep With Bruce Rave” weekly new music show on Indie1031/Los Angeles and WSUM-FM/Madison. Details and archived shows can be found on his blog and be sure follow Bruce on Twitter too!

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SXSW 2014 B3SCI Presents - Jungle 2

It took a minute, but we have recovered. After battling through the post-SXSW plague (aka an annual gnarly cold), curing our hangovers with some proper hydration via resqwater, and yes…actually getting some sleep, we’re back with our annual report from SX. And so it is; straight from the front lines of ATX, here’s a Top 10 report of SXSW Music 2014 highlights from our troops on the ground.


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Rare Monk
Zella Day
Moses Sumney


SXSW 2014. I traversed the Doritos #BoldStage, made memories at SXSubway, got social media-relevant at the Tumblr House and sought precious refuge from the apocalyptic World War Z-esque 6th St. throngs; that and I saw some pretty cool bands and artists. From Moses Sumney’s Central Presbyterian stunning vocal sermon to Sango’s star-level beat-making to Soundgarden’s sludgy rooftop stab at Superunkown; the musical component of SX is still at least maintaining a high level. Here’s few of my favorites from the festival.

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Arthur Beatrice
Angel Olsen
Sam Smith

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SXSW 2014 was a big one, making headlines all over the world for puke, corporations and tragedies. For me, SXSW was similar to “Starred” playlist on Spotify; mostly all different genres, all with buzz and a sense of uniqueness. It was a pleasure working with Team B3SCI on their incredible shows and an honor to spend that time with friends in such an incredible city. Here are my 10 highlights of SXSW 2014:

The Preatures
Bipolar Sunshine
Wave Racer
Young and Sick
Cashmere Cat
Beat Culture

*Just to sneak one last one in there – the Ray Ban X Boiler Room set was unreal…”

Bruce Rave

Another successful SXSW (South By Sponsorship Week) is behind us. One trend is that there seemed to be fewer rapidly-growing, up and coming buzz bands in that middle level between the big names and the many newbies. Congrats to our Mike and Troy for dropping the first Jungle EP on their B3SCI label, and for Jungle being one of the week’s most talked about bands. I mostly skipped great bands bands I’ve seen, and there weren’t many surprises this year besides the incredibly enthusiastic Gary Numan.

The Strypes
Gary Numan
Moses Sumney
The Crookes
Chloe Howl
Kid Karate
The Griswolds

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Origami Vinyl’s 5 Year Birthday Next Thursday

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Los Angeles’ premiere vinyl boutique will celebrate turning 5 years young this coming Thursday, April, 3rd. Come hangout, tickets are $5 and there will be food, drinks, and yes, you better believe it, music… lots of good music. If this built-to-scale diorama of the record store (pictured on the flyer) isn’t enough reason to show up, then the Godzilla-sized Boxer canine should definitely be.

Needless to say, we will see you on Thursday. Bring your birthday hats because it’s gonna be a bash. Full info on the event is HERE.

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