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Chromeo @ Roseland Theater 4/14/2014

The last time I saw Chromeo, I was still recovering from having my wisdom teeth surgically removed, but I still forced myself to go to the show because I never want to miss this band play live….ever even if it means waking up early at Sasquatch and making the trek in at 10am to watch this band play at 11 in the morning. This time was a lot less painful and a whole hell of a lot more dancing and less jaw throbbing. The show opened up with TOKIMONSTA who warmed the crowd up and had the crowd dancing in no time. The set up for Chromeo involved a lot of flood lights, the classic leg keyboard stands, and a full mirrored chrome selfie tempting backdrop. The fans waited excitedly and started the “Chromeo oh ohh” chant and then the fun really started with a setlist that included “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” a new song that will be coming out on their latest album White Women in May as well as favorites from 7 years ago like “Bonafied Lovin” as well as a great assortment of songs from Business Casual. They also played “Needy Girl” for everyone that has been supporting the band for the past 11 years. The sold out crowd and at capacity balcony bar turned into a funklordz dance party for the night  and it was pretty awesome, so awesome that people kept dancing as the floor lights came up and the show was over.

 

Photos by Kimberly Lawson. More on Flickr.

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The Neighbourhood + Kitten @ Roseland Theater 4/3/2014

As soon as I got into the Roseland I could hear the music pumping out over the speakers and knew that it was going to be a great night. This tour did it right by opening up with Born Casual, a DJ from Rhode Island, who energized the crowd immediately with everything from Backstreet Boys to the latest Beyonce hits. I would basically be cool with Born Casual DJ’ing my life for me (I mean I even saw security guards getting into it…arms flailing) .

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Against Me! @ Hawthorne Theatre 3/24/2014

Laura Jane Grace, vocalist and guitarist of Against Me!, looks happier than ever and she has a handful of pretty damn good reasons to. Their latest album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, was released to great acclaim earlier this year and most of their current tour is sold out. Not to mention two years after very bravely starting the public transition to living as a woman, Grace seems to have renewed energy and the passion of someone who gets to stand on stage every night and take part in a very important conversation on acceptance, on bravery, on community, and on Trans* issues.

Against Me! plays the sort of snarling rock that incites a shaken fist—over their seventeen year career they’ve gone from Florida basements to huge, swelling rooms, but somehow have managed to retain an audacity and attitude that has kept much of their fan base around. With such an ample back catalogue, the band has a lot of ground to cover during live shows, but managed to sweep the gamut of their discography and still play a handful of songs from Transgender Dysphoria Blues; they opened with “FUCKMYLIFE666” and scattered other new songs like “Black Me Out,” “Unconditional Love” and “True Trans Soul Rebel” throughout the set. (more…)

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Grammys: Celebration 1/26/2014 @ LA Convention Center

So we all know what’s been talked about the most over the 56th annual Grammy weekend. Pharrell’s hat, Taylor Swift dancing to everything, and Macklemore sweeping up all the awards. Let’s not forget about Beyonce’s stand out performance that opened the Grammys and Pink continuing her new found talent in Cirque inspired performances. Eleven got the chance to check out the Grammy Celebration afterparty hosted by the Recording Academy with performances by Ciara and Boyz II Men. The theme for the night was “Roaring 20s” and as soon as you entered the main ballroom it was like jumping into a party scene from The Great Gatsby.  There were acrobats and dancers performing in the midst while DJ Michelle Pesce kept the mood upbeat and lively while attendees were wined and dined lavishly.  (more…)

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Best of 2013

 

My top 11 shows of 2013 in no particular order -

  1. Lady Gaga – Rose Garden Arena before they changed the name to something less desirable…
  2. Elton John – The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas
  3. The Neighbourhood – Crystal Ballroom
  4. Letlive. – Expo Center – Warped Tour, despite it being a short set the band was explosive and memorable. Things were thrown. Pants were thrashed off.
  5. Beyonce – MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas- Because Bey.
  6. Fall Out Boy – Roseland Theater – I got to see Pete Wentz in his favorite skirt.
  7. AFI- Roseland Theater – Davey Havok vogueing and walking on heads is a site to be seen on halloween.
  8. Icona Pop – The Metro in Chicago
  9. Nine Inch Nails – The Moda Center – Probably one of the coolest visual displays I’ve seen ever.
  10. 30 Seconds To Mars – Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista – I could easily just say X-Fest in its entirety for this.
  11. Blink-182 because well….I can’t help myself.

- Kimberly Lawson

 

My Top 11  Albums for 2013 -

  1. Suuns – Images Du Futur 
  2. Boards Of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
  3. Jacco Gardner – Cabinet of Curiosities
  4. White Fence – Cyclops Reap
  5. Fitz & The Tantrums – More Than Just A Dream
  6. Crystal Stilts – Nature Noir
  7. Wooden Shjips – Back To Land
  8. Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
  9. Deerhunter – Monomania
  10. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
  11. Medicine – To The Happy Few

My Top 11 Shows of 2013-

  1. Suuns @ The Echo, LA
  2. Mikal Cronin, Pangea & Gap Dream @ The Echo, LA 
  3. Spiritualized @ Wonder Ballroom 
  4. Parquet Courts @ Bunk Bar 
  5. Portugal. The Man @ Glasshouse, Pomona,CA 
  6. Deerhunter @ Crystal Ballroom 
  7. Bush Tetras @ The Echo, LA  
  8. Yo La Tengo @ Wonder Ballroom 
  9. The Telescopes with L.S.D. And The Search for God @ The Echo, LA
  10. The Bats @ Bunk Bar  
  11. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes with Sun Ra Arkestra @ Hollywood Bowl, LA
-Mike Herman

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The Neighbourhood @ Crystal Ballroom 12/1/2013

 

Photos by Kimberly Lawson. More on Flickr.

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AFI + Touché Amoré @ Roseland Theater 10/31/2013

I’ll admit it: I was a junior high school goth kid. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out I’d get to reclaim my spooky roots at an AFI show on All Hallows Eve.

Touché Amoré, who play piercingly straightforward post-hardcore, opened the night. Watching them perfect their sound over the years has been incredible—the band seems to be at their absolute best currently, honing a combination of aggressive music with stunning lyrics. While I overheard some people mention that they seemed like a strange band for AFI to take on tour, I couldn’t help but feel that it made an immense amount of sense. AFI and Touché seem to be cut from the same cloth, and while they differ sonically, their roots are similar in many aspects.

Entering the stage dressed as various foods (vocalist Jeremy Bolm referred to his band as “Food Chain Amoré”) the band blazed through an impressive twenty two songs in just over 45 minutes. With a new album out on Deathwish Records just two months ago, the band seems revitalized and excited to be showcasing new songs after two years supporting their last release. (more…)

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Icona Pop @ Metro Chicago 9/12/2013

Sometimes you just have to take a trip out to Chicago to catch a bunch of cool things.  Icona Pop at the Metro in Chicago was definitely one of those great, cool things. I have never been to Chicago in my life and I decided to make the trek out to check out Riot Fest and do touristy things like see the Bean! Traffic in Chicago can be a total jerk, so sadly I missed the opening acts: K. Flay and Sirah.

I did make it for an incredibly energetic set from the  powerful Swedish duo, Icona Pop.  As soon as I made my way into the venue I could hear them playing their hearts out to an equally giving crowd. I just have to say the crowd in Chicago had a lot of passion and great dance moves which went perfectly  with the carefully orchestrated electropop beats that took over the entire venue from the pit all the way up to the balcony. .

The show was great, the crowd was amazing, and Chicago is pretty awesome too. They played the hits “I Love It” , “Ready for the Weekend” and “Girlfriend” and a bunch of other infectious dance songs off of their Self-Titled.  I cannot wait until this duo makes it’s way back to the Pacific Northwest

Photos // Words by Kimberly Lawson. More photos on Flickr.

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