BY KELSIE EHALT// Twenty-four years after the release of their last studio album Dear You, the pioneers of pop-punk, Jawbreaker, are thrilling audiences once again on their reunion tour. Not shying away from their hiatus, the band posted on Facebook “Remember when Jawbreaker was last in DC and Bill Clinton was in the White House”?
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BY VISHAL NYAYAPATHI// On Thursday, February 21st, James Blake performed at The Anthem on the North American leg of his Assume Form tour.
Following the dreamy, monotone opening set by Khushie, Blake arrived on stage just after 9 o’clock. Accompanied by two additional band members (one of whom operated a stunning modular synth rack) and the familiar fluttering piano riffs of the title track from his latest album Assume Form, Blake began what would be a mind-blowing, genre-defying performance. As a panel of white, orange and red lights danced behind him, Blake seamlessly flowed between sonic motifs of trap, soul, and bass music.
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BY JULIA SMITH// I heard James Bay’s music for the first time four years ago at a quintessentially SoCal music festival called Weenie Roast, hosted by KROQ at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre (may she rest in peace). During a festival that was part indie/alternative/flower crown girl haven, and debatably part Cinco de Mayo celebration, Angelinos and Orange County natives baked under the sun in enthusiastic throngs to hear radio’s most-played alternative artists. James Bay, a fresh new face on the scene, played early in the day at the smaller stage – the perfect venue for this singer/songwriter. Recalling that performance, the first word that comes to mind is honest.
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BY VISHAL NYAYAPATHI// This past January, English electronic R&B musician and producer James Blake released his most recent full-length project entitled Assume Form. At 12 tracks long, Assume Form delivers a dynamic discussion of ontology, love, and age. Matching the intensity of his poetic lyrics, fluttering piano melodies (“Assume Form), processed vocal riffs (“Barefoot in the Park), and complex trap beats (“Tell Them”) create a unique aural palette with which Blake explores the complexities of life in Los Angeles. While opening up a door for collaboration, Blake has maintained his intense, often melancholic sentiment by drawing vulnerability from features such as Travis Scott, ROSALÍA and André 3000.
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BY TAYLOR GALGANO// I’ve been following Dillon Francis’s DJ career since I was about 15 years old. During my early high school years, Dillon was still an up-and-coming artist. That all changed in 2012 when he dropped two major singles that earned him some credibility in the EDM community: “IDGAFOS” and “Bootleg Fireworks”. I can still remember blasting both of these bangers on my iPod Touch. During this time, Dillon was noticed by famous DJ Diplo, and his career was on the rise.
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