Shows: Tamaryn

by Jennifer Murtha

Thanks to being in heavy rotation on Sirius XMU, I was looking forward to seeing Tamaryn open for The Raveonettes. The New Zealand born singer entranced the audience with her amazing vocals while her band provided the sound scape for them to gently go over and sometimes even blend in to. Keeping the lights low and red, a projector from the front of the stage provided a little bit of light with abstract patterns adding a calming visual effect that paired with the music perfectly. I was completely impressed and am now an even bigger fan. …Read More

Shows: Travie McCoy

by Marcello Ambriz

With a crowd full of early college girls and their boyfriends, Travie McCoy rolled into The El Rey Theatre with confidence and poise. McCoy, frontman of the east coast band Gym Class Heroes, has had a wave a success with his latest single Billionaire feat. Bruno Mars, which has been playing everywhere, even in random Thai cities I visited this past January. With this wave of popularity Travie McCoy played to the crowd reaching out into the crowds holding girls’ hands and kissing them as if Morrissey knighted him his successor as THE next Post-Punk Emo Crooner. …Read More

Shows: The Joy Formidable

by Jennifer Murtha

Taking the stage and immediately rocking into The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie, The Joy Formidable set the tone for their performance. Thrashing around and making sometimes pretty scary faces, Ritzy Bryan of the North Wales based indie trio took you on an interesting journey. One moment singing delicately then screaming at the top of her lungs over the rhythmic beats of her band mate Matt Thomas and bass melodies by Rhydian Dafydd. …Read More

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