Glass Animals demonstrates eccentricity and hesitance to conform

Defying categorization with its signature blend of rock, pop and electronica, indie quartet Glass Animals delivered a gorgeous performance replete with kaleidoscopic lights and a gold-plated, pineapple-shaped disco ball on Thursday evening at The Shrine. Since releasing one of the strongest debut records to date in 2014, ZABA, Glass Animals — comprising lead vocalist Dave […]

Harry Styles stuns on first tour as solo artist

Harry Styles isn’t your typical rockstar. He has a smattering of tattoos, but of arbitrary, non-threatening objects — a mermaid, a butterfly, sparrows. Underneath his perfectly coiffed pompadour lies a verisimilar face reminiscent of gritty rock god Mick Jagger. He transitioned from the guilty-pleasure, wholesome pop of his former boy band One Direction to a […]

TOKiMONSTA bounces back from surgery

Born and raised in Los Angeles County, Jennifer Lee is known internationally for her DJ and music production abilities under the stage name TOKiMONSTA. While a great deal of electronic music enthusiasts know of her music and high-profile collaborations such as Thirsty Fish, Kool Keith, MDNR and Anderson.Paak, many of her fans are unaware of […]

Foo Fighters perpetuate signature sound on ninth album

Foo Fighters have impressed fans yet again with the band’s latest album, Concrete and Gold, which was released on Friday. This is the ninth studio album from the Grammy Award-winning and critically acclaimed rock band. Though the band released its previous album, Sonic Highways, three years ago and EP Saint Cecilia two years ago, fans […]

Daley showcases personal side in sophomore album

The sophomore album is arguably the most challenging record an artist will make in their career. Some might risk it all and experiment with new sounds, while some may stay in their lane and produce a commercially viable album. For British singer Daley, who is the European equivalent of Scott Hoying (for those unfamiliar Americans), […]

Yo-Yo Ma demonstrates technical prowess at Hollywood Bowl

Exhibiting his technical mastery in front of a nearly sold-out Hollywood Bowl crowd, Grammy Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma portrayed the limitless potential of a single instrument at his concert on Tuesday evening. With the prowess of a full orchestra, Ma’s solo cello performance of a series of Johann Sebastian Bach suites captivated the audience for […]

Play Dead unveils Mutemath’s musical evolution

After five years in the making, Mutemath’s highly anticipated Play Dead finally arrived on Friday. Despite some lineup changes resulting in the departure of Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas and Darren King, two of the original band members, the Grammy-nominated band did not disappoint its fans with an album that perfectly showcases what Mutemath is all about. Play […]

Thornton Symphony’s ‘The Triumph of Life’ celebrates human spirit

The USC Thornton Symphony took the stage at Bovard Auditorium on Friday, filling the air with notes both tragic and victorious. Titled “The Triumph of Life,” the concert included symphonic works by two heralded composers: Allegro maestoso from Symphony No. 2 in C Minor by Gustav Mahler and Symphony No. 5, Op. 100 in B-flat […]

REVIEW: Lorde’s Melodrama takes listeners to perfect places

Few artists in the music industry today are able to ride the wave of their debut studio album to mainstream relevancy for four long years. It’s a painful, risky move, one that can alienate fans and signal career suicide if the final project doesn’t live up to lofty expectations. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Lorde embarked on that […]