Author Archive | James Cobo

Esa-Pekka Salonen. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Used with permission.

Experience The Uniquely Beautiful Music Of Iceland At The Reykjavik Festival [PREVIEW] PREVIEW: Reykjavik Festival At The Walt Disney Concert Hall (APRIL 2017)

Iceland, as you may have heard, is a long way away from California – nine hours by air, give or take. I mention this because each and every one of my friends who’s been describes their trip in basically the same way: it took a long time for us to get there, but when we […]

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Los Angeles Philharmonic Association - "Nixon In China" @ WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL 3/3/17. Photo by Craig T.Mathew/Mathew Imaging. Used with Permission.

John Adams’ “Nixon In China” Is A Monumental Work Of American Minimalist Composition [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: JOHN ADAMS' "NIXON IN CHINA" @ WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL 3/3/17

I’ve always found opera to be the most difficult form of music to review, if only because there’s not supposed to be anything you can compare it to. If you go see the Strokes (or Tool or Miranda Cosgrove or whoever), you can asses their performance by comparing it to their studio recordings; the only […]

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Car Seat Headrest at the Teragram Ballroom as part of Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA, in Los Angeles, CA, USA 11/13/16 (Photo by Drew Gurian for Red Bull Sound Select). Used With Permission.

Holy Toledo! Car Seat Headrest Crushes Red Bull’s 30 Days In LA [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: Car Seat Headrest, Naked Giants & Los Angeles Police Department @ Teragram Ballroom 11/13/16

CLICK HERE FOR MORE 30 DAYS IN LA COVERAGE! You’ve got to feel at least a little sorry for Red Bull. The observance of the programming of their annual 30 Days In LA series – tastefully curated and thoughtfully booked as ever – ought to be an opportunity for celebration. Then November 8th happened, and […]

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M.A.K.U. Soundsystem @ The Skirball 8/11/16

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem’s Fresh Cultural Vibes Envelop The Skirball [REVIEW] REVIEW: M.A.K.U. Soundsystem @ the Skirball 8/11/16

I can’t imagine a better setting in which to take in a M.A.K.U. Soundsystem show than in the midst of an open-air courtyard at the center of one of Los Angeles’ most picturesque museums while the sun sets. The Skirball, after all, is a building constructed from the first brick upward for the express purpose of showcasing culture from […]

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The Avalanches' "Wildflower"

The Wait Was Worth It; The Avalanches’ “Wildflower” Is Exuberant Brilliance [LISTEN] ALBUM REVIEW: The Avalanches' "Wildflower"

Since I Left You, The Avalanches’ 2000 debut full-length, was essentially a CD-length testament to the pleasures of plunderphonics. Over the course of the 900+ samples extracted from impossibly obscure sources (the album was notably delayed when rightsholders rejected the band’s application to sample Rogers & Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things”), The Avalanches deploy nuggets of […]

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"Weird Al" Yankovic at Hollywood Bowl 7/22/16. Photo by David Benjamin (@IAmDB)

Nerds of The World Unite! Weird Al And His Unparalleled Parody Invade The Hollywood Bowl REVIEW+PHOTOS: "Weird Al" Yankovic @ Hollywood Bowl 7/22/16

An upfront admission: I stopped identifying as a nerd years ago. I don’t mean to suggest that I don’t spend my days knee-deep doing nerdy crap, of course; nobody who freaked out over (FINALLY) catching a Jigglypuff as hard as I did at the Bowl last Friday night could ever honestly claim otherwise. But anybody […]

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Straight No Chaser at Hollywood Bowl 7/22/16. Photo by David Benjamin (@IAmDB)

Straight No Chaser’s Harmonies Whet Weird Al Fan’s Appetite At Hollywood Bowl REVIEW+PHOTOS: Straight No Chaser @ Hollywood Bowl 7/22/16

People who talk too much about musical arrangements are generally kind of like people who talk too much about a movie’s cinematography: there’s usually a strong chance that they are just trying to say that they like something’s general aesthetic, but in a way to make them sound smart. A cappella music, however, gets a pass; unless […]

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