Author Archive | Derrick Lee

Tennis. Photo by Luca Venter. Courtesy of Sacks & Co. Used with permission.

New Music From Tennis Is Songwriting At Its Best: “My Emotions Are Blinding” [LISTEN] NEW MUSIC: "MY EMOTIONS ARE BLINDING" BY TENNIS

Tennis, and indie pop band from Denver, Colorado, are the husband and wife duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. With a new album, “Yours Conditionally”, to be released in a little more than a week (March 10), the couple premiered the track “My Emotions Are Blinding”. The new song is trademark Tennis; a light and pleasing mid-tempo […]

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Lalah Hathaway & Friends @ Troubadour 2/10/17. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq.(@Methodman13) for

Lalah Hathway Revisits The Troubadour With Friends During Grammy Week [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: LALAH HATHAWAY & FRIENDS @ TROUBADOUR 2/10/17

On April 21, 2015, Lalah Hathaway recorded a performance at the fabled Troubadour; the same Hollywood venue where her father, Donny Hathaway, recorded his legendary live album. Ms. Hathaway’s “Lalah Hathaway Live” album earned high praise, and on February 12, 2017 those accolades materialized in two Grammy statuettes (Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Angel” and Best R&B Album). […]

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Pop Up Magazine @ Ace Theater 2/24/17. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq.(@Methodman13) for

The Magic Of Storytelling Is The Essence Of Pop-Up Magazine [REVIEW] REVIEW: Pop-Up Magazine @ The Theatre At Ace Hotel 2/24/17

There’s a certain magic in the act of storytelling. Today, with voice and video recorders on every phone, stories can be recorded verbatim in a permanent state. But in ancient times, before they could be recorded, those stories were ephemeral, only to be handed down one generation to the next through another act of storytelling, with each […]

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SOC @ Loaded Hollywood 2/9/17. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq.(@Methodman13) for

SOC Rocks To A “Rebellions Are Built On Hope” Mantra At Loaded Hollywood [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: SOC @ LOADED HOLLYWOOD 2/9/17

SOC (the collaborative music project of recording artists Alexx Calise and Dennis Morehouse) are hard at work finishing up a new EP of covers, adding their own rocked-out vibes to a handful of popular songs to make them their own. Getting back to their performing roots, SOC took to the Loaded Hollywood stage to let […]

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The Brevet @ Bootleg Theater 2/9/17. Photo by Hector Vergara (@theHextron) for

Acting Out Of Honor, Merit & Passion For Their Craft: An Interview with The Brevet [PHOTOS+INTERVIEW] REVIEW+PHOTOS+INTERVIEW: THE BREVET @ BOOTLEG THEATRE 2/9/17

Coming off a tour along the west coast with folk singer/songwriter RIVVRS, was a five man band named “The Brevet”. The Orange County based band consisting of Aric Chase Damn on vox/guitar, Michael Jones on the piano, David Agiuar on drums, Ben Ross on bass and John Kinglsey on guitar started in 2012 and have […]

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Kneebody @ The Broad Stage 2/11/17. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq.(@Methodman13) for

Kneebody Elevates Hometown Crowd To Otherworldly Levels [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: KNEEBODY @ THE BROAD STAGE 2/11/17

Jazz is ever changing. With its roots planted deep in the innovations of improvisation, jazz musicians find inspiration from every genre of music and face of culture. Perhaps that’s why Los Angeles’ jazz scene is burgeoning. In a city as culturally diverse as Los Angeles, with its multitudes of ethnic enclaves, it can hardly be […]

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Pop-Up Magazine. Photo by Jon Snyder. Used With Permission.

Pop-Up Magazine Offers A Literal “Once In A Lifetime” Experience [PREVIEW] PREVIEW: POP-UP MAGAZINE 2017

On February 22nd in San Fransisco, Pop-Up Magazine will embark on another storytelling tour, sharing with new and returning fans their current incarnation of a “live magazine”. Each evening of story is designed specifically for a live format. With a variety of highly regarded minds and talents scheduled to share their respective presentations at each stop on this Winter 2017 […]

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Kristeen Young @ The Hi Hat 1/31/17. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq.(@Methodman13) for

Kristeen Young Concludes Month Long Residency At The Hi Hat With Fierce Performance [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: KRISTEEN YOUNG @ THE HI-HAT 1/31/17

On January 31, Kristeen Young wrapped up a month long residency at The Hi Hat. Kristeen Young (nee Maria Callas) is an extremely accomplished musician, having worked with such artists like David Bowie, Dave Grohl and Morrissey, while releasing 7 of her own studio albums. With an eighth album that is soon to be released, “Live At […]

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Spare Parts For Broken Hearts @ The Hi Hat 1/31/17. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq.(@Methodman13) for

An Unexpected Set By Spare Parts for Broken Hearts Left Me Satisfied [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: SPARE PARTS FOR BROKEN HEARTS @ THE HI-HAT 1/31/17

Spare Parts for Broken Hearts is a female-fronted band based out of Long Beach, CA. They were scheduled to play at Music Tastes Good last year, but due to modified set times, I missed their set. When I stepped into The Hi Hat to catch a friend’s band play last month, I was pleasantly surprised to see their […]

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