Live Review: The National @ Hollywood Palladium, September 21, 2018

Live Review: The National @ Hollywood Palladium, September 21, 2018

Closing in on their 20th year as a band, the National are a well oiled machine, operating at their peak, both in their craft and its presentation. Now on the back-end of touring in support of 2017’s Grammy winning Sleep Well Beast, the National machine roll into town for a pair of up-close general admission shows at the Palladium. It’s a treat to see them in the stripped down, in the club setting, no massive visual production, a nice contrast from the big Hollywood Bowl stage, which they headlined last Fall. As such, the Friday evening show had a fittingly looser, raucous, all around fun vibe.

While the 5-piece band are reliably solid and it can be easy to take the musicians for granite as strong players (Aaron Dessner gets his moment to step forward on the big guitar solo on Beast standout “The System on Dreams in Darkness”; he and brother Bryce raise axes and jab the air in rockstar poses a couple of times) but it’s singer Matt Berninger that’s the obvious focal point of the National live show. And he’s in good form tonight.

The National | americanmary.com

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Photos: Pathway to Paris @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel, September 16, 2018

Photos: Pathway to Paris @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel, September 16, 2018

featuring: Jesse Paris Smith, Rebecca Foon, Imany, Flea, Tony Hawk, Dhani Harrison, Jim James, Bill McKibben, Karen O, Tenzin Choegyal, Lucinda Williams, Eric Burdon, Talib Kweli, and Patti Smith

Pathway to Paris | pathwaytoparis.com
The Theatre at Ace Hotel | acehotel.com

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Photos: PIG @ The Regent Theater, September 5, 2018

Photos: PIG @ The Regent Theater, September 5, 2018

PIG | pigindustries.com
The Regent Theater | theregenttheater.com

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Photos: Killing Joke | 40th Anniversary Tour @ The Regent Theater, September 5, 2018

Photos: Killing Joke | 40th Anniversary Tour @ The Regent Theater, September 5, 2018

Killing Joke | killingjoke.co.uk
The Regent Theater | theregenttheater.com

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Live Review: Let's Eat Grandma @ Moroccan Lounge, September 4, 2018

Live Review: Let’s Eat Grandma @ Moroccan Lounge, September 4, 2018

From the grammatical joke in their name, it’s clear Let’s Eat Grandma, the brilliant up and coming English experimental pop duo, are into wordplay and have a mischievous sense of humor. (Titles include “Sax in the City,” “Chimpanzees in Canopies,” and “Eat Shiitake Mushrooms” [pronounce the 2nd word as two words..]. But it’s not all jokes. There’s a headiness to the music of Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, well beyond their youthful years. Sterling production, tasteful electronic sounds and a certain seriousness of arrangement and the will to experiment offset any jokes and keep the listener a bit off balance and constantly interested.

Let’s Eat Grandma | letseatgrandma.co.uk

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