Downtown Lobby

We know that so many of you are really eager to get your hands on Aphex Twin’s first new album in 13 years. We’ve already had plenty of fake copies of Syro land in our inbox. A few listening parties have been announced to give fans a first listen to the new album before its September 23rd release (and hopefully a tour announcement to follow). There is a Los Angeles date listed so we can finally hear what’s new with Aphex Twin. The listening part will be taking place on Saturday, September 6th at a secret L.A. location. 

So I’m sure you’re wondering how you can get in to this event. Tickets are not going to be easy to get since they will hold a lottery. Starting on Sunday, August 31st at 4am (that’s right, 4 in the morning) you can click on the link below and enter your name for a chance to win entry to this party which is totally free. 

Enter: Tickets for Aphex Twin Listening Party on 9/6

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This weekend will give us an extra day off and a reason to party all weekend with the first ever Made In America Festival taking place here in Los Angeles. The lineup is full of radio friendly favorites like Kanye West, Iggy Azalea, Weezer, Metric, Kendrick Lamar, Capital Cities, Imagine Dragons and so many more. Set times have recently been announced so attendees can start planning their days. Check out the set times after the jump below. 

MIA will be taking place on August 30th and 31st at Grand Park in the middle of Downtown LA. Each day will kick off at noon and go until 11pm with three separate stages serving up live music all day long. The other plus about this venue is tat it is very public transit friendly. No one wants to be circling for a parking spot, so hop on a subway and walk right in.

We have been told that tickets for Made In America are running low and may sell out before the weekend begins. Both single day and 2-day passes are available to purchase online now through Ticketmaster. But we’re going to give you all a chance to win a pair of tickets and go to the festival for nothing out of your pocket!

Want these free tickets? All you have to do is enter in your email address into the widget below or use your Facebook account. There are also additional ways to enter to better your chances. We will choose all winners at random and send them to the Made in America Festival for free as our guests! Get your entry in soon or buy your tickets through the link below.

Purchase: Tickets for Made in America at Grand Park on 8/30-8/31

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         FYF Fest 2014

Photos by Chris Alvarez

FYF Fest has come and gone and some are still nursing some serious hangovers. Even though we were promised the “best weekend of summer” the festival received an onslaught of criticism after a problematic first day. We know you guys have read all of the problems already. So we wont try to beat a dead horse.

FYF Fest 2014

The entrance was understaffed which led to a massive line that wrapped around the block and had festival goers waiting an average of 2 hours to get into the venue. Remember all of those acts you wanted to see early in the day? Yeah… not gonna happen. Once you got inside there were still a few more problems. Trying to get into the arena was a mission all on its own. Stages at festivals that have capacities usually only cause frustration when an act you want to see is on and you’re left outside. It was heartbreaking to miss Todd Terje which was in my top 3 acts to catch that weekend. The majority of these problems were handled by the time gates opened on Sunday and these just might be some of those growing pains that tend to take place over the years. We just hope that next year will run smoothly and lesson were learned.

FYF Fest 2014

Ok enough complaining. The new venue did have its major perks and improvements on past years. I would usually dread the amount of dirt I would breathe in at LA Historic Park and this year it really wasn’t an issue at all with stages being set up on black top and grassy surfaces. Also, If you’ve been to any festival in the world then you’ve visited the dreaded porta potty. Having actual bathrooms was heavenly and made the day so much more comfortable. Then there was the arena which became our favorite stage all weekend. Even though it was hard to get in, once you were there it was hard to leave especially if you want to beat the heat and get some AC. 

The lineup for FYF Fest was one of the best we’ve seen all year. It’s becoming way too common to see Coachella’s roster recycled all year long. It was great to see acts like Slowdive, Slint, Todd Terje and The Blood Brothers featured on the lineup. Then there is the exclusion of those cheesy EDM DJs that just seem to be everywhere right now. There are quality electronic acts out there and FYF had them. The headliners were fun to see but it wasn’t all about Phoenix, Interpol and The Strokes. They were just the icing on the already rich cake.

Here are some of our favorite photos from the weekend and you can check out our full photoset on our Flickr page.

Darkside 

Darkside - FYF Fest 2014

HAIM

Haim - FYF Fest 2014

Interpol

Interpol - FYF Fest 2014

Phoenix

Phoenix - FYF Fest 2014

Chet Faker

Chet Faker - FYF Fest 2014

The Strokes

The Strokes - FYF Fest 2014

The Blood Brothers

The Blood Brothers - FYF Fest 2014

Run The Jewels

Run The Jewels - FYF Fest 2014

Slint

Slint - FYF Fest 2014

Boris

Boris - FYF Fest 2014

Blood Orange

Blood Orange - FYF Fest 2014

Little Dragon

Little Dragon - FYF Fest 2014

FYF Fest

FYF Fest 2014

FYF Fest 2014

Check out the full FYF Fest photoset here

Phantogram will be making their way to Pomona next week for another local show in support of their second album Voices. They’ll be in town on Thursday, September 4th at the Fox Theater along with Tobacco who will be on hand to open up the night. If you waited to pick up some tickets for this Phantogram we’ve got some bad news. This show has completely sold out and tickets are going for almost double the face value online. Luckily we secured a couple of tickets to send some of our readers to the show for free!

You want these Phantogram tickets? All you have to do is enter our contest below by entering in your email address or use your Facebook account. There are also additional ways to enter to better your chances. We will choose all winners at random and send them to the show as our special guests. Get your entry in soon!

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After playing a stellar set at FYF Fest this past weekend Ryan Hemsworth has already announced with plans to return to Los Angeles for his very own headlining show. The “Sucker For Punishment” tour will bring the Canadian DJ/producer to town on Friday, December 5th at The Fonda Theatre. If you haven’t caught Ryan Hemsworth during his previous visits, you’re not going to want to miss this one. In the mean time check out one of his latest tracks streaming below.

Tickets to see Ryan Hemsworth at The Fonda Theatre will be going on sale starting on Friday, August 29th at 10am through AXS. Ticket prices are set at $22.50 plus any additional service fees. You’ll be able to get your hands on some through the link below. Don’t get left outside when Ryan Hemsworth returns to L.A. in December!

Purchase: Tickets for Ryan Hemsworth at The Fonda on 12/5

HARD have just announced the lineup for the 2014 edition of Day of The Dead and at a new location. The roster is jam packed with some of the biggest names in the scene and includes Pretty Lights (Live), Diplo, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5 vs Eric Prydz, Jamie Jones, GTA, Jimmy Edgar, Motez, Friend Within, Cashmere Cat, Lxury and so many more. Chck out the poster for the full Day of The Dead lineup.

The other news coming out of HARD is the new venue that they will be using for this event. They’re not going back to Whittier Narrows Recreation Area like thy did for HARD Summer, they’re heading even further east and holding DOTD at the Fairplex in Pomona. Not great news for fans in the L.A. area where HARD originally got their start. 

This years event will be taking place on November 1st and 2nd and tickets will be going up for grabs starting this week. You can buy them starting on Thursday, August 28th at 10am through Ticketmaster. They will have single day and 2-day passes available. Single day tickets are very limited and will sell out first. Buy your tickets through the link below and get in to HARD Day of The Dead!

Purchase: Tickets for Day of The Dead at Fairplex on 11/1-11/2

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Did you miss out seeing Beck at Coachella or First City Festival? He has announced his plans to play not just one but two hometown shows next month in support of his latest album Morning Phase. You’ll be able to catch Beck when he takes over the Orpheum Theater in Downtown on September 21st and 22nd. This is a much better venue to see Beck headline his own nights rather than standing in a massive festival crowd. You can count on these tickets to move fast!

You’ll be able to snatch up some tickets for both of these Beck shows starting on Thursday, August 28th at 10am through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices will range between $42.00 - $72.00 plus an additional service fees. A presale will begin on Wednesday, August 27th for those of you subscribed to the Goldenvoice newsletter. Get your hands on some tickets through either of the links below.  

Purchase: Tickets for Beck at Orpheum Theater on 9/21

Purchase: Tickets for Beck at Orpheum Theater on 9/22

           

We’re already stoked to see Kaytranada when he comes into L.A. to perform a set over at the El Rey Theatre on Saturday, September 27th. The electronic producer has decided to add another show and head down to Santa Ana for a headlining gig on Sunday, September 28th at the Observatory. We highly suggest that you catch this amazing up and comer at at least one of these nights. Take a listen to one of his latest tracks “Leave Me Alone” below and get a taste of whats to come.

Tickets for Kaytranada’s show at the El Rey are still available to purchase online now through AXS for $20.00 plus fees. Tickets for his Observatory show will be going up for grabs on Friday, August 29th at 10am through Ticketweb. Use either of the links below to get yours and don’t miss out on your chance to see Kaytranada in September!

Purchase: Tickets for Kaytranada at El Rey on 9/27

Purchase: Tickets for Kaytranada at Observatory on 9/28