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Warpaint-The Shrine 7/11/14

I was just going to make a photo post, but decided that I need to tell everyone that Warpaint is amazing live and you HAVE to see them if you get the chance. I saw them for the first time at Coachella and they totally rocked the tent down, so saying yes to this show was a no brainer. 

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I also feel the need to let everyone know that The Shrine still sucks as a music venue. Sorry not sorry. They opened up for Nick Cave, sad to report none of the Nick photos are share worthy. I am going to go on a limb and say their audiences are very different, the theatre wasn’t even half full when these magical creatures took the stage. 

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I really hope they do their own tour, as they only played what seemed like a 30 minute set and I know they would sell out their own show in a hearbeat. A seated venue is always a little weird for me. I felt like I was the only one standing, dancing my ass off and cheering in the middle section. At one point one of them said “I wish everyone would enjoy themselves as much as you” and I am pretty sure she was referring to me. Or maybe I have a big ego, whatever, I had a fucking blast. 

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Also the lighting tech could have been a little more…diverse? 

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Regardless, these rocking babes could play a 10 min show in a dark hallway and I would still pay to attend, so please Warpaint come back to LA for a full set at a less terrible venue, I vote for the Palladium or the El Rey. Or if anyone knows how I can get tickets to their show at the Ace Hotel in August, let me know! Please! 

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Eric Prydz-Drai’s Beach Club 6/21/14

Drai’s is a great venue for day pool parties. The space is fantastic. The fact that I got to see Eric Prydz two feet away from me is beyond words. All attendees I met where festive and made this the party of the weekend for me. The drinks where strong and the pool was perfect.

My one and only complaint is that their employees checking IDs and organizing the lines going in where complete a-holes. They made everyone there feel less than, and continuously ignored questions by paying guests. All other employees where great, cashiers where welcoming, security was nice, bartenders where great and prompt too. 

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BANKS-El Rey Theatre 5/30/14

BANKS is my favorite new (to me) artist I thankfully found about through my Coachella research. This is about to get personal so I’ll break it up with photos from the show.

The first time I heard Before I Ever Met You my body was covered in goosebumps and afterwards I yelled at my computer “SICK AS F*CK!”. I get a little excited about music, what can I say. I needed to hear these lyrics to remind me that time heals all, it also helped me re-evaluate the unhealthy relationships I was desperately trying to rid my life of.

After hearing that song I was a fan for life. Waiting Game and This Is What It Feels Like Also hit very close to home. Who was this girl? How did she get in my head and put everything into such beautiful poetry? She makes me feel empowered by emotion and feeling while dancing my ass off. I am not exaggerating when I say that I have played her songs every day since my discovery. Her new album is coming out in June and the new singles Goddess and Drowning are just as powerful as the rest of her music. Pre-order the album here: http://tinyurl.com/nd6dgbw (I couldn’t get my hands on a vinyl in time, but I’ll get one at Amoeba ASAP!)

I made sure I was front row at Coachella because I wanted to be there with her and feel this musical magic all up in my face. She SLAYED. Not only is she a talented musician, girl got moves too! 

Shortly after Coachella she announced her show at the El Rey, one of my favorite intimate venues in Los Angeles. Sadly the presale tickets sold out immediately and I was regretful I did not pay the extra $20 for a faster internet connection. Even worst, scalpers had gotten a hold of the presale password and had bought out the show only to re-sell the tickets to her real fans minutes after the presale started, prices starting at $100. I tweeted her a congratulations and also made note of the scalpers, but would try again during reg sale the next day. This is where BANKS gets even fucking cooler, she (or her social media team?) sends me a direct message a few hours later saying that they secretly released more tickets for fans only and to tell other fans finishing the message with #fuckscalpers. I was floored, got my ticket right away and told my Coachella crew/new friends. We all got tickets and planned on meeting at the show! Banks-not only an amazing artist but also a rad chick.

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