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Weezer’s latest effort doesn’t seem to be alright

Weezer’s latest effort doesn’t seem to be alright

Jake Tully

October 7, 2014

It’s painful to write a review of a new Weezer release that doesn’t begin with a rush of accolades or adoring thoughts on their return that’s been too long coming.   For a band that produced arguably one of the finest albums of the 90’s (see: The Blue Album if you haven’t done so already) Rivers Cu...

Edgey Pires of The Last Internationale talks rebellious music and Robert Plant

Edgey Pires of The Last Internationale talks rebellious music and Robert Plant

Jake Tully

October 7, 2014

The remarkably fervid and socially charged rock trio the Last Internationale, is making the case for one of the most outstanding bands of 2014. With messages of political, social, and native issues, Last Internationale not only rocks harder than most bands out there, but does so with true substance...

Prince gives listeners a double dose with dual album release

Prince gives listeners a double dose with dual album release

Jake Tully

October 1, 2014

It seems nonsensical to begin to quantify anything Prince does by means of an essay review. This reviewer’s, otherwise novice opinion of one of the greatest composers, multi-instrumentalists and showmen of the 20th century doesn’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. But failing to give T...

Whirr delivers impressive sophomore album, “Sway”

Whirr delivers impressive sophomore album, “Sway”

Jake Tully

September 24, 2014

It doesn’t seem like there’s quite enough umbrage taken with the lack of shoegaze in the current market. While inundated with the likes of radio hip-hop, dragons who imagine and practically everything else, the amount of noise to sample is actually quite slim. Then comes Whirr. They’re exactly what you’re looking for to blast through your headphones to round out your repeat listens of “Loveless” and “Psychocandy.” They’re pure noise, their chief concern...

Interpol delivers fifth studio album after four year absence

Interpol delivers fifth studio album after four year absence

Jake Tully

September 10, 2014

  It’s difficult to imagine that Interpol would have as much a toehold in the indie scene today as they did in their pre-Obama years. What was once a group of championed indie darlings quickly became an entry on driving mixtapes long past. While the careers of Dan Auerbach, Alex Turner...

Diana Krall brings ragtime pizazz to the VPAC

Diana Krall brings ragtime pizazz to the VPAC

Jake Tully

April 5, 2014

Witnessing Diana Krall perform live is analogous to witnessing Fitzgerald read passages from This Side of Paradise (or so I’m told) — you are beholding one of the great practitioners of their craft perform with undaunted ability. In Krall’s case, tickling the ivories is easily as impressive and e...

The era of emo pop-punk is trying to make a come back, it’s not working

The era of emo pop-punk is trying to make a come back, it’s not working

Jake Tully

April 3, 2014

It’s safe to say that when it comes to the hipster music scene, the relative pervasiveness that made it once so truly underground has proliferated into a widespread dissemination of fandom and buzz. It would be difficult for one to go a day without hearing Haim or Bastille, much less avoid a...

Don’t spend the day waiting for the headliners, give these Coachella openers a listen

Don’t spend the day waiting for the headliners, give these Coachella openers a listen

Jake Tully

April 2, 2014

With Coachella upon us, one may have a difficult time parsing out which artists to see earlier in the day while waiting for Outkast, Arcade Fire and Muse. Fear not, for the Sundial has compiled a list of five artists to check out over the three-day festival. The following lower-tier artists are sure to ...

Do’s and don’ts of this summer’s Southern California music festivals

Do’s and don’ts of this summer’s Southern California music festivals

Jake Tully

March 27, 2014

As bragging rights for scoring Coachella tickets are flying around faster than Indio’s tumbleweeds, so begins the preparation period for Southern California’s music festival season. Of course, preparation involves the ritual setlist puzzle-solving to squeeze in as many shows as possible, and figuring out how m...

Valley venues see the birth of musical greats

Valley venues see the birth of musical greats

Jake Tully

March 20, 2014

The San Fernando Valley and its nearby outlying areas have been highly conducive to the progression of the popular music scene for more than half a century. With bands such as The Doors, Los Lobos, N.W.A and countless others having secured their toehold in the area, it’s no doubt the valley has been the nexus of su...

DJ renaissance man Chris Douridas talks putting together a soundtrack, ‘ House of Lies’

Jake Tully

March 11, 2014

Chris Douridas is perhaps one of the most prolific DJs and music supervisors in the greater Los Angeles area. In addition to hosting an incredibly popular and progressive show on radio station KCRW, Douridas has been nominated for three Grammys for musical production. Having worked on such projec...

Savion Glover steps out at the VPAC with amazing tap performance STePz

Jake Tully

March 8, 2014

Having no genuine conception of what to expect when attending Savion Glover’s “STePz” performance at Cal State Northridge’s Valley Performing Arts Center on March 7, 2014, it was quite easily one of the best surprises I have encountered at a show to date. Savion Glover is a world-renowned tap dan...

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