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    The Chapin Sisters' Dark Harmonies Swoon L.A. Fans

    Abigail and Lily Chapin, and Jessica Craven of the Chapin Sisters played to a crowd of hip young things last night (June 5) at the Silverlake Lounge in Los Angeles, filling the intimate venue with the gloomy brilliance of their soft voices and folky instrumentation. At one point, the crowd sat stunned as Abigail's pipes resonated throughout the venue and cut through the silence like a knife. The trio resembled a force of bright light beaming from the stage, and sang each song with angelic ease, accentuated by the fact that all three -- clad in flowing, vibrant sun dressed -- recalled the woozy sentiment of The Virgin Suicides, or perhaps some romantic, Victorian-era period piece.

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    Elbow's Sonic Tranquility Rubs Off on L.A. Fans

    Los Angeles' typical weekend ruckus was slightly more subdued this past Friday (May 9), as the ethereal melodies of Elbow filled Hollywood's club Avalon to the brim. The eclectic audience, made up of thirtysomething artists, lovey-dovey couples, and the occasional Hollywood actor, seemed mesmerized by Guy Garvey, the David Gray-esque frontman with a voice as soothing as honey, who charismatically commandeered the stage with confidence and tranquility whilst singing about love, heartbreak, loneliness, and social tyranny. Violins, trumpets, and angelic choruses only added a layer of artistic texture to the striking performance. The politically-tinged "Leaders of the Free World," off the band's 2005 album of the same name, drew a strong crowd reaction, particularly when Garvey's heavy-handed guitar solo kicked in.

  • It's Junior Senior Fever

    Since they descended upon American shores just four years ago with their intoxicating dance floor hit, "Move Your Feet," we know that there ain't no party like the one Junior Senior hosts. Touring in support of their latest studio LP Hey Hey My My Yo Yo, the Danish duo didn't disappoint L.A. patrons last night (Aug. 15) either, for Jesper and Jeppe's explosive candy-flavored disco dance rock electrified a mix of young nu ravers, aged scenesters, and even jaded CAA agents at the Roxy. Mustachioed frontman Jeppe, donning plenty of gold bling, looked like a Nordic "Eazy-E" as he kept the beats flowin' on "Can I Get Get Get." His kewpie-like sidekick Jesper wooed girls up front with his signature boyish croon during "We' R the Handclaps." Ultimately, Junior Senior brought us back to the days of Studio 54 circa 1979. Opening act Gravy Train!!!

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