Eric Schackne

REVIEW: Zedd – ‘Clarity

REVIEW: Zedd – ‘Clarity

If I were to preview Zedd’s new record for a select group of well-informed grandfathers, I’m sure they would say things like, “this Zedd fellow is much less annoying than those other electronic noise-makers,” or “usually when I listen to electronic music I keep thinking that my pacemaker is acting up, and when I listened […]

 Eric Schackne

REVIEW: Lord Huron – ‘Lonesome Dreams’

REVIEW: Lord Huron – ‘Lonesome Dreams’

It’s 2:00AM, exactly one hour since I got home from a long night of work.  On my feet all night, I was wiped out.  Fast forward to, well, right now, and I couldn’t feel more awake after listening to Lord Huron’s newest record.  Rewind to one hour ago and see what’s keeping me up all […]

 Eric Schackne

REVIEW: Hostage Calm – ‘Please Remain Calm’

REVIEW: Hostage Calm – ‘Please Remain Calm’

I would be the best hostage.  Typically hostages make so many ill-fated moves that obviously won’t work.  First off, there’s that one lady who freaks out right away and tries to run…she inevitably gets taken down.  Secondly, you’ll get the  overzealous young adult who’s assesses his power to be more then that of the criminals’.  […]

 Eric Schackne

REVIEW: Troubled Coast – ‘Awake and Empty’

REVIEW: Troubled Coast – ‘Awake and Empty’

Ever been caught in a riptide? That feeling like you’re slowly being flipped and churned around and around with no ability to escape your one way ticket to the center of the ocean?  Well, if drowning wasn’t the outcome, then that’s the feeling I got from Troubled Coast’s latest release on the musically-stacked Purenoise Records.  […]

 Eric Schackne

REVIEW: Mixtapes – ‘How To Throw A Successful Party’

REVIEW: Mixtapes – ‘How To Throw A Successful Party’

Like, we’re all at a party.  And we’re having a blast, okay?  And you want your friends to play you some of their new music.  So, your best bud grabs a guitar and we all gather by the piano.  Convenient right?  Well, this is the feeling I get from Mixtapes’ latest slice of life, How […]

 Eric Schackne

Conor Oberst @ UCLA Royce Hall – 9/27/2012

Conor Oberst @ UCLA Royce Hall – 9/27/2012

“Education is learning to use the tools which the race has found indispencible.”  This is displayed in a classic literary font above the stage.  Church bells ascend to form the piped crown for that inspiring quote.  Far below, a slew of rock-band instruments stand as a small impression on the simple black stage curtains and […]

 Eric Schackne

Taken By Trees @ Bootleg Theatre – 9/26/2012

Taken By Trees @ Bootleg Theatre – 9/26/2012

With 3 bundles of sage, drum set with a drum machine/pad and small cymbals, keyboard station with two mini synths and a pedal steel, they’re primed for some unique stage sounds.  The ocean waves reaching shore provide the backbone of the entire set, and a fog machine fills the room up with an easy haze […]

 Eric Schackne

REVIEW: Morning Parade – ‘Morning Parade’

REVIEW: Morning Parade – ‘Morning Parade’

What if Ben Gibbard seduced the members of MUTEMATH and Thom Yorke was there to film it?  Well, the power packed inside Morning Parade’s self-titled release will surely make you ponder that after a mere matter of minutes.  On with the parade! Noise, oh holy noise.  There’s a cool and collected quality to their interesting […]