El Rey Theater

Dave Stewart and VaVoom Rock & Roll Circus At The El Rey, Friday March 14th 2014, Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | March 16, 2014

While he was dedicating a more quiet song to his wife who was in the audience, adding ‘it was time to bring some delicate personal stuff’, a poll dancer was flying above his head, and during his song ‘Drugs Taught me a Lesson’, a contortionist popped out of giant plastic pill to end up totally naked while dancing in front of Dave’s guitar

Cat Power At The El Rey Theater, Monday December 2nd 2013

By Alyson Camus | December 5, 2013

But, tell me, which other performer sees his or her performance interrupted just after the third song by a torrent of flowers delivered by fans, and followed by an effusive demonstration of love with gifts, books arriving on stage as if it was Christmas three weeks in advance?

The Pixies At The El Rey Theater, Monday September 9th 2013

By Alyson Camus | September 12, 2013

Pixies have new songs, ‘What goes boom’, ‘Blue eyed hexe’, ‘Bagboy’, ‘Another toe in the ocean’, we heard them, mostly around the second part of the show, and unfortunately, I became a little bored at this precise moment. Too bad, because I really wanted to be blown away at that show

Savages At The El Rey Theater, Wednesday July 24th 2013

By Alyson Camus | July 27, 2013

Jehnny Beth – and this is mostly her I was looking at the whole time despite the excellent musicianship of her bandmates – had a fantastic and creepy presence on stage.

Turbonegro At The El Rey Theater, Saturday May 25th 2013

By Alyson Camus | May 28, 2013

So no more fireworks in the butt from Hank, but Sylvester was completely at ease in the middle of this mix of homosexual aesthetics, sex and anal references, and overall falsely macho attitude, that was making some guys in the crowd super excited. The band’s music has been described as a mix of hard rock, punk hardcore, and glam rock

Los Campesinos! At The El Rey Theater, Thursday October 18th 2012

By Alyson Camus | October 21, 2012

Oh I totally see why these kids are all over the lyrics now! ‘Cause we were kissing for hours with her hands in my trousers’, screamed Gareth in the first song they played ‘By Your Hand’,… ‘I will wake, I will bake phallic cake’ in ‘Romance Is Boring’,… ‘Your tongue the tide/your lips the shore/I am the jetsam overboard’ in ‘Hello Sadness’,

Delta Rae At The El Rey, Saturday September 22nd 2012

By Alyson Camus | September 25, 2012

With two talented female vocalists sharing the lead vocals and two equally talented male vocalists, the songs, which often had a poppy side, were sung with multi-voice soulful harmonies, a classical touch on the keys, southern percussion and a twang-gospel touch. The whole show seemed to be a series of gospel-inspired stomp anthems with a sound almost too pretty at times

The White Buffalo At The El Rey, Saturday September 22nd 2012

By Alyson Camus | September 25, 2012

Even if catching lyrics live is always difficult, it was obvious that there was a lot of storytelling in these songs which talked about pain, death, murder, violence and loss, definitely not light stuff… ‘I wish I was an outlaw/Spend my life kicking ass and takin’ names/There would be no love lost/Town to town killin dreams’, he sang in ‘The Pilot’, you get the picture!

Chasing Kings At The El Rey, Saturday July 14th 2012

By Alyson Camus | July 18, 2012

What was also remarkable was the instantaneous catchiness of some songs as they triggered a warm response from the Saint Motel public. There were a few spine-tickling soaring choruses, a few stormy and passionate moments, some almost-a-capella harmonies, and even a few foot-tapping songs

Saint Motel At The El Rey Theater, Saturday July 14th 2012

By Alyson Camus | July 17, 2012

The show was effectively a real success, as the quartet brought the energy to the high-ceiling chandeliers of the El Rey a few times during their set, and the crowd provided a feedback matching the effervescence on stage…. Did I see a few crowd surfers? Yes!

And So I Watch You From Afar El Rey Theater, Friday June 29th 2012

By Alyson Camus | July 3, 2012

Their noisy explosive music was complex, thunderously dense, going in all directions during the same song, with many propulsive sonic assaults and very few quiet moments. They could have been a hybrid between Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai

Russian Circles At The El Rey Theater, Friday June 29th 2012, Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | July 2, 2012

With not a single word during the whole set, in a semi-darkness only disturbed by dim lights on the floor, they played their long, intricate and ever-changing instrumentals, that had total head-banging-metal moments and so much more. I

Shawn Colvin At The El Rey Theater, Tuesday June 12th 2012

By Alyson Camus | June 15, 2012

Did I say quiet? Man, I could have heard a fly moving a single wing, and when some security guard’s walkie-talkie made a sound in the middle of a song, it was received by one hundred shhhhhuts from the audience.

Beck at the El Rey Theater, Tuesday May 22nd 2012

By Alyson Camus | May 25, 2012

At 41, he is not the young adventurous musician coming up with all this weird palette of incredible original sounds, but he still can play them very well, doing in succession ‘Where It’s At’ and ‘Hotwax’.

Wild Flag At The El Rey Theater Thursday April 19th 2012

By Alyson Camus | April 22, 2012

there is no real frontwoman as Carrie shared the stage with Mary Timony, battling her legs apart with roaring guitars, affronting her, in the middle of the stage several times during the show, in front of Janet Weiss’ tireless and powerful drumming

First Aid Kit At The El Rey Theater Thursday April 19th 2012

By Alyson Camus | April 22, 2012

When they appeared on stage, bathed in a warm gold light, sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg on guitar and keyboard, seemed to come from another time with their long auburn hair, sparkling gypsy-folk dresses and cowboy boots

The Polyphonic Spree at the El Rey Theater Monday April 2nd, 2012 Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | April 5, 2012

It would be easy to get cynical with this outpouring of goodness spread on the audience by a band that dresses up like a gospel choir and wants to us to believe they all travel in a escaped-from-the-60s flower-power van. Haven’t we passed this since the cynical and grungy 90s?

The Lemonheads at the El Rey Theater, Thursday, October 27th, 2011 Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | October 30, 2011

at least the title track and a few other tunes sounded quite familiar

The Shining Twins at the El Rey Theater, Thursday, October 27th, 2011 Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | October 30, 2011

placing the creepy bar very high

Peter Hook and the Light at the El Rey theater on Friday September 16th, 2011

By Alyson Camus | September 19, 2011

‘It was awesome’ a guy next to me said

El Ten Eleven at the El Rey Theater on Friday September 16th, 2011

By Alyson Camus | September 19, 2011

intricate post-rock compositions

the Eels at the El Rey theater on Friday, August 12, 2011

By Alyson Camus | August 16, 2011

everything looked grand and stylish, the beards and the suits of course

Fucked up at the El Rey theater on Tuesday July 26th

By Alyson Camus | July 29, 2011

Damien was having the time of his life

Trash Talk at the El Rey theater on Tuesday July 26th

By Alyson Camus | July 29, 2011

If you see the other shoe let me know