TOMI at The Echo

words + photos by Joe Cortez

The enigmatically alluring TOMI graced the stage of LA’s Echo on Tuesday night, May 29 for an enchanting set of tunes off her recently released EP, “What Kind of Love” (available now via RCA). Deftly trading off between an axe-shredding guitarist and a soul bearing vocalist, TOMI dazzled  during her performance. Check out my photos from the night below and for more on TOMI be sure to visit thenametomi.com.

mc chris at The Bootleg Theater

words + photos by Joe Cortez

mc chris is back and the rapper who rhymes about all that is nerdy stopped by LA’s Bootleg Theater on Saturday night, May 26 to deliver a healthy dose of laughs. Never one to rest on his laurels, the prolific artist gave fans everything they wanted and more, dropping classic tracks like Fett’s Vette and Nerd Girl inbetween insights gained from being a touring father and husband. Check out my photos from the night below, also featuring opener Bit Force, and for more on mc chris be sure to visit  mcchris.com.

mc chris Photo Gallery

Bitforce Photo Gallery

The Head and The Heart and GROUPLOVE at The Observatory

words + photos by Joe Cortez

 Indie-folk mainstay The Head and The Heart is back on the road with dates throughout the US this summer. The band stopped by Santa Ana’s Observatory on Wednesday night, May 23 for a sold out evening of tunes old and new, including tracks off their most recent release, “Signs of Light” (available now via Warner Bros.). Check out my photos from the night, also featuring opener GROUPLOVE, below. For more on The Head and The Heart, be sure to visit  theheadandtheheart.com.

The Head and The Heart Photo Gallery

GROUPLOVE Photo Gallery

MGMT at The Observatory

words + photos by Joe Cortez

Rock outfit MGMT sold out Santa Ana’s Observatory on Wednesday night, May 16, performing a dreamy set amidst a backdrop of mind-altering lights and visuals. Currently on tour in support of their fourth album, “Little Dark Age,” (available now via Columbia) the assembled five piece dazzled the crowd with their coy stage antics and popular favorites. Check out my photos from the night below and for more on MGMT be sure to visit  whoismgmt.com.

Franz Ferdinand and Priests at The Observatory

words + photos by Joe Cortez

Scottish indie rock titans Franz Ferdinand brought the party to Santa Ana’s Observatory on Saturday night, May 12. Currently on tour in support of the band’s fifth studio album, “Always Ascending,” (available now via Domino) the freshly minted five piece delivered an electric set fearing new cuts and longtime favorites to the sold out OC crowd.

Check out my photos from the night, also featuring openers Priests, below. For more on Franz Ferdinand be sure to visit  franzferdinand.com

Franz Ferdinand Photo Gallery

Priests Photo Gallery

Khruangbin at The Observatory

words + photos by Joe Cortez

Texas trio Khruangbin brought the chill grooves to Santa Ana’s Observatory on Saturday night, May 5. Currently on tour in support of their sophomore album, “Con Todo El Mundo,” (available now via Dead Oceans) the band dazzled the OC crowd with their stellar musicianship and dazzling light show. Check out my photos from the night below and for more on Khruangbin be sure to visit airkhruang.com.

Matt Maeson and Bishop Briggs at The Fonda Theater

words + photos by Joe Cortez

Indie rocker Matt Maeson hit the stage of LA’s Fonda Theater on Friday night, May 4, delivering a passionate set of originals. Currently on tour with Bishop Briggs, Maeson wowed and impressed the crowd with selections from his EP, “The Hearse” (available now via Neon Gold/Atlantic). Backed by a modest band, Maeson’s set particularly shines when he broke out and performed a number of tracks solo.

Check out my photos from the night, also featuring headliner Bishop Briggs, below. For more on Matt Maeson be sure to visit mattmaeson.com.

Matt Maeson Photo Gallery

Bishop Briggs Photo Gallery

Cut Worms and SASAMI at The Casbah

words + photos by Joe Cortez

Cut Worms, the brain child of singer-songwriter Max Clarke, stopped by San Diego’s Casbah on Thursday night, May 3. Currently on tour with King Tuff, Clarke and his band sampled Country-tinged, wistful tracks from a bygone-era off Cut Worms debut LP, “Hollow Ground” (available now via Jagjaguwar). Check our my photos from the night, also featuring opener SASAMI, below. For more on Cut Worms be sure to visit cut-worms.com.

Cut Worms Photo Gallery

SASAMI Photo Gallery

Saxon and Black Star Riders at The Grove of Anaheim

words + photos by Joe Cortez

Direct from the UK, metal legends Saxon descended upon The Grove in Anaheim on Friday night, April 20 for a memorable night of tunes spanning the band's four decade long career as one of the most influential acts in rock. Currently on tour in support of the band's 22nd studio album, "Thunderbolt," the band is currently scheduled to wrap up a tour of the US with Judas Priest before heading to South America and Europe for dates throughout the remainder of 2018.

Check out my photos from the night, also featuring co-headliner Black Star Riders and opener Lovedrive, below. For more on Saxon be sure to visit saxon747.com.

Saxon Photo Gallery

Black Star Riders Photo Gallery

Lovedrive Photo Gallery

Angel Olsen and Adrianne Lenker at The El Rey Theatre

photos by Lexi Bonin

Beloved singer-songwriter Angel Olsen stopped by the El Rey Theatre on Tuesday night, April 17 in between appearances at this year's Coachella festival. Taking full control of the stage with a striking solo performance, Olsen delighted the sold out crowd with a charming set features tracks from her latest release, "Phases" (available now via Jagjaguwar). Check out Lexi's photos from the night below, also featuring opener Adrianne Lenker. For more on Angel Olsen be sure to visit angelolsen.com.

Angel Olsen Photo Gallery

Adrianne Lenker Photo Gallery