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Sammi Hsu
Sammi Hsu
Sammi Hsu is a music photographer based in Southern California. See her work at sam-xcx.com and instagram.com/sam.hs.


nothing, nowhere mixes pop-punk and hip hop sounds during sold out Anaheim show

Very rarely does an artist come along that excites me as much as nothing, nowhere does. Formed as the brainchild of Joe Mulherin, nothing,nowhere blends together the atmosphere and emotions of post-punk emo with the elements of hip hop. Continue Reading

FIDLAR bring angst, guitars and confetti to the Fox Theater in Pomona, CA

Creating an apocalyptic wasteland composed of confetti, glistening electric guitars, and just the right amount of angst, FIDLAR brought their surf/garage/punk rock essence to Pomona, Calif. on a Saturday night. Though any new music releases have been hidden under the radar since the release of their sophomore album Too in 2015, FIDLAR’s fanbase has been growing and still as supportive as ever. Continue Reading

Silverstein is joined by Tonight Alive, Picturesque and Broadside for a riled up show in Anaheim, CA

Fifteen years since the release of their debut album, Silverstein are still going strong — in fact, the Ontario based band just released their ninth studio album last year. As a household name for enthusiasts of the post-hardcore genre, fans both young and old lined up for the Anaheim, Calif date of Silverstein’s “Get Free” tour, and and the band proved that they’re far from finished. Continue Reading

The Drums close out a national tour with three shows at The Observatory in Santa Ana

“Abysmal Thoughts” fully encompasses The Drums’ distinct, 1980s-inspired indie/alternative sound and visuals. Frontman Jonny Pierce appears on stage in a one piece that has his name plastered on the front and the name of the new album plastered on the back, along with the hair and dance moves to go along with it. Continue Reading

Tennis pack the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles amidst colorful lights and ’70s vibes

At a packed Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, the curtains rose at exactly 10:15 to welcome Tennis. I arrived fashionably late, but managed to make my way through the excited crowd just in time to catch the Denver based indie dream pop duo’s first song, “No Exit.” Continue Reading

Los Angeles enters emo wonderland as Thrice, Circa Survive, Balance and Composure and CHON play The Shrine

You know a show is going to be good when three out of four bands on the lineup are featured on Spotify’s Emo Forever playlist. Co-headliners Circa Survive and THRICE, alongside support acts Balance and Composure and CHON, brought the entire crowd to an emo wonderland on the first of two nights playing in Los Angeles. Continue Reading

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The Maine’s Modern Nostalgia tour kicks off in Los Angeles with Night Riots and DREAMERS

On the first night of the Modern Nostalgia tour, Arizona based The Maine proved that they could effortlessly blend together the loneliness and darkness of their latest record, Lovely Little Lonely, with the sweetness of its predecessor, American Candy. Continue Reading

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Interview: Smallpools talk songwriting and future plans before a hometown show at The Fonda

It’s been over two years since the release of Smallpools’ debut record, Lovetap!, and they’ve been on the rise ever since. The LA based trio consisting of lead vocalist Sean Scanlon, guitarist Mike Kamerman, and drummer Beau Kuther are currently on tour with Vinyl Theatre supporting Misterwives, and promoting Smallpools’ new EP, The Science of Letting Go. Kamerman describes the EP as “a body of work that’s going to exist together as a standalone entity,” and we decided to dive even deeper into the concept.  Continue Reading

1 year ago

As their fanbase grows, Flor transform, evolve, and light up venues around the country

It’s a breezy autumn afternoon in Southern California and that, mixed with the sunset in the background, make for the perfect setting to chat with Flor. Comprised of vocalist Zach Grace, guitarist McKinley Kitts, bassist Dylan Bauld, and drummer Kyle Hill, the self-proclaimed “indie pop meets rock” band’s vibrant sound along with their personalities light up a chilly night in Santa Ana, Calif. Continue Reading

1 year ago

Bad Suns and The Chain Gang of 1974 play a riff-heavy late-night show at The Fonda Theatre

It’s a Friday night and the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles is sold out and packed with all types of people eager to see Bad Suns. Now picture that, but two nights in two weeks. Continue Reading

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