Author Archives: Simone Snaith

Simone Snaith

About Simone Snaith

Simone Snaith writes young adult and fantasy novels, and sings in the indie rock duo Turning Violet. A fan of scifi, fantasy, the supernatural and most things from the '80s, she enjoys reviewing music, books and movies. You can read about her own books at simonesnaith.com.

Visitors Day Tour at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab

If you have any interest in space exploration (and you should!!), I recommend checking out the free public tours at the Jet Propulsion Lab. Located in Pasadena, the robotic space exploration lab is where the Mars Curiosity Rover was created, as well as its … Continue reading

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Album Review: WOMPS’ “Our Fertile Forever”

WOMPS are a band from Glasgow that have a nostalgic ’90s indie/college rock sound akin to Built to Spill or Dinosaur Jr, with a touch of The Getup Kids-style angst. Their new album Our Fertile Forever, out June 10th on their label Displaced … Continue reading

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LACO @ the Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies

This Saturday, June 4th, The Orpheum Theatre will screen seven of Disney’s beloved “Silly Symphonies,” with the scores performed live by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO). Entitled LACO @ the Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies, the event … Continue reading

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EP Review: Braids’ “Companion”

Braids are an ethereal Montreal-based trio that play “experimental pop,” mixing whirring electronics with acoustic instruments, and powered by singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s breathtaking vocals. She frequently sounds like a more vulnerable Björk, her voice swelling from delicate to epic with impressive ease. … Continue reading

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Live Review: Magic Wands & Drinking Flowers at The Echo

Magic Wands played a homecoming show at The Echo last Monday after being on tour for several weeks with fellow local band Drinking Flowers, who now take over the Monday night residency. Originally a duo with guitarist Chris and singer/guitarist Dexy Valentine, … Continue reading

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“Eyvinde Earle: An Exhibit of a Disney Legend”

Beginning May 20th, Forest Lawn will host “Eyvinde Earle: An Exhibit of a Disney Legend”, featuring paintings and drawings by the artist celebrated for creating the magnificent look of “Sleeping Beauty”. During his time at Disney, Eyvinde Earle (1916-2000) also painted backgrounds for movies … Continue reading

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Bats Day’s Happy Haunts Swinging Wake

Disneyland’s Bats Day weekend kicked off last Friday with the Happy Haunts Swinging Wake, a Haunted Mansion-themed costume ball at the DoubleTree Suites near the park. The event featured live music by local electro-swing band Red Light District (above) and the folky Windows to … Continue reading

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Barry Kleven’s “School Days” at Lethal Amounts

“School Days”, featuring the recently discovered photos of the late Barry Kleven, kicked off last Friday at Lethal Amounts downtown. Kleven was a talented teenager who took some impressive pictures at L.A. rock and punk shows in the 1970s, but … Continue reading

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Live Review: Ex Hex & Sheer Mag at The Echo

Last week, Ex Hex sold out The Echo, playing tunes from their truly enjoyable, upbeat album Rips. Described by some as power pop, the band frequently reminds me of The Cars, sans keyboards and with more guitar solos. The group’s three members – singer/guitarist … Continue reading

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Sci-Fest L.A. Returns to Hollywood in May

Sci-Fest L.A. returns this year on May 5th through 29th to the Acme Theatre in Hollywood. Now in its third year, the festival features one-act science fiction plays, often starring actors from well-known sci-fi and fantasy franchises. (Wil Wheaton, Armin … Continue reading

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