The Weeknd's sound has been described as hipster R&B (or PBR&B to some), and his tracks have sampled a huge range of artists from indie-rockers Beach House to R&B megastar Rihanna. His slow grooves and falsetto croon create a beautiful and sometimes creepy backdrop for what are often sexually-charged lyrics.
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The Pretty Reckless is fronted by singer Taylor Momsen, who was a child actor and model, including notable credits in "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Gossip Girls." Momsen has always insisted that her first love was music, not acting, and, in 2009, Momsen shocked the world when she announced she would leave TV and film. The Pretty Reckless released their debut album, "Light Me Up" (No. 10; U.S. Alt Rock) in 2010 and quickly hit the road, becoming one of rock's busiest bands. The Pretty Reckless was part of the 2010 Warped Tour before headlining The Medicine and Light Me Up Tours respectively. The band is well regarded for its aggressive, live hard rock sound with a concert that often features Momsen singing while wearing dark outfits, heavy makeup and stripper boots. The band will continue to tour Europe extensively to promote their new release, "Going to Hell." Momsen is highly regarded for her talented voice on-stage yet isn't afraid to get dark with her lyrics. Tickets to the upcoming "Going To Hell" tour are expected to be a hot commodity as The Pretty Reckless have developed a strong and faithful following in Europe, despite being together for less than five years.
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The Bluegrass Situation will take place over two days at Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown LA. The fourth-ever, expanded affair has grown from its founding grounds at the legendary Largo at the Coronet Theatre in West Hollywood to the newly-opened, delicately restored movie palace originally built by Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin in 1927.
“The roots music scene in Los Angeles has been exploding for some time, so in 2010, Largo founder Mark Flanagan and I decided it was time for a serious Bluegrass Situation. We rounded up a few of our favorite artists and had a fabulous weekend at Largo. LA seemed to like it. A lot. So after a few more great years at Largo, we're thrilled to expand the LA Bluegrass Situation into the stunning Theatre at Ace Hotel downtown. At this rate, I predict bluegrass music will eclipse the movie industry in Los Angeles in about six months, give or take.”