Top 10 Thursday: August Shows in LA

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This is one of the first times in a long time that I actually had to cut out half of the shows I wanted to highlight for the month. Sorry Taylor Swift and Colbie Caillat, maybe next time. Do check them out too. One is playing like four days at Staples and the other is taking on the Greek. Other talented folks hitting LA in August are Of Monsters And Men, Shania Twain as well as Modest Mouse. Now let’s take a look at the 10 who did make the cut.

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Wrapped in the Covers: The Academy Is… “Slow Down”

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Photo Credit: marielangelax.tumblr.com

There was no song picked for this week. I heard some Alicia Keys song in 7-Eleven that remained in my head as I was walking home – but it wasn’t something I’d care to hear again, or hear covers of. So that was scratched and as I came to my halfway point on my walk home, the smell of McDonalds lingered in the air and I thought about summer songs. The same summer I was addicted to Everything in Transit, there was another album that was played just as much. Oh The Academy Is…, why won’t you just do a ten year tour of Almost Here, make some money and then get back to whatever it is you all are up to nowadays? Since they only want to play a show in Chicago – these covers of “Slow Down” will have to do.

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The Soulful Sisters Nalani & Sarina

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Having a sister is foreign to me. I grew up between two boys and that’s obvious if you ask me about makeup or challenge me to a wrestling match. While my older brother’s now ex, has always been around – I’ve never known what it’s like to have that sisterly bond. I’ve seen it in friends and know that it’s one of the strongest things out there. They share everything and while they have friends who aren’t related, it’s clear that their sister is their real best friend for life.

That friendship is only intensified when your sister happens to be your twin. That’s the case for Nalani and Sarina. They not only share their lives, but their careers. Comparing themselves to The Glimmer Twins, this pair have a set of pipes that have taken them from singing to one another in their bedroom to stages around the country – and they’re just getting started. They have a ton of shows on the horizon, but before they hit the road get to know Nalani and Sarina a little bit more from their worldly outlook to where they got their soul.

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