Echo Park Rising
Echo Park Rising Music Festival will return once again to overflow the streets ofEcho Park with an eclectic mix of diverse music and comedy, seasoned performers and emerging homegrown talent all coming together for one weekend to celebrate the spirit of music, art and entertainment in the community of Echo Park.
The Absurd is a true power trio, firing thunderous riffs, deep grooves and earworm hooks at audiences with equal capacity. One publication has called them "Queens of the Stone Age meets Jeff Buckley" (throw in some Radiohead, Pearl Jam & Jack White and you're halfway there) while another has stated that The Absurd "makes me want to drop something heavy".
In the past year The Absurd has ascended from nothingness into being, and is now known around Los Angeles for their electrifying live shows, constant songwriting output and relentless gigging. November 2016 saw the release of their first in-studio effort, "The Motherless Child EP," which was reviewed by publications by Buzzbands LA. In January of this year they completed their first LA residency complete with reviews from publications like Music Connection Magazine.
Since then they have become staples of the east LA/Hollywood scene at venues like Harvard & Stone, The Viper Room and The Lost Knight. The Absurd is presently in studio working on their latest release, all the while storming the city with their unique and explosive live shows.
The Active Set
Matthew Stolarz was dissatisfied. A Los Angeles native, he had helped form and was playing bass in an punk rock band, but it just wasn't enough. Drawing from a wide range of influences, he had written an abundance of material that needed a proper home. He quit to make this happen, and formed the Active Set. Collaborating in the studio with his former band mates a six-song EP was created. Within a year the lineup was secured and the band became regulars in the L.A. scene, favoring the east side venues over the west side ones. After a successful bout of regional touring, the band decided to begin work on their first album. After independently releasing and promoting two singles, "11" (which consisted of 11 songs, clearly) was released to great reviews, including a feature in the L.A. Times, celebrating the album's energy and eclecticism. They continued to support the album, traveling to SXSW and eventually touring with Neon Trees and AWOL Nation. Back in L.A. the band started writing a wealth of new songs, and continued playing up and down California, including a stop at Sunset Strip Music Festival. After some personnel changes, gigging ceased temporarily and all focus went on finishing the new EP "Lights" which was released in Spring 2015.
The Active Set was born of the excitement of late '70s/early '80s post punk and new wave, unified with '90s alternative and viewed through the referential lens of the '00s. Drawing from this wide range of influences, the band has a sound that is both intelligent and energetic. The Active Set love driven melodies with smart hooks. Then they like to change their minds, and change it up. Welcome to Los Angeles, a place for movers and shakers. It's a place to really get things started. If you don't live here yet, you will.
Albert & His Dreamboats
"Albert and His Dreamboats is a southern California country band comprised of a line-up of experienced LA musicians. I met my Dreamboats while pursuing a music degree at CalArts- each of them, at the time, engaged in projects spanning from hardcore math rock to 1920's New Orleans Jazz. What brought us all together was a shared sense of humor and deep appreciation of great song writing, especially those penned by the hillbilly Shakespeare, Hank Williams.
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Cpt. Albert T. Hickman"
Alyeska, formed by song writer and guitarist Alaska Reid who moved from a small town in Montana. Alyeska is a three piece band. Alaska met drummer Ben Spear, and began to further form a dynamic sound that was still heavy but that left room for Alaska. Just this year the band recorded three songs with producer John Agnello whose credits include Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth and Phosphorescent-- all artists that inspire the band.
The infinite awareness that currently embodies Alexander Anderson the flesh known as Alexander Wayne Anderson arrived in Oceanside, California October 4th, 1993. Born to Jamaican parents who immigrated to New York in the mid 1980’s, Jamaican music and culture was the foundation of his musical development. Around the age of nine, a family friend introduced Alexander to the piano informally. By the time Alexander was in high school, he had began studying and recording demos with keyboards, synthesizers, bass guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and acoustic/electronic drums. Heavily influenced by progressive rock bands, psychedelic rock bands and jazz-fusion groups from the late1960’s and 1970’s. By the time Alexander had graduated high school, he was beginning to write/produce his own compositions as well as recording all the instruments.
Soon after, he went to Grossmont College in San Diego, CA to study jazz performance, realizing after hearing Miles Davis’ recordings that jazz musicians could play what they heard, and that he needed to develop in the jazz language if he wanted to work as a professional musician. It was here that Alexander received his first formal musical training, and in two years studying here Alexander had established himself in the local music scene as a notable jazz musician. He was leading his own jazz trio, which had garnered residencies at a few local wine bars. Alexander held the chair in the Afro-Cuban ensemble, Fred Benedetti’s chamber group, Full Strength Funk band, and the highly esteemed Coronado Big Band. He also started meeting many of the other notable jazz musicians in the area at the jam sessions, such as Gilbert Castellanos, Charles McPherson, Daniel Jackson, and Peter Sprague. Soon, Alexander had formed his own group, Unidentified Fusion Orangement, and they were performing his compositions at a few venues in the Gaslamp Quarter, the entertainment district in San Diego.
Alexander was beginning to enjoy a bit of success as an artist, and after realizing that he could make a living as a musician, decided that he could not continue school unless he was strictly studying music. Around this time, members of his group Unidentified Fusion Orangement had started encouraging him to apply to Berklee College of Music, located in Boston, the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. One of the members of the band had graduated from Berklee, and another had just been accepted on full scholarship, so Alexander was compelled to see what the school could offer him. Alexander was accepted to Berklee College of Music in 2013 with a composition scholarship, which would enable him to make the transition across the country from San Diego to Boston. Around this time, Alexander had met many bands and artists including: Yes, Dweezil Zappa, George Duke, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Hubert Laws, Marcus Gillmore, Ringo Starr, Peter Sprague. These encounters encouraged him to continue his musical education.
Just a few days after moving to Boston, Alexander was performing regularly at farmers markets, solo piano, as well as at the jam session at the jazz club Wally’s Cafe. There he met hundreds of young musicians from around the world, and began picking things up from tons of musicians. Soon after arriving at Berklee, Alexander held auditions and reformed Unidentified Fusion Orangement, and within one year finished composing and recording their debut album “Abducted”. In the past three years at Berklee College of music, Alexander has studied with Terri Lynne Carrington, Joanne Brackeen, Stephany Tiernan, Gregory Hopkins, Terrence Blanchard, Eric Gould, Kenny Werner, Dave Fiuzynski, and many others. Alexander has participated in clinics/lectures with jazz greats such as Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Brian Blade, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Benny Green, JoJo Mayer, Jason Moran, and Christian Scott. Alexander has also performed with Kenwood Dennard, Akikazu Nakamura, Esperanza Spalding, Tia Fuller, David Liebman, Leo Genovese, & the Trap Music Orchestra. Important developments of his Boston experience were attending all six of Herbie Hancok’s Norton Lectures at Harvard, where Alexander was met Herbie for the first time, seeing Keith Jarrett at Carnegie Hall, and seeing Chick Corea perform at the Blue Note, as well as solo piano, and in a duet with Herbie Hancock at Symphony Hall. Alexander also met Wayne Shorter at symphony hall for his 80th birthday celebration where he was performing with his quartet. Alexander has also seen performances by Paul McCartney, John Scofield, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, Femi Kuti, Ravi Coltrane, Robert Glasper, Joey Alexander and Jack DeJohnette recently while living in Boston, which have influenced him tremendously.
In 2015 Alexander went on his first tour as a leader promoting an EP titled “Portals”. The Alexander Anderston trio featuring Rodney Rocques and Will Lyle toured from San Diego, CA to Seattle, WA performing nine concerts along the west coast. In July of 2015 Alexander led his group Unidentified Fusion Orangement on a cultural outreach program in Japan, where they performed over ten concerts in Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka, Tokyo, and Nagoyoa. They also conducted clinics and jam session at Tokyo School of Music, and Osaka School of Music with the organization Jikei-Com on behalf of Berklee College of Music (www.alexanderandersonmusic.com/japan). Alexander has just finished his studies at Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Composition with a 23 piece orchestra for his senior recital titled the "Liberty Band". Currently, Alexander continues his double-major program of jazz composition and piano performance at Berklee College of Music. Alexander Anderson has recently released his second album “Afrikan Amerikan”, and is currently working on the "Oceanside" album to be released in 2018.
“Trailblazing” - Los Angeles Times
“She's an icon in the punk world of Los Angeles and beyond.” - LA Weekly
“Alice Bag is a Latina punk rock pioneer and a product of the same scene that gave us Black Flag and the Germs.” - Stereogum
“Bag continues to inspire new generations of musicians and feminists alike." - Le Sigh
"As an author, educator, lifelong badass and the leader of The Bags, among many other bands, she’s been a prolific and guiding light for Chicana punks, and ... she continues that force-of-nature output with fierce songs of protest and massive shredding." - Jezebel
Alice Bag is a singer/songwriter, musician, author, artist, educator and feminist. Alice was the lead singer and co-founder of the Bags, one of the first punk bands to form during the first wave of punk rock in Los Angeles. The Bags are considered one of the key bands of the early Hollywood punk scene that centered around the Masque in 1977-78. In 1981, members of the Bags appeared as the Alice Bag Band in the seminal documentary on punk rock, The Decline of Western Civilization.
Alice went on to perform in other groundbreaking bands, including Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres. She has published two books, including the critically acclaimed memoir Violence Girl in 2011 and the 2015 self-published Pipe Bomb For the Soul, based on her teaching experiences in post-revolutionary 1980's Nicaragua.
Alice's influence on popular music is highlighted in the Smithsonian exhibit, American Sabor. Alice’s self-titled debut solo album will be released on June 24th, 2016 on Don Giovanni Records. Alice Bag features all original material written by Bag and includes performances by some of her favorite LA-based musicians.
Los Angeles alternative rockers, who use music to tell the stories of American outsiders. Nihilistic, but never apathetic.
Andres & Earth
ÁNIMÓ (ex Animal Style, Puro Instinct)
Anna St. Louis
Apollo Bebop is a Santa Ana, CA, based band dedicated to giving the world a contemporary marriage of jazz and hip hop.
Melissa & The Aquadolls
Four perma-teenage mermaids living in SoCal and making music.
Founded by Melissa Brooks, The Aquadolls started in January 2012. The current lineup is Melissa Brooks on vocals/guitar, joined by Ryan Frailich on vocals/guitar, Josh Crawford on bass, and Colin Moore on drums. The Aquadolls songs put forth “trip out” sorta vibes, as well as quite aggressive ones. A lot of our songs are about love, opening your mind, hating being a teenager, and even wanting to go Britney on someone and smash their windshield with a baseball bat. Just be a mermaid, and join the cult that is THE AQUADOLLS.
Nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter August Eve learned to play piano by ear, got recruited to join Grammy-nominated conductor Paul Salamunovich’s nationally acclaimed choir at nine, and in her early teens began writing, recording, and self-releasing her own moody and melancholic breed of pop music. After spending the past few years shaping her sound and collaborating with songwriters such as Justin Parker (Lana Del Rey, Sia, Bat for Lashes) and Linda Perry (Alicia Keys, P!nk, Gwen Stefani), August is now turning her bedroom recordings into a fully realized collection of songs that reveal her natural-yet-refined musical finesse and hypnotic, otherworldly vocal presence.
Written entirely by August (a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar and bass along with piano), the Los Angeles-based artist’s upcoming EP centers on her deep but ethereal voice, a powerful instrument that August delicately maneuvers to capture every nuance of feeling.
Austin McCutchen was born in Joplin, Mo. He is a songwriter, and now lives in Los Angeles. Check out his music!
Embarking upon a sophomore effort can be a daunting task for any young upstart, and there's no denying Avi Buffalo's own bar was set quite high with 2010's celebrated eponymous debut. Fear not, dear fans/family/friends/friends of friends/newcomers, there's nothing in this tale about The Second Album–a.k.a. At Best Cuckold, due September 8th in Europe and September 9th in North America on Sub Pop–that even remotely resembles a slump; in fact, it would be entirely appropriate to say that this Long Beach, California, enterprise is getting better with age.
Ah, yes, age–much was made of it when Avi Buffalo's first album hit the ground running, and for good reason: While their Millikan High School classmates were preoccupied with quaint and youthful pursuits, the musicians behind Avi Buffalo were busy making an off-kilter pop gem that eventually bowled over NME, The AV Club, Pitchfork, the BBC, and numerous other outlets on both sides of the Atlantic whose tastes are respected by the general public. Like a lot of kids their age, the Buffaloes celebrated the end of high school in Europe, but instead of visiting the Louvre and Buckingham Palace, their overseas journeys took them to the festival stages of Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, the Pavement-curated All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead, and beyond.
So is Avi Buffalo a he or a them? The answer is a definitive yes, as leader Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg has lent his musical nickname–bestowed in childhood by a pal who'd picked up on his friend's inclination toward spicy chicken wings–to this full-fledged outfit that works something like a solo project in the studio and then builds into a band onstage. Not that he goes it alone when recording–to the contrary, many able-bodied compatriots, including longtime collaborator Sheridan Riley, have assisted with committing his songs to tape–but everything begins and ends with Avi, and after ending a year on the road in support of the first record, he decided to take his time beginning work on the second.
The creation of At Best Cuckold turned out to be a three-year journey; a stretch of time that resembles its predecessor. While transitioning from teenager to twentysomething and traversing the interpersonal wilds which accompany that age, Avi kept playing music (even picking up a new instrument every now and again), collaborated with and produced several friends (including Kevin Litrow's N.O.W. project and Douglas James Sweeney's Arjuna Genome), and even started DJing. He also wrote new songs, and by the time 2013 rolled around, it was time to begin capturing his latest sparks–with that, the band headed into the studio on New Year's Day.
Two weeks later, the basic tracks for At Best Cuckold were recorded, having been captured at Tiny Telephone, the analog-friendly San Francisco studio run by John Vanderslice of John Vanderslice fame. The engineering was actually handled by Jay Pellicci (The Dodos, Deerhoof, Sleater-Kinney), though during his stay, Avi had a chance to play with the head honcho when he was asked to contribute to JV's tribute to Bowie's Diamond Dogs. Needless to say, Avi has nice things to say about the place.
The "clean and tight" recordings from Tiny Telephone served as perfect skeletons for Avi to flesh out with his analog and digital overdubs, which were completed over the next year or so at various locations around Southern California. ("I've always had a lot of fun with overdubs," says Avi. "Maybe my favorite instrument is overdubs.") The result–which was completed and mixed with Nicolas Vernhes at his Rare Book Room studio in Brooklyn–is a quirky yet comforting set of songs driven by refined pop songcraft and sneaky moments of grandeur that stick in the brain. Classic-sounding melodies are delivered with a modern sensibility, creating an album that's equal parts timely and timeless. Well-placed piano, sax, clarinet, French horn, and cornet further enhance the proceedings with a glorious orch-pop sheen.
"So What" gets things started with its understated charm and sing-songy goodness, however, it isn't until the rollicking "Memories of You" that Avi lets his trademark falsetto fly. There are great pop moments all over At Best Cuckold, but Avi also excels at moodiness, exemplified in subdued beauties like "Two Cherished Understandings" and "Oxygen Tank."
"I really like some of the ballad aspects of this record–it's kind of my tribute to the ballad," says Avi. "I predicted in an interview during the time of my first record what I was going to use in my next record, and I said a lot of major seventh chords, which, to me, sounded like laying down. And that ended up in the record, too."
Lyrically, there are a lot of unsettled emotions on the album; a product of Avi observing the world around him and writing "about life, dealing with relationships and yourself, and trying to keep your head up and keep learning amidst whatever it is you're going through." Disappointment ("Thought we understood each other well / I was wrong as usual") and anxiety ("Someone told me if I messed around / then my head would fill up with guilty clouds") abound, though there's also a feeling that everything is eventually going to turn out okay, even when everything seems to be falling apart during closer "Won't Be Around No More." If anything, Avi's passionate delivery is the ultimate source of optimism.
At the ripe old age of 23, Avi Buffalo is ready to take on the world (again), armed with all of the experience he's compiled over the past few years. And he's made sure the second time around will be just as memorable as the first.
Jacob Dillan Summers has been many things. A sheltered fundamentalist Christian kid. A world champion drumline drummer. A marine. A lovesick transplant to icy Alaska. But in July 2014, he was just a man stabbing a nail into his own palm to draw enough blood to paint with. This is the story behind Avid Dancer – the nom de musique under which Summers is releasing his first full-length album 1st Bath.
Those recordings contain some of the most kaleidoscopic, distinctly individual – and above all, honest – pop music you’ll hear all year. Summers started Avid Dancer to express himself viscerally – sometimes literally. For 1st Bath’s artwork, he wrote the album’s title in, yes, his own blood over a collage of photos from his early childhood. “This music represents my entire existence up to making this record,” Summers explains. “I wanted to really let people in, so I decided to paint the album title in my own blood. I actually jabbed myself until I got a big enough pool to write with. I mean, what could be more ‘me’?” That philosophy boils down to the intensity suggested in Avid Dancer’s moniker. “I realized the name matches what I’m doing musically,” Summers says. “When we dance, we lose ourselves in it – we put ourselves out there and don’t give a fuck. I’m not a guitar player, not a singer – I’m just putting myself out there with this music.”
In fact, Summers began as a drummer – a champion virtuoso, who won top honors for rudimental snare at United Corps International’s prestigious annual bugle-and-drum corps competition. During the songwriting process, he’d start with rhythms he’d create on percussion. This process ultimately gave his material a righteous rhythmic heft across the board – from the highly danceable “All the Other Girls” and the smoky torch-soul ballad “Stop Playing With My Heart,” to even the pedal-steel Americana of “Why Did I Leave You Behind?”
Even when Avid Dancer’s music does evoke artists, say – from the trippy Madchester vibe of album opener “All The Other Girls,” evoking Stone Roses and Charlatans to the insistent Pixies-style bassline opening “Medication” – it’s a happy coincidence. Raised in a strict Christian household, Summers was forbidden to listen to any secular music until his late teens; as a result, his musical discovery remains ongoing. “Growing up before the Internet, I was cut off,” he notes. “I wasn’t even allowed to watch MTV! I lived in an alternate reality.” I remember sending some songs to a friend and he said, ‘Dude, you remind me of The Kinks.’ I thought they were maybe a new band, but when I listened to them I fell in love with their music. Another time, I got compared to Elliott Smith, and then I got really into him.”
Summers’ entrée into the world of popular music proves a most unlikely origin story. He dropped out of his freshman year studying music education at the University of Tennessee to join the Marines – enlisting, in fact, on September 12, 2001. “It was the day after 9/11, but I’d planned on doing it anyway,” says Summers. He ended up in the elite United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, with whom he’d play up to 300 performances a year in addition to regular combat training.
At the end of his time with the Marines, Summers moved to Los Angeles: there he endured a number of awkward stints drumming for bands and studied audio recording.
Another sharp turn in Summers’ life came when he moved (of all places) to Alaska for a woman, it was here some of the songs on 1st Bath rook shape. As they grew, Summers would eventually return to LA and make his home at Venice Beach, where he completed 1st Bath. “This album for me has been all about honesty – with myself and about myself” Summers says reflecting on how his vast array of experiences have come together to shape his songwriting. Blogs started raving about early Avid Dancer demos, and they also caught the ear of noted producer Raymond Richards (Local Natives, Ferraby Lionheart). Together, Summers and Richards began recording the Avid Dancer songs that would eventually appear on 1st Bath at Richard’s Red Rockets Glare studio in Culver City, California – all except for the version of “I Wanna See You Dance,” which was produced by Dave Trumfio (Wilco, OK Go, Built to Spill,The Mekons).
Since then, he’s formed Avid Dancer’s live touring unit, a fluid ensemble that’s already supported the likes of Mac DeMarco, Warpaint, Hamilton Leithauser and Cold War Kids with its energetic live show. “I try to learn from other bands,” Summers says, “seeing how they hone in on delivering their message.” Ultimately Avid Dancer’s own message manifested itself when he wrote the song “All Your Words Are Gone” – one of 1st Bath’s most memorably plangent moments. “I met a sad girl and wrote that song to make her feel better,’” Summers says. “Writing that was a defining moment. Previously, I tried to write music that had never existed before. But doing ‘All Your Words Are Gone’ made me realize there are no new chords; what I needed to do was write a song that means something to me. I now understood I could do whatever I want: I don’t have to carry around any baggage – I can do anything. Whether it’s an acoustic country song, an electro track, or a heavy guitar jam, the style didn’t matter: I just channel whatever I’m feeling into a song that has something to say. That’s how I’ve been doing it ever since.”
A Z U L
A rare Angeleno native growing up through the nooks and crannies of the culturally diverse Los Angeles artistic basin, Azul pulls inspiration from contrasts in life experiences and nature. Rhythmic melodies juxtapose abstract tribal beats , sonic back-masks, and deep groves while finding a magical through line awash in historical soul revival. Breakout performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and FORM Arcosanti., Lead Azul’s introduction to a larger audience imminent with an upcoming release on Mom + Pop Records and a bevy of unique live performances into 2016.
"Babylon must fall. Freedom rocking into oblivion through the darkest past times calling you to wave your freak flag and be what you wana be, man. If you're beautifully stoned you fall right into the Babylon family." - John Sinclair
Baby Girl DJs
Ladies stand up! It's time to celebrate the females of hip hop and R&B! We're gonna spin everything from Salt N Pepa to Rihanna and then back to SWV.
U.S. Department of Bhangra
One of the most fascinating aspects of Ballerina Black is how this California indie-rock band conjures such a dark melancholy, amid sunny skies and bright beaches. These Angelenos are frequently mistaken for an English act, which explains why they had such a successful reception on their U.K. tour last summer.
With a sound described as Mope-Rock or Grave-Wave, Bobby Moynahan manuvers the morose corners of the post-punk 80's with grand melodies. Supported by long-time friends and members, bassist Esli Sugich and expansive synths and guitars from Scott Eton, the guys have accumulated a wealth of material; dating from 2010.
The band has had the opportunity to open up for the likes of Interpol and Silversun Pickups in their hometown's Greek Theatre. Pitted as the next Cure, nobody captures such a reminiscent sound in a more unique and honest way.
The band anxiously prepares to deliver their brightest effort to date. Ballerina Black's "Whails" is set for release this June 2015.
The Band Ice Cream
"If you thought Banta's "Dark Charms" was a Fleetwood Mac B-side at first listen, you wouldn't be alone. The Echo Park-based indie pop sextet's songs embody so much of the same smooth pop folk-rock swing we've got a hunch that their self-titled EP (slated for a June release) is only the tip of the iceberg. Comprised of Sharaya Mikael (vocals/guitar), Kristin Hardin (vocals), Jon Marcu (drums), Scott Clear (lead guitar), Steve Oh Grohne (bass) and Alathea Reece (keys), Banta is a fairly new band but songs such as "Three Feet From Gold" and "Someday" filter their classic rock influences exceptionally well. There's both charm and a fierceness in their songs that will have you grooving long after listening".
Beat Mosaic is a hard-hitting California Soul and Groove band from Los Angeles, CA. Anchored in a classic funk sound that evokes comparisons to the Meters and the J.B’s, this 8 person outfit broadcasts a sound that is both familiar yet their own. A band who’s influences range from rare funk, classic soul, and psychedelic rock to the rhythmic layers and textures of afrobeat and jazz, Beat Mosaic weaves a tapestry of styles into a seamlessly organic and natural groove that is by turns laid-back and uproarious. Having just released their debut Vinyl 45rpm containing original songs "Play A Fool" b/w "Shape of Your Love" on F-Spot Records, Beat Mosaic is entering the current light of the rapidly expanding West Coast funk, soul, and afrobeat scenes taking charge, ready to be shared, ready to bring people together.
Bjorn and The Sun
Bjorn and the Sun is a soulful folk-blues duo consisting of David Donaldson and Amanda Björn. After meeting in Los Angeles and making music together for the last year, they embarked on a cross country adventure to Nashville to make a record. Inspired by their journey, they fused together California folk with Nashville soul. They were lucky enough to record at the Bomb Shelter with Grammy Award-winning Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) along with the help of some incredibly talented Nashville players including Jon Estes, Ben Alleman, Dave Racine. Now, the duo has made their way to New York City to release their debut EP, Growing Up and are planning an upcoming Northeast tour in the Fall.
The Black Heartthrobs
High pace, and raw energy guide Black Mambas' brand of Rock N Roll to the brink of recklessness. Their their cutthroat attitude screams 'Fuck Shit Up!' all across the globe. Rock N Roll tramps on the road always on the go.
In 2012 Wild Records signed these four Angelenos, soon thereafter the Mambas released their 45rpm record entitled "Baby I'll Give it to You." The following year they released their self titled album "Black Mambas"
Following Black Mambas recent European tour they have teamed up with Johnny Witmer and Disconnected Records to record their follow up album scheduled for release in September 2017. Currently scheduled to tour Japan in November.
Los Angeles Based Post Future Wave
Hosted by Black Shakespeare & Gregory Lee
Black Shakespeare is a co-founder of the LA nightclub, Chocolate Bar, and has music in his genes. A cousin of bassist Robbie Shakespeare of Sly & Robbie, he also did his first assisting engineering gig with legendary producer Scientist.
Born in Jamaica, he moved with his family to New York City , where Shakespeare became involved with Hip Hop, toasting with host Jamalski at S.O.B.'s open mic venue.
In 1995, he moved to Los Angeles where he met producer Aurelito Mercado, a Chicago transplant who hosted parties that guested such pioneering Dee Jays as Marvski and Cut Chemist. where people like the Black Eyed Peas, Breakestra, and Ozomatli just came to hang.
Aurelito and Shakespeare formed the I&I Sound System, and started Chocolate Bar in early 1997, with original DJs Cokni ODire, DJ Higher, Daz, and T-Lee. It was Mercado who, around 2000, dreamed up the idea of the Irie Ice Cream Truck, outfitting an old ice cream truck with a sound system and bringing the good vibes and deep tunes to the folks.
Shortly after the Ice Cream Trucks debut in early 2003, it was featured on the cover of XLR8R magazine, as well as a Saul Williams album cover. Mercado and Shakespeare soon began receiving invitations. The I&I Sound System has since become a presence at festivals like the Sunset Junction, Nocturnal Wonderland, Electric Daisy, and Abbot Kinney Festivals; the system even gigs at museums, high schools and colleges.
The LA resident is a featured artist on albums by The Lions (2) (Ubiquity Records and Stones Throw Records), as well as on the "Various - Rewind! 5" compilation album (Ubiquity Records).
His 2008 creation HARD WIRE (distributed by CD Baby) is an a big mixture of music of what he calls Dub Hop. A bringing together of Dancehall and Dub Reggae with deep nitty gritty Hip Hop beats. Working along side producers Josh 1 and Craig S. and top ranking vocalist from Redbud Records Rob Symeonn and selector /deeJay Mikey Assassin.
Black Shakespeare brings the Brooklyn, Jamaica L.A. Vibez world wide for the people.....
The Blank Tapes
THE BLANK TAPES is the moniker of Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist, Matt Adams, who has produced over a dozen albums of 1960’s inspired folk-rock-surf-psych-soul-pop on Volcom, Burger Records, Antenna Farm, Royal Oakie, White Noise, and others. Their latest album “Ojos Rojos” is out now in the USA, EU, & Brazil on vinyl/CD/cassette. Along with his band mates, The Blank Tapes have toured throughout America, Brazil, Europe, & Japan. Matt is also the artist behind his band’s posters & album covers. New albums and tours coming soon…
“Evokes Belle and Sebastian, Pavement, and The Black Keys – in a San Fran coffeehouse (just like the old days).” – ROLLING STONE
“’50s and ’60s pop classics with ramshackle warmth.” – SPIN
“Yoke a garage-pop sensibility to ferocious rock riffs.” – THE NEW YORKER
“Perfectly classic sound.” – SF BAY GUARDIAN
“Awesome every time.” – LA WEEKLY
From the heart of San Francisco, Blimes Brixton is an
MC and vocalist armed with an unmatched passion for artistry. Her musical background extends two generations to a blues musician father and jazz
musician grandfather, which explains her affinity for melody and musicality. She’s been catching the eyes of the world, which most recently sparked collaborative efforts from hip hop icon Method Man. While early on in her career, the lyricist joined the
likes of Too Short, Adam Vida, & France’s Scratch Bandits Crew on various releases.
With a new moniker , Blimes embarks on a fresh journey to expand her sound and reach fans globally. While co-headlining a 25 city European tour with fellow heavy-hitter Gavlyn, Blimes established her own imprint label: Peach House Records, which is focused on highlighting talented women in the industry.
On the upcoming third release from Los Angeles’ Big Air, Rob Dobson & company combine elements of garage, psych, and surf with slacker guitar rock tendencies and a 90s indie rock sensibility. Juxtapose all that with an astute, acerbic, acid-casualty lyricism that leans equally on science fiction and social friction, and you’ve got Inner Facing, Outer Spacing.
Initially a Virginia-based garage punk duo, Big Air has evolved over the years and is now a power trio with a bigger bag of tricks. The 2014 debut, the self-released Buds EP, was hailed by Pitchfork as “an infectious pop punk record,” while the psychedelic tape experimentations of 2015’s Don’t Care were lauded by Stereogum as “the kind of high-energy garage rock that makes them easy to like and hard not to listen to on repeat.”
“Billy Changer has the name of the everyman in a Philip K. Dick story, and like the everyman in a Philip K. Dick story, there may be something special about him—something powerful even—that he neither knows about nor fully controls. This self-titled LP—originally one side of a split tape with Corners bandmate and frontman Tracy Bryant—is an understandably uneven listen. It was put together more from experiences that transformed into songs than as a plotted album, so you can’t ever be sure what’s coming next. Maybe an experiment: “Black Angel,” like the very early Spacemen 3 when they couldn’t quite keep their heads held up, with intently reverent subway-sound Velvet Underground guitar. Maybe a scene from a movie never made: instrumental “Chiller” is strange and a stand-out for it, a song with vibes so heavy it needed like an actual vibraphone. It’s urgent, nervous, even menacing—a walk alone as headlights flash off your back. Or maybe a deep one like “Sweet Time,” a Daniel Johnston heartbroke valentine with loose-as-hell Sticky Fingers production. Side two is where the album starts to dissolve into itself, where the songs can’t quite hold to each other and Changer brings out the slide guitar to show just how slidey everything can be. By closer “You’re My Girl,” we’re in a Flies On Sherbert waking dream with a song so loose it’s suddenly all around you. What makes this album far different from the usual “I made this!” autobio recordings are the vast wells of tension and want and id within—and the way the songs drift uneasily above them, sometimes warping and distorting in ways you’d never expect. “Band of Brothers” seems like it must just be about a night out with friends … but there is something staggeringly desperate and even tragic happening there, too. It’s like a song from a car going off a cliff—a snapshot of the instant just before moving forward becomes falling down. If there’s a Joy Divison influence at work here, it comes in three places: the lockstep rhythm at the second half of the resolute “Island Fever,” the razor’s-edge production precision and then these stark and fearless moments at the precipice. Changer always brings you back, but I wonder if that’s even scarier—he does know the edge is there, right?” —Chris Ziegler (LA Record)
Slow All Over, the debut album from eclectic musician Brian Harding’s new project Blond Ambition, is a laser-focused work filled with danceable moments of percussive, head-nodding rhythmic bombast paired with catchy synth and guitar-laden hooks, deliberate and slow-burning pace, and subtly emotive melody. Despite its considerate influence from the broad and open-minded style of world-beat, the album is complete in its vision and scope, a tight and sexy affair fully realized by Harding and created almost entirely in his new home of Los Angeles. But to reach this peak, he needed to leave parts of his past behind—not to mention his coast.
Nearly four years ago, Harding, formerly of the acclaimed Brooklyn project Ex-Cops, left the bright lights of NYC for the serene woods of Upstate New York. He made some musical headway there, writing new material and recording demos in a cottage. But while standing in an LAX terminal in early 2016 to catch his flight home after finishing the last Ex Cops tour, Harding decided to change his surroundings.
“I got off the tour in LA and didn’t get back on the plane,” says Harding. “Literally at the airport I decided I wasn’t going back.”
No stranger to Los Angeles and its many stages, having played the hallowed Hollywood Bowl as a guitarist with Daniel Johnson’s band, Harding landed (or Ubered, rather) on his feet, staying with friends in East LA until finding a place of his own.
“I’m happier now,” he says. “LA gives me city and country. Also I write more when I don’t have to wear a jacket everywhere.”
There he connected with his friend Andrew Miller, the former guitarist for Dum Dum Girls who he had met while their bands toured together, and recorded what Harding calls “fun stuff” and “mostly hip-hop tracks.” From there, recognizing their chemistry but each sticking to their roles as songwriter or producer, the pair began work on some demos of Harding’s material. Taking inspiration from the “attitude influence” of Madonna, the new solo project, christened Blond Ambition, immediately began to take flight. If all this seems quick, that’s because Harding is used to working fast, not to mention that, for the first time ever, he knew exactly what he wanted the music to sound like.
“I had a clear vision for what I wanted this project to be aesthetically and sonically,” he says. “My dad used to play trumpet for Ray Charles and I used to be obsessed with The Genius Comes to Town, which is like a very early world creation album, and I chose to focus on things like Revolver or Channel Orange where it’s a record you’re not just hearing, you’re living in it.”
Blond Ambition takes respectful cues from the early disco/dance/Avant-garde Downtown scene of 1970s and ’80s New York, the pastiche-sampling art rock of bands like World Party and Big Audio Dynamite, and even the Grateful Dead. Harding also cites his stint as a bartender in an NYC nightclub for exposing him to the house and dance scenes that changed the way he looks at making music.
“All of that stuff is very percussive and groove-oriented, but those bands could also write a pop song too—it wasn’t just a jam,” Harding says. “I lost a lot of interest in guitar rock. It didn’t hit me the way it used to, so I wanted to make a more crystal-clear kind of dance music. It’s definitely world beat-y. I really like percussion and African elements and I’m a big Grateful Dead fan so I like that very clear percussion, tree-tapping on the track.” Harding also cites his stint as a bartender in NYC nightclub Le Baron for exposing him to the house and dance scenes that changed the way he looks at making music.
Harding played nearly everything you hear on Slow All Over himself—with the exception of lead guitar, which was performed by his childhood friend Jason Roberts—from programmed and sampled beats to bass guitar to various synthesizers, bongos, and shakers. The album was completed in just under six months. “We were learning as we went,” Harding says. “We were lucky to be around really good musicians in LA and Andrew is great at programming, engineering, and producing, so that made it easy. I’m really into world creation, so we added a bunch of sounds and interludes that live between the songs. The whole process just felt really organic and cool.”
As Harding acknowledges, the process of making a debut album for a new project in just half a year when you’re in a new city across the country from your old home can be a pretty radical experience. With Blond Ambition he has found an outlet to express those feelings in the form of catchy songs, while at the same time holding down a relentless groove.
“As you’re making the album, you’re changing your life completely and meeting new people and going to different parties and shows. I feel that really informed the sound of the album in a big way,” he says. “I guess I’m also thinking more about what I’m saying and thinking about real life experiences for the first time, rather than surreal elements, and it’s really influencing what I’m writing. Obviously there’s a lot about changing locations and leaving people behind and meeting new people. I just wanna be lucid. Selectively."
I was raised near a bog. the sounds of the toads and the night were my lullabies. the trees carried me. the moon caressed me, the dark was my cover. I am awake while you sleep, and in the shadows when you walk. i steal your breath when you speak, and grow strong when you hurt - bob villain
From the gutters of the San Gabriel valley comes a fresh hit of audible THC. Children of an eclectic sounding upbringing, bodegas blends high energy rock, sexually inspiring soul, , and smoked out reggae to form an original sound that doesn't fit into any packaged genre.
Not one to shy from the volume knob, Rachel Fannan's latest explosion
the Bomb is an angsty guitar driven kiss blown to the likes of Dinosaur Junior, Black Sabbath, Heart and ACDC. Powerful and precise, face melting vocals push head banging riffs to the next level, a captivating blend of performance and raw energy you have to hear to believe. Best known for her work in Only You and psych outfit Sleepy Sun, the Bomb provides the perfect opportunity to catch Fannan at her most rock. Joined by Dash Hutton on drums and Quincy Larsen on bass, the Bomb is pleased to announce it will be releasing its debut EP ‘Everybody’s Famous’ December 21st 2016.
Boogaloo Assassins are a Los Angeles-based 12-piece Latin band inspired by
the classic Latin Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Salsa, and Latin funk records of
the 1960’s and 1970’s. A staple of the Los Angeles live music scene,
Boogaloo Assassins are celebrating their 10-year anniversary with 2 sets of
live music, special guests, and DJs.
Founded in 2007 by members of the Los Angeles bands Hepcat, Ocean 11, and
See Spot, their 2013 self-released vinyl debut Old Love Dies Hard birthed
the 7” underground cross-over hit single “No No No”, a mambo version of the
Dawn Penn reggae classic, which received airplay from BBC Radio 6’s Gilles
Peterson, pioneering hip-hop Dj Tony Touch, KCRW 89.9, KKJZ 88.1, KPFK
90.7, KPCC 89.3, KXLU 88.9 and became a modern staple of salsa and funk
club Dj’s across the globe.
2014 saw Boogaloo Assassins support Innovative Leisure recording artist Nick
Waterhouse on West Coast dates, join the iconic Latin label Fania Records
with the re-release of their debut Old Love Dies Hard, and play a 5-show
celebration of Fania’s 50th anniversary in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and
New York City, including backing Fania legends Joe Bataan and Roberto Roena.
Boogaloo Assassins’ original 7-inch “One and Only (Parts 1 and 2)”, was
released on Pres Records (producer Nick Waterhouse) in 2016, instantly
LA/NY quartet BRAEVES began with childhood best friends Ryan Colt Levy and Derek Tramont, who’ve been together before the dawn of social media. Having experimented with a wide range of styles and sounds over the years, it wasn't until the addition of Thomas Killian McPhillips VII in late 2012 that things fell into place and BRAEVES was born. From there the music grew organically into its own unique blend of soulful Indie Rock and Pop that it is today, reminiscent of bands such as Local Natives, The Shins and Grizzly Bear alike. They are now joined by singer/guitarist, Scott Goldbaum.
Brainstory is a tale of brothers bounded by blood, by fate, and a small town with nothing to do. Brothers brought together by some unknown magic that would set them free to create, to sing, and to play a music of the soul. To open a window of truth in a world of auto-tuned hamburger egos. To forever be pushing long hair out of their eyes as they explore the cosmos beyond the hot, dusty, world in which they've dwelled. And what a universe it is. One part Jazz and one part Psychedelia, with a whole lotta Soul put in the middle. Add some Hendrix and Mayfield, some Bossa, and some afro-latin groove and you've got the right idea. Pure fun-love-exploration music.
Their story begins in the long lost lands of the San Bernardino Valley, in the twilight zone known as Rialto, California: A hot, arid, dusty, wasteland of boredom and dirty trash-filled empty lots, which could've only given rise to the backyard punk jams of the boy's teenage youth. Through Punk and skateboarding, brothers Kevin and Tony Martin found liberation from the monotony. But soon a hunger for more would grip the boys—for they grew up in a rich musical world far beyond that of the hardcore punk they admired. As long as they could remember, they were surrounded by their father's soulful gospel expressions as a popular lead vocalist in the church. Every Sunday was a lesson in soul bearing performance. Frequent weekend visits to Grandma's house also were important in shaping their musical destinies. As an avid Jazz and R&B fan, Grandpa Juan played the likes of Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan, Johnny Hodges, Count Basie and other 30's and 40's artists both on the turntable and on his tenor/alto sax. Swinging was the key lesson. Thus naturally, Jazz, folk, soul, and psychedelia would soon make a feast upon the brothers' souls. "Bitches Brew (the Miles Davis album) was a big one for me", says brother Tony. "All my life I had lived with a hunger for imagination and adventure. After listening to this album here was everything I craved, crafted in sound. After that first listen, I knew I wanted to be a musician." In their early years, it was normal to hear the Doors blasting out of one room and Coltrane out of another. Sometimes it was Bob Dylan and Monk butting heads. Or Mingus and Smokey. There was always an eclectic set of ideas, melodies, and sounds. College and girlfriends may have separated them for a while but the calling was always there. It just wasn't the right time. Many bands, gigs, and demo-recordings later, the final piece would be found to unite the brothers at last.
Tired of the small music scene in the IE, Tony set his sights on the San Francisco Bay area, where he honed his upright bass jazz chops for 2 ½ years. It was during this time apart that Kevin, also tired of the limited opportunities around him, had a vision. "I was so disillusioned with being a guitarist in other bands, playing the same small town gigs over and over. I knew there was something more." With the encouragement of long time friends Chicano Batman, Kevin had the idea of creating his own project. Thus, Brainstory was born.
Originally an acoustic guitar duo the band grew into a full piece outfit with the return of Tony and the addition of longtime jazz trio member Eric Hagstrom. Armed with a renewed love for the electric jazz sounds of their inspiration, the trio of destiny was now complete. The work on the new EP 'Brainstory Presents: A Natural Phantasm' began in 2012.
It is said that the eye is the window of the soul. This is eye-music. Music of the body, the mind, the spirit, and the earth. Tales of nature, ectascy, of darkness and light. Excursions in rhythm, melody, harmony; taking you to the pinnacle of the open-blue sky, and back down to the ground of the raw earth of each listener's humble beginning. Stripped down funk, jazz improvisation, and spacious vocal harmony seek to take the listener to a place of expansion, a place of dancing, liberation, and love. This is our music. This is our memorandum. This is the story of our brains.
With enchanting dream goth/ shoegaze tracks, Brass Box take listeners on a journey through life, death and the darkness that swells beneath the surface. Duo, Ammo Bankoff and Neil Popkin originally met several years prior at an underground new wave/ goth party in Los Angeles. The bands in which Bankoff played (Tête, Black Flamingo) occasionally shared bills with Popkin’s bands (War Tapes, Rituals). Due to their musical connection both musicians naturally collaborated. Popkin then brought in guitarist Matt Bennett (War Tapes) and drummer Pablo Amador (Rituals), to round out the heavy sounds of Brass Box. Since joining forces the quartet has assembled lush compositions of melody and noise while recording in their Downtown Los Angeles home studio. Some describe the sound as a mix between My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins, but you can decide for yourself.
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Brenda Carsey & the Awe deliver a funky, energetic show, seamlessly mixing a unique blend of Alternative Soul, R&B, and Progressive Trip Hop. The group is led by songstress and keyboardist Brenda Carsey and grooved out by the Awe-some rhythm section featuring Matt Brundrett on drums, Andy Goettsch on bass, and a rotating line-up of musicians. Carsey’s Voice is, in a word, uninhibited, mixing a syrupy sweet sound with a beautiful darkness and a vocal range with a potential of virtuosity. This Los Angeles, CA based artist has played at heavy hitting music festival Lightning in a Bottle (2017), Feed LA Festival (2016), and Echo Park Rising Festival (2014, 2015, 2016)! Carsey has toured the entire Western US from San Diego to Seattle, to Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and also Nashville and New York. She has also grooved and swooned on the stages of The Hotel Cafe, The Teragram Ballroom, Mrs. Fish, Good Times at Davey Wayne's, Harvard & Stone, The Federal Bar, The Lost Knight, and The Virgil (to name a few). She will stop you in your tracks with poetic lyrics, fluid melodies, engaging chords progressions, funky rhythms, and a voice filled with passion and soul. Carsey's first full-length studio album dropped July 16th 2017 with a packed release party and a truly mesmerizing performance on the main stage at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA! The album features the Awe and was engineered and co-produced by Brian Frederick of Hybrid Studios and Stacks FX (who has worked with names like DJ Quik, Whiz Khalifa, Isabella Summers (the Machine of Florence + the Machine) and even the Backstreet Boys on their 20th anniversary record).
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The Buttertones are a five piece rock and roll outfit hailing from Los Angeles, California. Applying a thick coat of nostalgia paired with modern sensibilities, the Buttertones create a sound familiar to those versed in the early history of rock music, yet inviting to anyone hungry for a new contemporary sound. Founded in late 2012, LA transplants Richard Araiza (vocals/guitar), Modesto Cobian(drums), and Sean Redman(bass) began writing and performing around southern California. The self-titled "Buttertones" album was released on cassette in October of 2013 by Lolipop Records. The cassette sold out in 2 months. 2014 saw the addition of guitar player Dakota Böettcher. With a clear focus The Buttertones began work on the self released "For the Head and for the Feet" EP, as well as a west coast tour. Saxophonist London Guzman joined the group in February of 2015 after recording on the full length "American Brunch" which was self released in October of that year. An 8" vinyl single (Stray Dog Strut/Shut Up Sugar) will be released in September, 2016 on Innovative Leisure Records. A follow up full length record was produced in the spring of 2016 by Jonny Bell at Jazzcats Studio in Long Beach, CA. The Buttertones have sharpened their tools and continue to create songs that capture the cinematic qualities of life. From romance to disaster, action to drama, The Buttertones are here to provide an exciting, vivid, and engaging experience for anyone tuned in
BUSted!, features true stories about getting around Los Angeles, told by people who don’t drive. You’ll hear tales of freaks, creeps and rock and roll stars riding the busses and trains of Los Angeles. These true stories told by comedians, musicians, writers and other public transit miscreants, will make you laugh and/or freak you out.
Callie is an LA based producer and resident Dublab Dj. Her music aims to address tender feelings of vulnerability, tension and the overlap between our internal and external systems. Her musical intentions are grounded in the desire to reflect these concepts by selecting sounds, samples, and vocal manipulations which are texturally tangible, confrontational and able to occupy their own physical and emotional space.
Since moving back to Los Angeles in August of 2015, Callie has immersed herself in the Los Angeles Beat and electronic scene, performing shows with the likes of Kenny Segal (Team Supreme), Mystery Cave (Alpha Pup/Psychic Fortitude), Dot (Team Supreme/Unspeakable Records), Swarvy (Leaving Records/Street Corner Music), and Iman Omari (Vibe Music Collective). Callie will be releasing her most recent project, "Milk", via Rootnote Collective and will be playing The Unsilent Cinema Festival in Downtown LA September 30th alongside fellow DUBLAB DJS, Daedalus (Brainfeeder) and Dntel (Jimmy Tamborello).
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Brian Doss aka Captain BackPack is a musician who plays with the audiences emotions by being a producer of many genres. From hip hop and jazz to ambient movie like soundscapes Captain Backpack can do it all. BackPack started with music at the age of 15 playing the guitar and learning music theory. Since then he has gone on to produce and create many great projects at wind the crowd over every time
Structural examinations of the formless.
CG Roxanne and the Nightmares
Charlie Overbey And The Broken Arrows
From the smoldering ashes of some of LA's coolest bands erupts Charlie Overbey And The Broken Arrows.
Charlie spent years evolving as a musician, from Sunset Strip band Big Bang Babies to cowpunks Custom Made Scare to Deadbolt and Charlie And The Valentine Killers. Now he has emerged -- not entirely unscathed -- as a pretty serious songwriter.
Thoughtfully chosen veteran rockersJimmy James (Hangmen, Masons),Dave James (Superbees), Jordan Shapiro (Supersuckers), Joe Ginsberg (Chuck Ragan) -- and the new kid Charlie Nice – round out Overbey's stellar new band The Broken Arrows.
Charlie says, "We've all lived a lot, we've all toured a lot, and we've all loved and lost a lot. I believe this is the key to a group of dudes that can relate to one another, and hang with mutual respect as a cohesive traveling unit and as a Band Of Brothers. Only with this kind of bond can the magic translate on stage. The Broken Arrows have that magic.”
With their debut record The California Kid Produced and mixed by Charlie The infamous TED HUTT (Lucero, DKM, Old Crow Medicine Show, Chuck Ragan etc) is set to be released Jan 2015.
Charlie Overbey And The Broken Arrows have started playing shows and gearing up for some heavy road work including the European and Asian markets.
THE BROKEN ARROWS shine big from the influences of former greats such as early Tom Petty and Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, Jackson Browne and Thin Lizzy.
Cheap Tissue is a Garage/Punk band from Los Angeles. Brandishing snarling, fuzzy guitars and three “singers” up front, Cheap Tissue’s musicianship consists of quintessential garage melodies, classic punk progressions, and fuzzy, dueling guitar work beneath their snarling vocals often sung simultaneously during their fast paced, non-stop live set. Cheap Tissue draws from sounds reminiscent of the late 70s punk scene, an inspiration that guides their gritty—yet sophisticated—sound and audience. Cheap Tissue’s coarse, hell bent racket can be loosely traced back to an unhinged fervor of rock ’n’ roll’s nostalgic roots bringing raucous late night sounds to audiences across Los Angeles.
Cheap Tissue has played alongside infuential acts such as The Vibrators, The Zeros and played a recent west coast stint with Slaughter and the Dogs. The band consists of Andrew Taylor (Guitar/Vox), Jesse Youngblood (Guitar/Vox), John Tyree (Bass/Vox) and its one-eyed drummer Matthew Spizer.
The band recently signed a recording contract with Lolipop! Records. Cheap Tissue’s debut LP will be released March 2nd during a four-month PR and show campaign that is scheduled to begin November 13th.
Chola orange is a spaceship of funk, with influences ranging from Parliament Funkadelic, Zapp and Roger, Sun Ra, horror movie soundtracks, and various jazz masters. Chola Orange is a four piece outfit sporting keyboards, synthesizers, electric bass, electric guitars and drum set. Augmented with a variety of pedals, electronics, and guest performers. Chola Orange is taking part in a revitalization of funk, expanding into modern funk, boogie, and beyond. Chola Orange is operating out of Los Angeles, California.
Latchkey garage punks from all over CA gather for the monster they call the Cigarette Bums. Started by guitarist/vocalist Steven Carrera in late 2011, the band began with various members that recorded two 7"s, a few EPs and one album entitled HOLY SMOKES. 2015 saw the band record their second LP and their first full United States tour both aptly titled Goofs On The Loose.
The band currently features drummer Austin Ash, guitarist/background vocalist Massimo De Maria, bassist Bobby Colver, and is often guested by various musicians from the Los Angeles community. In the last year, this lineup has played shows with artists such as Feels, Wild Wing, Prettiest Eyes, Pinky Pinky, Nobunny, and The Frights to name a few as well as recorded their follow up full length entitled Sidewalkin' to be released this fall on LP.
"The Bums’ music is rootsy-expressive, postpunk quirky and as solidly diverting as anything squalling in Silverlake at the present moment"-Ron Garmon, LA Record
Cillie Barnes is a musical project helmed by songwriter Vanessa Long.
In the past she’s put out a couple E.P.’s, had her songs in a couple shows, had some nice quotes written about her and...
That shit’s in the past.
Now Cillie Barnes is Vanessa Long, Marko Kurtović, Nick White, Thomas Berg, Trevor Sohnen and Andrew Tyler.
They just got done doing a full length album, Cobra Lily, produced by Joe Keefe and it’s gonna be sick.
Collectively they enjoy the alexander technique, running the grand canyon, murder mysteries, postmodernism, animation, haunted houses,
cheese, hounds, boardgames, and magick.
If you combine all there names together like a celebrity couple it would like this. : Sohler Whitević Longberg
New band featuring veteran edgemen from mass and maryland on Triple B records.
Collin Cairo is an experimental pop artist and producer based out of Los Angeles. Collin plays the synthesizer. Collin once had scabies.
Punk rock band from Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.
Comedy Runway hosted by Mike Gamms
Jonathan and Michael Rosen are brothers, and also Cones. Growing up in San Francisco, they were as close as could be – spending their free time eating cereal.
Jonathan was infatuated with pop music from day one. He cried when he realized Elvis was dead. He would build cardboard drum sets in his room and play along to the Bee Gees. In contrast, Michael had a technical and academic approach to music. Trained in piano and composition, he studied in the classical tradition, writing his first opera at the age of 16.
The two brothers are based in Los Angeles. Jonathan is an acclaimed hand-drawn animator. He has created music videos for such artists as Toro y Moi, Eleanor Friedberger, and Delicate Steve. His rock and roll dream was born on the set of HBO’s Vinyl, when he played the role of Johnny Thunders. Michael is a commercial/film composer and experimental sound artist. His fiercely technical brain works in collaboration with his heightened ear to create beautiful and strange sonic environments.
Prior to starting Cones, the brothers played in the backing band for Eleanor Friedberger (of the Fiery Furnaces), helping to write and tour on her latest record New View. While on tour, Jonathan and Michael conceptualized a new project. One that would fuse Jonathan’s pop sensibilities with Michael’s lush soundscapes and key-heavy orchestration. One that would rely on an entire lifetime of brotherhood – sounds that Jonathan could draw and images that Michael could hear.
In the spring of 2017, Cones released a music video (animated by Jonathan) for their debut single 'Echoes On' via The Fader. Two more singles titled 'Back in the Brain' and 'Whatever You're Into' will be released in August 2017 via Canvasback/Atlantic Records. The group looks forward to producing more material and developing their sound and culture.
The Creation Factory are an extension of Los Angeles' rich musical past. Formed by members Shane Stotsenberg (Bass/Vocals) & Iggy Gonzalez (Drums/Vocals) who are also main players in popular neo-psych pop act The Mystic Braves. The Creation Factory formed mainly as a recording project between Shane & Iggy, before they introduced a trio of other Los Angeles and Bay Area musicians to join the fold and take the project onto the road to play shows, the line-up also includes Organist Glenn Brigman and guitarists Neil Soiland & Gabriel Pacheco.
Croy And The Boys
I was born and raised in Bowling Green, Ohio and never spent longer than 2 months outside of it until the age of 24 when after 5 1/2 years changing majors in college I decided I'd had enough, loaded my guitar and some clothes into my friend Georgia's car and had her drop me off in Austin, TX. Going on 7 years later, I'm still trying to figure out what the hell I'm doing and I'm writing about it all as I go.
I felt like I was having a hard time showing people what I meant so 3 years ago I started Croy and the Boys to help me explain it. Our music is rooted in country but it comes out sounding the way we hear it. And we don't mind. Hope y'all don't either.
Trance DJ & producer, producing tracks with Ferrin & Low, Woody van Eyden or Alex M.O.R.P.H..
Based in Herten, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Spanish Surf Shoegaze band from L.A.
Band Leader Cutty found a mutual love for all things vintage with band members Chewy Lewy (bass) & Bang Bangs (drums)
Being well versed in the narrative they wanted to tell the end of 2012 marked the beginning of CUTTY FLAM in the form of a single entitled: Robot Heart
"Low end (sub sounds) and Heavy (lyrics/melody) is the first impression I wanted the world to have of our sound".-Cutty
Since then they have recorded a second single released Valentines day 2013 entitled: Whispers.
Their aesthetic is drenched in black and white memorabilia.
March 13 2013 they release a Music Video for their newest single:
Do You Wanna?
Online Music Zine Lo-Pie had this to say: Plays out like a 1950's horror flick. Think "Invasion of the body snatchers" with a rock n' roll twist.... this tune will have you singing along on the second listen".
Dancing Tongues is a duo from Los Angeles formed in the fall of 2015. Drawing influence from the creative approaches of the late 70's punk movements and mid-century modern art, the band plays minimal post-punk that is both danceable and energetic.
Dante Elephante is an indie surf pop quartet from Santa Barbara, California. The band just released their first EP, German Aquatics.
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Daydream Time Machine
Dead Dawn is an expression of our beautiful, horrible, colorful, crazy subteranean culture. Based out of Los Angeles, China Morbosa is on vox, Abilene Fawn is on guitar, Gabriel Rebagliati is on base, and Brandon Lloyd Burkart is on drums. Black & white future punk retro vibed thick rock. COME EARLY TO SEE THE PREMIERE OF THE VIDEO FOR DEAD DAWN's NEW SINGLE "THE STRANGER" PRIOR TO THEIR SET.
Death Hymn Number 9
Formed out of the murky Louisiana Swamp, these four denizens of somnambulance and limited brain power were a former backing band to Motown's greats, until abandoned at a routine gas stop in Baton Rouge in August 1965. In an act of brazen post-mortem activity, the band soldiered on, focusing their collective rage and wild abandonment issues into a thrashy, gross, fast, groovy, loud, hurt-feeling-fest of garage and punk rock bravado. After emerging from those garbage laden swamps, the band relocated to Los Angeles in late 2009 to annoy and harass the lazy bourgeois bar going public and teenage backyard house show attendee. Who knows what posthumous ridiculousness will ensue
"Deep Fields is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of Deep Fields stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of bands, ever, in all of the universe."
The Diamond Light
“...the truth that is realizable in a dead man's bones and is beyond the Tree of Buddha as well as the Cross of Jesus. Believe that the world is an ethereal flower, and ye live! I knew this! I also knew that I was the worst bum in the world. The diamond light was in my eyes.” - Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
Dick and Jane Family Orchestra
Described by the LA Weekly as “the beatnik Marty and
Elayne of Dresden Room fame” featuring the dynamic Jane
Cantillon and her husband guitarist Richard “Dicky” Ross,
the hilarious hard-to- categorize sound of the Dick and Jane
Family Orchestra” has been described as "garage cabaret"
or "twisted urban folk rock," offering up an eclectic mix of
quirky originals and underground classics. Influences range
from Captain Beefheart and Bob Dylan to the Velvet
Underground, Jonathan Richman and Duke Ellington and
Ella Fitzgerald. They will guarantee to make you laugh in
these unpredictable days.
There's really no way to adequately prepare one's self for a
performance by the Dick & Jane Family Orchestra. The
Hollywood underground quintet… squall, roar and strum
through a dizzying barrage of idiosyncratic original
material. Put across by brash, buxom vocalist Jane
Cantillon, a big-voiced, unpredictable entertainer whose
spontaneous antics veer from growling and strutting like a
crazy feline…..it's a fast-moving, hit-and- run musical spree
that's quite unlike anything else in pop music.
-- The Burbank Ledger
DJ Alison Rosenfield
DJ Angel Arlin
“I believe that at the end of the day as a DJ you’re being paid for your expertise and to entertain and educate people. If people want to make requests, they can go to a karaoke bar or listen to the radio and hear all the hits they want for free. If you come to my party and I’m playing records that are already being over-saturated by the media, I’m disrespecting you and your money.” –Rich Medina
"Buying records cheers me up... Whenever I feel low, I buy some records." –The Peanuts' Schroeder
DJ Don Bolles
DJ Jim Smith
DJ Lady C
DJ Linda Nuves of Chulita Vinyl Club
DJ Noah Wallace
DJ Peri Levin
Hidden Charms resident DJ
DJ Red Light Vinyl
DJ Sammie Pearson + DJ Peri Levin
Dodge Ball Society
World Dodgeball Society is the world’s premiere co-ed, fun-loving community, centered around the game of dodgeball. Join a league with friends, as a full team or solo! Eight locations throughout Los Angeles. Westchester, Long Beach and Hollywood begin in June – registration is open now, so don’t be shy, register today!
Draag started in the fall of 2013 as the solo recording project of Adrian Acosta (guitar, programs, vocals) who would go on to recruit the rest of the band mid-way through the process of recording their first LP. With Jessica Huang (guitar, keys, samples and vocals), Adrian De La Cruz (guitar), Nick Kelly (bass) and Ernie Estrada (drums), the band doesn't play by genre conventions. But, are shy and accepting that life is often disappointing. In April of 2014, Draag released their debut album. The album was positively received by many blogs, with much anticipation to see the band live. On July 24th 2014, Draag played their first show at the very intimate LOT 1 Cafe in Echo Park, to a capacity crowd with little promotion. The show was later described by Buzzbands LA writer Kevin Bronson as "A blissfully ear bleeding experience".
Draemings (DJ Set)
Like all great bands, DRÆMINGS began as an outlet for heartbreak – the opening track of their debut EP, Nevada, repeatedly pleads “oh stay with me / please stay with me” – and has spent the last several years evolving from vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and sometimes-producer Kimi Recor’s alter ego into a tightly knit band of four whose new EP explores the many ways you can find your voice and mine your own inner strength. This drastic change in theme reflects not only the similarly drastic changes in the world as a whole, but also this movement away from a single spotlight and toward a group effort.
Their self-titled 2017 EP is akin to a rebirth for DRÆMINGS and brings Recor back to her band-oriented roots, cementing DRÆMINGS as a four piece comprised of herself (vocals/guitar), Thorson (bass/synth), Christopher Vick (guitar), and Nathaniel Meek (drums). The band returned to being independent (the EP will be released on Recor’s own PLAG Records) and wrote DRÆMINGS as a collective, self-titling the EP to make that point clear to listeners. Thorson stepped forward to helm the production and mixing of all six tracks in his Underwater Studios. From the heavy, thrumming bassline in “Fire in Hell,” to the dancefloor-worthy “Great Escape,” to the crooning Enya-esque EP closer, “Tides,” there really is something for everyone on DRÆMINGS, all without losing the band’s trademark sound that ties it all together.
New project of Brandon Graham from Nacosta // The Blank Tapes // The Relationship
"The Drinking Flowers aesthetic: The bones of shoegaze, boiled in the blood of minimal wave. The Drinking Flowers mission: To be a crystal podium towering over the dancefloor of pop politique. With an ethos so fundamentally rooted in rhythm that the “music with a message” paradigm is shattered into a thousand shimmering pieces. The group exudes the confidence of otherworldly rebels from a mysterious punk planet.
Drinking Flowers originated in Orange County. Shrugging off the shackles of surf and garage, they quickly moved to LA and within a few years established their own pop underground with a couple of washed out EPs. Most notably the transitional “Shadow Show” – whose cover art saw a collaboration with artist Alex Schubert. Drinking Flowers are ready to tour the USA with their new album “New Swirled Order”
It’s the sound of the Californian shore kissing the dirty cheek of late 80s London. It will grace your ears March 18th 2016 on LP digital & cassette, released by the newly reborn Manifesto Records."
Dub Club DJs
Spinning the best in classic reggae, dub, and dancehall.Regular DJs - Tom Chasteen, Boss Harmony, Dungeonmaster, Roy Corduroy.MCs: Jah Faith, Chicho Don & Benjamin.
It's been five years since the last Dungen album, 2010's Skit I Allt, which is by far the longest interval between releases for a band that proved especially prolific and inspired during the 2000s. During that time, the band garnered a worldwide fanbase and coalesced into a full band that includes Reine Fiske on guitar, Mattias Gustavsson on bass, and Johan Holmegard on drums. Starting with 2007's Tio Bitar and 2009's 4, the band members helped Ejstes realize his own vision while adding flourishes of their own. As a result, Dungen grew into something bigger and more formidable: one of the best and most consistently inventive psych rock bands in the world.
Allas Sak picks up where Dungen's previous album left off, but somehow it sounds bolder and livelier, feistier yet more focused. The quartet jam with greater purpose and principle on songs like the otherworldly instrumental "Franks Kaktus" and the stately "En Gång Om Året," while the prismatic "Flickor Och Pojkar" and closer "Sova" reveal subtle nuances in the band's arrangements.
Allas Sak is about everyday matters: family, friends, the fine texture of life. Common but never mundane, these subjects anchor the music in the here and now, while the music lends a certain grandeur to ordinary moments. "Lyrics are very important to me," says Ejstes, who sings almost exclusively in Swedish. "These songs are my everyday experiences, my thoughts and stories from the life I live. I hope people can create their own stories around the music and maybe we can make music together, the listener and I."
Earth Girl Helen Brown
E.G.H.B.C.P.F.I. is is an inclusive, expansive, non-discriminatory communicative platform with a primary objective of directing and energy and capital toward organizations and causes committed to longevity, peace, popular intelligence, responsible fire management, earth science, life practice, good manners, music, and the arts. We are currently in the process of forming as a CA 501(c)(3) and will be updating this info w/ articles of incorporation, board member profiles, and full financial and organizational disclosure.
We welcome collaboration. E.G.H.B.C.P.F.I. seeks data visualization, information architecture, translation, web coding, videography, choreography, media, design, players, producers, vocalists, dancers, engineers, organizers, lobbyists, philosophers, scientists, teachers, and space enthusiasts.
At the end 2016 a couple of loose jam sessions took place between Josh Landau from The Shrine and pro skateboarder Don "Nuge" Nguyen. They instinctively delved into a heavy, psychedelic world where a riff would last 30 minutes. On a few day bender in New York around the same time, Josh shared an acoustic demo of a short 2 minute power pop sort of song titled "She Says Goodnight When She Wants To". Deciding that this avenue would be something new and fresh for both of them, when they returned home to LA they enlisted Jordan Jones on second guitar, Ben Brown on synth, and Wilder Zoby on drums and played their first show at The Echo within the next two weeks.
Echo Park Social Club
Edith Crash belongs to no one. In fact, her music—sung in French, Spanish, and English—transcends the international origins of this one-woman band by blending them all into one cohesive project. Inspired by dark experimentalism of vastly different artists such as Portishead, Jacques Brel, and PJ Harvey, Crash’s dynamic mix of folk and grunge is as much of a cross-cultural creation as the singer herself. Born in France, raised in Spain, and based now in Los Angeles, Crash’s songs defy genre by pulling bits and pieces from clamoring post-punk, bluesy folk, and vigorous Spanish guitar.
Edith Crash is on the rise and people are noticing. She was recently included one NPR’s list of favorite SXSW discoveries, and described as “bluesy, folky music that is all very dark and strange, complimented by her sultry voice.” Indeed, Crash’s latest and most haunting record ‘Partir’ combines her impassioned, French singing with thunderingly loud guitar playing dedicated to her late mother. Though self-released, this stormy LP was produced by Alain Johannes (who has worked on records with Queens Of The Stone Age, PJ Harvey, and Mark Lanegan). Crash recorded its entirety live as a one woman set on the studios 11AD in LA.
Edith Crash, both in sound and style, is reminiscent of young Françoise Hardy deep in a Tom Waits obsession. That said, it’s no wonder both her music and her likeness have appeared in feature films like the Eli Roth horror film “Knock Knock.” The uniquely cinematic quality to her music comes in full-bodied melodies, dramatic vocal delivery, and a penchant for Western folk drama.
Egrets on Ergot
Egrets On Ergot's sound has been described as versatile: from moody, gothy artpunk to funky rhythmic, pseudo-no wave with a smattering of industrial clamor. The four piece live in the Silverlake/Echo Park area of Los Angeles and will debut their fist full length album (vinyl and digital) this October through Cleopatra Records, produced by LA punk veteran Paul Roessler of The Screamers, 45 Grave, Nina Hagen Band.
" Egrets On Ergot, one of the most promising and original acts haunting the LA rock scene..."
- The LA BEAT
"This band’s commitment to the total rockist blitzkrieg aesthetic is a noble thing to hear in this watery pop-ridden age and the now-capacity crowd let go of them with loud reluctance."
- LA Record
"What transpired on stage that evening was a bit of a phenomenon that I am frankly at a loss to effectively describe. "
- The Art of LA
The Electric West
The Electric West is an eerie LA post-punk band that combines pummeling dance beats, punctuated melodies and sympathetic crooning with alternating currents of contemporary political angst. Intensely charged, this group channels gripping themes to create a raucous source of inspiration for fans of Interpol, Dead Kennedys, Gang of Four, and David Bowie.
"Year-and-a-half-old L.A. trio the Electric West spring from the same, gnarled post-punk tree that yielded Interpol, Bauhaus, Gang of Four and Joy Division... Like their post-punk forefathers, the Electric West embrace political and social themes, but the new single "Portland" is about driving to Oregon. It's a rager nonetheless — dense and loud and foreboding. Don't wear anything but black." - Kevin Bronson, Buzzbands.LA
"Verdugo the debut EP from LA's The Electric West is a short blast of glammy, gloomy post-punk that will make you reconsider the way you perceive America's left coast and your perception of our nation's history in the process. When you think of LA, chances are you think of Hollywood, movie stars, fake tans, conspicuous consumption in non-stop sunshine. The Electric West's music, however, is like a soundtrack for LA's night time - all sleek, driving futurism and Raymond Chandler noir, painted in a seductive, sleek chrome and black pallet.
The Electric West's sound has been described as "pummeling dance beats with punctuated melodies and Lewallen's sympathetic crooning." Pummeling dance beats is an understatement, as Byron Pagdilao's driving beats are some of this band's most defining characteristics, giving a breakneck momentum to The Electric West's "cold metallic stare at our nation's past."
Quite simply, this is agit-prop for the modern world - a cold, unflinching gaze at some of our least proud moments - the Salem witch trials and manifest destiny - that may not always be fun, but are important, nonetheless, while remaining accessible and danceable at the same time, reminding us of the sentiment, "any revolution without dancing is one not worth having," from acclaimed anarchist Emma Goldman.
We can't move confidently into the future without knowing where we come from. It's important to look, even if you don't like what you see. Similarly, The Electric West's music itself casts its gaze backwards and towards the future, simultaneously, like the Greek god Janus. The Electric West cite Bowie, Gang Of Four and the Dead Kennedys as sonic touchstones, so expect to find politically charged punk rock, but filtered through a futuristic sheen. To this list, I would like to mention The Strokes and the early 2000s post-punk revival, like the early records from The Liars and any other band that has been described as "angular."
The Electric West may be sharp and edgy, but they're still funky and catchy, which was always the best part of the latter-day post-punk. They have a choppy, glammy cosmopolitan swagger that remind us that politics need not always be uber-serious, and has the potential to bring this message to a wider audience, beyond the radical left. The Electric West has good reason to be optimistic about the future. They've expanded from a duo to incorporate guitarist Dee Fuzz, who brings a howling, screaming energy to the propulsive beats and crooning vocals. It's scorching, and catchy, simultaneously.
The Electric West has a serious chance of breaking out, so catch them now and support them while they're still young! Expect to see these guys' names in lights." - The Equal Ground
Elephants with Guns
The Eleventh Frequency
"The Eleventh Frequency exists in a space between shoe-gaze and post punk with Interpol-esque vocals from Alux Delint. The rhythmic sounds from this young but extremely talented band are punctuated with poignant lyrics about social collapse and ideas for a breakaway from current convention." Death Wave Records
Emmitt James & the Feel Goods
The Entire Universe
Hi, we're The Entire Universe & so are You
we are espresso from los angeles. we play LA Funk Rock mothafucka
Ever So Android
Ever So Android fuse rock and roll with a contrasting electronic presence. Formed in 2012 by guitarist/programmer Drew Murray and vocalist Hope Simpson, the duo quickly gained notoriety as one of Seattle's most explosive live acts. With the addition of drummer Ben Hilzinger in 2015, Ever So Android’s sound took on a more melodic tenor. This current line up has found a band both rich in power and pop sensibility.
Everyone Is Dirty
Formerly "Sex Stains"
FACIAL makes the noise that cuts like a chainsaw through the thick buildup of residue in your mind, left behind by years of dealing with the dull banality of life.
They take the dead parts of your brain killed by mundane repetition and blasts it away with a pressure hose, while the low end rattles all the barnacles off your body and pounds you the way you are always afraid to ask for. Sweet melodies interchange with primal screaming as you fluctuate between comfort and discomfort, horror and jubilation, familiarity and utter confusion.
FACIAL aren’t always making sense. In fact, they have been known to not make sense at all. It makes perfect sense considering the difficulty of true communication. This is due to the subjective nature of reality, lack of attention due to mass distraction, and the fact that anything anybody does can be taken out of context and framed to be perceived in any which way you want! These are just a few factors, so imagine trying to boil down a live, complex organism, such as a band, to a concise couple of paragraphs, using words! what a difficult task!
Who wants to read anyways! What could somebody read about a band that would even peak their interest? A cute story? Their musical references and antecedents? Perhaps some affiliation with a more well-known artist? Maybe we are completely bored with words now and they have lost all actual meaning, and only the right combination of emojis will titillate interest anymore?
If FACIAL were to be represented only by emojis, it would probably be: The guy with sunglasses on, Upside-down smiley guy, and The guy with x’s for eyes. bored to death.
Ben White - Guitar, David Orlando - Drums, Jada Wagensomer - Bass, Dante White Aliano - Vocals, Guitar
We begin in the year 2008 with Josh, Dan and Brian. Three unassuming, well mannered and fun-loving fellows from a town near the sea. Regressed, mutated and collectively known as Fartbarf, they somehow bring us all into the future, captivating audiences with relentless melodies, robotically tight rhythms, and danceable beats by use of a strict limitation of tools at hand; vintage analog synthesizers, vocoders, drum machines, analog modular systems, and live drums.
“Someone’s naked, no one is listening, everything is smoke and haze,” sings Lucas Asher on the title track “These Kids Nowadays” for the debut Faulkner Ep “REVANCHIST.”
“The starting point for this album was listening to Wu Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers on repeat in Brooklyn,” says Asher “Also, I’ve slept with the ’48 laws of power’ under my pillow for the last three years.”
The result is six hypnotically subversive songs, with contributions from producers RZA, JP Bowersock (The Strokes) and Mark Needham (The Killers) recorded at Rick Rubin’s house.
Since Faulkner emerged in 2013, the bi-coastal rockers landed an unfinished demo of their song "NY Anthem" in the hands of RZA, the Wu-Tang Clan mastermind, Faulkner captured the hip-hop God's interest, leading to their first major collaboration. As a result, the track can be heard at the New York Yankees home games last year.
But New York isn’t the only place giving them love. Emphasizing the term “bi-coastal,” the rockers have also been featured on iconic L.A. radio station KROQ with their single “Revolutionary” at well over two million plays on Youtube.
“This record is a soundtrack from the times I lived on the streets in New York after running away as an orphan in my teens and experiencing the harsh realities of a dislocated childhood,” says Asher.
Lyrically, the ep balances revenge themes and overtones with soaring anthems (the defiantly charged "All I Wear Is Black," and the Machiavellian "Keep Your Enemies Closer," is a prime example).
“We have a clear vision and consistent theme,” bassist Dimitri Farougias explains.“ Perhaps this vision developed because the band “organically came together as friends,” says drummer Christian Hogan. “the musical chemistry between co-producer and member Eric Scullin establishes an undeniable chemistry.
All Faulkner members are hands on with all sides of the creative presentation, they direct their music videos (In monochrome) and have a vision for the images and theme as an extension of the music storyline.
"Ideas are all we care about. Good ones and bad ones," Says Asher, "One of my biggest influences is Lou Reed, and he said, "you may be drawing a circle for the thousandth time, but maybe it's a slightly better circle." All Faulkner is trying to do is draw a slightly better circle.
Fellow Bohemian is Alex Bostelman, Jeremy Brock, Dave Pelusi, Adrian Sanchez, and Greg Anderson.
East Bay Dog Rock
Flames of Durga
Flames Of Durga is a psych-grunge, punk band started by twin sisters, Beah and Cecilia Romero. They've wrote songs together since childhood, growing up in LA, and now have joined forces with their drummer Nate Million. This power-trio has a lot to say and their original music channels that passion. Their live show includes synchronized head bangs, heavy distortion, loud drums and ripping bass, coupled with sweat and raw emotion.
Flames Of Durga is currently mixing new recordings and getting ready to release a new single and a full-length in the fall of 2016. Stay tuned, Flames Of Durga is a force to be reckoned with that's not slowing down anytime soon.
The Folks and Company
Frankie and the Witch Fingers
West Coast screamers Frankie and the Witch Fingers trade on a tradition built up
from the very fabric of psychedelic soul. Shot through with the same melted juke
jitters that sent Doug Sahm, The 13 th Floor Elevators and The Pretty Things
scratching through the record needles of every child indebted to the vibrational
cathedral, the L.A. crew comes barreling into 2017 with their own brand of
heatstroke mojo. The band’s latest, Brain Telephone, is an acid bath for the soul
delivered in pulsating waves via fuzz guitar. It’s an electric jolt to the endocrine
system, shaking the last dregs of reluctance out of your system and inducing bouts
of dance euphoria.
The band, C. Dylan Sizemore (vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter), Glenn Brigman
(drums, organ), Alex Bulli (bass), and Josh Menashe (lead guitar and backing vocals),
has spent the past few years crawling around the heat-swamped corners of L.A.’s
sweatbox circuit, honing the gospel across 2013’s Sidewalk, 2015’s eponymous
album, and pumping straight motor oil through the veins of last year’s neon
meltdown, Heavy Roller. They took the circus on the road, pounding every last inch
of varnish from their weary husks from the heartland to the Bay. They’re
thrumming on a new vibration that’s found it’s way to them on a light beam ripped
into their deepest subconscious. They’re hooked up to the Brain Telephone that’s
opened through the switchboard in their soul and they’re dropping you the digits to
They’ve tapped into something primal and it’s beating quick and frothy in the veins,
combining the levitation-laced vibrations of Spacemen 3 with a scarred guitar growl
straight out of the Motor City’s storied rock lineage. Brain Telephone is bent through
the prism of shake n’ shimmy – a sweat-drenched dance party that’s equal parts
Northern Soul all-nighter, Monterey Pop implosion, and modern warehouse wall-
dripper all in one. That’s not to say they don’t know how to get tender, though. For
all their eight-piston pummel, they can bring it down to a spine-tingling simmer
when the time comes. At its heart, Brain Telephone is Frankie and The Witch Fingers
at their most visceral – primed, polished, and funneling the fragrant heat of rock
through your cranked speakers.
- Andy French
adam darell niki
Freddy Spacer is a spirit. A soul. For now a human. Bringing emotion into connection with the stars through music, visuals, and movement - Spacer wanders out into the universe.
Stars wander . . . why not you?
The Freddy Spacer Experience (live band) is:
Allison Hi Hat Smith - Bass, Vocals
Forest Marchini - Drums
Zoe Rappaport -
Candice Fox - Dance
Sazo - Dance
Freddy Spacer - Vocals, Guitar
The name “Freedom Fry” - a satire on French/US relations during the Iraq war - is
well known to any frequent visitor of The Hype Machine. The French & American
duo have racked up over 50 appearances on the music blog aggregator, including
SEVEN Top 10s and THREE #1s. While independent, they’ve amassed over 30
million track streams on Spotify and received support across airwaves from radio
tastemakers KCRW, KEXP, KROQ, WXPN, SIRIUS XM (Alt Nation & The Coffee
House), BBC (Radio 2 & Radio 6), RTL2, and beyond.
Freedom Fry’s music, which heavily bleeds the warmth and sunshine of their
home state of California, skirts the lines between pop, folk, and alt rock - always
blended with danceable rhythms and a sing-a-long chorus. Catching the ears of
music supervisors, they have licensed songs for more than 40 spots, including
placements in the Netflix original hit “Love,” in TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, and in highprofile
ads from fashion labels such as Lanvin.
After Belgian sensation Stromae took notice, he asked Freedom Fry to go on tour
with him in the US. Freedom Fry has also toured with Communion Presents and
performed in Madewell stores across the country as part of the brand’s 2016
Denim Forever campaign. They’ve shared stages with other acts X Ambassadors,
Phantogram, and French darlings Lilly Wood & The Prick. They’ve appeared at
School Night in Los Angeles & New York, Popscene in San Francisco, Club NME in
London, Nuba in Paris, and standout showcases at SXSW.
Following the success of their 2016 single “Shaky Ground” - a song that made
Spotify’s “Best of 2016: Ultimate Indie playlist” - Freedom Fry released a new
single followed by a b-side every other week in 2017 leading up to their
“Remixes” EP, a collection of their biggest singles remixed by the likes of Sofi
Tukker & Penguin Prison. On September 7, they will release the “Strange
Attraction” EP before announcing their debut album.
Funky Sole DJs (Music Man Miles & Clifton)
Future Shoxxx is synthesizer trio Sharif Dumani (Sex Stains, Alice Bag, Exploding Flowers), Quinn Brayton (Centimeters, New Collapse), and Liam Philpot (Future Pigeon, Jimmy Cliff, Roddy Radiation). Using analog synthesizers, drum machines, saxophone, and sci-fi-like effects, their aggressive synth sound harks back to late-70’s/early-80’s references such as Suicide, the Units, Fad Gadget, and the Screamers. But beyond the sonic assault lay cascading synthesizer swells, hypnotic arpeggiators, and thumping rhythms that come closer to earlier electronic pioneers Harmonia, Conrad Schnitzler, and Silver Apples (who Dumani recorded and toured with) than it does pure aggression.
GENR8R is the brainchild of childhood friends Ian Roller and Gabe Steiner, an all-star cast combining elements of Jazz Fusion, Funk, Soul, and Rock. It is a groove mechanism designed to get you moving...
So let's move!
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With a love for creating and looping electronic beats, bass, synths and vocal chops – GEORGI KAY is a British-Australian artist based in LA who has received multiple awards for her original work, Songwriting and collaborations over the years.
She has won both an ARIA award, multiple APRA awards and received a Grammy nomination, Her voice has featured in numerous DJ sets worldwide by some of music’s biggest names and she has collaborated with international EDM/dance artists including Tiesto, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Lipless, Morten, M-Phazes and more.
Along with EDM collaborations, GEORGI has also acted in and written for several film and TV series, often offering her voice and original songs as main titles or featured throughout.
Gathering inspiration from old sci-fi and horror films, elements of deep house, 80’s inspired synths and a love for the weird and the macabre – audiences around the world have been seduced by GEORGI’s hypnotic and energetic live shows, her brooding, husky vocal tones and her honest, symbolic and often ambiguous Songwriting – always leaving them wanting more.
To put it simply, The Gloomies were created out of bits of dust ... an infamous chthonian hellhole that should have been wiped of the map far before it reached the listeners ear. The Southern California duo understands the importance of feeling alive amongst the darkness of broken and vivid realities that encompass the dualities of human interaction. The Gloomies' Andy Craig creates a meteoric sound that instills both the hypnotic vibe of Southern California beach days and the grungy jazz that infiltrate the streets of New York City. The ominous, yet, catchy melodies provide a moody atmosphere for any listener. Their popularity began to rise in the end of 2015 with the single, DzLSDdz, and their release of the EP DzBlackoutdz in 2016. Growth continued with the release of their latest single DzSpacedz featuring Madeline Follin of NYC indie-pop duo Cults. Frontman Andy Craig and drummer Chris Trombley began their music career together when they met in 2013 and played in the band SACCO. They have since created songs that exhibit a layer of fantastical and hypnotic themes. This in turn bolstered their popularity with their fan base in that they feature a darker, sultrier vibe than their previous work.
Unlike so many L.A. musicians, Gold Star's Marlon Rabenreither actually grew up in L.A., inoculated from infancy against everything they tell the tourists about Hollywood: "You see through it all," he smiles. Instead, he writes like the star of his own high-concept noir, a man pursuing the truth toward places in the city -- and in himself -- where few care or dare to go. On Big Blue, he matches an unsparing sense of punk-verite -- think X's Los Angeles or More Fun In The New World -- to Neil Young's dark-was-the-night guitar desolation and Leonard Cohen's deep and resonant detail for an album that feels like a much-loved cult movie and reveals itself as a fearlessly heartbroke-but-honest autobiography. Like he says on the first track: "Whoever you are / come with me."
He's been building Big Blue for years -- well, actually, he's been dismantling everything standing in the way of Big Blue for years, teaching himself to fight distraction and self-doubt. At first he was scared, hiding his voice and guitar behind waves of reverb and echo -- "That's how you deal with putting yourself on the line," he explains -- but he was steeling himself to really be himself. On his previous album as Gold Star, 2015's Dark Days, he cut through the camouflage, and on Big Blue, he peels it all away. Now it's a meticulous and unsparing L.A. album about leaving and loving and living in a place that never quite gets its say, with songs and stories from the backalleys and surface streets where the weight of decades -- Depression L.A., wartime L.A., rock 'n' roll L.A., pop art L.A., punk L.A. and more -- presses against you as soon as you step out of your car.
Big Blue is named after Rabenreither's grand old shipwreck of a Hollywood Craftsman built in 1909 that somehow still survives -- a California cousin of the Band's Big Pink. The freeway cuts through what was once the backyard, stray chickens strut across the street and loose cats curl up on cars in the driveway to get warm after it rains. He'd found in the house a center of gravity -- maybe a sympathetic character -- that could gather his experiences into stories, and make his stories into songs. He'd watch and write constantly, he says: "It's like setting a dinner table," he explains. "You want to be ready when the guests show up -- when you have an idea! If you're not writing ritually and habitually, you'll be unprepared."
Last October, he was ready. He'd tacked up blankets at strategic sonic points in his cavernous wood-beamed living room, recruited old friends to back his songs and rented the best musical equipment he could get -- but it had to go back in three days. That meant no going back on the sessions, not when the homebuilt recording set up meant vocals and the drums and the sound of the room itself were all dissolving into each other on the takes: "You either have it or you don't," he says. "But when the music is simple, that works."
So no autotune, no orchestral overdubs, no easy clichés or repeated tweaks that squeeze the life out, of course. He produced it himself, so he cut every song as close to its core as he could. Like Fante and Bukowski -- L.A. writers he admires, and whose neighborhoods he knows well -- he stripped out everything but what he meant. If he was scared of the truth in the true story he was telling, he knew he was telling it right: "Anything you see truly is universal in way," he says. "And anything honest is, in a way, real for everyone."
That's Leonard Cohen, of course -- Dylan, too, of course -- but also writers like Nathanael West and Raymond Chandler, whose L.A. dramas were so detailed you can still visit the intersections and office buildings he wrote about. And that's Big Blue, as Rabenreither goes to a house in the canyons and meets someone with a knife strapped to their knee, or takes a trip to London and spends the night with his not-quite-lover in a cemetery, or watches a woman watching him as his train leaves her behind forever. On "Sonny's Blues," a nod to James Baldwin's immortal short story, Rabenreither fights to find the right kind of light in a sweet-but-sad piece of country soul, and on "It Ain't Easy," he introduces the Band to Lou Reed for a song about waiting for a man with something you truly can't live without.
Across Big Blue are flashes of Elliott Smith, or of Wilco's most intimate moments (with maybe a wink at their Sky Blue Sky on Gold Star's "Blue Sky To Blue Sky") or pedal steel from the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo or the dreamstate guitar of Mazzy Star's David Roback, too; if this album is one long night drive, which it sometimes feels like, then those are the stars that light up Big Blue's Hollywood. And on final song "The Strangler," a wounded Dylan-style dirge about how it's hard to leave and maybe harder to be left, that ride and that story both end like every good noir must, with a quick fade to black and a final line that echoes on even when the music stops: "It wasn't til last night / It finally it happened to me," sings Rabenreither. "It finally caught up to me."
Good Heroin Comedy Show
Goon is the project of LA-based musician and visual artist Kenny Becker. With a medical condition that periodically deadens his sense of smell and hearing, Becker began writing songs as a means of making the most of his life when those symptoms were absent. The results, Dusk of Punk, are a murky blend of smoldering guitars, melodic hooks, and batter-ram rhythms that serve as the musical translations of a mind that’s routinely betrayed by its own body.
Their debut EP Dusk of Punk pushes the boundaries of standard “lo-fi” music with both it’s diversity in songwriting and it’s somehow incredibly layered composition. The production is lo-fi but incredibly full and lush sounding. Their songs are loud and fuzzed out but are anchored down by beautiful harmonies. Even acoustic based songs are rounded out by delicate synths, drum machines or the occasional radio sample. The end result is a diverse and incredibly complex record that evolves with each listen.
Grand Lord High Master
Hardcore Noise Thrash
Gypsum is a four-piece, polyrhythmic, riff-driven post-rock band based in Los Angeles, California. They draw from a wide array of influences, including folk, prog, R&B and psych rock. The group was born out of a weekly jam session that crystallized into something more serious. Their songs are intricate, intelligent, and engaging built on complicated harmony, compound rhythms, four-part voice and an undeniable chemistry. Their strength lies in their live show where the music coalesces into an intellectually stimulating and sonically savory experience. Find them in the wild at your local taco truck.
Hannah (Hanna Pruuli) was born on May 12, 1981 in Tallinn (Reval), Estonia.
Unmistakably enamoured of singing since the remarkably early age of three, Hannah proceeded to study the piano and write her own songs.
She composed her first piece of music at age 13. As for now, Hannah has proved her performing gifts and song-writing talent at numerous contests and competitions in Estonia.
Starting with ballads and subsequently embracing dance tunes, the best part of Hannah's repertory has always consisted of original songs. At present, after a successful series of collaborations with various Estonian producers and bands, she is established as one of the most popular female artists and in-demand performers in her homeland.
Parallel to performing and composing music, Hannah studies advertising and media at the Tallinn Pedagogical University.
(taken from the official site)
Born in the air of paradise, Harriet Brown has descended from the heavens to join in on the wild rhythms of our Lady Earth. Come partake in his entry to this new world, and witness his paradisiacal sounds and sensual vibes. Synthesizers, drum machines, guitar, and brazen vocals are unified through the mind and body of one man, generating a sound in which the past becomes the future; Harriet Brown is creating a new kind of romantic funk. His journey has just begun, and he seeks to share himself with all who are willing to receive. So come and get freaky with your very own Harriet Brown. It’s a New Era.
The songs of Haunted Summer are dreamy and hypnotic, rich with orchestral strings and sultry electronic textures. With their previous EP, Something in the Water, the group crafted a captivating, ethereal musical journey through a nostalgic world of young love and long-forgotten memories. Consisting of husband-and-wife Bridgette Moody and John Seasons, who share songwriting duties in a true collaboration, the Los Angeles duo have shared the stage and toured with groups and performers including Taken By Trees, Islands, Deafheaven, The Polyphonic Spree, Coeur De Pirate, Olafur Arnalds, Carla Morrison, Meiko, Basia Bulat, Geographer, David J of Bauhaus and more. Their forthcoming full-length, Spirit Guides, was written on the road as well as recorded in several studios including Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree, Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood, Comp-ny LA, and studios owned by Ninkasi Brewing in Eugene, Oregon. It features an array of talented musicians, including (but not limited to!) Dave Catching from Eagles of Death Metal and Chris Goss from Masters of Reality (both of whom are on the title track). Spirit Guides comes out digitally September 29th and physically Sept 30th.
Healing Gems are a psychedelic band, but not in the yoga posing, incense burning, sanctimonious kind of way. They’re a drink of LSD-tainted punch at a small town dance. A pot brownie picnic at a community park. Scratchy bargain basement records that still surge fire. The type of band one might listen to while traversing a hot desert landscape with rainbow showers.No drugs required.
While influenced by sounds of the past, the Gems aren’t just a nostalgia act pining for days of yore. Female backups coo over baritone male leads. Kaleidoscope keyboards harmonize with fuzzy melodic guitar. It’s an eclectic symphony that results in a unique original sound, an approach that utilizes the best parts of the past but leaves the really dumb shit out, replacing it with unique original concepts instead.
Hearty Har is a psychedelic rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2012. The band consists of old friends Shane Fogerty (guitar/vocals), Tyler Fogerty (guitar/vocals), and Will Van Santen (drums/vocals). More recently, the band was joined by Marcus Högsta (bass) and Jesse Wilson (keys).Hearty Har has come to be known for their exciting and raucous live shows, which blend modern psychedelia with classic garage rock and roll. Imagine a neon lightning bolt extending from the stage and reaching deep into your heart, down to your feet, then through the ground to the Earth's core. Now you have an idea of Hearty Har's live show.
2016 proved to be a busy year for Henry. Berlin based label Jakarta Records, re-released his debut solo album Canyonland on a limited edition vinyl that sold out in one day. He also participated in the BoiSakré artist residency program in Biarritz, France. While his records continue to gain attention, it is his live performance that is the pinnacle of his artistry. His electric energy, command over the crowd, and ability to control his SP 404 while simultaneously rapping proves that he is a one man spectacle. With nationwide and European tours under his belt, and appearances at SXSW, Brokechella, Treefort Fest, Canyons’ rise is imminent. Over the course of his career he has shared the stage with Macklemore, Tash, A-Plus, Open Mike Eagle, Homeboy Sandman, Pigeon Jon, Blue Scholars, Billy Woods, Illogic, and tons of local LA talent.
The Henry Clay People
Formed band out of boredom. Graduated college. Played hundreds of shows. Several lineup changes. Made good decisions. Got lazy. Made bad decisions. Got smarter. More to sing about. Got back into it. Broke up in 2013. Done playing. Got bored again. Graduated college again. Considering playing again.
The Hidden Depths
The saddest souls with the most positive attitudes, experimenting with a combination of 50s 60s 70s R&B, Soul, Country, Surf, Garage Rock. Est. 2012
High Life Cajun Band
HIPS is an all-female three piece making moody dance music for grinding, late night drives and making out. Live performances feature a distinct set up of keyboards, synths, acoustic as well as electronic drums, and three voices often singing in harmony.
The women of HIPS are Christina Gaillard, Drew Denny, and Natalia Rogovin: three singer/song-writer/multi-instrumentalists who contribute songs to the project and take turns singing lead.
Dark Orphan Rock
Honey Power DJs
When Man Man cut their seemingly endless record/tour/write/repeat cycle short to take a well-overdue break, Ryan Kattner AKA Honus Honus AKA Man Man’s main man decided to make something he’d avoided for the past 13 years—a solo album under the apropos name ‘Use Your Delusion.’
Now that a few songs are out, it’s safe to say a lot has changed since Man Man’s last LP, ‘On Oni Pond.’ For one thing, Kattner has lived in Los Angeles since 2013, splitting his time between songwriting and side projects like screenplays, a long-outlined graphic novel, music supervision gigs (Fox’s ‘Exorcist’ reboot, Super Deluxe), a new Mister Heavenly album, a bizarro children’s record called ‘Booger Bubble,’ original scores for plays and TV pilots, a monthly Talkhouse column, even a little acting and directing (his own “Heavy Jesus” and “Will You” videos for the JASH channel Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Reggie Watts, and Tim & Eric founded on YouTube). Why not right?
Let’s just say there’s more than a whiff of the city’s fallen angels at play here. Think of ‘Use Your Delusion’ as a love letter to LA’s lost souls, sealed with a pop-savvy sucker punch instead of a kiss. Fuck it. The kiss is there too.
“I wanted the vibe of the album to be upbeat and carefree even if the storytelling ran against the grain,” explains Kattner. “Like most creative people, I’m forever influenced by where I’m at in my life. There’s an unbalanced energy in the air I wanted to feed off here. I love how you can walk a block off Sunset Avenue at night, in the middle of a teeming city, and run right into a couple of coyotes trolling the neighborhood for tiny cats to eat. Sure, LA is known for attractive, traffic obsessed people and unattainable lifestyles but there’s also a lotta weirdos, a lotta darkness, and a real rich, disturbing history in the mix. Dreams being made and unmade every day. And all of it under a canopy of perfect weather and towering palm trees that are about to topple from either the drought or the next big earthquake.
He continues, “It’s not a concept album. You don’t need to drink from the LA River to appreciate the content. I mean, you’d probably die if you drank from the LA River. Or become invisible.”
OR maybe you’ll start to see things through Honus Honus eyes, enough to make sense of the dizzying ‘Use Your Delusion’ universe, from the down-and-out summery dub of “Oh No!” and barbaric death-metal breakdowns of “Red Velvet” to the poison-tipped synthpop of “Santa Monica” and mood-setting melancholy of “Vampires in the Valley.” There’s even some gymnastic guitar solos courtesy of producer/right hand man King Cyrus King (see also: several Adult Swim shows, Super Deluxe, and the power trio Hot Karate). He’s but one crucial piece of a complex puzzle that includes contributions from comedian Jon Daly (slaying the sax), drummer Joe Plummer (Mister Heavenly, Cold War Kids, Modest Mouse), polymath Mary Elizabeth Winstead (last heard alongside Dan the Automator in the avant-pop duo Got a Girl and seen in ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ and ‘Swiss Army Man’), and singer Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams.
“The parameters were simple,” explains Kattner. “Don’t overcook the cake. Short ‘n sweet, lean hard into the hooks. I also wanted to explore sounds I’d never messed around with before, diving headlong into the cheesiest sounding synths—the type of keyboards and pads most people skip over—and mixing that with outdated drum machines and real drums and then stirring in my songwriting style. Dystopian Pop.”
‘Use Your Delusion’ is more than just a mere one-off record, too. It’ll be supported by a full-on tour, one that lives up to Kattner’s wild-eyed reputation.
“This ain’t some ‘Honus strums a sad ukulele’ thing,” he says. “Sorry if that’s what you want but I’m just too restless a spirit to do that right now. I’ll implode if I don’t get the energy out and with all the great players I have onboard, the ceiling for the wildness factor to bloom is immense. That’s the most exciting part of all of this for me. Discovering our live footing as a new band. It reminds me of what it was like when I first started Man Man back in the day. There will always going to be serious side to the lyrical narrative but ultimately I just want to have the most engaging and fun live show possible. That’s not much to ask, right?”
Hooveriii is Bert Hoover(Mind Meld/Jesus Sons) & friends. The drum machine has been destroyed. The 4-track demos recorded in the living room have been smashed. The group includes(but not limited to) GuitarguitarSaxsynthsynthdrumslonghairbass. Ready or not!!
I, Us, & We
Floating above a sparse and alien landscape the observer can only do that which they are intended to do. Observe. We see a panoramic photo of a beautifully sparse glacial scene. All sense of time and space would be lost in the eternal white if not for the soft streaks of grey that subtly allude to a physical presence, and imply the existence of metaphysical musings.
It is in this vast space that we most search for something human. Amidst the immense beauty of the natural world, it is the face of a loved one that we search for most. There is a sense that we can traverse this new world as long as we have the soft voice of a mentor to guide us.
This seraph’s song envelops us with a sense so cold it burns. It is in this perpetual state of shock we continue to search for meaning. As our consciousness beckons us forward, the subtlety of this barren landscape begins to come into focus. Yet even through the eyes of enlightenment there is little to see, and less to understand.
Intuition guides us forward, and suddenly all is lost. The white has become black, and a sense of static in the air reminds us of the grey streaks of a world long past. Riding along the short wave of the infinite we begin to realize that there was never anything to begin with. We created the light, the dark, and every shade of grey in between. It is only through this understanding of ourselves that we can begin to float onward, and begin again.
Iconique's heavy disco rhythms entwine with silky synth highlights to encapsulate the shimmering grit of the Los Angeles music scene. Self-produced and written, their material lures listeners to the dance floor with a synthesis of sounds ranging from Chic to David Bowie. Formed in 2015, the trio consists of brothers Eric Promani (drums / synths) and Greg Promani (guitar), and frontman Leo Paparella (vocals / synths).
Andean Pop with a wee of Electro.
From Los Angeles, California, USA.
This page was created to make the dirtwave artist Izaak Opatz less anonymous. It's to be a lightening rod for any favorable static he may create.
Garage rock power-pop
Jennie Vee is a Canadian born Los Angeles based songwriter & musician. She also plays bass for rock legends Eagles of Death Metal and icon Courtney Love.
Jerkagram is a fraternal twin duo making music that unfurls a chaotic psychedelic whirlwind at one time while a minimalist ambient wash at another. The duo's creative rhythm, layered guitar textures, and unhinged drum patterns allow for an organic, hypnotic, and epic experience.
I grew up in a small town in Northern California called Carlotta in the County of Humboldt. We had about 5 acres of land that we grew produce and raised animals on. It was beautiful territory, the tallest trees in the world, the redwoods, were in my back yard, along with a creek that led to a river that led to the ocean not so far away. There were mountains and wildlife and a combination of hippies - who loved the earth and practiced different ways of life from my own - and what some might call rednecks - who also loved the earth and beer and farming. I learned to see the good in both and became the product of that environment. From a young age I felt a connection with the Earth and learned from my father that you could live off of it. We would take our produce to the farmers market in a town not so far away but also sold it in a roadside stand along the highway just down the dirt road from our house. My father was also a Pop Warner football coach and my family was very much into athletics. I enjoyed them and dabbled in just about everything but I found my niche in running and stuck with that throughout High School.
We belonged to a small Catholic Church called St. Patricks. It was in the nearby town of Scotia which was owned by the local mill. Every citizen was an employee or family-member of the mill. Every house looked the same and it, still to this day, is like somewhere out of a movie set. The church was high up on the hill and it was here that I got my musical upbringing. However, it wasn’t your typical droning church music. It was a folk band led by my Aunt and mentor and it was all about love and doing good for others. We were small-town folk and farmers and the dogma wasn’t something that I really remember being too caught up in. Everything I was taught was seen more as a metaphor, or at least that’s how I interpreted it. This gave me my spiritual roots, taught me to sing and lead a group of people, and influenced my style of writing and the idea that music is most enjoyed when the audience can easily sing along to songs that make them feel good.
I think all in all I'm very much a California guy. I love the beach. I love the sun, and nature, I love just being out and about meeting people and hearing their different stories and their perspectives. I read a lot about different religions and different viewpoints and I surround myself with many different types of people. I think over the years it has influenced my songs and my stories and my hooks and beats and the way that I blend many different genres into one thing - it’s all a byproduct of the many different places I've been and the many different people I've made friends with. I think we can be so set on being so different and standing out but really we are all so very much the same and the same things make our hearts beat and when you sort of get to that then I think you have the recipe.
Over the years I've dabbled in so many different types of sounds because I love music and sound and the different ways of using it. I’ve worked with producers who have given it a polished pop feel, EDM DJ’s who gave my stories a dance club vibe, I've had a fiddler and an upright bass and gone more western from time-to-time. I love reggae and R&B and those were some of my favorite CD's growing up. I was in choir so I love harmonies and layers and the blend of many voices and one part of the song doing one thing and another part of the song doing something totally different. I love dancing, letting music get to your body, moving you to the spiritual. I think music is the one thing in the world that can really tear down walls, end the wars and disease and hunger and is one of the great gifts of life. The stories that people have passed down through the years through song is such a huge part of life that I love and the interconnectedness of all, and the forever that we are.
I've always been a songwriter and singer. I remember when I was very, very young making songs throughout the day, jingles, about anything and everything. I love musicals and I love the story telling aspect of country music, both of which were big in my house. I started formally learning when I was six or seven, I had a guitar and a piano and I would just kind of noodle and figure things out for myself. I took lessons for a little while but I wasn’t as passionate playing someone else's song. I wanted to tell my own stories and make my own music and so I began doing so around the time I was 8. I was into the music programs at school. I tried trumpet and trombone for a little while but was more focused on songwriting.
Around 8th grade I was introduced to someone who became my mentor. His name was Justin and he was very much into the reggae scene, an excellent guitarist and artist who exposed me to ideas I hadn't been exposed to yet. He helped me pen a song and gave it a nice reggae vibe on guitar that my whole eighth-grade class sang later at our graduation. It was called “Friends Forever" and though I felt the title was a little bit cliché I kind of knew what I was doing and I knew it would be easy to sing-along to and it had a very happy go lucky rhythm and rhyme about it.
Things ain’t simple anymore. All-night parties turned into hangovers, Lovin’ turned cheatin’, but the wheels keep rollin’. Conversation got convoluted. Analog has gone digital and work got automated. Forty hours is now 24/7 and money isn’t real. Grass is candy and candy is tasteless. Reporting is gossip and truth is fictional. Route 66 has become desolation road. But these guys keep playing what they like and they like what they play...good ol’ fashioned rock’n’roll. Just what the world needs in these complicated times.
Photo by Anna Aguirre
Musician, sound engineer, producer and also founder of the label / studio Psychedelic Thriftstore Recordings based in Los Angeles. AKA Jojo Deluxe.
Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap
JONATHAN TOUBIN was awarded New York's "BEST DJ" in Village Voice's 60th Anniversary "Best of NYC" (2015): "We might live in an EDM world, but Jonathan Toubin has no truck with today's musical whims. Since 2007, Toubin's Soul Clap and Dance-Off has brought throwback pizzazz and retro cool to New York's late-night underground. Culled from an endless array of long-forgotten Sixties soul singles, Soul Clap is pure musical dynamite, the kind of after-hours party that exposes today's iTunes-bred, press-play DJs for their relative lack of roots and ingenuity. No fist-bumps or atomic bass drops here; instead, Toubin lovingly crafts five-hour sets that bring lost chestnuts from the likes of Vernon Harrell and the Blendells into clearer focus for a new generation of dance enthusiasts. You can try to put your moves to better use, but you'll be hard-pressed to find more cathartic, sweatier fun elsewhere in the city."
"Few people recognize the roaring, crackling songs; even fewer can really dance the blues. It doesn’t matter. The evening’s not about proving you know the most obscure records or looking good; it’s about some kind of soul-shaking alchemy. Before you know it, it’s the opening scene of “Dirty Dancing,” all swerving hips and bare shoulders—you would’ve sworn you’d be the last to dance, but there you are, breathless.... Spellbound bodies slip into the song’s shuffling rhythm, and Toubin reaches for the next bit of black magic." (The New Yorker, 2016)
"Rare record raconteur Jonathan Toubin returns to L.A. this Saturday to DJ one of his superlative Soul Clap and Dance Offs, in which you the dance-crazy people go even crazier than ever" (L.A. Record, 2016)
"Jonathan Toubin is a multihypenate in every sense of the word... Toubin fuses obscure rhythm and blues from the '50s and '60s, with rock 'n' roll and soul 45s. His ongoing New York Night Train parties easily draw those typically found sulking in corners of bars out onto the dance floor." (Interview Magazine, 2015)
"New York Night Train's Jonathan Toubin is a veritable NYC nightlife institution." (TIME OUT, "Best Parties in NYC Right Now," 2015)
"Jonathan Toubin is seriously one of the best DJs on the planet." (Detroit Metro Times, 2015)
Jonathan is pretty much the only DJ we actually like.” (VICE Magazine, 2014)
"Jonathan Toubin is New York rock and soul DJ who plays his collection of original 45rpm records to packed dance floors all over the world." (Outlook, BBC World Service, 2014)"
"The long-running Soul Clap remains one of the sweatiest dance parties to be experienced in New York City. Fueled by his rare and raucous 45s collection, DJ Jonathan Toubin draws on raw soul and the most feral strains of rock 'n' roll from the early 1960s to power the nights." (Wall Street Journal, 2014)
"Most fun ever!... Jonathan Toubin is one of our all time favorite DJs who spins rare 45s and travels around the world making people happy" (BUST Magazine, 2014)
"The world's PREMIERE soul DJ - on 45s, no less - no party is complete without a little Toubin." (MTV.com, 2014)
"Soul Clap is the most popular soul dance party in the world, playing to more people in more places than any otherâ€¦ Toubin plays all original soul 45s from the 1960s and uncommon upbeat cuts perfect for dancing the night away." (SXSW Music News, 2014)
"Jonathan Toubin is the reigning king of the sweaty, non-stop super-fun dance party" (Paper Magazine, 2014)
"He's a vinyl junkie in the best sense; spinning unique and rare 1960s soul 45s exclusively, yet comes off as cool and unpretentious. Toubin has been changing the world, with one wild 45rpm banger at a time." (PBS Australia, 2014)
"Particularly chic... one of the most popular spinners in Williamsburg and the founder of the New York Night Train dance parties. His fare is already cleaner and more appreciative of American pop music history than much of the rest." (NY Times, 2013)
"The best soul DJ in the land" (Flavorpill, 2013)
"Jonathan Toubin, the internationally famous DJ behind the New York Night Train parties, has built his career on a vast collection of obscure 45 rpm records and the "ultimate sonic boom" sound that they provide." (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 2013)
"The most-liked man in the soul music scene" (Rolling Stone, 2012)
"New York's best DJ" (VICE, 2012)
"A legend among Lower East Side entertainers and fans" (ABC News, 2012)
"To friends and fans, Mr. Toubin is the man behind New York Night Train, whose musical arsenal is made up of lesser-known artists from the 1950s and 1960s, captured on 45 r.p.m. records, with an occasional hit-maker like James Brown or Chuck Berry thrown in." (NY Times, 2012)
"Jonathan Toubin might be the crown prince of American soul-funk DJs. Obsessed with obscure 45s from the '50s and '60s, the New York icon aims to produce the energy and pacing of a modern club night, but with gritty, raw tunes that almost no one except a few crazed collectors and spinners have heard before." (SF Weekly, 2012)
"Indeed, Toubin's 45 r.p.m. record-fueled, rock-and-soul heavy dance parties were some of the best, sweatiest nights we've had in this city." (Gothamist, 2011)
"A couple weeks back, I was at the awesome Beachland Ballroom in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, when I was lured into the venue's adjoining tavern by a throng so frenzied I thought Lady Gaga must have made an impromptu drop-by. Nope -- it was New York City DJ Jonathan Toubin, whose Soul Clap & Dance-Off has grown from its humble Brooklyn-underground beginnings to a national phenomenon. Armed with an exceptional collection of vintage soul and R&B 45s, Toubin has been crisscrossing the country, spinning tunes while dancers compete for the grand prize (in Nashville, $100). The scene in Cleveland was bonkers, as sweaty contestants -- identified by numbers on their backs -- writhed, squirmed, shimmied and bounced the night away, while onlookers cheered, laughed and gawked at the incredible display of flailing bodies." (Nashville Scene, 2011)
"He spins nothing but 45-rpm records. He eradicates inhibitions. He induces mass hysteria. And sometimes, he even stuffs his vinyl into antique suitcases, gases up the Winnebago, and roadtrips to various American outposts of hipsterdom." (Miami New Times, 2011)
"Jonathan Toubin is the only person we can call a "professional DJ" without involuntarily making a jack-off motion with our hand... His parties are like what Ancient Stonehenge was like if it was, as archaeologists theorize, filled with people dressed many times better than you completely losing their shit." (VICE, 2010)
"DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin is known for single-handedly revamping NYC nightlife with his fun/sweaty New York Night Train Soul Clap dance parties" (Portland Mercury, 2010)
"I'm not one of the Schmucks who will lament over New York not being "what it used to be", but I will say that we're not fans of this dismal wasteland of Eurotrash tourists and guidos with polo shirts unbuttoned down to their navels grinding to the repetitive pounding of bad electro... Enter Jonathan Toubin, and his simple-yet-visionary approach to revamping the entire lanscape of New York and Brooklyn from midnight till the after hours. His New York Night Train parties have become stuff of sheer legend do to the simple fact that Toubin actually seems to care about what he is producing. His meticulous approach has paid off quite handsomely as pretty much each and every party with the Jonathan Toubin stamp on it seems to be the biggest party going on for that given night." (Impose Magazine, 2009)
"Jonathan Toubin is a local DJ with a penchant for two things: soul obscurities and making people move. He spreads his gospel by way of tireless sets at bars and clubs across the Lower East Side and Brooklyn, at which he'll host dance-offs, invite artists and other musicians to contribute to the merriment, and spin a heady blend of what he calls " Maximum Rock and Soul."... Expect even more music, dancing, and rambunctiousness than usual, knowing full well that "the usual" is already pretty hard to top." (The Onion A.V. Club, 2009)
"I remember the first time I walked into one of DJ Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap and Dance-Off parties at Glasslands Gallery. Wiggly mamas were shaking their manes and hitting the splits, gangly boys were swinging from the balcony, and the two dance contest finalists, having already ripped their shirts off, were vibe-a-ratin' like washing machines in the middle of a cheering crowd. And the music, man! I was getting hit by squall after squall of screaming, crackling soul tracks, some pitched so fast that I hardly knew how to move to them - so I did like everyone else and just let the music jerk my body around, flailing with the breathless abandon of a toddler. I'm a big fan of sixties soul music, but every song was new to me, each so raw and greasy and BIG and palpable that they had me scrunching my nose up and torquing my neck in this ecstatic frenzy. Now, I make a point of seeking out those rowdy shows and crazy parties that leave you sweat-soaked and grinning uncontrollably, but I've been hard-pressed to find anything that can top the roaring bliss of a New York Night Train Soul Clap."(Jezebel Music, 2009)
"New York Night Train's Jonathan Toubin throws the raddest underground rock parties in New York" (Paper Magazine, 2008)
Jonny Fritz is back— with a new album, a new hip, and a new homebase in Los Angeles, California. When last we met our hero, Jonny had just wrapped up the purgative classic, Dad Country, his call to the rising generation for a renewed lyricism in country music, recorded in Jackson Browne’s personal recording studio and released by ATO records. Now in his newest, Sweet Creep, the lyricism returns, but with a wide hopeful grin. Recorded in Jim James’ makeshift hilltop studio in Montecito Heights, where golden twilight fills up thirsty grass valleys, Sweet Creep reverberates with the same feeling of sunny new vistas. From the empathetic “Are You Thirsty?” to the summer-crushy “Humidifier,” Sweet Creep is a freshly-signed lease on life, with the movers downstairs waiting by the truck.
For the couple years prior, Jonny hobbled around the globe on a hip
fractured in an ill-advised marathon run. He bounced between Malibu, New Delhi, Houston, Australia, Montana, Tokyo, Mount Hood, London then back again, looking for the right landing for the album, to no avail. He jumped from town to town and house and house, unpacking and packing up, with characteristic restlessness—until one day, the pieces all snapped together. A doctor looks up from the x-ray and wisely says “son, you need hip surgery.” Jonny finally buckles down in Los Angeles to make music and leatherwork because, as he puts it, “Nashville had gotten too LA for me.” And then with some welcome advice from Jim James, Jonny throws himself into Sweet Creep by stripping things down to the essentials. He gathered up the crew—Nashville’s Joshua Hedley and Dawes’ Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith—and literally recorded the whole album outdoors, in three days, underneath a tent purchased at Home Depot, with half the equipment “borrowed” from Guitar Center. The fresh air, freedom from studio pressures, and strong cups of tea all mix into the music, with ATVs briefly heard in the background and two senior tortoises listening at Hedley’s feet as he fiddles away. If as John Hartford tells us, “style comes from limitation,” Jonny credits Jim James for much of the pared-down and uninhibited sound of Sweet Creep. James encouraged the first takes, the simpler set-up, the outdoors, and the worry-free flow that coasts us from the first to the
last of the record.
Born in Montana and raised in Esmont, Virginia, Jonny has passed weeks in nearly every city in the United States, and plenty others overseas, cramming ten lives into one, and half his possessions into the garages of friends and well-wishers. But despite the vitalism and exploits he’s gained a name for, most of his music comes from the smaller moments. He takes a weird little piece of life, unnoticed by most, then steeps it in song until it’s ready for vinyl. The overlooked sorrows of a fellow party goer. The real tedium and pains-in-the-ass of touring life, rather than the mystique. An old residential hotel, once hidden back, but whose uncurtained windows now tell human stories to the drivers-by on a newly built highway. An impromptu songwriting session with a friend’s four-year old daughter that includes the line “I burped in my pants then the party was over” and ends in a cloud of Jonny’s laughter. In contrast to the heartsick Dad Country, the songs of Sweet Creep are, if not always brimming, at least fully accepting of his fortunes. On a song like “I Love Leaving,” Jonny even learns to love his own discontent, surmising “but me I hate talking ‘bout the good old days / I never want go down memory lane / I only want to get into the passing lane, and I’ve always been that way / I guess I love leaving, leaving when I said goodbye.”
Sure enough, for all the anguish it may sometimes bring him, we have this discontent to thank for Jonny’s tremendous creative range—his It’s-a-Fritz leatherwork seen on stars and stages all over, his forays into character acting and hosting his own variety show Who’s That Singin’, his public love of vehicles, country legend, chill animals, and craft of any kind—not to mention the constant stream of deep goofing that turns even his average days into a show well worth watching. Jonny is a torchbearer in that celebrated country music tradition of giant-sized personalities overflowing into song. John Hartford, Roger Miller, Billy Joe Shaver—fans look to these country musicians for more than just music strictly speaking. They look for life, for outrageous legend—for a showmanship on and offstage that Jonny Fritz will never fail to deliver. He might not have shot anybody, or spent any considerable time in prison, but in Sweet Creep, he reminds himself and his fans, that sometimes great lives can also be pretty good ones.
Juju Blooms is a three-piece rock n’ roll band with elements of funk and vintage soul. Tucker Trainer (guitars, vocals), Nick Crnko (drums, vocals), and Vinnie Stevens (bass, vocals) bring a raw energy to the stage that is driven by powerful rhythms, melodic harmonies, and distinguished song writing. Based in Los Angeles, CA, Juju Blooms joined forces in 2013 and has since played many venues around Southern California. The band regularly gigs around the Greater Los Angeles area.
Kat Meoz has found a truly solid combination of quick guitars, devil-may-care bass grooves, and thrilling drum-work which holds on and doesn't let go.
Kat Meoz has remarkably clean vocal chops yet her voice rides effortlessly in this band's garage rock air and exudes an infectious energy which you can't help but enjoy. The band's song "LA Don't Love You" feels like a classic; a well-worn jacket that gets better with time. "LA Don't Love You" is a Rock n' Roll experience, tastefully hued with bluesy moments yet it is a definitively high voltage delivery.
Further proving the talent that comes out of LA, her live performance is as energizing as their new single. Kat Meoz has been compared to Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, and Brody Dalle yet she possesses a unique air in her vocal delivery that brings Sleater Kinney's Corin Tucker to mind too.
Kat Myers and the Buzzards
Rock N Roll Spaghetti Surf Blues
The Killing Floors
Five piece garage punk ensemble with members residing in all parts of the east and south L.A. areas.
Kosha Dillz has received major attention for his dedication to success. Cited by Source Magazine as "the hardest working man in hip hop" the New Jersey/Israeli MC has played every kind of gig, ranging from shows with Rza of the Wu Tang Clan, Matisyahu, and Asap Rocky to Macklemore to street performances outside Hollywood's Chinese Theatre. Think Don't Mess with the Zohan mixed with a Basketball Diaries story for a former Division I Wrestler.
That is Kosha in a nutshell.
Dillz' latest album Awkward in a Good Way, embraces the tougher side of his life story, from depression and addiction on songs like "Let Go" to the self embraced of "We are different" featuring Murs. Versatility and cultural can best be used to describe his stage show, where you'll hear raps in Hebrew, Spanish and English. He tells the jokes of his 2012 Bud Light Super Bowl commercial, his interesting appearance in the BET Awards, and how he became a playable video game character in NBA 2k. If you cant understand how that is Awkward in a Good Way, you should just show up to the front row and experience it for yourself. You will certainly learn something new.
FIGHTING CRIME TRYING TO SAVE THE WORLD HERE THEY COME JUST IN TIME : KUROMI THE BAND
Ryan Pollie's second album under the moniker of Los Angeles Police Department is available now. The follow-up to the L.A.-based songwriter’s 2014 debut (also a self-titled effort), Los Angeles Police Department delivers homespun bedroom pop driven by confessional lyrics and beautifully downhearted melodies.
“My favorite records are the ones that make me feel like I’m getting to know an artist,” says Pollie. “I love albums that sound like someone is telling me their deepest secrets.”
Produced by Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado (Whitney, The Lemon Twigs) and mixed by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith, Foo Fighters), Los Angeles Police Department combines the melodic gambits of Randy Newman with the pop clarity of Paul McCartney, the fanciful ingenuity of Brian Wilson with the narrative acuity of Pete Townshend. Not only a creatively adventurous effort full of inventive flourishes, the album also daringly addresses suicide and addiction, anxiety and bereavement.
“I think of this record as a coming-of-age story,” Pollie says. “You always think of coming-of-age stories as something that happens to kids, something like Stand By Me or Catcher in the Rye, but in my twenties I realized that I was always going to face this vulnerability and this anxiety. I’m never going to be that wise old person who’s cold-hearted and knows everything. So this record is about learning to face up to those fears and be emotionally responsible.”
Newly signed to ANTI-, Los Angeles Police Department had a surprise hit in 2014 with “She Came Through (Again),” a bittersweet pop gem featured on his first full-length. That album was highly acclaimed by the likes of The Fader, Impose, Stereogum, and Pitchfork, who praised it as “gloriously arranged with a late-summer-light country rock haze, LAPD is big shady tree we can sit beneath, shielding us from the real world the same way Pollie's curiously anonymous band name does for him."
Emerging alternative Los Angeles band La Bouquet refer to themselves endearingly as the “dads of sad". La Bouquet’s music is pleasantly dynamic and danceable despite the melancholy titles and lyrics.
"If the crackling, Pavement-informed indie rock on LA Font's  album 'The American Leagues' feels like a breath of fresh air compared to all the noisy navel-gazing on the scene right now, it's because songwriter Danny Bobbe probably still feels like an outsider. Bobbe moved from Montana to L.A. just two years ago, and his prickly songs have the feel of a wiseguy who suddenly finds himself planted in hipster heaven (if not a homeless haven) and who responds by flaming, with guitar and in verse. It's reminiscent of other local favorites such as Rademacher, the Henry Clay People and Death to Anders, though none of them nails a baseball metaphor as LA Font does in the title track." – Kevin Bronson, Buzzbands.la
Psyrock - Garage rock
Lauren Ruth Ward
Baltimore bred, Los Angeles based singer/songwriter, Lauren Ruth Ward, is back in the studio recording new material as a follow-up to her recent self-titled EP.
While integrating herself into the LA community as a Barber, Lauren is also tirelessly performing at venues such as: The Bootleg Theatre, The Echo, The Lyric, Dirty Laundry, Viper Room, The Mint, Echo Park Rising, Hotel Café and partnering with organizations like SoFar Sounds LA, World Arts, and Play Like a Girl.
Recently enlisting producer/engineer, Grey Goon (Champagne Fever, US Royalty) for her full length LP, Lauren has also partnered with former Paperhaus guitarist, Eduardo Rivera, resulting in songs that draw from early 60s blues/psychedelia to todays pop while still maintaining her distinctly unique vocal style.
Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab)
Laetitia Sadier's new album has just been delivered, and it's a joy! Something Shines took nine months to create, record, and mature: you know what that means, baby! New life…
Alternating between a riveting caress and an invigorating shake, the songs of Something Shines start from the Earth and tilt up towards the sky, before coming back down to the planet again. Taking it all in, Something Shines is also an exploration through Debord's La Société du Spectacle, and how it is still up to us to guide and shape our fate, individually and collectively. Laetitia examines several relevant questions – such as the main inquiry of "Oscuridad": "Do the rich need the poor to be rich?" The song examines the war being led against the lower classes of this world by the ultra-rich to rob them (us!) even further of their (our!) resources. On the riveting caress-side side of things, "Life Is Winning" is a subtle reminder to get in touch with the innate joy and revelation of living.
All these thoughts and many others are communicated with delicately textured production, twinkling and shifting with the subtlety of nature. Often sounding like the world outside, whooshing and chirping and clicking in time, placing these concerns in the place where we live, Something Shines reflects the lives hanging in the balance between issues, lives that are often too small to see yet contribute to the world as a whole. Even in the face of realities that continue to cripple so many in the name of so few, Something Shines consistently elevates itself with lyrical confidence, intimacy, and an arcing musicality that allows it to go to the hearts and minds of every listener.
Rock and Roll, Blues, Folk
Leroy From the North
Leroy From the North is an indie-rock band from Los Angeles, CA. Started by singer/guitarist Eli Wulfmeier in 2015 as a solo project, Leroy from the North was created in the spirit of capturing a 70's California country sound with elements of garage rock and soul.
Collaborating with like-minded musicians and artists, Leroy from the North is a collection of music and stories that draw from raw personal experiences to social commentary.
Eli has co-written on songs that can be heard on the soundtracks for the films The Widow's Son, The Longest Ride and RIPD. Television credits include Fox's The Following, Hawaii Five-O, ABC's Nashville, The CW's Hart of Dixie, Guitar Center's nationalad-campaign and Discovery Channel's Bering Sea Gold.
Fusing the lo-fi buzz of 21st century garage punk with the sunburnt drift of vintage psychedelia, Levitation Room was formed in Los Angeles, California in 2012 by longtime friends Julian Porte and Gabriel Fernandez. The two had previously played together in a group called the Hitz; after they broke up, Porte focused on his interest in folk music, but in time he was eager to start a new band. After Porte posted a message on a social media page asking if anyone was interested in starting a band, Fernandez promptly responded, and they began exchanging notes on their shared interest in psychedelic rock. Porte became lead singer and guitarist with the new group, while Fernandez played lead guitar and sang backups. Porte discovered drummer Johnathan Martin when he borrowed a harmonica from him at a party, and with the addition of the similarly named Jonathan Martin on bass and vocals, the group's lineup was complete. After making the rounds as a live act and gaining the endorsement of California psych label Lollipop Records, Levitation Room self-released their first demo in March 2013 (it was later reissued by Lollipop), and their first proper EP, Minds of Our Own, followed in January 2015, released in a cassette edition by hip indie rock label Burger Records. By this time, Levitation Room were playing regularly in Los Angeles and touring the west coast, and were also the proprietors of Everydaze Music, a music store and vintage clothing boutique that also served as the group's rehearsal space and base of operations. Their first full-length album, Ethos, was released by Burger Records in early 2016
Born and raised in Los Angeles California, Lex Lu is the explicit definition of raw energy. Her music is a mix of Hip Hop, Soul, and pop as she aims to redefine the status quo of the “Female Rapper.” Her unique style and voice is sure to capture your attention. Completely independently created, her newest album “LexAngeles" is artistically a breath of fresh air worth taking 30 mins out of your day to listen to. Available on all music platforms!
Also check out her new videos “Kill Bill” + "Light Switch” available on youtube.
Liv Slingerland is an alternative rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, CA. In 2016, Liv self-released her band’s first single, “Shouldn’t Bother,” and has now added two tracks to complete their debut EP, Come Back to Me, co-produced by Scott Heiner. Slingerland’s second single, “Hold on To,” is described as “anthemic,” “vibrant,” and “reminiscent of the ‘90s” in the track’s premiere on L.A. music and lifestyle blog, Grimy Goods.The EP’s final statement, “Come Back to Me,” captures the band’s young twenty-something angst and highlights Slingerland’s versatile guitar work and punchy vocals. Over the past year, Liv has been playing live with her band at Los Angeles venues such as the Hi Hat, Harvard and Stone, The Echo, and The Satellite, in addition to festivals including Chinatown Summer Nights and Echo Park Rising, named the Best Music Festival by LA Weekly (2016).
Before East LA's newest indie power trio became Lone Kodiak, singer/guitarist Dainéal Parker and bassist Daniel Alden were in a Portland band called emberghost. Having risen to the upper ranks of a crowded PDX "post-hardcore" scene with their aggressive mix of anger and sorrow, emberghost reliably sold out large venues like The Roseland and earned itself a trip to NYC to meet with Sony Music. It was around this time that their co-vocalist, the extraordinarily talented Sarah Jennings, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Sadly, she would not recover. Neither would the band.
The backstory is important here, because though Lone Kodiak is a young band, the music conveys a rich history, littered with difficult, sometimes devastating memories and profound experiences alluded to in a reflective, nostalgic tone. Once they picked up drummer Andrew Smith, who injected a kind of energy into the music they weren't expecting, they decided to jump in with both feet and realize an entirely new vision.
Veteran musician, Louis Schefano, is one of the seminal figures in the indie-rock scene. After courting
Capitol and Geffen Records, Schefano's career launched behind the kit, as the drummer of rock band,
Remy Zero. The band made a name for themselves after winning an invitation to play two large shows in
Toronto and Montreal opening for Radiohead. On the heels of that success, the band relocated to Los
Angeles and their debut self-titled full length release.
Once established, Schefano departed from Remy Zero, joining Little Red Rocket (featuring Maria Taylor
and Orenda Fink of Azure Ray), Verbena (A.A. Bondy), and eventually releasing his own debut album,
The Art of Navigation, under the moniker Regia. For the record, Schefano teamed up with Rob Schneider,
producer of Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.
Schefano had found his voice in front of the drum kit. He went on to collaborate with fellow Remy Zero
founder, Shelby Tate. The two recorded a 12-song album they debuted in 2016 under the name Cheshires.
In addition to the steady catalogue of material, Louis has performed with various artists over the last two
decades including Bright Eyes, The Ladybug Transistor, Maria Taylor, and Sarah Mclachlan.
With such a formidable resume, Schefano had yet to release music under his own name. That all changed
earlier this year, when he debuted The Opposite Side of the World to much acclaim. Now Schefano is
following up with the WISH EP that is comprised of tracks written during his stint with Cheshires.
It's safe to say Louis Schefano is continuing to leave a lasting impression on the indie-rock world.
Love Ghost is an alternative rock band. Their sound has been described as "reminiscent of Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins & Thirty Seconds to Mars, with pensive, existential themes conveyed through powerfully dynamic and perfectly-weaved strings (guitar, viola and bass)"- IndieBeat.com. They have just finished recording their 1st full-length album with producer Eric Lilivois at London Bridge Studios in Seattle. Their album released in late April 2018.
Lucy and La Mer
Lucy & La Mer are an indie band from Los Angeles, California. They've performed at The Rose Bowl (Vegan Beer Festival), LA Fashion Week, CMJ Music Marathon, Echo Park Rising, Jam in the Van, Red Gorilla Fest, and also made a special appearance for the Mayor of LA at The Sierra Club's 50th Anniversary event.
Lead singer Lucy LaForge has shared the stage with Moby, Cat Power, Jamestown Revival, Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), White Buffalo and many more.
Lucy & La Mer have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, BuzzBands LA, Music Connection Magazine, Brooklyn Vegan, and LA Music Blog, as well as various podcasts & radio shows.
Their debut EP "Little Spoon" charted on College Radio in 2015, followed by 3 bi-coastal tours that year as well as 2 semi-finalist spots in the International Songwriter Contest. They've worked closely with women's rights organizations, including "More Than No" and The Cabaret Con-sensual, as well as the LGBT activist group AmBi.
Their next single is due out in Spring 2017, with a "Locks of Love Benefit" Show at The Echo on February 11th, 2017.
The Mad Walls
Magic Wands are a dream pop duo from Los Angeles, California. Known for
melodic, catchy hits “Black Magic” and “Teenage Love,” Chris and Dexy Valentine
create music that centers on their main influence—the love of all things “Magic” “Love,” and “Dreams". They have expanded to a five piece for live and will be joined by bassist, Tommy Alexander, synth player, Phill Galloni and drummer Pablo Amador.
Their sound has been described as “Mixing elements of gothy post-punk and ethereal psych” – Brooklyn Vegan. They have been remixed by The XX and Crystal Fighters, and shared bills with The Horrors, The Black Keys, The Jesus and Marychain, The Raconteurs etc. They released their debut album Aloha Moon in 2012 followed by Jupiter in 2016. Magic Wands are scheduled to tour this fall and their third LP is due out spring 2018.
Goo slathered sweet boys, THE MANX, are currently in the studio with producer Toshi Kasai (MELVINS, QUI, TWEAKBIRD, etc.) working on their post apocalyptic, power pop infused, laser surf themed sophomore effort entitled “MALBU SLIME”. After 2016 brought about THE MANX's first full length LP, "VOYAGE IN BAD TASTE" (a demented cluster storm of black metal, spaz-core, doo wop and folk punk), the boys simply weren't finished busting slick diddies of chum and malice.
Trading in their mountain instruments for further evolved PLASMA axes, THE MANX spent 2017 spewing noxious slug juice at mostly local venues and live houses. However, a successful run of east coast dates took the boys from New York, New York to Miami for an all hallowed onslaught of goo and dude goo… Yes.
This elusive gang of Hollywood animation bros often find themselves stripped of their sparkle shorts... Tied down in bunkers and whipped with red rope licorice. Forced to deliver episodes of ‘toon madness aimed at boys 6-12... (Editor’s Note: But right now most of the boys are actually un-employed.) That said: a REMIX EP and a gaggle of fresh music videos are currently just some of the corpses inside of The Manx’s cannon…
PLUS: There might be a bubble machine featured as the 6th member at any given MANX show. It just depends...
Mapache is an acoustic duo from Glendale, California. Taking influence from artists such as Gillian Welch, The Louvin Brothers, The Band, and The Grateful Dead, Mapache brings a new sound of california conscious country/folk. Clay Finch (acoustic guitar/vocals) and Sam Blasucci (dobro/vocals) met in 2011 and have been writing and performing music ever since.
Mara Connor is a singer/songwriter and LA native. She's currently recording her debut album in Nashville at the Bomb Shelter with Andrija Tokic (producer of Alabama Shakes, Hurray For the Riff Raff).
Formed in Los Angeles in late 2016, The Marías are the psychedelic-soul lovechild of LA native, Josh Conway and Puerto Rican-bred, María. A smooth rendezvous of jazz percussion, hypnotic guitar riffs, smoke-velvet vocals and nostalgic horn solos, there’s something undeniably sensual in the group’s dreamlike fusion of jazz, psychedelia, funk and lounge.
With María on lead vocals and Josh on drums, the couple is joined by three of their closest friends and fellow musicians. On keys, Edward James, a New Orleans raised and self-taught blues pianist. On guitar, Jesse Perlman, born and bred of LA, with ‘tones that can melt steel,’ say his bandmates. On bass, Canadian born and Berklee trained Carter Lee.
Their creations seamlessly dance between synthetic and analog tones, weaving in an old-school, vintage aesthetic with a progressive touch. It’s clear why fans cheekily compare their sound to ‘having sex in the 70s’ or like ‘pouring cream into coffee.’ Watching them, you feel transported, taken over by a sultry tranquility as you drift into a timeless space.
They will be releasing their first EP, titled ‘Superclean Vol. I,’ in the fall of 2017, followed by ‘Superclean Vol. II’ in early 2018.
Marissa Gomez & the Ghosts of Echo Park
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Meatbodies are heavy, groovy, psychadelic and headbanging.
Melted is a surprisingly musical mixture of garbage burrito-fueled sonic mayhem that has air-kicked, screamed, and that-thing-Justin-does-where-he-shakes-like-an-epileptic-seizure-while-singing-ed across the OC punk scene.
After sleeping through the transition to adulthood, this trio of SoCal suburban burnouts woke up on the wrong side of both the 90s and the 91 freeway and immediately formed a band out of self-defense.
Melted plays belligerently rowdy speed jams while howling angst-riddled lyrics at venues as diverse as the Observatory, the Smell, and what may have been an active crime scene in a crackhouse. They plan to tour until their untimely deaths, accidentally but unapologetically offend your political agenda, and occasionally string a few notes together.
Hi, we’re Melted Bodies.
Melted Bodies creates music for people to propel their limitless potential.
Let us find out just how far limitless potential can take us. We aim to inspire a can-do attitude that’s relevant, relatable, safe, and accessible to everyone. Instead of breaking boundaries, let’s shatter them into a million mobile-friendly pieces, together. Motion creates emotion, and emotion creates content that challenges our core cultural influencers in our ever-increasingly connected world.
These are all ideas and themes that we can leverage and take advantage of in the new media democracy. We are here to target influencer content and engage media partners through collective storytelling and game-changing ideas. Autonomous social media helps drive peer to peer authentic engagements that can be tracked and measured to create augmented experiences which can then be leveraged to connect human truths. Our aim is to pander to the needs and wants of these global progressive influencers and pander we will.
Fuck me. Fuck you.
From San Fran to LA, Act Natural is testing out the waters of this vibrant place.
Kofi (Mike Blair) is a music producer who has recently picked up guitar. He and Annabelle toggle between lead and harmony with vocals. He may also surprise you with a pocket piano or many of the other tricks up his sleeve.
Annabelle is primarily a mandolin player and vocalist, though she also plays violin (her first instrument) and tickles the guitar.
They do not have much recorded just yet, so keep your ears peeled for what's in store.
Miles Mosley and the West Coast Get Down
L.A. BORN MOSLEY IS A TRUE FORCE ON THE UPRIGHT BASS, INCORPORATING EFFECTS PEDALS, HIS BOW, HIS VOCALS AND A HORN SECTION FOR HIS ONE-OF-A-KIND FORWARD LEANING SOLO PROJECTS. IN ADDITION TO HIS SOLO CAREER WITH HIS BAND, HE HAS PERFORMED, RECORDED, PRODUCED AND TOURED WITH ARTISTS INCLUDING CHRIS CORNELL, KENDRICK LAMAR, MOS DEF, INDIA ARIE, LAURYN HILL, TERRENCE HOWARD, JONATHAN DAVIS OF KORN, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, JASON MRAZ, JEFF BECK, RIHANNA, AND CEE LO GREEN. CONSIDERED ONE OF THE WORLD’S “PREMIER UPRIGHT BASSISTS", MANY HAVE CALLED HIM THE 'JIMI HENDRIX OF THE UPRIGHT BASS', AND A 'MASTER MUSICIAN AND LIVE PERFORMER'.
MOSLEY IS A FOUNDING MEMBER AND UPRIGHT BASS PLAYER FOR THE ACCLAIMED LOS ANGELES- BASED GROUP, THE WEST COAST GET DOWN (WCGD), A COLLABORATIVE GROUP OF MUSICIANS BORN AND RAISED IN LOS ANGELES. APART, THEY ARE SOME OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER MUSICIANS IN THE WORLD; TOGETHER THEY ARE UNINHIBITED INNOVATORS MOVING EFFORTLESSLY THROUGH MULTIPLE GENRES OF MUSIC.
Are a rock band from Los Angeles, CA
Signed to Anchor Eighty Four Records
New Album 'Trembles & Temperance' out Nov. 11th
Miss Jupiter is a ‘60s/‘70s-driven psych-punk outfit led by powerhouse singer & performer Michelle Rose (formerly of Isaac Rother & The Phantoms). Her bold stage presence is highlighted by self-made costumes, and she’s known to electrify audiences with chaotic energy & a style that veers from glam to soul. A visual spectacle, Miss Jupiter have become known as a must-see live act in and around Los Angeles, and just self-released their long-awaited debut album “Amagianascience” in early July. "Miss Jupiter prefer a psychedelic glam-rock approach in delivering singer Michelle Rose’s starry-eyed revelations.” - LA Weekly
California-based country band.
"Heavy on reverb and angst, Moaning's "Misheard" starts out like an outtake from an early Minus the Bear track, settling in to a morose verse ending in "I just miss her." We feel you, homie. The chorus is where Moaning yells with fist clenched at the heavens, letting the distortion rip for a heavy, and heady, section before settling back into the dirge and purge. Music is therapy, clearly.
Stream this heartbreaking and gorgeous, indie-leaning track below for the first time below, and make sure to cry along with them at a gig near you." - Noisey
Moisture Boys (formerly Tolliver)
Moni Mendoza is a producer/singer born in Costa Rica/ raised in Los Angeles.
One-man black metal band from Greece.
Moon Honey (DJ Set)
Art student Jessica Ramsey and island-raised Andrew Martin’s collaboration began in a small horse stable home in the back swamps of Louisiana in 2013. Within two weeks of meeting, the two declared each other “musical soul mates,” and Moon Honey was born. Their vigorous work ethic and unorthodox approach to songwriting culminated in the critically acclaimed debut album Hand-Painted Dream Photographs, mixed by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof. The unlikely collision of Bjork-esque melodies with late 60’s inspired, freak-out guitar riffs landed the band in The New York Times, NOISEY, and NPR, launching a number of cross country tour performances including an in-studio KEXP session and official SXSW showcases featured on NPR’s Top 100 Acts.
After garnering a vigilant west coast following, the pair relocated from Baton Rouge to Los Angeles in 2015. In a short period of time, the group released the single “Boy Magic” dubbed “Splendid prog-pop” by Amoeba Records, playing L.A. venues such as The Echo and Bootleg Theater with shows presented by L.A. Weekly and BuzzbandsLA. Inspired by their current tropical terrain and the outlandish culture surrounding the project, the band has just recorded a new album helmed by John Goodmanson (Blonde Redhead, Sleater Kinney, Death Cab) to be released in 2017.
The Mother Tongues
Moths is the experimental folk project of Dylan Marx. Live he is accompanied by Alex Harris, Sean Draper, and Paolo Yumol.
Mount Baine is the musical project of Ryan Baine with Cole Warkentien & Brett Engwall. A country, folk, and psychedelic experiment.
Moxi, a Los Angeles based indie pop outfit built upon the dreamy, ethereal vocals of Anna Toy and surrounded by the moody, atmospheric keyboards of Andy Toy. Drawing on elements from pop, classic cinema, and 80's new wave, Moxi presents Anna's distinct vocals against a backdrop of dark electronic textures, innovative guitar sonics and enigmatic, dream pop melodies. Moxi’s upcoming EP Figures Bathed in Light is filled with spiritual reflection, themes of conquering life's demons, and facing the dark as well as the light. Teaming up with Emmy award winning producer Bobby Hartry, Moxi plans to release Figure's Bathed in Light August 18th.
Muskk is the reincarnation of your favorite spirit animal. The sounds they generate create an ethereal atmosphere that move crowds and satisfy the most baron of souls.
Front man / bass player James Howard met with drummer Christopher Garcia in late December 2014 to form the band in The San Fernando Valley. They went through a few auditions for other contributing members and eventually came across guitarist, Evan Lindley. They were featured on lineups at various Los Angeles venues and had positive responses at WOMA, a venue local to the Valley. They eventually added the electronic element with Ed Kim and it sealed the deal. The Muskk of 2015 was growing rapidly.
Soon after many successful shows, they decided to bring rhythm guitarist, Cody Sparti, on board to help harness the full capacity of the Muskk sound.
Looking into the future, this young Muskk has a lot to uncover. Whether it be touring to new states, playing festivals, or establishing management, they have the potential every legendary band started off with.
N A P S
Nate Denver is a solo musician. His shows are a mess and usually include a few metal songs, some folk songs and a couple of other songs. Sometimes there's a pretty good song included.
From California, USA.
Night Talks is an alternative rock band based in Los Angeles, California. With vocals that are equal parts angelic and razor-tipped, bass and drums that drive, and powerful, shimmering guitars, they'll remind you of the first time you stayed in your room all night listening to a record.
The Night Times
3 piece garage rock n' roll band from Covina, CA
NKRIOT is an electronic music pioneer and founder of a new genre art concept called Goji. Formed in the summer of 2013 in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights, California, NKRIOT began as a chip-tune, cyber-punk project, that eventually transformed into full scale self designed music project which eventually led to the creation of the Goji movement.
Goji involves a combination of synth, prog, and electronic beats, armed with a chromed out electric guitar. It is under goji that the distinctive sound landscape NKRIOT has carefully developed can be understood. It is also under Goji that any other artists that fall short of the genres decided spectrum are welcomed. Goji was developed during the beginning years of NKRIOT while he was trying to find a way to represent the unique style of music he makes. Having experience with a wide range of musical styles and not wanting to conform to the broad genre of “EDM”, the name Goji called out to him. This unique concept takes the bitter and sweet sounds of all his genres influences and incorporates them into one, bringing his live performance to new heights. NKRIOT live has a unique high energy sound which features a custom setup that includes hardware that is designed and built from scratch. During his performances, the audience gets to experience the prominent brilliance that makes the half man-half robot a distinctive original artist.
To NKRIOT, Goji also represents the idea of taking objects that people leave behind and recreating them to be better utilized while teaching others to do the same. Having disassembled the insides of various unused electronic music equipment, such as KORG boards, NKRIOT developed a one-of-a-kind setup that would later become known as the ‘RIOTLAB’. In an attempt to organically interact with the audience, the RIOTLAB is played without any pre-recorded loops, midi, or computer software. Chrome coated, resting on a bed of LED lights and polycarbonate glass, the RIOTLAB is a one of a kind machine that is perfect for a futuristic and technology driven pioneer. Following the development of this unique setup, the NKRIOT helmet was created, soon becoming one of the most iconic pieces of custom hardware in the Los Angeles music community. This recognizable NKRIOT helmet was designed to allow the artist to sing, talk and interact through the head piece itself, a wearable technology like no other.
In the winter of 2013, NKRIOT began with an E.P titled “V.C.R”, that encompasses an electronic and progressive sound that captures the true noise and glitches of a cyber-robot. The single “Virtual Climax Recording” made its way onto radio stations in both Los Angeles, and the UK, including renown local radio station, 98.7 Saint fm. Having been on Saint fm NKRIOT got the attention of independent russian film director, Mary Ignatova. Ignatova traveled from Russia to Boyle Heights to film NKRIOT’s first ever music video. Keeping up the momentum, NKRIOT released an E.P in the summer of 2014 and the single ‘’LP DISCO 83’’ was met with commercial success with an underground rave-esque music video. The video featured a cameo appearance by Jeremy Ruzumna, of Fitz and The Tantrums.
In the summer of 2015, by using technology to share his vision with the public, NKRIOT developed his most interactive creation, “The Holo Display”. The Holo Display is a personal, hand-held, portable device that allows users to simply place the polarized recycled plastic structure onto their mobile phones, to see any holographic video in 3D. He released this device to the public to accompany his latest music video for the song “We are the Future”, which later became a revolutionary anthem and a rally call for RIOTEERS everywhere. To honor his love for the film “Back to the Future”, he worked alongside director Ben Trandem to take viewers on a journey through time in the same way time travel is portrayed in the infamous film. In the video, Nk-Riot drives around in a flashy Delorean seemingly traveling to visions of the future, much like deja-vu. With a little bit of movie magic and his enthralling music, it makes for an amazing handheld adventure when viewed with the Holo-Display. Captivating the Los Angeles electro scene and further establishing himself as an artist representative to a new era in hardware technology based music, NKRIOT began to collaborate and play alongside well known acts and spent much of 2016 centerstage.
With offers to play festivals, exclusive dance parties, and concert events, NKRIOT played a near 600 shows through 2014-2016. Some of the more prominent performances include Coachella after parties, Echo Park Rising, MainFest Alhambra, Night on Broadway. He has also been the opening act for bands such as Les Butcherettes, FartBarf, Kosha Dillz, Big Freedia, Harriet Brown, Arthur Baker, Cut Chemist, De Lux, and Tennyson (Skrillex’s Artist). He also performed on multiple live radio showcases, including KXLU, KSPC, KUCI and KPFK. NKRIOT continues to perform live, but now puts a major emphasis on the performance art factor of his live sets, incorporating imaginative audience interaction tactics and enthralling visual displays. True to his sound but out of growth. The artist who started in 2013 with an idea to do something original and focused heavily on utilizing technology to share his vision with the public, has now progressed and transformed into something beyond expectation.
NKRIOT is currently working on his full-length album called “RIOT” that is set to be released on June 30th. The album will feature 8 tracks that he has written, produced and recorded in just 12 short weeks. It will be a self released album by NKRIOT Productions. The Album will also feature his most anticipated track titled “American Dream”
The message behind ''American Dream'' discusses the ever demanding goal that we as individuals constantly strive for. What is the ideal 'American Dream'? While living in an instant gratification society, are we ever as satisfied as we seem?
You can find “RIOT” and the track “American Dream” on Spotify this summer.
The No. 44
Noise Revolt DJs
Raskal (Noise Revolt)
Euth (Noise Revolt)
JiP.C (Noise Revolt)
Each of us projects an energy field that resonates with those around us. In the act of continual collaboration, we are laying down a new foundation for a way of living. By amplifying everyone’s volume through the harmony of teamwork, we are expanding our creative voices. Through this new way of life we emphasize how sustainability, health, artistic expression, and community are key for happiness. Everyone has a gift and we want to enhance it. Combining our resonance, our sound will be heard around the world. Our method is to inspire others to wake up and stand for the spirited genius that is within all of us.
We are rebelling against the mediocrity disconnecting us from consumer media.
We are striving to aid in the development of a conscious generation.
We are revolting against the status quo of fear and hatred.
We are celebrating love and wisdom.
We are engaging with the union of our art, awareness, and our presence to implement change.
WE ARE NOISE REVOLT
RESONATE WITH US!
Nona is the moniker under which Michael Goldman has launched his solo career. The 22 year old Los Angeles native is better known for his works in Alternative pop band Chasing Kings. His influences include the alt/folk sounds of Wilco and Mason Jennings while his songwriting is comparative to that of fellow Los Angelino Blake Mills. Although this solo endeavor is new, he has been writing songs since 2004 and building his resume of song placements in Indie and international films.
Beer Soaked Bloody Nose Broken Heart…this is what LA’s NO WIN does best. The solo project of Musician/Producer/Engineer Danny Nogueiras, is rife with honesty, distortion and great f*#king songs! With a little help from his friends Max Keuhn (FIDLAR) Brandon Schwartzel (FIDLAR) Marshall Vore (Ryan Adams, Phoebe Bridgers) and David Jerkovich (Kind of Like Spitting) NO WIN’s 2 new singles “Crooked Heart” and “You’ll Be Fine” out April via Dangerbird keeps us up to speed with, and wanting more of NO WIN’s straight up, unapologetic brand of rock and roll. Just imagine if The Replacements got into a bar fight with Teenage Fanclub and somehow Superchunk ends up with the black eye…That’s NO WIN.
Numb•er is a Dark wave/Sythgaze project formed by Jeff Fribourg based in Los angeles, Ca.
Album "Goodbye" coming soon.
NVDES is a creative collective curated, produced and co-performed by Josh Ocean. The project's recurring symbol, a cantaloupe, embodies its spirit of self-discovery, free experimentation, and an unrestrained indulgence in the juicy, ripe fruit of pop music. NVDES' early singles "Unforgettable", "Fela" and "Don't Fvck Your Neighbor" are compulsive summery tracks, brimming with the energy of trophouse and punk, campfire folk and hyphy rap, '50s surf and '90s alternative. The cornucopia of voices from Ocean and his friends are a kaleidoscope of sounds, both acoustic and digital, spinning through traditional song forms and electronic collage. The music encourages disrobing, exposing bare skin to the sun, flailing limbs, swaying hips, and feeling the unadulterated vibes of NVDITY.
Old Man Saxon
Oliver Riot is comprised of Benjamin and Alexander Moore, identical twins from New Mexico, USA. The brothers spent their youth busking bars, breweries, and street corners, performing gypsy music in the style of Django Reinhardt before moving to Los Angeles. Shortly following their move, Oliver Riot took home first place in the Grammy's annual "Rock The Mic Competition", showcasing emerging California artists, and were awarded studio time with legendary producer, Mike Clink (Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Eddie Money, etc.).
Oliver Riot just released their debut EP, Hallucinate, produced in its entirety by accomplice "Real Miilk" in the back room of a Korean Church. Alexander lived in his van parked outside of the church while creating this record, and both brothers continue to do so while recording the duo's next album. Often compared to James Vincent McMorrow, James Blake, and Passenger, Indie TrendSetters says, "Oliver riot is a dazzling point of unnoticed incandescence, an ineffable aurora devoid of deserving admirers, a true work of underground art that makes mainstream music look like superficial sham."
Based in Los Angeles, the twins just finished their second highly anticipated EP entitled Neurosis which was released December 2016.
Orchin is an LA-based dark pop band and has been likened by press to DIIV, Pale Saints and Ultra Vivid Scene. Their sound is a hybrid of "shoegaze, Cocteau Twins-style dream-pop, and new wave" (The Fader). The band is led by frontman and songwriter Jeremy McLennan and includes Peyton Wilson on guitar, Nathan Castiel on bass and Griffin Kisner on drums.
Orchin arrived in June 2016 with double single “Dark/Wasting Time” and has been keeping busy since. Their follow up “One/If I Ever” premiered later in the summer, and the band’s self-titled debut EP, led by single “Ego Deathbed”, was released in March 2017. The band embarked on a monthlong US tour with Boston’s Model/Actriz in support of the record, with stops at venues such as Subterranean in Chicago, Alphaville in Brooklyn, and Middle East in Boston.
“I Think I” is the band’s most recent single, accompanied by a music video directed by bassist Nathan Castiel. Orchin’s new material is more minimal and raw, but maintains the same lush pop sensibility as their previous releases. Several new songs and shows around Los Angeles are in the works for this Fall.
Oscar Del Amor
Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter. He is the younger brother of Tim Kinsella and cousin of Nate Kinsella.
Paintbox is a Japanese hardcore band featuring ex-members of Death Side (Chelsea) and Screaming Hog (Mune).
Pair of Arrows
Palm Springsteen is a band, a moniker, a portmanteau, a person, a place, a thing, and Bez from Happy
Mondays. It's interchangeable with the word "grease", from the song Grease, from the movie Grease. It's
Blow Pop in Space. It’s Alan Vega screaming at Peter Hook to turn up that Jesus and Mary Chain record.
It’s a feeling; a combination of ethereal synth, raw guitar, and driving rhythms for an explosive aural
Born in the professional hedonism of Los Angeles, Palm Springsteen draws from elements of new wave,
post-punk, synth pop and, ahem, “blow pop” to create something that even E.T. would phone home
Four-piece from Los Angeles punk wing dong gaze porn pop cop chop proto shoes progs clogs hogs fuzzy wuzzy soaked hugs and slugs.
Part Time Punks DJs
Party Nails is the pop incarnation of songwriter/performer Elana Belle Carroll. Veering off the path of her dark electro roots, Party Nails takes the opposite path towards fun party times and lands sonically in a pop space somewhere between Haim, Charli XCX and Robyn. Party Nails live is a four-piece band that will make you want to get up and dance!
The Pink Slips
The Pink Slips, from Los Angeles, are fronted by 19 year old 'GRAVE' (Grace McKagan). The Pink Slips can be compared to an up and coming 'Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs', 'Garbage', or 'The Kills".
Pinky Pinky is a 3-piece Proto-Prog inspired rock band out of Los Angeles featuring teenagers Isabelle Fields (18, Guitar), Eva Chambers (18, Bass) and Anastasia Willow Sanchez (19, Vocals/Drums).
Caitlin Dee (guitar, vocals) and Jana Jordan (drums) - princess punk from La La land
Plague Vendor (aka PLG\VNDR) is a young, raw, rock n’ roll band hailing from Whittier, CA. Their infectious drumming, snarling guitar chords, rhythmic bass are accentuated by eccentric lead singer Brandon Blaine’s howling vocals. With one of the most exciting front men in the LA music scene, Plague Vendor’s high energy live performances have been whipping crowds into a writhing frenzy at all the bad boy venues in LA.
Luciano Lima and Nicholas Van Orton met a couple of years ago, due to their mutual interest about electronic music. They both share a similar background singing and playing in rock bands, so their likes and influences got together in this proyect called The Planters.
As soloists, Luciano and Nicholas released lots of tracks under Balkan Connection label, wich are played by djs all arround the world.
The Planters tracks combines a great varietes of genres, live instruments, vocals, native roots and folk music, and you can see them playing djing sets and live perfomances, based on their own productions.
Back from the grave yet again, Los Angeles three piece POPDeFECT rises from
their ashes buried downtown by Al’s Bar to play the Echo Park Rising festival at
The Echoplex Saturday, August 19 th 5:50 to 6:20.
At the time of their untimely death in 2000, POPDeFECT (Guitarist Alan
Anderson, Bassist Charlie Hutchinson, and supposed Drummer Nickei Scott) had
played nearly every venue there was to play in Los Angeles, as well as many of
the back yards, released four Albums, five EP’s, ten 45’s, three videos, a
cassette, and a slew of compilation tracks and split singles, and appeared in a
documentary movie and a mockumentary movie, becoming one of the most
famous unknown bands in history.
Following their successful resurrection in 2013, the band has played limited
shows in both Los Angeles and Seattle, once again dancing on the heads of
punks that believed them long dead. The indescribable “What IS that?!” of their
music, a combination of surf, punk, feedback, outright noise, and pop will make
even the most jaded hipster or lumbersexual set down their beer and take notice.
George Romero may be dead and not coming back, but POPDeFECT has, and
for the foreseeable future.
Poppy Jean Crawford
Whether it be bouncing between the Brewery, to Bakersfield. Diving through trash or taking fake pills...In a land of Actors and Models, Poppy Jean only needs one thing…
Poppy Jean Crawford is a singer, songwriter from Los Angeles. Her mother, artist and 90s icon, Casey Niccoli (MTV VMA award winning director of Jane’s Addiction’s “Been Caught Stealing” video), met her father, a pop surrealist painter, Shannon Crawford, at a Chinatown AA meeting …shortly thereafter Poppy Jean made her first appearance.
She joined her first band, Crosseyed and Pantyless, at 15. Playing Experimental Folk Punk in the nude. Feeling she had more to offer, Poppy released her first single, “Dead Girl” at 16, dropped out of high school and got airplay on French radio. She has since been releasing music, and playing/promoting local shows.
4 piece Wonder-Punk-Gaze-Wave from Los Angeles.
San Francisco, CA
L.A's hottest and newest Garage slimebags featuring members of The Neumans and Cheap Tissue. They're gonna get in your head and make it spin!
Prettiest Eyes operates as a three piece. Members Pachy (Drums & Vocals) and Marcos (Bass) from San Juan, Puerto Rico met Paco Casanova (Keyboards & Electronics) from Juarez, Mexico and decided to form the second phase of the band after the original keyboardist Love Juice decided to leave the group shortly after its initial emergence. Based in Los Angeles, California the band crafts a notoriously popular live show that blends elements of Psych-Punk, Noise, Krautrock and Industrial with a solid blues-based backbone. The end result is loaded with razor-sharp elements and buzzing keyboards processed through effect pedals for an excruciating crunch.
The Pretty Flowers
The Pretty Flowers from Los Angeles is composed of Noah Green (guitar/vocals), Eli Reyes (drums), Sam Tiger (bass), and Jake Gideon (guitar). Noah and Eli met when their former bands, The Henry Clay People and Rademacher, played together in 2007 or ‘08. The band practiced and began playing shows occasionally at the end of 2013. Sam joined the band in 2015, around the time the band self-released their 7” EP, “My Alchemist,” which received positive reviews in Razorcake and MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL. They performed as a trio for well over a year before recruiting Jake, who got to know the band’s new songs by recording and mixing for their forthcoming LP at his Awesome Possum Studio in Pasadena. As a band The Pretty Flowers have bonded as much over their choice of cover songs by The Lemonheads, Teenage Fanclub, Superchunk, Thin Lizzy, and Yo La Tengo, as they have over their own songs. They’ve played over 50 shows in Los Angeles. In a review of their newest 7”, the single “Inconsiderate Dreams”, Razorcake said, “[The Pretty Flowers] are a true treasure of Los Angeles”. They will release a full-length LP in late-2017.
According to Wikipedia, Qui was formed in 2000 in Los Angeles, CA, by drummer/vocalist Paul Christensen and guitarist/vocalist Matt Cronk.
Since their first performance in LA in early 2001 and the release of their first full-length CD, Baby Kisses, on the Minneapolis-based Heart of a Champion label in 2003, Qui (pronounced, “Qui,”) maintained a prodigious pace of both local performances and national tours. Their idiosyncratic blend of punk, noise, and rock punctuated with avant-garde weirdness, coupled with their advanced musical prowess earned them a reputation for intense and often-times antagonistic shows.
In late 2006, Qui had the serendipitous good fortune to collaborate with vocalist David Yow of The Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid fame, first as a guest and eventually as a full-time member. Shortly thereafter, the trio released the single, "Today, Gestation" b/w "Freeze" on the Los Angeles-based Infrasonic Sound Recordings label. After a brief spring tour and two acclaimed performances at the South By Southwest music conference in Austin, TX, Qui partnered up with Mike Patton and Greg Werckman's Ipecac Recordings, for their second full-length release entitled, Love's Miracle, which was released on September 11, 2007. With it came a full tour of the US and Canada, followed by a trip to the UK and Europe.
After returning home from Europe in Dec of 2007, both Yow and Cronk were hospitalized with life-threatening medical conditions and were forced to cancel a planned Spring tour. The band spent the first half of 2008 licking its collective wounds and were back in action by August with a make-up tour of Europe.
In October of 2008 Qui played what would be their last two shows in the US for the next four years; at Spaceland in Los Angeles and Annie’s Social Club in San Francisco with The Heroine Sheiks. During the next six months they began recording the follow-up to “Love’s Miracle.” The sessions resulted in The Little Golden Blanket, a limited edition seven-inch featuring two new songs, released in May 2009 on Infrasonic Sound Recordings.
In 2009 Qui was invited to play at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Minehead, England, along with Devo, Sleep, HEALTH, Harvey Milk, and for the first time in ten years, The Jesus Lizard. The rest of the year had Yow’s calendar full with The Jesus Lizard’s highly anticipated reunion tour, during which time Christensen focused on two new musical projects; the rock band, Help, and his staggering country/jazz/bossa nova duo, Paulene.
Yow has kept busy since the conclusion of The Jesus Lizard reunion in 2010. In addition to a reunion tour of Scratch Acid in 2011, he has had several solo exhibitions of his paintings in the US and Europe, started his own custom portrait website, getfaced.net, and embarked on a successful career as an actor.
In 2011 Cronk and Christensen began playing together again. With no real agenda, the duo spent the better part of a year writing new music. Yow was by then fully engrossed in his new endeavors and unable to commit to playing full-time, so Qui elected to proceed as their original line-up, with future Yow collaborations an imminent possibility, schedules permitting.
In August 2012, Qui entered Entourage Studios with renowned engineer Toshi Kasai, and Melvins drummer Dale Crover in the producers’ chairs to record their third full-length release, Life, Water, Living... True to form, (or lack thereof) the new record is in many ways a departure from their earlier work, relying heavily on dual vocal harmonies and employing new instrumentation like bass guitar and keyboards.
In July, 2013, Qui released, "Awkward Human Interest," a limited edition spit 7" single with Mike Watt + The Secondmen on ORG Music.
Life, Water, Living... was released in February 2014 through Cobraside Distribution, followed by a run of west coast dates supporting the Moistboyz (Dean Ween, Nick Oliveri).
Later that year, Qui released, "Feel My Body," a split 7" single on Three One G records followed by yet more domestic touring.
2014 was quite busy as well. Leaving in the final days of February, Qui embarked on a 7 week tour of Europe, cover nearly the entire continent. Upon returning home, they entered the studio with Deaf Nephews again and began recording what would become their next several singles.
In March of 2015 Qui began a tour of the east coast, midwest, and southern US supporting legendary indie champions Sebadoh. Then in October they toured the west coast, south and midwest with noise rock legends, Hammerhead.
Beginning with the lathe-cut single, "I Definitely Love You," on Joyful Noise Recordings, Qui have had a steady stream of singles for the past year. The coming months will be no different, with releases forthcoming via Joyful Noise Recordings, Geertruida, ORG Music and Three One G Records.
Qui is currently on a two-month tour of Europe and will return to LA in May to begin work on an upcoming collaboration with bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr Bungle, Melvins Lite, John Zorn, Tomahawk).
Ramonda Hammer is a Los Angeles grunge-pop quartet who's name comes from a lady featured on the television show Cheaters. The show is funny and sad, kind of how front-woman and band founder Devin Davis writes her songs. "Davis is the queen of grunge,” (KSPC) playing with quirky chord progressions, time signature and tempo changes, and dynamic, biting vocal melodies. The other three fourths of Ramonda Hammer - Andy Hengl, Justin Geter, and Danny Louangxay - turn Davis’ songs into fully flourished anthems, "crunchy, grungey, no-B.S. ’90s-style alt-rock,” (Buzzbands LA). The band's debut album came out in April 2016. It’s called Whatever That Means, which is not only a playful nod to everyone who’s puzzled by the band’s name, but is a lyric from a track on the album. They were named on of "LA's hardest-working bands of 2016" (Oh My Rockness), and won't stop there! Follow the band on all forms of social media and visit RamondaHammer.com to stay connected.
a new project from Delroy Edwards
Real Fun Death
The Red Pears
The Red Pears are an indie/alternative band from El Monte, CA. The band consists of Henry Vargas on guitar and vocals, Jose Corona on drums, and their good friend Patrick Juarez that helps on bass. The group started in the summer of 2014, when Jose and Henry got together with talks of forming another band having known each since high school and playing in different groups, separately and together. Things took off from there as they both shared similar influences, similar backgrounds and similar mindsets and visions.
They started as a duo, with their first gig together being an open mic at a church. Juan Aguilar soon joined the band on bass that same year. The duo became a trio and started playing anything from house parties, to bars, to coffee shops, to open mics. Things started moving fast as the release of ‘We Bring Anything to the Table… Except Tables, We Can’t Bring Tables to the Table’, garnered unexpected attention. They continued playing and noticed a growth in their audience throughout the years since.
Juan unfortunately left the band early 2017, and their close friend Patrick kindly agreed to help the now duo out. The band has gone a long way from playing open mics at churches, to playing out of state, selling out venues, and doing more than anyone would’ve thought or expected. With a very loyal and supportive fanbase and audience, the group is currently recording their new record, and are excited for what’s to come.
Rudy De Anda
Rudy De Anda is bursting out of the musical melting pot of the LBC. As front man for the Long Beach psych-prog group Wild Pack of Canaries, Rudy felt the creative pull to begin a solo project that is currently catching fire and hitting the festival circuit with plays at last year's Noise Pop, SXSW, and Music Tastes Good. 2016's Delay, Cadaver of a Day is the follow-up to De Anda's debut EP, Ostranenie and broke into the Top 100 in the CMJ charts, coming in at #94.
"The albums have earned de Anda a rightful place in L.A.'s emerging alt-Latino movement, a growing collective of bands — including "big brothers" Chicano Batman, for whom de Anda has opened — that dabble in non-Latino scenes and support one another's efforts while charting individual paths so distinct it might be a stretch to call it a movement at all." In 2013, when the band was treading on and off hiatus, De Anda started writing his own songs and was approached by one of his musical mentors, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens (Mars Volta, Jack White) to record. Lost in their effortless chemistry, the two friends setup sessions in Ikey's living room in-between his Nashville trips and his Jack White tour schedule. Additionally, De Anda is part of a budding Los Angeles artist management group called Qvolé Collective representing and celebrating progressive Latino music from the US.The band has shared the stage with established acts Warpaint, The Specials, Chicano Batman, Dr. Dog, and No Age to name a few.
Sabrina is Not in This Chat
Take a shot of surf and garnish it with gangster oldies and tears. You'll have yourself a SadGirl cocktail—tiki umbrella and tear drop tattoo not included. SadGirl is Misha Lindes (guitar/vocals), Paul Caruso (drums) and Dakota Peterson (bass). The lo-fi surf-wop band is one of the newer LA groups making waves these days (pun intended).
"They deliver a slightly broody take on the classic surf sound while tracks like "Breakfast is Over" echo the likes of Rosie & The Originals on an Art Laboe special (only it ain't no love song)." - Lauren Camacho, Creations LA
Sahtyre is an artist hailing from Los Angeles.
It's been a busy year for newcomer Sam Morrow. Over the course of 15 months, he will have released his first two full length albums, a live in-the-studio EP with accompanying videos, be named an NPR "World Cafe Next" artist and play more than 100 shows, including an East Coast tour with blues legend John Mayall, kicking off The Bandit Town Festival and a successful SXSW as an official 2015 artist.
In 2014, Forty Below Records released Morrow's first record Ephemeral, about which influential Americana magazine No Depression declared, "Sam Morrow has crafted a sterling debut LP that offers ready comparisons to the inspiring melancholia of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska, Steve Earle's Train a Coming and Jason Isbell's more recent Southeastern."
While Ephemeral introduced the world to Morrow's story and sound with a collection of haunting vignettes, his sophomore effort, There Is No Map, goes a couple steps further, exploring the joy ride before the hangover. Infused with an explorer's soul and world-weary eyes, the structure and heart of this album mimic Morrow's own growth as a person and artist. It's an undeniable celebration of life, in all its unvarnished glory
"soulful vocals, meaningful instrumentals and incredible lyricism." - Dom Vigil, The Prelude Press
"Without doubt, Morrow's freewheeling, experimental attitude, his self-assuredness mixed with self-awareness and his ability to bring people together in a creative environment makes him one of the exciting new fixtures in modern Americana." - Elmore Magazine
Growing up in the Northern suburbs of Sydney, Sam Fischer wrote his first song at the age of 12, a passion that led him to pursue a career in music during his teens and become formally trained in both the violin and saxophone. A degree program at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston soon followed, as did a move to Los Angeles where he dove head-first into the music scene working as a background vocalist with HOLYCHILD.
A prolific songwriter, Sam's obvious talent led him to co-writes with DJ Mustard, Clean Bandit, Jennifer Hudson, Sabrina Claudio and Andy Grammar, among others, as well as a publishing deal with SONY/ATV Music Publishing.
2017 has seen Sam in various studios working on his debut album with top writers and producers including OAK, Fran Hall, Jaimie Hartman, Alex and Alex, and Alex Salibian to name a few .
His first, indie released single “Lean” debuted on StereoGum and has passed 230,000 streams on Spotify. The Top music site raved; “Fischer melds the R&B leanings of his smooth, tender vocals with pop craftsmanship for catchy, sultry grooves. “Lean” is the perfect initiation to his sound. He coos in the first two lines “You look better than me, in my shirt/ The way it falls to your knees, like as skirt,” and it’s clear you’re in for a subtly sexy romp with gentle but vivid storytelling."
The highly in-demand Fischer can be seen gigging around LA this fall.
Tony Jimenez: Rhythm Guitar
Gio Jimenez: Bass
Diego Prieto: Keys and Vocals
Marco Rocha: Drums
Adolfo Canales: Lead Guitar
Jossef Virgen: Vocals
Carlos Precichi: Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Over the last few years, the SCHIZOPHONICS have built up a formidable reputation in San Diego as an Explosive live act. Tapping into the same unstoppable combination
of rock 'n' roll energy and showmanship that fueled THE MC5 in the heyday of the Grande Ballroom, they're also heavily influenced by artists like JAMES BROWN, IGGY POP,
JIMI HENDRIX, LITTLE RICHARD, and THE SONICS. Singer/Guitarist Pat Beers and drummer Lety Beers started playing together in late 2008 and have worked tirelessly since then, winning 4 San Diego music awards, and playing hundreds of live shows up and down the West Coast, and further afield. In 2013 they were recruited as the backing band/Opening band for EL VEZ, touring Spain and Italy. They returned to Europe in 2015 with THE LITTLE RICHARDS, and toured the U.K. for the first time in late 2016 with LITTLE BARRIE. Shindig magazine gave glowing reviews of their London show, describing it "Like watching some insane hybrid of WAYNE KRAMER, JAMES BROWN, and the Tazmanian Devil". After releasing singles and EPs over the last few years on Munster, Ugly Things, and Pig Baby Records, they'll be releasing their first full length album in July 2017 titled Land Of The Living on the Sympathy For The Record Industry label, with tours planned on the East Coast, the UK and Spain.
Filmmaker in New York City during the late 70's/early 80's.
Scout DJ Set
" Highland Park's Seasons really pile on the shimmering keyboards, fuzz-heavy guitars, saturated synths, loads of effects pedals and an occasional beating laptop, accordion or harmonica riffing in the background. Their sound is full and showy, building up to great heights then lilting low into soft, cuddly breakdowns."- Wendy Gilmartin (LA WEEKLY)
Secret Drum Band
Sego (DJ Set)
Sego's Spencer Petersen and Thomas Carroll were both birthed in the burgeoning Provo, Utah music scene. However, finding inspiration in the dissonance that the towering structures and bustling city offers over the mountains and relative quiet of Provo, both relocated to an old pasta factory in downtown LA. Through various projects together, both founding members uncovered their distinct sound: lazy, grungy guitars with digital overlays and refreshingly honest lyrics. The band’s debut album surprises with angular guitars, complex arrangements and musings from an 80’s kid contemplating the void left from the misguided hope of our youth.
Dark primitive post punk from outerspace.
Riding on a cloud of smoke, psychedelic travelers Shadow Band make sounds that move like foggy dreams from fantastical lands. Their patient but powerful songs set in motion a series of refracting echoes that call forth images of medieval battles, spirits unseen by human eyes, and the gentle, constant pulsing of the universe
The band formed organically around the songwriting of Mike Bruno, a quiet figure whose vibrant mental landscape is the center of the group’s orbit. Growing up in New Jersey, Bruno immersed himself in a self-made world of gloomy sonic alchemy, honing his songcraft as a solo act in New Brunswick's small-but-dedicated freak scene. The early years saw Bruno attracting a rotating cast of area heads around his growing arsenal of songs and dubbing it Black Magic Family Band. The sprawling web of artists varied with every gig and recording session, but the roots of Shadow Band started here.
After moving to Philly, a few blurry years passed and key players of the Family Band solidified into a steadfast lineup. Drummer Matt Marchesano and multi-instrumental zoner Sean Yenchick had both played with Mike for years in various formations, as had bassist James Christy. Also in the mix full time was Jacob Brunner, who’d been a long time part of the Weyes Blood crew. The ensemble was rounded out by Michigan-to-Philly transplants Jules Nehring and Morgan Morel. As this core membership developed, the group continued playing on, joined sometimes by auxiliary players when the situation called for it, but now less frequently.
Earlier iterations of the project were only captured on grainy, hiss-heavy four track cassette recordings during all night rituals, leaving a trail of fuzzy, rough-hewn small scale releases. In the beginning stages of working on music for a proper album, the Shadow cohorts entered a studio for the first time to capture a higher-end rendering of their incantations. This quickly proved impossible, and after only a few days, both the band and the label agreed to reverse course.
Progress was made by moving backwards; Brunner, Nehring, and Morel began capturing the sounds of the band as they retreated back to their South Philly lair. Recording at home over the course of many moons and seasons, Morel gathered the sounds and wove an outpouring of songs. The end result is the debut Shadow Band album Wilderness of Love. And it is a product of the wild, indeed. The eleven songs here travel on a misty journey through both lantern-lit psyche-folk dirges and depraved deathknell blues.
Sonically, the homespun production mirrors the communal environment in which they were made. Layers of murky instrumentation congeal into a singular sound, with strange stringed instruments, theremin vibrations and buried percussion all washing by as a solid alien texture. Songs melt into one another to the sound of distant birds and pagan pan flutes only to rise up in swells of unholy synth.
Mellow but godless, the Shadow Band creates their own reality, reflecting on the dying embers of haunted dreams but moving ever forward through the dusk.
I am Shiva Linga - a musician, producer, and vocal artist from Cleveland, Ohio. The study of sound goes back to ancient times, and through sound healing one is able to release tensions when certain frequencies are played. I actively study the note frequencies to understand how these vibrations may affect ones mind, body, and soul. This past year I have released my first album, Parallel in Universe, which I recorded, produced, and audio engineered. I will be performing some tracks off of my alternative psychedelic rock album, as well as some unreleased tracks !
The Side Eyes
Female fronted punk music from Southern California.
Vocals- Astrid McDonald
Bass- Chris Devine
Drums- Nick Arnold
Guitar- Kevin Devine
Sie Sie and the Sad Sacks
Anthony Cozzi from Radar Eyes and Eben Byers' new synth project.
Slayron (Peaking Lights)
The Sledge Grits Band
“We’re trying to put out real music that everyone can relate to and enjoy.” -- Sledge Grits Band
Audiences immediately fall in love with the Sledge Grits Band whether their introduction is seeing the Los Angeles-based sister act play live, hearing one of their songs, or watching one of their music videos. They deliver a refreshing dose of pop-rock, embodying contagious live energy, authentic musicianship, and a heartfelt message.
A quartet including siblings Keiko (guitarist/songwriter, 22), Ella (bassist, 20), Mimi (lead vocals, 17) and bo-Pah (drummer, 15), the All About Timing Entertainment Group LLC act write their own music and confidently celebrate their individuality in their look and sound. Their moniker combines their last name, Sledge, with an acronym for “Girls Raised in the Sun.”
Aspiring for greatness is one of the universal concepts the Sledge Grits Band sings about on their latest single, “Forever,” produced by Hyuk Shin, the renown K-Pop hitmaker whose credits also include Justin Bieber’s “One Less Lonely Girl.” On the rock-fused track from the group’s forthcoming debut EP due out this summer, they sing with the vigor of an anthem about their dreams of achieving pop stardom. Mimi belts on the chorus, “Let’s sing this song forever / Let’s scream it at the top of our lungs together / Stand up on the hood of our cars / Tonight the world is ours.”
The music video captures the essence of the song and was shot and directed by Chris Scholar, a fellow millennial rising star who hails from Virginia. The girls hangout in a laundromat, residential neighborhood, subway station, and around a campfire, performing into the night. “It represents who we are as sisters,” Keiko adds, “and it’s one of our favorites.”
Being transparent is a staple in their work. They championed their right to be different in their 2015 smash “Am What I Am,” and explore even more inspiring themes on the forthcoming EP. Keiko’s poignant and emotive songwriting caught the attention of Zach Katz, BMG Chief Creative Officer, North America, who personally signed her to the international music publishing company.
A wide array of influences have impacted their sound. They are fans of the likes of P!nk, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Paramore, Jimi Hendrix, and songwriter Diane Warren. Plus, they have a rich cultural background that blends Creole, Japanese, French, African American, Irish, German, and Native American roots. Their parents, who have been their biggest fans and exposed them to everything from classic rock to blues to hip hop and R&B, moved the family from Florida to California.
Tragedy struck their family in 2016 when their father, Kelly Jo Sledge, affectionately known as Mistr Grits, passed away after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. As can be expected, the devastating news made it difficult for the girls to focus on creating. Memories of their dad
eventually reignited Ella’s creative spark. “I realized this was his dream for us too,” Ella explains. “It wasn’t just our dream. We’ve just been trying to work everyday to make this dream a success so that we can make him more proud.”
Without a doubt, Mistr Grits is smiling down on his girls. bo-Pah, who has appeared in advertising campaigns for Target, Apple Music and McDonald’s showcased her impressive drum playing skills in Taylor Swift’s 2017 Grammy awards promo commerical that spotlighted gifted young girls. “I was really excited to be a part of a Taylor Swift Grammy promo,” bo-Pah says. “After we filmed the commercial, Taylor sent flowers and a handwritten card to our house. It was amazing.” The young talent will also be profiled in a documentary on female drummers.
Additionally, the Sledge Grits Band is working on a documentary about their career. Aside from their music pursuits, they taped an episode of a reality show called “Vacation Creation” that recently aired on the CW Network.
Over the course of the past seven years, the Sledge Grits Band have scored a number of accolades. They’ve played more than 300 live shows, have appeared on CBS’s The Early Show, and won NBC’s Next Great Family Band competition. They’ve also received praise from celebrities Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Grammy-winning producer Jermaine Dupri and MC Hammer. Not bad for a family act that honed their skills by adding guitar classes to their homeschool curriculum. “It all stemmed from there,” Ella explains. “Keiko stayed with the guitar, while I moved on to the bass. Mimi has a voice that shouldn’t come from someone so young, and bo-Pah has a natural sense of rhythm.”
Melding their musical abilities has produced beautiful results. Now, the tough part is finalizing which songs will make the EP. “It’s been an interesting process of us making a lot of different songs and sifting through them and determining what people will really enjoy as well as songs we really enjoy playing,” Keiko explains.
If “Forever” is any indication of what else this engaging band has in store for listeners, we can rest assured that it’s going to be incredible.
Two piece rock n roll band from Pomona, CA
1965. Five boys, ages 15 to 17, stepped on stage of the famed PANDORA’S BOX on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. THE SLOTHS were born.
Most were students at Beverly Hills High School, others were dropouts. They rehearsed in their garages playing the music of the British bands that inspired them; The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Them, The Who, as well as the American blues and rhythm & blues musicians who had inspired those groups; Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker.
The teenage band played virtually every venue in Hollywood; The Stratford, Sea Witch, The Hullabaloo, Hollywood Palladium, The Whiskey, Bito Lidos, and The Galaxy. They shared the bill with The Doors, Love, Iron Butterfly, The Seeds, and British icons Pink Floyd and The Animals.
THE SLOTHS were approached by Impression Records and recorded ‘MAKIN LOVE’. Taking the 45 to local radio stations themselves ‘Makin’ Love’ was considered too controversial for airplay.
By the end of Summer 1966, the group disbanded. Over the years those few 45s of THE SLOTHS music disappeared into basements, attics, and garage sales.
Unbeknownst to them during the 1980s MAKIN LOVE was added to a collection of garage band music and the album was released as BACK FROM THE GRAVE: VOL 4.
Over the next three decades a few more 45s of MAKIN LOVE surfaced. Now amongst the garage band collectors this was a much-desired record to own.
By 2011, MAKIN LOVE in its original sleeve was selling on eBay for $6,550.00.
DOWN TO FUN AND CAN'T SLOW DOWN
Josh Haden, son of bass-playing jazz great Charlie Haden, founded Spain in Los Angeles in 1993.
Their debut, The Blue Moods Of Spain, was released on Restless Records in 1995. Born from the
same L.A. alternative rock scene in the early 1990s that gave rise to Beck, Weezer, and that dog.,
Spain’s music was a response to the then-current inundation of loud, aggressive guitar rock. With
Blue Moods, Spain became aligned with the “slowcore” subgenre along with bands like Low
and Red House Painters, but their sound drew equally from West Coast jazz, rhythm and blues,
country and '60s soul. The Blue Moods Of Spain garnered the band a devoted cult following
and they toured the U.S., Europe, and Australia. They performed on French TV, and opened for
Cocteau Twins during their final U.S. tour.
In the mid-late 1990s, several songs from Blue Moods were featured in different films and TV
shows. Film director Wim Wenders commissioned the band to write a song for his film End
Of Violence. Spain’s song “Spiritual” was recorded by Johnny Cash on his Grammy-winning,
Rick Rubin-produced Unchained, and by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny on their Grammy-
winning Beyond The Missouri Sky.
Spain’s 1999 sophomore CD, She Haunts My Dreams, found the band headlining large venues
across Europe. A song from the album, “Our Love Is Gonna Live Forever,” was featured
prominently in an episode of the HBO series Six Feet Under.
The third CD, I Believe, was released in 2001, after which Haden took an extended break from
the band. Restless Records released Spirituals: The Best Of Spain in 2003, signaling the apparent
end of Spain.
In 1999, Haden had worked with producer Dan the Automator (Gorillaz) on the Handsome Boy
Modeling School record So… How’s Your Girl? lending vocals to the track “Sunshine,” a duet
with Sean Lennon. This led to Josh’s subsequent touring with Handsome Boy in 2005-2006, and
to his solo CD Devoted (2006), produced by Dan the Automator for Dreamworks Records (later
released on Haden’s own Diamond Soul Recordings). In 2007, Josh decided to halt this solo
career and reform Spain with all-new members.
This past May saw the release of their first full-length album of new material in over ten
years, The Soul Of Spain, and they’ve hit the road again, recently playing shows in Europe and
returning to the States for concerts in celebration of their new album. Omnivore Recordings, a
vinyl reissue label based in Los Angeles, has announced that they will be releasing all three of
Spain’s previous records on limited edition colored vinyl in August 2012.
Spare Parts for Broken Hearts
SPEAKPANTHER is a collaborative effort between rapper/songwriter Speak and multi-instrumentalist/producer Dream Panther. Both Southern California natives, they have been renowned in their respective creative circles as fearless genre bending artists with little regard for stylistic limits.
Blending lush guitars and hazy production that feel like a Santa Monica sunset, Dream Panther (Gregg Sheran) successfully builds an idyllic, complimentary texture for SPEAK's (Anthony Negrete) lyrics about life on both sides of the Mexico-U.S border. - Anney Terrain
SPELES, the moniker of Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Kathryn Baar, is preparing
to release her second EP titled Skeleton Coast I. The name, which was inspired by the
desolate stretch of animal bones and shipwrecks along the coast of Namibia, actually
refers to her life in LA. “I developed a lot of anxiety, depression, and health issues when I
moved to the west coast after college and it felt like the perfect title to represent those
experiences. There’s also something really spooky and primal about the sound of it,
which are elements I like to play with in my music.”
Recorded in 10 days with the majority of help from producer Sonny DiPerri (Animal
Collective, Emma Ruth Rundle) and collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Luc Laurent,
the EP sonically ranges from stomp-y and tribal driven songs like “Teach Me How to
Pray” and “Dead in the Water” to the delicate and haunting apocalyptic-esque guitar
vocal track “Wildfire.” “ I grew a lot in the making of this EP. I felt like I had dialed in
the sound I was trying to create as an artist and also, for the first time, I did a ton of preproduction
with Luc before recording in the studio. I’ve become a much stronger and
more efficient producer and arranger because of it.”
Thematically the EP touches on topics of perseverance, introspection, and hard truths.
“Dead in the Water” is reminiscent of the Marcus Aurelius quote, “The impediment to
action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” “A lot of times people
may think that they’re not in control of their own lives, or they feel easily defeated when
faced with obstacles. But every one of us has the power and capability to overcome
whatever stands in our way if we recognize that and learn to become resourceful. “Light
Me on Fire” is a bluesy surf-rock style song about supporting someone you care about
even if it wears on you, with a wailing choir chorus that sings “...even when it hurts, light
me on fire and let me burn.”
SPELLES first gained attention in 2014 when her - at the time unreleased- single “Bird in
a Cage” was synced on the show Pretty Little Liars. This powerful gang vocal and
percussion style beast of a song caused Baar to receive a flood of emails from fans of the
show saying they loved the song and wanted to know where they could buy it. "It was my
first experience with exposure on such a large scale and I was deeply grateful for the
overwhelmingly positive response.” Her self-titled debut followed in 2015 with the eerie
orchestral ballad "Wild Heart” and the bluesy Rib Cage - which Consequence of Sound
stated, “If this is what Baar sounds like when she feels she’s not “good enough,” she must
leave a wake of wreckage when she gets a confidence boost.” Following the release she
did a college radio campaign, became part of the Feed the Beat team, got more syncs, and
played shows in the LA area, opening for acts such as LP and most recently Skott.
Spencer Robinson & the Wolf Spiders
*Spencer Robinson spent years playing in the legendary Los Angeles garage band The Lords of Altamont, playing with incredible bands like The Who, X, and The Cramps, just to name a few. Their incredible live shows left audiences in ruins.
His new band, The Wolf Spiders, includes founding member of The Lords of Altamont Johnny DeVilla, Tom Hernandez from The Superbees, and John Tyree from The Richmond Sluts and Cheap Tissue. This is something a little darker, a little grittier; music for drinking, crying, driving, and dying.
Finnish DJ and producer.
From deep in the expanse of coldest outermost space come SSLEEPERHOLD. And they're coming for YOU.
State to State
State to State is a band ready to leave their mark. Since releasing their first LP No Bounds in 2014, they have established themselves as flag bearers of atmospheric rock, while looking to create a new path for themselves in a landscape forged by bands like Muse, Radiohead, and Interpol. Their new EP "Motives" might be just that: the collection of songs to separate them from their peers and reaffirm the power of progressive guitar driven rock. "Motives" is five tracks of soaring, inspired alternative rock that was produced and recorded by Grammy Award nominated Ian MacGregor (Katy Perry, Twenty One Pilots, All American Rejects, Ariana Grande) at Greg Wells' Rocket Carousel Studio in Culver City, CA. Guitarist Andrew Orvis talked about the recording process: "Creating this new record has been quite a journey for us. Thankfully, working with Ian MacGregor has been like having a 5th member of the band and we couldn't be happier with the outcome. Recording at Rocket Carousel gave us the opportunity to experiment with all kinds of gear, which really helped expand our tonal options for each song."
"Motives" is a compelling five-part journey that explores the rich soundscapes State to State are slowly becoming masters of. The EP kicks off with lead single "My Little Phony" which rocks with a sense of urgency, while other highlights like "Arms" and EP closer "Pins and Needles" burn slowly under the surface, waiting to soar. "Motives" is a wholly breathtaking experience and serves as a benchmark the band has set for itself. Drummer Feudor Lokshin had this to say about the EP: "I see 'Motives' as five different stories with their own characters, framed in music and not bound by any specific genre."
With "Motives" State to State are ready to make waves within the Los Angeles alt scene, and with tour dates in the works for early 2016, they have their eyes set on the rest of the country.
Since forming in 2010 the band have slowly been building the groundwork for success in Los Angeles with residencies at notable venues like The Viper Room and Hotel Cafe. They have also performed at the Pancakes and Booze pop-up art show as well as Eat See Hear & Street Food Cinema.
State to State is Shea Stratton (vocals / guitar), Andrew Orvis (guitar), Feudor Lokshin (drums), and Patrick Morgan (bass).
Sudan Archives is a violinist, soul singer, songwriter and electronic music producer based in Los Angeles, CA. Sudan began playing the violin at age eight in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she also played in various school and church choirs. Her debut EP - Golden City - was self-produced on an ipad in her parent’s basement. Two years later, she is releasing her first full-length album, the self-titled - Sudan Archives - with Stones Throw Records.
Sugar Candy Mountain
A mix of Os Mutantes, The Beatles, Beach Boys, The Kinks.
"Sugar Candy Mountain, a side project of Ash Reiter, has been sharing tracks from their upcoming LP Saudade Love on Bandcamp, and it's music any fan of indie pop and/or psych rock should check out immediately. Drummer Will Halsey, who splits lead vocal duties with Reiter, tells me Saudade Love is a collection of songs he wrote while touring with The Blank Tapes in Brazil and a few "psychadelic tunes" he's been working on with the rest of the band back in the Bay Area. While Reiter's music under her own name is mostly sunny pop, Sugar Candy Mountain drifts out into the spacey psychedelic territory Halsey mentioned, while throwing in a bit of electronica and Brazilian influence for good measure. Despite the slightly different musical direction, Sugar Candy Mountain still crafts ear-catching hooks that I want to listen to over and over." -- Bay Bridged
Summer Twins are sisters Chelsea and Justine Brown. They write dreampop and rock 'n roll songs with a touch of California sun. Born and raised in Riverside, Ca, the two decided they wanted to start a band from a young age. Inspired by their dad's old rock 'n roll records, Chelsea picked up the guitar, Justine taught herself to play drums, and they played in an all-girl band throughout their teens. They formed Summer Twins in 2008, with a focus on singing pop harmonies atop garage rock inspired by the '50s and '60s. Now in their early twenties, Summer Twins play live with Marcio Rivera on guitar and an additional bassist.
"Each repeat listen to the California dream-pop duo's lazy, hazy, crazy debut adds another layer of shimmering, pink pleasure. Sisters Chelsea and Justine Brown quickly start to sound like a band you've had in your collection for years – and it's more than simple 90s nostalgia for a brand of pop ala The Cardigans that the Summer Twins wholly embrace." -Impose Magazine
"Just some damn sunny pop with a nice dusting of melancholy that begs to be on your headphones and walked around the city." -Raven Sings the Blues
"...a sound that is both nostalgic and timeless" - Get Bent
Superet is an American rock band that formed in Los Angeles, CA on Valentine's Day of 2016. Tattooed across the arm of singer/guitarist Matt Blitzer, the date marks both the project's genesis and the manifestation of the musical partnership between five close friends. Having collaborated in various iterations over the preceding years, Blitzer, along with Alex Fischel (keyboards), Sam KS (drums), Patrick Kelly (bass) and Isaac Tamburino (guitar, keyboards, percussion) present Superet as the culmination of their longstanding creative kinship. Snatched from the facade of a decrepit Los Angeles church (cult), the Latin word "superet" translates to "may it overflow," an apt description of the reclusive band's modus operandi. After quietly stockpiling eccentric, hook-laden rock gems behind closed doors, the group unveiled its blistering debut single "Pay It Later" in May of 2017. Superet is coming...
Super Tight Variety Show
Special guests Johnny Pemberton, Brent Weinbach, Kate Berlant, Donny Divinian, Colleen Green
Los Angeles Native Justin Hill aka SwearxxxWords has been a connoisseur of the Arts since childhood, traveling and exploring the world through Photography. After hearing Basment Jaxx' "Jus 1 Kiss" live in Paris in 1998, he was hooked on House Music. Blessed by the Dalai Lama in 2001, his tireless Journey of the Arts continued throughout the last decade, and has all led up to this Album.
The LP has been craftfully dubbed, "Electro-Indie-Soul" by Flavia of Angel Dust
If one is to cast their vision far enough out to sea, their eyes will eventually settle on a point where the line between ocean and space becomes indistinguishable. Two unexplored frontiers intertwined in a beautiful, pseudo-psychedelic moment of infinite hope that begets the desire to pursue adventure. It is here that LA-based psych-pop duo, SWIMM, live creatively. Originally hailing from the stretch of Floridian beach known as the ‘Space Coast’, where residents deal with the sonic resonance of space shuttles shaking their houses and watch rockets launch into space from the beach, SWIMM has created a sound that blends ethereal soundscapes and sun-soaked, beachy vibes; a perfect representation of the unique place in which they grew up. When you add the poignant satire that the band tends to favor lyrically, SWIMM’s music takes on the delicate balance of thoughtful musicianship, social awareness and immediate relatability that seems to be the common thread shared amongst most bands that are considered timeless.
SWIMM”s latest release, the Beverly Hells EP (24West Records), maintains all of the traits that led to their debut Feels EP catching the eye of so many tastemakers around the blogosphere, but it also picked up a level of maturity and thoughtfulness that came along with the “culture burst” (as Hess describes it) of moving to Los Angeles. If you listen to the record, their new city has a very distinct influence over the lyrics and mood of each of the effort’s six tracks. From the tongue-in-cheek satire of LA culture that forms the basis of the EP’s title track, to the reflection on the duo’s friendship and pursuit of their dreams in “All The Time”, the EP is very much a statement on this formative experience for the band and the artistic evolution that has since taken place.
As every Angeleno-transplant knows, turbulent times are synonymous with sunny days. Like walking through a hallway of mirrors, SWIMM’s Beverly Hells EP paints a vivid picture of their adopted home city’s neverending search for validation and reason.
Singer-Songwriter, Dreamer, and Adventurous Spirit; Sydney Blake is an American musician
based in Los Angeles, armed with not much more than her melodies and ukulele, Roland.
Often performing as a duo or trio, Sydney’s music has the folk-pop influences of The Lumineers,
Regina Spektor, and Ingrid Michaelson, making the music fun and easy to listen to for all ages,
and is aimed to inspire the Dream Chaser in all of us.
The promise of L.A. may well lie in Tennis System, who have thundered their way through their adopted city with a reverb-drenched ferocity that has, in short order, made the East Coast transplants the city’s band to watch.
One listen is all it takes to comprehend why: Tennis System are masters of unhinged, lo-fi psychedelia, laced with the inescapably pop DNA of Jesus and Mary Chain, Nirvana and Ride. Behind the sweat-drenched performances, behind the Orange amps and squalling anthems is a coolly leather-clad trio, composed of front man Matty Taylor, drummer Hector Gomez, and bassist Zach Bilson. Arriving at the current lineup, however, was spirit quest that took Tennis System from one coast to the other: It was in gritty Washington, D.C. that a young Taylor steeped like tea in the music of Fugazi and Bad Brains, Black Tambourine and Nation of Ulysses. He decamped for Los Angeles, where denizens Gomez and Bilson joined the band, propelling the band forward as a full-fledged L.A. band.
Though Tennis System has shared bills with the likes of Ty Segall, Wavves, Japandroids, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Mark Gardner and Beach Fossils, and worked with Jeff Zeigler of Uniform Recording (Kurt Vile, War on Drugs, Nothing) and Fred Kevorkian (White Stripes, Pavement, Sonic Youth, the National) since its founding in 2009, life on the best coast has only served to raise its profile: In the past year, crowds at Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide festival, Austin Psych Fest, L.A.’s iconic Part-Time Punks showcase and South by Southwest have begun to bear witness to Tennis System’s slash-and-burn live shows.
After 2011’s much blogged-about self-released album, “Teenagers” (and its stunner of a single, “Hey We Tried”), the band returns in the fall of 2014 with “Technicolour Blind,” the appropriately named, heady fever-dream of a new album that has been a year in the making for Tennis System. Its tracks, including “Technicolour Blind” “Memories & Broken Dreams” and the sparkling, anthemic “Dead Honey” are melodic departures from the gritty, fuzz-washed tunes of yore; rather, Los Angeles life, with its thrilling beauty and starkly menacing underbelly, has left Tennis System sun-bleached and wary, and left their music imbued with the peculiar patina of a rough-and-tumble circumstance. The guitars still squeal, but listen closely: Taylor’s lyricism bears unexpected wisdom and woe. Recorded with Ulysses Noriega (The Wedding Present, Ben Folds, The Offspring) mixed by Drew Fisher (The Melvins, Bleached, Babies) and mastered by John Greenham (Ice Cube, Aesop Rock, Chuck Prophet), “Technicolour Blind” is poised to be Tennis System’s breakout effort, even if fans knew it all along.
My immediate response to first hearing Telephone Lovers was to surmise that the band had to be from Los Angeles. I got that right, although I may have been about 40 years off in pinning down the time frame! Telephone Lovers' self-titled debut just screams "L.A. power pop" - and in my mind I see this band sharing a stage with The Nerves or 20/20 in 1977. Telephone Lovers take it back to a time when power pop was one of our purest forms of rock n' roll - coming on like modern day heirs to the likes of Dwight Twilley, The Raspberries, Flamin' Groovies, and Scruffs. Even with an added pinch of New York Dolls/Hollywood Brats street tough glamour, the vibe here is so perfectly mid-'70s power pop that it's not hard to imagine any of these tracks turning up on the old Rhino Come Out and Play compilation.
Having heard quite a few bands of late take some influence from the boogie-ish side of '70s power pop, I have to put Telephone Lovers up there among the very best of the bunch. They've got the red-hot guitar action down pat - but not at the expense of quality songwriting. It really comes through that these guys have great affection for classic power pop and raucous rock n' roll."
-Faster and Louder
Snot nosed diseased ridden punk anthems that crawl up your leg and gnaw at your ears, Spewing out of the slimy gutters of LB. Snarling vocals, fast paced Rhythm guitar, and ripping bass lines with the beat to back them.
Made up of; Jonny Watkins (Black Boots/Future Graves/Cheap Tissue), Mike Yager (Radio Hearts) and Shaun Clark (Crazy Squeeze/Black Mambas, The Gaggers/Miscalculations) and they're here to show you what raw, REAL rock n roll is.
TESHA, the forward thinking singer- songwriter and producer, creates self empowering, ruminative and equality driven experimental electronica focused on the wonders and unknowns of life. Embracing the unknown, she transcribes the visuals delivered from her dreams. An intrinsically beautiful place where form, rawness, vulnerability and unconditional love runs free. Walking forward, and coming back with treasures from dark recesses, sculpting the framework of her recent debut EP, Dreams Vol.1 .
The Bash Dogs
Five members... Five gut punches, five empty whiskey bottles.
The Knitts. Frantic creative energy, marked by a coming out soiree, a dirty debutante ball, a not so sweet 16 party... a band of petulant, whip smart yet delinquint, melancholy yet jolly, obscenity laced sweet and tender hooligans whose brand of anti-emo garage post punk anglo pop defies lazy comparison.
Drawing from a vast range of influences that belie their tender ages, The Knitts are a calling card for what is to come.
The Knitts, they’re not on the grid, don’t play to click tracks, don’t know how to work a sampler or program a drum machine. They don’t growl or scream, they sing. They’re not choreographed, they move. They don’t pose, they just smile and laugh.
Now, the fully-formed Knitts are leaving the safety of the practice room and building a following around Los Angeles and beyond.
Their Only Dreams
Quarantined in L.A. County, the year is 2017. After a time-traveling dispute in sector 4.783, these sounds, known as Their Only Dreams, are produced with a wavelength not as music, but as trans-communication with a telescopic entity light-years away. Using electronic synthesis, the gateway to the unknown is closer than may appear. If we listen hard enough, we might just reach contact. - Ryan Wicks (experimental filmmaker/documentarian/ video artist)
Pack of dogs in a dirty game.
Named after the diminutive and once ubiquitous Eastern European automobile, Trabants is a rotating collaborative of musicians that finds its muse in the dusty bins of 60's instrumental surf, garage and psychedelic music from around the world.
Creating cinematic landscapes with classic exploitation sounds, Trabants have found placement for their songs in numerous films and TV shows while sharing the stage with surf legends like Dick Dale and modern indie surf-poppers Guantanamo Baywatch and La Luz
In 2015 Lolipop Records released their FREAKOUT album blending the fuzztone vibes of the Sunset strip's rich Psychedelic/Garage history with California's more traditional surf sounds.
From East LA backyard parties to opening for Hinds, the Tracks are a forceful reminder of the joy in dancing to loud music. The band's first single "Go Out Tonight" received praise from Gorilla vs Bear and KCRW, and they recently performed on camera in Transparent creator Jill Soloway's new TV show. Their debut album is set to come out this fall.
Volume 1 Issue 1 of the Papermade Singles Series is also the first release by tRaps Ps. Recorded by Raymond G. live during a street performance in downtown Los Angeles in March 2009, the release also contains an accompanying book. Since almost all of the band's shows had been street or guerrilla shows up to this point, this issue of the singles series is dedicated to the impromptu and adventurous attitudes of these kinds of shows. Complete with artifacts taken from the location.
Tolliver is a soul singer born and raised in the Midwest, cornfed and churchified. He’s spent years playing in Stax-inspired boozy bar bands, including Black Diet, an act that won best new bands honors from damn near every Minneapolis publication and filmed a nationally syndicated PBS special at the end of 2014.
His first solo EP, Quartertone, was written and recorded with Chilean producer Lister Rossell, an acclaimed beatsmith and sound designer who’s worked with singers from London to South Africa. The EP was a blistering indictment of American greed, Tolliver’s attempt at a modern What’s Going On?
Tolliver packed up for Los Angeles just after that release in hopes of escaping the crippling cold and making his best record yet. He got his wish in the form of Rave Deep, an EP about years spent depressed and high, self-exiled from family and desperate for love.
Elephant and Castle, who produced and co-wrote the EP, is signed to Plug Research, and has worked with Tune-Yards, dd_elle, Naytronix, and a host of other genre-bending, pocket-stretching r&b influenced acts.
Tolliver found Elephant and Castle via Craigslist; he’s actually found most collaborators there, gems in a sea of not gems. They’re currently working on a full-length that will expand their sound to include gospel harmonies, murky chords and macabre lyrics.
"A beautiful falsetto can stop you in your tracks and make the hairs on your body feel like bayonets. It almost sounds unholy, as though someone’s hitting notes that only animals with hyper-sensitive hearing should be able to hear. Wild Beasts, Anthony, and Shamir are three of the most adept at floating effortlessly. It’s probably time to add Tolliver to that category."-Jeff Weiss, LA Weekly/Passion of the Weiss
"The EP is a minimalist dream, seductively soulful and sparse-- offering a retrospective on failed relationships and a cynical gateway into future R&B."-Sarah Stanley-Ayre, City Pages Minneapolis
"The EP features Tolliver’s falsetto flying over burbling electronic tracks, miles away both musically and thematically from the buoyant soul of Tolliver’s band Black Diet."-Aaron Bolton, Minnesota Public Radio/The Current
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Twin Seas is a funky take on the classic 80’s new wave sound. These young Angelenos with their ears towards the future, lead listeners on a voyage of warm tone that incorporates psychedelia from the 60's and 70's with epic synths and warbly melodies.
“Alexandra James resembles Amy Winehouse with a Luciferian kick. Donned in a black veil, human skull in hand, you'd think this murder-bluesy queen’s consort was Beelzebub himself. In fact, her husband, Zachary James, shares the stage and slays a mean Les Paul…Squares in the '50s would've lost their minds over the suggestion of Satanic doo-wop, but these days it’s practically a necessity.” -LA WEEKLY
"Music for the speakeasy located next the graveyard near the swamp where the sun never breaks through the mist...showcasing both Alexandra’s from-down-deep vocals and Zachary’s tasty guitar leads" -Buzzbands LA
“So much soul, so much darkness, and so much stage presence. Up-and-coming Los Angeles act Twin Temple have been creating quite a buzz in the underground music scene of L.A.” -Grimy Goods
Twin Temple dwells within a dark legacy of classic American music; from the funeral jazz & Voodoo of New Orleans, to the haunting sounds of Delta blues murder ballads, to the noir-1920’s big band sounds of smoky Prohibition speakeasies. And yet, they inject America's hallowed musical heritage with a surprising blend: gothic romance, Satanic ritual, macabre humor, and brash contemporary topics inspired by the candor of confessional poetry.
They are witches, and like any magicians of their kind, they cast a spell. We listeners- thankfully - are their victims.
Los Angeles band United Ghosts blends a seemingly dizzying collection of influences that range from Dream Pop and Electronica to classic Psychedelia and Krautrock into a cohesive, hypnotic sound that celebrates its influences, while keeping one eye firmly set towards the future.
Initially conceived as a loose garage-studio project by founding members and co-vocalists Sha Sabi and Axel Ray Steuerwald, United Ghosts have released two (7')singles plus 2013's self-titled debut album to much public and critical acclaim, picking up extensive radio play by such Indie-rock mavens as Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne (BBC6) Nic Harcourt (KCSN) Jamie Kennedy (XFM London) and many others. The record fared especially well in the UK, where it was picked up by Cargo records for distribution and has made U.G. many devoted fans of both their recorded output and visceral live shows.
After two successful UK/European tours, a slew of US shows (including CMJ New York) and a buzzing LA residency in 2013, UG went back into the studio to work on new music. Mostly self-producing, the band had help at the mixing stages from Producer/Engineer Drew Fisher (Le Sera, Cold Showers, Darker My Love). The result was the 2014 EP entitled "Dear Electric Sun", which marked a shift in sound towards the more synth based and electronic, while keeping the signature dreamy twin vocals and widescreen guitars.
A series of radical “Dear Electric Sun” remixes followed, the latest by Chris Seligman from the band Stars. United Ghosts are currently in the studio recording tracks for a new album and a single slated for an early 2016 release.
‘The excitement hits with the first notes, this electro-shoegaze dou are like a revved up Raveonettes Primal Scream mashup, flying high’. THE BIG TAKEOVER
‘A transatlantic collision of vintage valve amps and futurist electronics’. VOLUME, UK
‘Electronic-laced indie with ambient and shoegaze elements. Be watching for them’. LA RECORD
‘Out of Love is a ceaseless anthem of shoegazey pop, the song doesn't really let up, and that's a good thing. Every song on the EP is an anthemic wall of sound where the dynamics rarely shift out of the higher gears. Artist of the Month’.
THE DELI July '14
VEERS are an explosive new LA band who make you dance while they pound you with seismic riffs and addictive melodies. VEERS, performing as a 4 piece with vocals, 2 guitars, bass and drums, offer up a modern spin on Black Sabbath, Tame Impala, My Morning Jacket and a hint of 90’s Brit Rock.
“VEERS’ first single “Invader” is a chiseled beast, its elastic bass line vaulting you out of your seat and harmonized guitars buzzing and wailing as if trying to play catch-up with a whole era of alt-rock.”
“Falling in the tradition of alternative British rock, their music brings a consuming energy to the room that will get you amped up far beyond the end of the concert.”
High Voltage Magazine-
“What we’re taking about here is a garage rock sound fortified with a Brit rock sheen and desert-ed and psych rock muscle.”
Velvet is fronted by Los Angeles singer-songwriter, Emily Gold and cites influences such as Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, and early Liz Phair. Velvet creates dynamic, loud and melodic guitar- based rock n roll. The band debuted live at SXSW 2017 and further with their LA debut at Broke LA festival. Their single “How Do You Know” out mid-August on PLAG Records is the first song to be released from their EP, Nice To Meat You.
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Awesome Rapper from the Awesome City of Awesome Los Angeles...he’s got deep roots in the hip hop scene through Leimert Park and beyond. Is a Member of DIY collective The FMLY represents Indie Rap Label/Crew Hellfyre Club Headed by Low End Theory's resident host NOCANDO. He's toured with Big rappers and indie bands and he raps all over town from a club to diy venue to bike ride to birthday partys to museums and festivals...His name is Kyle Guy and his rap name is VerBS.
Vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Veronica Bianqui integrates the raw energy of garage rock with the passion of classic soul and R&B, and the pop sensibilities of 60s girl groups while maintaining an intense yet playful edge. Perhaps it’s her background in musical theatre, jazz, classical, and even Indian classical music, or her mother’s propensity for blasting The Beatles and Joe Cocker around the house, but Bianqui’s tastes and influences cross a wide spectrum of sounds. In her live show, Bianqui and her band consisting of up to 10 members—reminiscent sometimes of a revue– combine classic showmanship with a heartfelt directness that keeps the music intimate.
Before breaking out with her solo material, Bianqui made a name for herself in the LA circuit, performing in bands that toured across the U.S. and Europe. As a current member of 1960’s inspired folk/surf/psych rock outfit The Blank Tapes, she balances the two bands, often collaborating with bandmate and co-producer Matt Adams, including on her debut album that is yet to be released.
Bianqui's next single release "Victim" will be available September 15th on all digital outlets, including Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music.
The Violet Mindfield
The Vivids, composed of lead singer/guitarist Sim Jackson, live aspects Jonny Yela (bass) and Gustov Mentzer (drums) formed in Long Beach, California ("...this drugged up beach side town," as Jackson sings in "Here Comes the Chain" from their first E.P.) in 2010. They play with an energy and focus that recall post-/art-punk touchstones like A Certiain Ratio, The Names, Wall of Voodoo, Gun Club or
Devo and the Talking Heads at their edgiest, while flirting with psychedelic guitar leads and the occasional surf warble.
Imagine Martin Hannett producing the Ventures or the deepest cuts from Factory Records poured through a filter of shoegaze and hard-luck street punk. This is not the sunshiny day music of coastal contemporaries Best Coast or Wavves; it's music that floats through dingy, smoky beach flat apartments and simultaneously unnerves as it soothes, the washes of guitar grounded by the metronomic rhythm section, coming on like the very beginning of a particularly intense trip as your stomach churns a bit in anticipation of an unknown soon to be revealed and leaving with the low menace of the rumbling ocean outside as you try to fall asleep on a pile of sheets on the floor.
This is music every bit as intense and powerful as the band's name would indicate. For more information, visit soundcloud.com/thevivids or thevivids.bandcamp.com or write the band at email@example.com
--- Tom Child (LA Record)
“Wam Dingis is the Los Angeles art rock foursome composed of Jor Avila, Mindy Dymin, Darren Cochran, and Angela Vasquez. With gleefully warbled guitars, swirling strings, scorching keys and frenetic rhythms, Wam Dingis conjures melodic art rock with undeniable pop hooks and an energy that’s contagious. Wam Dingis is the friction between silk and velvet. The dream you remember having. The animal that pets you.” –Christian Koons of Goon & Flood Magazine
WARGIRL plays "third world garage pop". The band are all natives to LA and Long Beach with exception of their Ecuadorian percussionist. Their sound is based around percussion with essentially two drummers. This makes for danceable, jammy grooves firmly rooted in Latin music and Afrobeat, with nods to later Clash, The Upsetters and hopefully some Sade.
Described as a ‘Synthpop disruptor’ the spellbinding Wendy Bevan is an artist in the fullest and most authentic sense, combining a surreal and theatrical approach to her work as a Musician, ushering us into the scope of her vivid and dramatic imagination, storytelling through song she creates something thrilling and unique in her live performances. Her debut album ‘Rose and Thorn’ released 2016 produced by Marc Collin (Nouvelle Vague) reached critical acclaim, bringing together dark pulsing electronic synths and minimalist post punk basslines throbbing under her distinct vocals, the album featured live strings from the Balanescu Quartet and her single Love From The Moon thatrecently reached number one in the European Alternative charts. Wendy’s own take on cold wave inspired electronica has seen her compared to the likes of Siouxsie Sioux, Depeche Mode, The Knife and KAS Product.
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YIP YOPS has a retro wave sound that blends the underground scene of the 80’s with a raw feeling lost in today’s popular music. YY’s 2017 release of their debut EP, Eyes, has been described by Chris Aspromonte of Casulin as, "an incredible high energy sound that cannot be easily replicated. This is a blend of genres that is unique to YIP YOPS and cannot be heard anywhere else at the moment." The EP is a diverse collection of the bands early works and represents some fan favorites. Jaded Culture writes, "This is the type of album that will make you either dance along, or sit quietly while you reflect and analyze your life. It’s truly a delicious experience!"
YIP YOPS was founded within earshot of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Having the festival so close provided a backdrop that fueled the musical interest of the band members. Songwriter and lead vocalist, Ison Van Winkle co-founded the band with bassist Jacob Gutierrez and drummer Ross Murakami in 2013. Soon after, Mari Brossfield completed the lineup, adding keyboards and songbird vocals. Ison’s low-lit and chilling lyrics puts a spotlight on today’s divided culture and are complimented by the complex and colorful instrumentation. Soundscape magazine writes, “There isn’t a lot of music out there right now that sounds as original as this.” The band has been produced by Multi-Platinum and Diamond Certified, Oscar and Grammy-nominated Producer Ronnie King (2pac, Mariah Carey, The Offspring, Rancid, Snoop Dogg).
A top priority for the band is to offer a visually stimulating live performance that paints the story written in the music. YIP YOPS are known for their quirky on-stage fashion and antics as Ison’s performance has been compared to a “mad scientist." Comparisons have been made to Jim Morrison, Michael Hutchence and other iconic front men. In addition to being added to the Coachella 2017 lineup, they have shared the stage with Fitz and the Tantrums, Moving Units, The English Beat, Classixx, Gram Rabbit, Fishbone, and Royal Canoe to name a few.
The EP will be available mid-2017 with tour dates and music videos to follow.
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