1) We may have heard the future this past week and everything sounds all right.
Alice Glass at The Echo this past Thursday:
Frankie and the Witch Fingers at The Echo had a BLISTERING set to celebrate their release, “Brain Telephone” (we love this band!) And finally on Saturday, Seratones from Shreveport LA did what they do naturally – put on one great rock ‘n’ roll show! Front woman AJ Haynes is a force to reckon with.
2) Come and worship at the alter of Psychic TV at Echoplex on Friday 9/22. Led by the ever-evolving creative brain, Genesis P-Orridge with cohorts Peter Christopherson and multi-instrumentalist Alex Fergusson. If you know, you know the importance of this industrial psychedelic outfit that pushes boundaries and challenges those that listen and observe. If you don’t know, come out and have your mind blown. You can thank us later.
Tickets to Psychic TV with LA Drones on 9/22 at The Echo here.
3) We’re doing a little thing on Saturday called Roots Roadhouse with our friends Grand Ole Echo. You’ll get a healthy helping of honky-tonk county, hill country blues, and some incredible singing voices. Jim Lauderdale, Mike Stinson, RL Boyce, Leyla McCalla, Leslie Stevens and so so much more. Shady Grove will be grilling up tri-tip, chicken drumsticks and street corn with jalapeño mayonnaise. Plenty of cold beer and good music inside The Echo and out on the Echo patio. Come early, stay late! Hear some tunes by the artists below.
Tickets to Roots Roadhouse on 9/23 at The Echo here.
4) Alex Zhang used to entertain us as Dirty Beaches playing beautiful lo-fi electronica. He has returned now as Love Theme which is a haunting experimental music journey that traverses the terrain of Twin Peaks and Morricone.
Tickets to Love Theme with Sun Pack and Vex Ruffin on 9/25 at Echoplex here.
5) It’s guys like Gabe Hart that give being an artist a good name. An integral part of what was the Silver Lake scene, Hart has contributed with his songwriting, prose, singing and intense performances. On Tuesday, his band Jail Weddings – a 9-piece rock outfit inspired by murder ballads and 60s girl groups – returns to The Echo. Supporting them is Fake News who are basically an Echo Park all star band – Dante White Aliano, David Orlando, Ben White, Jada Wagensomer – and reflect the EP attitude before there was a Blue Bottle and over-priced vintage stores. Plus Scott Yoder who Gabe insists is one of the most talented weirdos he knows.
Tickets to Jail Weddings with Fake News and Scott Yoder on 9/26 at The Echo here.
6) Those of you born after 1995 are the I-Generation – you like things to be safe, don’t like to drive and can’t be bothered with teen rebellion. Your generation has always had Iphone/Smartphones in your everyday. You spend about 6 hours a day staring at that phone screen; you spend more time at home with your parents and less time with friends in real-time. Teen pregnancy, teen drinking and pre-marital sex has all decreased; mental health issues like anxiety and depression have increased. You can hear the interview with Prof Jean Twenge, author of “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — and What That Means for the Rest of Us.
But here’s a few life tips for you IGenners: put your phone down on occasion and walk with your head up, speak in a voice that can be heard, look in people’s eyes when you talk to them, and don’t shy from giving a good handshake.
And, at the very least, call a LYFT and take a drive down Beverly Blvd with the windows down and play this song REALLY LOUD. You may get a sense of harmless teen rebellion and even crack a smile…