1) This Thursday, May 17 we have our third installment of the 2018 series MOCA MUSIC held at the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo. It’s free admission and this line up should keep you dancing at the start and making out by the end of the night. Lineup includes: The Marias, Jarina De Marco and Sister Mantos who we are excited to pull into our Spaceland family. On the turntables – it’s Chulita Vinyl Club! The next MOCA MUSIC is June 21 with TT aka Theresa from Warpaint.
RSVP now to MOCA Music: The Marias + Jarina De Marco + Sister Mantos at The Geffen Contemporary on May 17 here.
2) Listening to music is like mining for gold… you search through the nuggets and twigs and then you find that shiny piece of magic. You don’t just hear the difference but you feel it. We did some gold digging with our friends at Rum&Humble and are happy to bring you a fine piece of British soul gold – James Hunter Six will headline the Echoplex next Tues May 22. Their US appearances are few and far between so catch this guy when you can. Here’s a fine treasure for you…
Tickets to The James Hunter Six at Echoplex on May 22 here.
3) The Stern Brothers have been/played/supported punk rock since The Germs played the Fleetwood. They’re the blueprint for DIY with credits that include their label Better Youth Organization, the tour documentary “Someone Got Their Head Kicked In”, the bands Youth Brigade and Royal Crown Revue, and their Las Vegas festival, Punk Rock Bowling. We are thrilled to get the spill over from their Memorial Weekend bash and are happy to host a night with the Angeleic Upstars, The Briefs, Bad Co. Project and Crim at the Echoplex on May 24.
Tickets to Angelic Upstarts and TheBriefs w/Bad Co. Project + more at Echoplex on May 24 here.
4) As long as you’ll keep dancing to “This Charming Man”, Part Time Punks will continue to have their Morrissey / Smiths night on every holiday Sunday.
Tickets to Smiths/Morrissey Nite with Guest DJ Jose Maldonado (from Sweet & Tender Hooligans) at Echoplex on May 27 here.
5) Here are two gems that sound familiar but still have their own understated vibe. Anima! has members from Los Angeles, New York, South Africa and even more places if you get the whole band. And Monogem is going to catch you by surprise with her poppy groovy soul.
Tickets to Anima! w/ Monogem + Rival Cavves at The Echo on May 24 here.
6) I’ve been around the block, across the street, ahead of the curve and over the hill… you see things come and go and sadly have to get used to losses. The Los Angeles music scene / underground lost three pioneering souls who unabashedly did what they loved and what they had passion for. Their impact reached beyond the nightclubs, cafes, record stores and after hour parties. Their impact reached far beyond our city. They were so true to themselves they simply couldn’t do anything else. And we’re all better for their contributions and creations. With deep gratitude and respect rest in peace: Tony Kinman (The Dils, Rank & File, Blackbird) Henry Peck (Vinyl Fetish, The Veil) and Adam Parfrey (Feral House Press).
Please take a moment and give yourself a history lesson and read these tributes:
- Tony Kinman, Southern California ‘cowpunk’ pioneer who defied musical boundaries – LA Weekly
- “Oh Henry!” Remembering L.A. Music Scene Pioneer Henry Peck – LA Weekly
- Publishing Provocateur Adam Parfrey Has Died, but His Feral Works Live on – LA Weekly