White Rainbow’s Adam Forkner is an electronic polymath (not purist) who makes bangin’ beats for Lil B songs and people who get the weirdness behind Dr. Bronner’s, and who saves his most sincere affection for the kind of musicians he calls “in-betweeners.” This interview by D.M. Collins.
The nearly two-hour-long set was a study in tension and release, alternating between propulsive anthems and more brooding and introspective fare.
NEDELLE TORRISI @ OTHERWILD
“She has the voice of an angel” was whispered amongst the crowd more than a few times. Her nearly pitch-perfect, angelic voice was only trumped by her excellent projection while staying perfectly tight, landing on every note with the finesse of a butterfly and unleashing the power of a lioness upon belting select hard-to-hit notes.
JAPANTHER @ LYRIC THEATRE
Crackling movie quotes, punctuated artsy musings, stuttering programmed beats, and periodic commentary from their drummer garnished this tasty offering at WeHo’s Lyric Theatre.
STRUNZ & FARAH @ CATALINA’S
Acclaimed as much for their international virtuosity as for their dazzling eclectic live performances, Middle Eastern-flavored jazz/flamenco duo Costa Rican Jorge Strunz and Iranian Ardeshir Farah are credited for pioneering guitar-focused world music before the term even existed. The Grammy-nominated pair shares a prolific partnership spanning more than three decades, meeting in 1979 and learned of their shared ability to play mind-blowing instrumental guitar improvisations at lightning speed.
TELEKINESIS + THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN @ THE FONDA
It was lively, it was a wonderful spectacle, and, most importantly, it was loud and mesmerizing.
The main difference with St. Vincent is that Clark has found a way to make her protectionism the comment of her work instead of its white elephant.
BART DAVENPORT: PHYSICAL WORLD
With a smooth, likeable baritone Davenport kicks out ten crafted and polished pop gems that are as slick and shiny as a dolphin’s ass.
Shimmering Omnichord, subtle 12-string jangle, not-so-subtle fuzz guitar: wielding these, the band propels the songs forward with unfettered exuberance. If to-the-point garage psych is what you’re after, buy a ticket for Froth’s ride.
GENERATION SUICIDA: CON LA MUERTE A TU LADO
Generation Suicida is actually too good to be limited to MP3 and FLAC. Take note, labels: Give these guys the wax platter they deserve.
THE ENTRANCE BAND: FACE THE SUN
The Entrance Band have taken the contemplative approach, delivering a (relatively) quiet album of bluesy, introspective tunes with names like “Temptation” and “Medicine” and “the Crave” that leave very little to misunderstand.