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PHOTOS: RUSSIAN CIRCLES + MAMIFFER @ THE ROXY THEATRE

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande With minimal lighting that creates a magical ambiance, it helps one completely focus on the flow of the music that is Russian Circles. A band that draws other musicians out to hear them live. A group of dedicated fans drove up from Palm Springs, one adorning a Russian Circles’ shirt she made. I’m sure the band was pleased with the gift certificate to In-n-Out she gave them. With Mike Sullivan on his custom Les Paul and pedals galore, Dave Turncrantz in almost complete darkness as he held his drumsticks like Samurai swords (with grace, yet force when needed), and Brian Cook working the bass, keyboards and baritone guitar (did you know he just self-published a novel?) Russian…

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PHOTOS: BAD SUNS + COASTS + MAUDLIN STRANGERS @ THE EL REY THEATRE

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Scott Sheff With die-hard fans lining up as early as 5 a.m. and wrapping around the block of The El Rey Theatre, the sold-out venue filled to near capacity before the opening act even hit the stage. Headlining their first North American tour in support of their debut album Language and Perspective and already selling out numerous venues along the way, Bad Suns delivered a solid set, free of any jitters before a hometown crowd. The quartet stayed focused and powered through an hour-and-twenty-minute set filled with fan favorites amid a backdrop of the Pueblo Indians’ Zia symbol – the artwork featured on the band’s album. Bad Suns heads to Coachella in April. Joining Bad Suns on tour and also…

PHOTOS: L.A. WITCH + PLAGUE VENDOR + DEATH HYMN NUMBER 9 + KIM & THE CREATED + SADGIRL @ THE ECHO

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Maximilian Ho Moon Block Party was at it again with another stellar lineup. This time at The Echo. L.A. Witch put on a spellbinding set playing their style of psych/garage rock steeped in nostalgia. Singer/guitarist Sade ripped a wicked solo while Ellie and Irita played to the hazy beat of “Get Lost.” Catch them at The Echoplex with Cherry Glazerr and The Frights on 2/13. An overzealous fan of Plague Vendor enthralled by the music, made her way onto the stage and swiftly was tossed back into the crowd by singer Brandon Blaine. Moments later the music stops. Showing concern for the fan, Blaine asked her “Are you alright? Are you ok? Sometimes my pelvis gets in the way.” She…

PHOTOS: FIDLAR + MEATBODIES + THE FRIGHTS @ THE REGENT THEATRE

January 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande You know it’s going to be a damn good time when you attend a FIDLAR show. And to have Meatbodies and The Frights on the lineup just escalated the energy level at the Regent Theatre. Fans lined up early and went immediately to the front of the stage to partake in a clearly memorable experience. A few capturing this moment as they stage crashed. Floaties, some shirts and shoes off, hair and bodies all over the place and more. If you didn’t get your ticket to Burgerama 4, don’t wait.

THE WOMBATS @ THE BOOTLEG HIFI

January 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Samantha Saturday The Wombats don’t mess around when it comes to putting on an rousing live set – even determined to push through drummer Dan Haggis’ tremendous nosebleed. “Our lovely fans have made me some nose tampons,” Haggis graciously noted. The Liverpool trio have spent a few days in January playing small warm up gigs in preparation of touring in support of their third studio album Glitterbug. The recent announcement of a headlining show at the Fonda Theatre in May made the intimate show that much more special. The band did not waste any time with a short set full of fan favorites like “Laura,” “Let’s Dance to Joy Division,” and “Moving to New York” alongside songs from the forthcoming…

PUDDLES PITY PARTY @ THE TROUBADOUR

January 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Photos and words by Cortney Armitage Puddles is having a pity party and he wants to cry with you. He is bringing an unrequited love of Mr. Costner, a lemon meringue pie of embarrassment and a couple of clearance balloons inflated with guilt and shame. But before Puddles sang a note, he climbed on the stage at the Troubadour with a suitcase, an American flag and a lantern. He then showcased his impeccable comic timing. He never spoke a word and mimed all his commands and requests to communicate to his party-goers. Puddles used the art of anticipation, as he hysterically stretched out a gum-chewing sketch that tickled the attendees. The sketch disarmed everyone and made the moment all the more amazing when he…

NICK WATERHOUSE @ SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS

January 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Leslie Kalohi Segerstrom Center for the Arts threw a party outside at their Arts Plaza with a free performance by OC native Nick Waterhouse and his band as part of the center’s Off Center Festival. Attendees both young and old showed up early to secure prime viewing spots and to partake in the food truck and beer garden options. There was a wonderful sense of bringing together both community and family as folks gathered in the plaza for a good time. Nick Waterhouse started off the hour-long set with the swinging looseness of “Indian Love Call” from his sensational debut Time’s All Gone. Waterhouse marveled that the band could utilize an actual Baby Grand Piano for this special performance. Upbeat…

WATERS + RIOTHORSE ROYALE @ THE ROXY

January 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by David Valera Tropical prints and fluorescents were in full effect as WATERS played The Roxy to a youthful and refreshingly colorful crowd. Ryan Rabin of Grouplove produced WATERS’ new EP It All Might Be OK. Rabin’s influence is apparent with songs “Over It” and “Got To My Head,” yet WATERS is able to maintain their own distinct signature tone. In the middle of the set, band members fled the stage leaving Van Pierszalowski alone with his acoustic guitar. Stepping away from the mic, going fully unplugged and performing “Mickey Mantle,” Pierszalowski politely asked the crowd to please not talk for just a few minutes. They obliged, and moments before the first chord was struck, a magically quiet moment occurred. I’m…

PERIPHERY + NOTHING MORE + WOVENWAR + THANK YOU SCIENTIST @ THE HOUSE OF BLUES

January 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Maximilian Ho Progressive metal band Periphery stormed the stage of the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip putting on an intense show for their fans. Blood-curdling screams, soaring melodies, blinding strobes, chugging sounds of 7-string guitars, and intricate rhythms filled the air. Periphery is comprised of band members Spencer Sotelo (vocals), Misha Mansoor (guitar), Mark Holcomb (guitar), Jake Bowen (guitar), Adam “Nolly” Getgood (bass), and Matt Halpern. Mansoor, who is well-known in the prog metal scene, is also involved with producing albums for another popular prog metal band, Animals As Leaders. The band is on the road for their North American tour in support of their upcoming release of their double album Juggernaut: Alpha/Omega. The fans that were in…

TWIN SHADOW + LOLAWOLF @ THE TROUBADOUR

January 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Samantha Saturday George Lewis Jr. aka Twin Shadow is a new and proud resident of Los Angeles. Throughout the set, Lewis cracked jokes about how to find assholes in LA, Randy Newman, and his teenage three-way experience. His third album Eclipse will officially drop March 17th. Lolawolf’s front lady Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet is all grown up) prowled the tiny space allotted for the three piece with intensity, not wasting a single inch of the stage. Twin Shadow Setlist: Five Seconds Turn Me Up I’m Ready To the Top Run My Heart Castles In The Snow Old Love/New Love Locked Loaded Encore: When We’re Dancing