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CONWAY @ THE ECHO

November 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Samantha Saturday “Today has been a very sad day.” This is not the way that you’d expect feisty pop singer Conway to greet her crowd at The Echo. The front of her cut off t-shirt read “Public Enemy” and the back read “Fight The Power.” Nothing could have been more appropriate as the atmosphere was tense as protesters demonstrated not far from the venue. It hardly seemed like a good time for a lighthearted concert. From St. Louis, Missouri herself, Conway still pushed through, channeling the discontented energy through her empowering songs. Toward the end of the set she was connecting with fans, finding some sort of solace in a time where music can somehow heal.

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MINUS THE BEAR + PLAGUE VENDOR @ THE TROUBADOUR

November 27th, 2014 · Comments Off

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande It was a special treat for fans of Seattle’s Minus the Bear as they wrapped up their Lost Loves & Beer Commercials 10th anniversary tour with a sold out show at the Troubadour. We were treated to the EP They Make Beer Commercials Like This in its entirety along with songs from their latest Lost Loves, which is a compilation of unreleased, buried treasures. A few other gems made the setlist as the rocking sounds of Jake Snider (vox/guitar), Dave Knudson (guitar/pedal god), Cory Murchy (bass), and Alex Rose (synths/vox) left most of us a little hot and sweaty. Drummer Erin Tate was not able to make this tour due to personal reasons, but Kiefer Matthias knows…

AMANDA PALMER @ THE FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH

November 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Maximilian Ho Inside the First Unitarian Church, Jamy Ian Swiss, magician, friend and collaborator of Amanda Palmer, started the evening reading passages from Palmer’s newly released book The Art of Asking or “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help.” As soon as he introduced Palmer, the audience who had been listening so quietly erupted with joy as Palmer walked on stage dressed in a lovely kimono with her ukulele in one hand and a glass of red wine in another. She played songs on the ukulele, the piano and read passages from her book which is an expanded version of her viral TED talk. Palmer started off the Q&A session by introducing her friend, writer and music…

FKA TWIGS + BOOTS @ THE REGENT THEATRE

November 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Maximilian Ho Tahliah Barnett, better known as FKA twigs was back in LA for two sold-out shows at the newly renovated Regent Theatre. Fans lined up early in Downtown LA to stake their spots inside. The English multi-talented artist put on a show that was just as ambitious as her musical and creative pursuits. Barnett, a former backup dancer, didn’t leave her dance roots far behind as she busted out her moves between verses, promoting her latest LP1. Billowing fog and a generous amount of strobe lighting added to the flair. Fans that came to hear her breathy soulful voice mixed with dark melodies and edgy lyrics must have left satisfied as Barnett delivered on all fronts. Multi-talented artist/producer BOOTS…

THE BLOOD BROTHERS @ THE OBSERVATORY

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Photos by Debi Del Grande It was worth getting stuck on the 405N after an intense The Blood Brothers show at The Observatory. Thinking we would only see them at FYF, we were oh so wrong as the hardcore band tore up the venue and fans made sure they felt appreciated. Set times for @ObservatoryOC tonight: @DunesLA: 8:30-9:00 The Blood Brothers: 9:30-Jordan wants to watch Dateline #thebloodbrothers #dunes — The Blood Brothers (@1900USANAILS) November 22, 2014 . Setlist: Guitarmy Trash Flavored Trash Fucking’s Greatest Hits Laser Life Ambulance vs. Ambulance Burn, Piano Island, Burn Mutiny on the Ark of The Blood Brothers Crimes Beautiful Horses Peacock Skeleton with Crooked Feathers Camouflage, Camouflage Teen Heat We Ride Skeletal Lightning Vital Beach 1,2 ,3 4 Guitars Love Rhymes with…

FUTURE ISLANDS + ROSE QUARTZ + SPEAK @ THE WILTERN THEATRE

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Samantha Saturday For a long time, Future Islands was indie rock’s best kept secret. That is, until the release of this year’s Singles, rightfully skyrocketing the Baltimore group to the recognition they deserve. Earlier this year, they kicked off touring with an appearance at the tiny-by-comparison Center for Arts in Eagle Rock, playing to an intimate 250. Now they rounded out the year by packing The Wiltern Theatre at Red Bull Sound Selects: 30 Days in LA. Frontman Samuel Herring has become notable for his animated on-stage personality, intense growl, and unexpectedly provocative dance moves. And even with the quick rise, Herring was able to scale up his persona to fill the entire 1,850 person venue. His foils, flanking him…

COLD WAR KIDS + AVID DANCER @ THE REGENT THEATRE

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande As much touring as the Cold War Kids does all over the world, it is always a special treat when they play in their hometown to fans who have been with them since the beginning. The Regent Theatre was slam packed as the guys busted out songs from their entire catalog, including songs from their very first baby Robbers & Cowards to their latest creation Hold My Home. There is a special chemistry the CWK have on stage. Matt Maust (bass guitar) is constantly touching someone and checking in, whether it be with a bandmate or fans in the front row. And it was fascinating that his guitar cord never tripped Nathan Willett (vox/piano). Maust is smooth.…

REAL ESTATE + PURE BATHING CULTURE + BEACH PARTY @ THE BELASCO THEATRE

November 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande The 18th installment of the Red Bull Sound Select: 30 Days in LA took us to The Belasco Theatre for three bands and a special surprise guest. Thankfully a lot of people were there early for local band Beach Party because they really did get things moving. They might not be able to surf, but they play good, grooving music. Portland’s Pure Bathing Culture took the beats down as we were now swaying and swirling our drinks. Before taking off to Brazil, Real Estate played a few tunes, including one with that special guest. It wasn’t Johnny Depp. It wasn’t Perry Farrell. It was Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo who came out for “No Other One!” Real Estate continued…

MR LITTLE JEANS + WE ARE TWIN @ THE TROUBADOUR

November 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Cortney Armitage Monica Birkenes, aka Mr Little Jeans, stepped onto the stage with her long blonde locks loosely tied in a braid. Her all black outfit draped on her petite frame, complemented her free spirit as she danced. Quickly, her hair was rapidly shed from its bonds, and like her new album Pocketknife, Mr Little Jeans let loose all the folding knives from her arsenal. The song “Mercy” “…is about a friend that lies, a lot – even when she doesn’t need to.” The pint-sized Nordic songstress was larger then life as she put the crowd at the sold out Troubadour under her spell and who cried for more. We Are Twin opened the night and lead singer Gabi Christine…

DEERHOOF + CRYSTAL SKULLS @ THE TROUBADOUR

November 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande An incredible realization may happen to a musician while playing at a show. This realization happening after many years of playing. Take for instance, Greg Saunier (drums/bass/vox/damn fine comedian) of Deerhoof , who realized after borrowing Crystal Skull’s “drum rug” (complete with a block of wood nailed through the carpet to prevent the bass drum sliding forward) that he was, in fact, sliding backwards all this time instead of the drum sliding forwards. This might be life changing for Saunier. Saunier was not only sliding back from his drums, he was up front and center playing guitar, belting out tunes and letting us in on the real stresses of being in Deerhoof. Some bandmates stress over water…