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PHOTOS: THEOPHILUS LONDON + FATHER + DOJA CAT @ THE ECHOPLEX

March 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Samantha Saturday From Brooklyn to LA, Theophilus London brought his Kanye-West-produced Vibes to warm up The Echoplex. London’s set bounced from genre to genre, mixing contemporary R&B with undercurrents of synth pop. It was just what the crowd needed to shake off the early March chills. On tour with London, Atlanta’s Father (aka Fatheraintshit) drawls out clever lyrics so slowly you could almost miss them. But for those paying attention, there were some real gems flowing through the mic. The crowd’s frustrations at the later-than-scheduled start time melted away as LA’s own Doja Cat took to the stage. Doja commands your attention with a certain coyness that is undeniable.

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PHOTOS: NO JOY + NIGHTMARE AIR + FLAAMINGOS @ THE ECHO

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Samantha Saturday Part Time Punks always brings people in from the rain. And as the rain pounded on outside The Echo, Canadian self-proclaimed doomgazers No Joy pounded their instruments. It was a seemingly perfect fit for the gloomy weekend weather. At the helm of the four piece, Jasamine White-Gluz (vox/guitar) and Laura Lloyd (guitar) infiltrated each pair of ears seeking shelter from the blustery night. Nightmare Air’s Dave Dupuis (vox/guitar) had no reservations confessing of his imbibing of many drinks throughout the night. While they hail from LA, the three piece is constantly on the road and each member was ecstatic to be playing to familiar faces on home turf. It was a celebration of sorts, Swaan Miller (vox/bass) letting…

PHOTOS: DENGUE FEVER @ AMOEBA MUSIC

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Leslie Kalohi Self-described as “Asian psychedelic,” LA’s Dengue Fever played a fiery (and altogether too short) set at Amoeba Music. The gathering truly spanned all ages, with the young children in attendance catching the eye of vocalist Chhom Nimol, who often smiled mid-song when looking in their direction. The six-piece performed a selection of new tracks from new album The Deepest Lake, which once again showcases the band’s versatility by covering a variety of musical styles, sung in both Cambodian and English. Nimol’s singing on new tracks “Tokay” and “No Sudden Moves” cast powerfully seductive spells within a few, brief minutes. The band transitioned easily to older tracks “Tiger Phone Card” and “One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula” with a…

PHOTOS: KING TUFF + SONNY AND THE SUNSETS @ MACK SENNETT STUDIOS

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande People don’t mind spilling beer in a mosh pit when it’s free! The Lagunitas Brewing Company presented CouchTrippin’ with King Tuff and Sonny & the Sunsets at the beautiful Mark Sennett Studios. There was Live Art by Raudiel Sanudo, and O+ FESTIVAL along with the always surprising Freaktacular Entertainment and free beer. Lots of it. Sonny & the Sunsets kicked off the live music and played a brand new tune about filling out “Applications.” See the jam-in-the-van vid below. Although most were grooving to the surfing beats, one guy in the very front felt the need to look at down at his phone through most of the set. Until Sonny took it from him and put it…

PHOTOS: COLLEEN GREEN + FREE WEED @ HM157

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Maximilian Ho Indie pop musician and DIY guru Colleen Green and her good friend Free Weed threw a joint album release party – for her newly released album I Want to Grow Up and his album Introducing. Imagine being invited to a chill party at your favorite artist’s home. This is what it felt like at HM157 in Lincoln Heights. On Friday night the bonfire was burning in the back, refreshments were served, and comedians got people laughing. Stand-up comedian Jake Weisman dished some “sticky” jokes, Kate Berlant’s quirkiness was on full display, and Jonah Ray made no attempts to explain “Geocities” and “AOL CDs” to the young audience. When it came time for Green to perform her set, the…

PHOTOS: THE BLACK RYDER + VINYL WILLIAMS + SLOW WHITE @ THE ECHO

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande It was a big tease to hear Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper play at George Fest last year. It has been so long. Luckily, The Black Ryder are now officially back on tour with their brand new album The Door Behind the Door that is filled with ethereal soundscapes one can get completely lost in. For their second night celebrating its release – fans, friends and a few fellow “Black” musicians packed The Echo. Although Nash and Von Ryper are the two official members, Nash mentioned Nicole Emery is the secret weapon as she plays bass, guitar and sings like an angel. Graham Roby keeps it all together on drums. The artwork on the projections was…

PHOTOS: AN EVENING WITH THE CHURCH @ THE EL REY THEATRE

March 1st, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Scott Sheff After a four years, Australia’s The Church returned to the The El Rey Theatre in support of its 25th studio album Further/Deeper. Different this go-around for the 35-year-veterans, was the addition of Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug, who replaced original guitarist Marty Wilson-Piper in 2013. Despite the loss, Haug brought a new sense of energy to the band and it showed on this evening, with the group diving into some intense jams to close out each of its two sets and encore. Unchanged and unwavering were original members Steve Kilbey’s distinct vocals, Peter Koppes’ guitar finesse and music that set them apart. The evening concluded on a high-note, with fan-favorite “Under the Milky Way” and an extended jam of…

PHOTOS: WHITE ARROWS + THE ENTRANCE BAND + SAY SAY + GRMLN @ THE ROXY

March 1st, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Cortney Armitage The fog was thick and the projections trippy as LA’s psychedelic pop band White Arrows wound down their tour in support of their album In Bardo at The Roxy. This was a makeup date from January due to illness. Vocalist and guitarist (and occasional drummer for a tune) Mickey Church made sure we escaped to a spacey state. Guy Blakeslee could barely contain his manic movements as he spun, jumped and climbed across the stage as he belted out songs while shredding away. With her quirky and charming stage presence, bassist Paz Lenchantin worked well with drummer Derek James, who never missed a beat. The crowd appeared captivated with their incredible musicianship. The Entrance Band once again delivered…

PHOTOS: CARIBOU @ THE FONDA THEATRE

March 1st, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by David Valera The bass hit hard on the second of three sold-out shows at The Fonda Theatre as Canadian electronica artist Caribou (a.k.a. Dan Snaith) worked his magic. Snaith is currently a worldwide tour promoting Our Love. Caribou’s live performance consists of a four-piece ensemble including Ryan Smith, Brad Weber, and John Schmersal, who simultaneously created a fuller, more immersive sound. Snaith displayed his craftsmanship of sonics through tribal grooves that transcended into a drum and bass trance. He incorporated even more beats with his contrasting yet complementing dueling percussions. The crowd was in a drone-like state, head bobbing to the rhythmic beats that finished off with head exploding, syncopated break-beats that made The Fonda Theatre the most compelling, energetic…

PHOTOS: SALES + WINTER + FILARDO @ THE ECHO

February 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Photos and words by Leslie Kalohi It’s only natural that SALES seemed a little shy while performing at the Echo as they embark on their first ever North American tour (and an extensive one at that). The duo has garnered the attention of many with their self-released singles and EP and have landed on many lists as “ones to watch.” It’s quite a feat for a band that has only been around since 2013 and without a proper full-length record. Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih, who comprise Orlando’s SALES, were visibly humbled by the fan response and all the “beautiful faces” that attended their headlining show at the Echo. The lo-fi outfit hone a minimalist production on both the stage and on their recordings,…