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KATE NASH’S GIRL GANG TV LAUNCH @ SONOS STUDIO

December 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Cortney Armitage The launch at Sonos Studio of Kate Nash’s brain-child, Girl Gang TV, an online feminist tv-show, was an inspired affair. Nash issued a call-to-action which also makes a great motto: “make cool shit and change the world while doing so.” In her angelic armor (a silver leather-fringed and winged jacket, to be precise) she took to the stage before her set to explain Girl Gang TV’s origins. Inspired by Russell Brand’s Youtube channel The Trews, she was looking to create a safe place to gather global knowledge and inspire creative confidence in herself and others. “We can talk about it – world events, sexuality, creative ideas – and find out together what it all means, rather then being…

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FRANCISCO THE MAN + GOTHIC TROPIC + HOT PANDA @ THE ECHO

December 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Cortney Armitage Outside The Echo, the cold rain smacked the pavement. Inside the venue, LA’s Francisco The Man heated things up on stage. Playing tracks off their debut album Loose Ends, Scotty Cantino (vox/guitar), NĂ©stor Romero (bass), Abdeel Ortega (drums) and Brock Woolsey (guitar/keys) made sure that those who braved the elements got a show worthy of the trek. Despite Cantino busting a guitar string mid-song early in the set, the band played on unfazed. They spoke very little between songs and only then to call themselves “men of few words” but it was no matter. Playing the ridiculously catchy “It’s Not Your Fault,” Francisco The Man let their music do the talking. Under the red and blue lights, they…

25TH ANNUAL KROQ ALMOST ACOUSTIC XMAS (NIGHT 2) @ THE FORUM

December 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos by Debi Del Grande The 25th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas (Night 2) was headlined by No Doubt stepping in for U2 (as Bono recovers). Other musical performances by The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Tears for Fears, Modest Mouse, Interpol, Imagine Dragons, Alt-J and Vance Joy kept everyone warm and in the spirit. The big news of the night wasn’t a special guest – it was Bean from Kevin & Bean’s morning show falling of the stage. Luckily, he’s ok.

COSMONAUTS + CORNERS + BURNT ONES + FEELS @ THE ECHO

December 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Samantha Saturday As concert goers look back and reminisce upon the plethora of shows they’ve attended in 2014, it’s easy for a few bands to be buried in the pile, but somehow radiate through them all. The lineup of Cosmonauts, Corners, Burnt Ones, and Feels showcased bands that are shining bright and fans at the Echo welcomed Cosmonauts back from their European tour with open arms. Men of few words, the spaced out group brought back a touch of reverb and a cool demeanor. Cosmonauts had a lot to live up to with Corners setting the bar high. As bassist Billy Changer plucked out the beginning lines of “Caught in Frustration,” he and the rest of the band played it…

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND + RABBIT RABBIT @ THE ROXY

December 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Cortney Armitage My Brightest Diamond is the project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden. Donning a white suit, rocking faux hawk, red shoes and a subtle gold necklace that read “LOVERKILLER,” Worden’s quick wit and intellectual prowess were revealed while explaining her new album This Is My Hand. Worden took a lot of the ideas from Daniel J. Levitin’s book “The World In Six Songs.” “Since we are gathered around the fire, I thought we should tell a ghost story,” Worden said and began the haunting tune “Apparition.” One of the many highlights of the set came as she danced her way through the audience and sang the classic “Fever” to some lucky people. Had everyone been sitting, we would…

THE ICARUS LINE + ZIG ZAGS + STAB CITY + DEATH VALLEY GIRLS + ZODIAC DEATH VALLEY @ THE ECHOPLEX

December 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Maximilian Ho It was one intense night at The Echoplex as LA’s The Icarus Line headlined. The guys began their set with droning sounds followed by keyboard parts fit for a horror movie. At the helm, Joe Cardamone moved about the stage with manic energy screaming his lyrics into the microphone as he whipped the cable attached to it across the stage. Meanwhile, an avalanche of wailing guitars, thumping basslines, and crashing cymbals filled the air. Some tunes were played from their latest Avowed Slavery. Towards the end of the set, the band invited James Williamson of The Stooges to play some guitar. Supporting acts included LA bands Zig Zags, Stab City, Death Valley Girls, and San Francisco-based Zodiac Death…

TUNE-YARDS + CIBO MATTO @ THE WILTERN THEATRE

December 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Cortney Armitage When you first see tUnE-yArDss live you might think you’ve accidentally fallen onto the set of a children’s television show. There are cartoonish eyeballs printed on a giant pink curtain draping down onto green-painted cactus statues and everything sparkles. Beautiful ladies in fun, fantastic geometric outfits dance and sing behind pixie-haired wonder Merrill Garbus. Garbus, with bassist Nate Brenner at her side, sings a tune that, on the surface, seems fun and carefree. People in the crowd jump and throw their hands up in the air to the catchy and fun beats of songs like ‘Water Fountain” and “Real Thing” off of their new album Nikki Nack. While wrapped up in the fun, high-energy eclectic experimentation, it is…

DEAR BOY + NIGHTMARE AIR + HALFBLUUD @ BOOTLEG HIFI

December 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Debi Del Grande It was an evening of fine local talent as Dear Boy threw a little holiday event where the first 10 people who asked – received an autographed private demo for the new xmas song “Cold Spell” which also features artwork by guitarist Austin Hayman. Nicolas Perez of Sad Robot joined on guitar for a few songs. The intimate Bootleg Hifi was packed as the local band played a short, but memorable set as their final show for the year. Nightmare Air blasted everyone away with their sounds from another planet. As Swaan Miller glided across the stage, sang like an angel and kept the deep bass grooves, Dave Dupuis was busy doing all kinds of things with…

DRUG CABIN + THE THIEVES + JC AUGUST @ THE SATELLITE

December 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Ivanna Valdivia Drug Cabin headlined the second edition for the Music Feeds LA concert series where all proceeds went to PATH – Make It A Home. Hygiene products were donated and three lucky fans were raffle winners of some great prizes, some of which included two free tickets to an upcoming Goldenvoice concert. Drug Cabin was hypnotizing with their unique sound and although the venue was not at its full capacity, the music lovers there didn’t mind and had more room to dance til midnight. The Thieves played a rocking set with a lot of energy and got the crowd pumped up for the night. JC August opened the evening. During their last song they invited their friend, Katy to…

OPETH + IN FLAMES + RED FANG @ THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM

December 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos and words by Maximilian Ho It was metal night at The Hollywood Palladium as three bands came together for some head banging hardness. Opeth made their entrance playing their melodic song “Eternal Rains Will Come” from their latest album Pale Communion. Originally starting out in the death metal scene, the Swedish band has transitioned into a progressive rock band while bringing their dedicated fans along for the ride. While the mood was mostly mellow throughout the set, mosh pits broke out for songs like “The Lotus Eater.” As an ode to their heavier roots, Opeth ended the night playing “Deliverance.” A gesture I’m sure the longtime fans appreciated. Rapid fire strobes lit up the fog as Swedish metal band and co-headliner In Flames…